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Spring Into Well Being this Earth Day

Well-being, the state of being happy, comfortable, and healthy, is a movement that is taking the country, and the world, by storm. Corporate offices, elementary schools, universities, and even state and local governments are implementing mindfulness practices into their routines in an effort to promote well-being. George Mason University is no exception.

“Spring into Well-Being” week at Mason concluded on Thursday with Well-Being Day—a University wide event celebrating the return of spring with various mindful activities. The event was hosted by The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University’s New Century College.

Well Being



Well Being

According to the center, the goal of Well-Being week was to “celebrate some of the many well-being programs, activities, and resources available to the Mason community that help build individual and collective capacities for increased vitality, purpose, and resilience.”

Throughout Monday, April 7, and until Thursday, April 17, various students and organizations created free events to cultivate well-being. Events included the creation of gratitude mandalas and postcards, a fundraiser for the Maijuna community, Good Deeds Day, Tai Chi, Yoga, various meditations, an appreciation station, a bunny hop, and many others.

Yoga on the Lawn

There were also a number of performances and talks. Award-winning composer, author, and philanthropist Peter Buffett held a “concert and conversation” on April 16, and a talk held by Olympic speed-skater Apolo Ohno on April 15. Other performances included Jammin’ at Well-Being, which featured student performers, and a “Music of the Andes” concert.

Well-Being Day is just one step of many in the university’s attempts to become a more “mindful” institution. As the program continues to build, more events will be held on campus, such as the Fundraiser for the Philippines, which will take place on Thursday,

April 24 with free yoga, meditation, art, and music. Donations are welcome.Appreciation

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Fall Fashion Show Recap

Who would have thought that making the decision to trek all the way to Original Burger and satiate my hunger, would present me with an amazing modeling opportunity? On Saturday, November 23, the Patriot Activities Council hosted the annual Red Alert Fashion Show, in honor of HIV/Aids Awareness month.  The show was hosted by Mason alumni and Miss Bronx 2013, Delesia Watson, and took place in Dewberry Hall, located on the ground floor of the Johnson Center.

I was first notified of my acceptance as a model for the HIV/ Aids Awareness fashion show in late September. Rehearsals for the fashion show began in early October on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but then they became once a week, in order to accommodate different scenes.  Finally, the week of the show, practice was Monday- Thursday. Fashion show practices took place in the Office of Student Involvement in Sub II (The Hub), beginning at 9:45 in the evening. Throughout the preparation process, punctuality and dedication were both very valuable assets.

The day of the show the models reported to the Gold Room, found in the Johnson Center ground floor, at 11am. There, we were greeted by hair and make-up artists from Paul Mitchell Studios, who created a variety of looks and hair styles, so as to keep a sense of variety throughout the show. The hours before the show were spent in a non-stop agenda, consisting of dress rehearsals, fittings and beauty preparation (guys included). The pre-show frenzy did not end until minutes before the show began, and even then, many heart rates were still accelerating.

Fall Fashion show

Fall Fashion Show pictures courtesy of Nadgeena Jerome

Nonetheless, the show was a complete success. The packed house held a number of distinguished individuals from DC Fashion Week and other modeling groups. The Patriot Activities Council was able to obtain donated clothing and accessories from designers and stores, in order to make the models look their absolute best. Clothing Stores Langford Market and Courage B donated the female models’ attire, while the men’s clothing were donated by up and coming fashion line, BEYU.  There were performances by Urbanknowology, Dance Works and many Mason students, including Brandon Showell of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

The highlight of the entire night was Project Condom, where students designed formal attire using actual condoms. My favorite was the condom suit, complete with a matching red tie. Project Condom was just one way to raise awareness for HIV and Aids. The Patriot Activities Council, GMU Fashion Society and Mason Cable Network shot a short promo video explaining the causes and effects of HIV and Aids. All in all, the HIV/ Aids Awareness Fashion Show was able to raise awareness for a cause that is dramatically affecting the world, and were able to do it in a fun, interactive, and educational way.

Fall Fashion Show pictures courtesy of Nadgeena Jerome

Fall Fashion Show pictures courtesy of Nadgeena Jerome

Family Weekend Goes Mad

The Patriot Center was devoted to the introduction and display of Mason’s basketball athletes in a pep rally at the seventeenth annual Mason Madness event on Friday night. Though the doors only opened at 7:30pm, there were giveaways at the door at 7, and a considerable crowd gathered before the event was held at 8 o’clock. Cheerleaders peppered the crowd with Mason spirit and in return family members and visitors joined students in the Mason Fight Song. The voices of siblings, parents, students and staff alike echoed back the refined sounds of Mason’s band, the Green Machine. Doc Nix led the band with the astounding flourish for which he is renowned. As the cheerleaders enraptured the crowd with a series of daring stunts, the Masonettes dance team kept time with the music through their graceful routine. The showcase of Mason talent did not end there, Urbanknowlogy further amazed with their perfectly synched and astonishingly well choreographed dancing.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Matangos.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Matangos.

The highlight of the occasion, however, was the introduction of the season’s new and returning basketball players. Both men’s and women’s teams were introduced with great enthusiasm and fanfare. As they made their way down to the court to join their coaches and fellow team members, their names, positions, and smiling faces were broadcasted on the screens around the stadium, making them familiar to the entire Mason populace. The players also received an enthused greeting from the Patriot mascot upon reaching the court. The teams then showcased their talents in a game of knockout and several scrimmages. The Green Machine and cheerleaders kept the crowd cheering on from the stands.

Though Mason Madness is geared toward the introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Green Machine, Urbanknowlogy, the Masonettes and cheerleaders all made memorable appearances. Even the Patriot joined in with the festivities, hyping the crowd and carrying a flag with the cheerleaders. The event ended with t-shirts being tossed into a roaring crowd, a closing number by the Green Machine, and free Chick Fil-A to Mason students.

Class of 2017 has joined the ranks!

The Class of 2017 has joined the ranks of previous classes in front of the Hub! Can you pick out your signature in the photo above? As the Class of '17 nears the end of their Freshman year, we wish all Patriots the best on their finals! The photo above can also be seen on our Facebook wall. Visit our media outlets for further updates!

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