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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Save the date: 2/12/13 is SG’s First 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 🙂

 

Find out more about the event here.

Mason Celebrates the launch of Patriot BikeShare

George Mason University to Celebrate Alternative Transportation at Patriot BikeShare Launch

On Tuesday, November 27 at 12:00 P.M., the Department of Parking and Transportation will be hosting a launch celebration at the Johnson Center’s North Plaza for Patriot BikeShare, Mason’s new bike-sharing program.

Patriot BikeShare was launched earlier this year by the Department of Parking and Transportation in partnership with Atlanta-based VIA Cycle, a company that specializes in bike-sharing programs. The program has 20 bicycles located at four stations throughout the Fairfax campus.

According to an article in the Washington Post, Patriot BikeShare was funded by a $36,000 grant from the Patriot Green Fund, a board made up of students, faculty and staff that distribute money from a dedicated fund to support sustainability projects.

According to Tyler Orton, Bicycle Programs Director at the Department of Parking and Transportation, Patriot BikeShare has surpassed initial usage expectations.

“Our goal for the first semester was to have a hundred users, and we’re already three months ahead of that,” Orton said in an interview with the Washington Post. “We’ve had 500 usages. . . . Currently, we have 20 bikes, and the intent is to expand as soon as we can.”

The November 27 launch celebration will feature test-rides of Patriot BikeShare bicycles, giveaways and prizes. Members of the Department of Parking and Transportation will be available to answer questions about the program.

Patriot BikeShare works similarly to Capital BikeShare, the popular bike-sharing system in place throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. Members can join on line, and pay a monthly fee of $6 with the first two hours of each ride free. Each hour thereafter costs an additional fee, depending on the length of time a bicycle is checked out. More information about Patriot BikeShare is available at patriotbikeshare.gmu.edu

Read the Washington Post article about Patriot BikeShare here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/gmu-students-share-a-ride-via-bike-share/2012/11/14/6818289c-2d0e-11e2-9ac2-1c61452669c3_story.html

 

(written by Michael Lagana, Parking Appeals Board)

Read Student’s Newest Comments & OUR Updates from November’s WDYWW

“What Do You Want Wednesday” (WDYWW), a monthly GMU Student Government initiative,  allows Mason students and Student Government to interact in a one on one basis to facilitate conversation regarding desired changes or questions about campus issues.

See our latest Report from February 6th here!!

November’s WDYWW Report here!!

September’s WDYWW Report: here.

October’s WDYWW Report:  here.

 

Do you have an issue with something on campus that didn’t make the list? Make sure to stop by our next WDYWW- Wednesday, March 6th, 11:30AM-2PM @ North Plaza! There will be free cookies!

Congratulations to our Elections Winners!

Congratulations to our newest Senators-Elect who will begin their term of the 34th Student Senate on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:30pm in Mason Hall D3 Room A&B. The Senators-Elect are listed below in order of highest votes received to lowest:

  • Stacy Fleming-184
  • Aaron Yohai-172
  • Christopher Evans-165
  • Luke Melton-164
  • Allison Lundy-157
  • Connor Rohan-151
  • Alexander Colorado-142
  • Anderw Hood-141
  • Khushboo Bhatia-136
  • Rondene Grinam-129

 

For a full list of all candidates from this election cycle and the vote count, please click the following link or stop by The Office of Student Involvement, located in The HUB, Suite 2300: