Congrats to the Class of 2013!

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But especially to both our current and former SG members! We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors.

Current Members:

  • David Bier
  • Stan Heaney
  • Randah Al-Hothali
  • Tommy Lee
  • Mark Murphy
  • Morgan Paugh
  • Ever Villata
  • Joseph Quarcoo
  • Veronica Ramos-Coreas
  • Alexander Williams

Former Members:

  • Nathan Dorfman
  • Brad Gross
  • Jeff Fusco
  • Chloe Kingsley-Burt
  • Michael McKenny
  • Julie Palmer
  • Allison Pinard
  • Dan Santiago
  • Shane Smith
  • Mary Vertucci

De-Stress Fest Spring 2013: It’s almost here!

De-Stress Fest Flyer 2013

Check out this year’s list of events!

Daily: The Ridge: Open Daily 11AM-7AM

 

Saturday, April 27

  • The Big Event

○     7:45AM-2PM

○     Sponsored by: Student Government, LEAD, WAM, ULife

  • Moonlight Kickball Tournament

○     7-11PM, RAC Field

○     registration available online

○     Sponsored by: AKA, Phi Kappa Sigma, WAM, Rec Sports

  • Silver Linings PlaybooK

○     6:00pm

○     JC Cinema

  • Warm Bodies

○     9:00pm

○     JC Cinema

 

Sunday, April 28

  • Study Date with Panhellenic

○     8:00pm-10:00pm

○     HUB Ballroom

○     Sponsored by: Panhellenic Council

 

Monday, April 29

  • TaiChi & QiGong

○     12:00 -12:45 PM, Johnson Center Dance Studio

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • Espresso Yo’ Self Lounge

○     6-8PM, Side Pocket

○     Come get some free fro-yo and coffee!

○     Sponsored by:  OSI

  • Aquia Arcade Night

○     9PM, Rogers Lobby

○     Sponsored by: OHRL

  • De-Stress Fest Late Night Cart

○     10PM, Johnson Center

○     Sponsored by: Student Government

 

Tuesday, April 30

  • De-Stress Kiosk (B)

○     11:30AM-1:30PM Kiosk B, JC

○     The Lead Office will provide coffee and snacks

  • De-Stress Fest Lounge

○      5:00-8:00pm, Lead Office

○     Other details: CAPS will be having a craft corner, allowing students to make “fish” and other crafts (theme: just keep swimming)

■     Come and create your own fish pin as a reminder to “Just Keep Swimming!” through the end of the semester.

○     Sponsored by: Lead Office

  • Spellabration

○     8:30pm, at the Ridge

○     College style spelling bee with free drinks & food!

○     Sponsored by: OHRL

  • De-Stress Fest Late Night Cart

○     10:00pm, Johnson Center

○     Sponsored by:  Student Government

 

Wednesday, May 1

  • De-Stress Kiosk (B)

○     11:30AM-1:30PM Kiosk B, JC

○     Junior Class Councils will provide snacks and coffee

  • Stress Balls and Study Tips

○     1:00-4:00pm, JC Kiosk

○     Participants will be able to make their own stress balls using play dough and duct tape. Learning Services staff members will be on hand to answer questions and provide study tips as student prepare for Finals.

○     Sponsored by:  Learning Services

  • Relaxation & Meditation

○     6:00pm-7:00pm

○     Eisenhower G102

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • Cram Jam: Rumble in the Jungle

○     Sponsored by:OHRL

○     Time & Location: 9:30-11:30pm, Southside

○     Other details:Come and create your own fish pin as a reminder to “Just Keep Swimming!” through the end of the semester.

  • De-Stress Fest Late Night Cart

○     10:00pm, Johnson Center

○     Sponsored by:  Student Government

 

Thursday May 2

  • Emerge Training

○     9:00am-4:00pm

○     “Emerge is a one-day training preparing members of the Mason community to respond to survivors of sexual and relationship violence and to create a network of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to supporting survivors.”

○     Register Here: http://emerge.gmu.edu

○     Sponsored by: WAVES

  • De-Stress Kiosk (B)

○     11:30AM-1:30PM Kiosk B, JC

○     CAPS – Craft Corner, Coffee & Snacks will be provided

  • Yoga for Well-Being

○     12:15-1:15pm, Piedmont Multipurpose Room

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • Meditation for Deep Relaxation

○     4:30-5:30pm, Piedmont Multipurpose Room

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • Yoga for Well-Being

○     5:45-7:15pm, Piedmont Multipurpose Room

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • Yoga for Well-Being

○     7:15-8:30pm, Piedmont Multipurpose Room

○     Sponsored by: CCT

  • De-Stress Fest Late Night Cart

○     10:00pm, Johnson Center

○     Sponsored by:  Student Government

  • Warm Bodies

○     @9PM (JC Cinema)

 

Friday, May 3

  • Game of the Week: Mason Softball vs. Drexel

○     12PM, Softball field

○     FREE Mason beach balls

○     Sponsored by: Mason Athletics

  • Cinco de Mayo celebration

○     12:00-1:00pm @ Southside

○     1:00-2:00pm @ JC

○     Sponsored by: Dining Services

  • Junior Class Council Fiesta

○     2:00-5:00pm, SUB 1 Quad

○     Sponsored by: Class Councils

  • Parkapalooza

○     4:00-7:00pm, President’s Park

○     Sponsored by: OHRL

  • 7v.7 Flag Football Tournament

○     IM Field #3

○     Other details: register online

○     Sponsored by: Mason Rec Sports

  • Warm Bodies

○     @ 6PM & 9PM (JC Cinema)

 

Saturday, May 4

  • 7v.7 Flag Football Tournament

○     IM Field #3

○     Other details: register online

○     Sponsored by: Mason Rec Sports

  • Warm Bodies

○     @ 6PM & 9PM (JC Cinema)

Sunday, May 5

  • Warm Bodies

○     @ 3PM & 6PM (JC Cinema)

 

 

TOMORROW (2/12/13): FINANCE EXPO!

When?: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 12PM-4PM

Where?  Patriot’s Lounge in SUB I

Come join Student Government in their first ever Finance Expo! There will be representatives from offices across the university ready & waiting to give you information on:

-Insurance
-Financial Aid (Work Study, FASFA, & more!)
-Scholarships
-Study Abroad
-Military Benefits
-And so much more!

There will also be FREE food & some giveaways, so this is an event you don’t want to miss. A perfect opportunity to learn about your personal finances

Does the Youth Vote Matter?

In 2008, political analysts found that, while the youth vote–those under 30–broke overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, it did not singularly tip the election in his favor. Exit polls from the 2012 election show Obama once again won the youth vote, this time by 67% nationally and 61% in swing states. Not only was the breadth of the youth vote integral to this election, but the depth, too, played an important factor. Exit poll data suggests that one in five voters on Tuesday was under the age of 30, with half of eligible voters age 18 to 29 casting a ballot. These numbers represent a 5 percent increase in youth voters, totaling about 23 million young voters. In short, the youth voted; they voted heavily, and they voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. The Center for Research and Information on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University estimates that, if Romney could have turned those numbers into a 50-50 split, he would have won those states and thus have won the election.
These numbers reflect what we saw here at Mason on Tuesday. Lines for the polls began before 6:00am, and students all day long said they were waiting for 30, 45, 60 minutes to cast a ballot. Turnout was predicted to be 400; the precinct had reached that number before 10:30am. At the end of the day, more than 1,600 ballots were cast, which quadrupled the prediction, with registered turnout hitting around 70 percent. Exit poll data from Student Government showed students of all classes breaking for Obama by 77 percent, above the national average. From the partisan and nonpartisan groups that flooded the area around the precinct Tuesday, to the spontaneous group of students who road a giant red-bike-contraption around campus reminding students to vote, the campus was very much alive with election fever. As this quantitative and qualitative analysis suggests, the youth turned out to vote.
These conclusions beg the age-old question: does the youth vote matter? In a purely statistical sense, the answer is yes, and as the Tufts University analysis concludes, the youth vote could have tipped the election in a different direction. Such numbers will surely motivate future campaigns, both for federal and local offices, to focus more heavily on the youth vote. This includes visiting the campus for speeches and voter engagement, focusing resources on get-out-the-vote efforts for college students, and highlighting, rather than hiding, higher education and college student issues.
But, in a broader sense, the role of the youth vote in this election has far greater ramifications. The quantitative and qualitative analysis illustrates how the youth turned out to vote. No great example exists to disprove the stereotype of the apathetic college student. At Mason, it cannot be said that college students do not care and that the youth vote does not matter.  With a gubernatorial election next year, political analysts were already looking at how best to engage an electorate that wants to be engaged.
This generation is ready to lead. We are voting, therefore playing a decisive role in elections. We are interning, often without pay, in every partisan and nonpartisan office and agency in all levels of government. We are studying in order to better understand how this globalized world and region works as well as to determine what role we can play in it. And most of all, we are listening to the current generation of leaders, the youngest of whom were born a decade before us. As we continue to vote, to intern, to study and to listen, our generation—the 9/11 generation, born after the 1990s and raised in the 21st century—is waiting to lead.
Always faithful,
Alex Williams
Student Body President

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend? Tweet your Support!

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend the event on February 7?
Tweet your support to your fellow patriots and legislators with #MasonLobbies.
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Help your fellow students represent the GMU student body in front of the Virginia state legislature. You can assist in providing support as we ask for more state funding. The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Richmond, VA.

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend? Tweet your Support! #MasonLobbies

Excited for Mason Lobbies but unable to attend the event on February 7?

Tweet your support to your fellow patriots and legislators with #MasonLobbies.

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Help your fellow students represent the GMU student body in front of the Virginia state legislature. You can assist in providing support as we ask for more state funding. The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Richmond, VA.

 Find the Training Review material here!

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