Cold War Kids Set To Perform At GMU’s Homecoming Week


Photo By (Student Involvement/Official Website).

Photo By (Student Involvement/Official Website).

Cold War Kids

Students: $20, $30
Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $30, $40
Guests: $40, $50


Thurs, Feb 8
Doors 7:30 pm // Show 8:00 pm
GMU’s Center for the Arts // Fairfax, VA



By: Jackie Reed

For over a decade, California-based soul rock band Cold War Kids has performed on countless stages, made festival appearances, released viral singles, and taken the indie scene to uncharted territories. Now, they will be the first-ever performance group at Mason’s Homecoming Week.

Anthony McLean, marketing and communications coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement, shared that having a concert for Homecoming Week was in hopes of acclimating new students to Mason, whilst maintaining consistent awareness about what their office offers. “We’re trying to think of new ways that would be more exciting to students”, said McLean. To keep a constant flow of programming between Welcome Week and Mason Day, they figured that adding a show in-between these large-scale events is another opportunity for students to explore their campus in a way unseen before.

Cold War Kids started their musical career with their debut album Robbers & Cowards (2007), a hidden gem completely trickled with anthems and coffeehouse classics. The band made attempts to change their style between albums Loyalty to Loyalty (2008) and Mine Is Yours (2011), but it was not until hits like “Miracle Mile” and “First” to where the band started to top indie charts. It’s all thanks to their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (2013) and fifth album Hold My Home (2014), for their greater audience reach. With influences from Modest Mouse and Florence + the Machine, their newest album, LA Divine (2017), is a piano-ridden setlist that plays off of familiar guitar riffs and beach pop undertones. They recently finished up their LA Divine tour in the U.S., and are taking their tour overseas and to music festivals later this year.

Go to Homecoming Week’s event page for full ticket information.



MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Talks #RealNews At Mason


Host of MSNBC’s Hardball Chris Matthews opens up this year’s Mason Communication Forum. Photo By (Kaitlyn Koegler/Office of Student Media).

On Tuesday, October 24, host of MSNBC’s Hardball Chris Matthews opened this year’s Mason Communication Forum with a conversation addressing “fake news” and journalism today.

The conference, named #RealNews2017, was an interactive event that enabled students to exchange insight about today’s “social-mediated world”, first illustrated by Matthews. Though “fake news” has become a hot topic circulating throughout social media platforms, news outlets, and even in 3 a.m. tweets, it is not a new concept. It has always been here.

Today, consumer-run, unedited content initiatives contribute to the disparity among opinions and a misinformed populous. Driving unfiltered ideas and revealing raw content is an unprofessional yet tempting move, all of which can lead to deviance away from the truth. And that is what makes up the role of a journalist today. They strive to repair consensus, expose the absolutes, and inform the public with honesty and clarity.

According to Matthews, there are three rules to journalism. One, is to peer-review and edit. “This is what separates journalists from B.S.”, Matthews said. Second, is to embrace diversity. Viewpoints are no longer linear, and tending to multiple audiences should be made a priority by professionals entering the journalistic field. Last, is “to have to want to make it.” Quality writers attain a passion driven by the truth.

Following Matthews’ keynote address was a panel discussion and speed table sessions from distinguished media professionals. His introduction set a foundation that continued the on-going conversation of what journalism is now. Modern coverage means unveiling the truth, checking the facts, remaining honest, and tuning out outside forces which populate the inter-web today.

Video coverage brought to you by Mason Cable Network:

WGMU: Turtle of the GMU Role-Playing Club

Role Playing Club LogoDJ Ariana Havens interviews Turtle from Mason’s Role-Playing Club to talk about his passion for tabletop role-playing games, the club itself, his best role-playing stories, and when and where they meet!

Interested? The GMU Role-Playing Club meets Saturday nights from 9PM-12AM in the Hampton Roads 6th floor common room. Find them on their page on, or email Turtle at J-C-R-O-M-A-R-2-[AT]-MASONLIVE[DOT]GMU[DOT]EDU

The Megaphone Podcast: Sosan Malik

20170929_131104On this week’s episode of The Megaphone, Igor interviews Sosan Malik.

Sosan is one of the editors-in-chief for IV Estate. They talked about student motivation, and she gave good suggestions about how to be an effective student leader and how to motivate your staff. Give it a listen!

Listen HERE:

TEDxGeorgeMasonU “Revival” and Recap

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Attended by Basma Humadi (Fourth Estate), Igor Stojanov (OSM Media Fellow), and Jackie Reed (WGMU Radio). Photo Courtesy of Igor Stojanov.

After months of planning and collaboration, the re-scheduled TEDxGeorgeMasonU spring conference was hosted in Dewberry Hall on September 10. With great patience and organization, the board of members crafted a remarkable conference that embodied the idea of “Revival”, referring to both the event and the conversations enveloped within the afternoon meeting. Several students and faculty gazed their attentions to intimate presentations set forth by prolific speakers across Mason’s many disciplines. The underlying questions arose: What is revival, and how can we cultivate change in a proactive way?

Concepts ranged from topics in politics, education, technology, culture, and beyond. The afternoon kicked off with an introduction from co-directors Rohma Hassan and Aisha Shafi. Though the conference was postponed, their hiatus helped the TEDxGeorgeMasonU board members fixate on the “Revival” theme. Hassan and Shafi were elated to share that after months of coordination, they are prepared to reinstate the conference’s return in following years.

Dr. Richard Rubenstein opened up the conversation with his presentation, working to resolve destructive conflicts. The university professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs explained “partisan moralism”, an idea in which people of separate parties will invest in their own beliefs to make judgements about others. Rubenstein said that there is a natural tendency to “demonize” opponents, and because of this, coming to agreements typically will become violent. The professor believes that “non-violent radicalism” is the way to promote significant change in conflicts. Not just to represent a sense of diplomacy and resolution, but a sense of character, too.

Following the university professor was singer-songwriter Brian Bui, a member of GMU’s Music Production Club. His sensitive aura was complete with original songs like “Rollercoaster” and sing-a-long head-bobber “Wanna Get To Know You”. The soft guitar and honest lyricism are rooted in his experiences. His singles on relationships and self-love awakened listeners, leaving all inspired and gratified.

After a brief break, the discussion continued with Dr. Julie Owen, and her talk about how identities can shape leadership into efficacy. The associate professor of Leadership and Integrative Studies emphasized that leadership should be taught in the classrooms. “If we don’t teach leadership, what’s the alternative?” she asked rhetorically. But a part of teaching leadership is also teaching efficacy, which means building confidence and doing meaningful work. To reach satisfaction in work, it would require having a “vicarious experience” and identity awareness, exercising “active mastery” through case studies and community engagement, and understanding physiological states and the meaning of well-being.

Leadership can also be seen as continuing on despite limitations, whether physical, mental, etc. That is something that photojournalist Giles Duley elaborated on in his video presentation, “How a reporter becomes a story”, showed on a projector after Owen’s gripping conversation. Duley is a journalist who got tired of celebrity shoots and switched over to photographing in conflict zones, like Ukraine and Bangladesh. As a triple amputee, he expressed that “losing your limbs does not mean losing your life.”

Another break, but this time, with lunch. Sodexo provided attendees with a catered lunch, coffee, and Turkish treats, like baklava.

Then, Dr. Beth Cabrera took center stage. The author, scholar, and “First Lady” of George Mason shared her stories of mothering in Spain, alluding to her family and its impact on her well-being. 1 in 3 Americans are lonely, according to Cabrera’s research. A multitude of situations factor in, like digital dependency, societal pace, family dynamics, and more. To deviate from feeling lonely, Cabrera suggests that positive relationships will contribute to our well-being proactively. It is a “survival instinct” to look for conflict or negate something, but ultimately, “our well-being is up to us.”

Lyndsay Mikalauskas, another member of GMU’s Music Production Club, serenaded the audience after Cabrera’s invigorating speech. Her inner strength really showed through in originals like “Perpetual” and “60 Milligrams”. Her dreamy vocals and reverbed guitar riffs connected to her experiences with mental illness and sexuality, all of which captivated listeners. 

The last live speaker was Dr. Feras Batarseh, a research assistant professor under the School of Geography and Geoinformation Science. With historical context, he described how artificial intelligence can be used to transform policy making. Because the government handles information through federal agencies and big businesses, given information has an unspoken bias and may not fully account for the opinion of the American people. With angst, he suggested that the federal government can govern the public transparently through data collection and analytics from open source domains.

The conference ended with a video of “The pursuit of ignorance”, led by neuroscientist Stuart Firestein. He used wittiness and unaltered comedy to explicate the importance of active curiosity. Drawing from his work as a professor, he learned that “we don’t talk about what we know, we talk about what we don’t know.” He compared concepts like the iceberg theory, the onion theory, the “magic well” theory, and even the “ripples on a pond” theory, to mark his own definition of knowledge. With more knowledge comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes more questions, leading to more discovery.

Across multiple disciplines, speakers and attendees drove conversations that encouraged critical thinking. There is no linear answer that defines “revival”, because it can be considered within separate contexts. The conference activated collaborative discussions which acted as catalysts for change among several social issues, ideologies, and concepts.

Special thanks to board members Rohma Hassan (co-director), Aisha Shafi (co-director), Huong Cao (marketing director), Mouniker Nauduri (treasurer), Sabrine Baiou (discussion leader), and Sara Heming (faculty advisor), Sodexo, and production crew for putting on a insightful conference.



Dotson & 2K: Ryan Cam

Ryan Tour

In a short two months since his last interview, featured artist Ryan Cam has wowed us with new music, videos, and even a college tour. Matt Dotson caught up with Ryan to talk about his local show at Jammin Java, the new single “When The Sun Come Up”, and how he’s managed to do so much in so little time.







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The Megaphone Podcast: Moira Snyder

Join your host Igor Stojanov for The Megaphone, a weekly podcast about journalism, media, and active media students in the United States. This week, Igor speaks with GMU Student Media’s high school intern, Moira Snyder. They discuss her time writing for IV Estate and her contributions to the upcoming first issue of the semester, as well as how she got interested in journalism before even graduating high school. In addition, they mark the differences between working in high school versus college campus journalism, and Moira points out the highlights of her internship.


Listen to the full episode HERE:

The Megaphone Podcast: Tyler Byrum


Join your host Igor Stojanov for The Megaphone, a weekly podcast about journalism, media, and active media students in the United States. This week, Igor sits down with Mason Cable Network’s Assistant Broadcast Director Tyler Byrum. They discuss the landscape of sports broadcasting and Tyler’s time as an undergrad at MCN, as well as his professional experience at CSN Mid-Atlantic and the importance of social media in the broadcast industry.



Listen to the full episode HERE:



The Megaphone Podcast: Matt Dotson

DG4dVOYXoAAFS1zJoin your host Igor Stojanov for The Megaphone, a weekly podcast about journalism, media, and active media students in the United States. This week, Igor sits down with WGMU Radio general manager Matt Dotson. They discuss the motivation behind his time at WGMU and pursuit in a radio career, as well as WGMU’s mission to get students involved and give them the platform to extend their voice to the public.



Listen to the full episode HERE:

Former VP Joe Biden Leads “It’s On Us” Campaign At Mason


Joe Biden spoke at George Mason University on Wednesday about the “It’s On Us” campaign, an initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses. Photo By (Mimi Albano/Office of Student Media GMU).

By: Jackie Reed, WGMU’s Production Director

FAIRFAX,VA – On Wednesday, April 26, Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden stopped by George Mason University in a deliberate campaign to end sexual violence across all college campuses.

Rose Pascarell, Vice President of University Life, made the announcement on April 20 about Biden’s arrival and Mason’s mission to end sexual assault: “Mason has made eradicating sexual assault a top priority. It is the only university in Virginia to offer a 24-hour crisis hotline, which is managed by the Student Support and Advocacy Center. It also advances the critical notion that everyone at the university must play a part in ending sexual violence. That includes taking the Mason pledge to end sexual violence and understanding the importance of bystander intervention.”

The It’s On Us initiative was attended by faculty and students, members of GMU’s resources, and “13 Reasons Why” executive producer Joy Gorman and actress Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica Davis in the series.

Their mission is perpetrated on those surrounding the conversation: us. The It’s On Us campaign heavily focuses on the people involved (and not), and they admonish, “the solution begins with us.” Almost 40-minutes long, Biden’s speech enveloped into an open pledge to help survivors and improve college rhetoric circulating the topic. He encouraged students to enforce safety and intervene when situations leading up to sexual assault begin to unfold.

Biden confidently mentioned his longtime advocacy against sexual assault since 1994, when he issued the Violence Against Women Act. Since 2014, he has been a part of It’s On Us, the campaign initiated by then-President Barack Obama.

Biden presented his statements in such a way that was logical and clear to students. He ignited the crowd, leaving everyone in an uproar of compelling support and emotion. With his profound solutions, crowd-seekers were inspired to question the assumptions of scapegoating victims and survivors: “No young man or old man can justify his actions by saying, ‘It was my right. She asked for it’. That’s when we’ll have changed the culture.”

Anxious about the judgments of the future, he urged people to act out now. Be a part of the conversation and speak up, especially if victims are incapable. He connected his takeaways to treating others humanely: “Brutality is brutality. Human rights are basic. I don’t care what your religion. No religion, no culture, can be sustained or should be tolerated, that says it’s okay to abuse another human being. Period.” Readjusting common paradigms means changing the way in which college students casually communicate.

It’s On Us’ “Autocorrect” PSA, published March 28, shows viewers a familiar glimpse into a text message conversation, a possibly common way for younger generations to speak about the matter.

George Mason University backed Joe Biden’s declaration to ending the violence by involving many campus organizations and resources. University Life, Title IX, The Student Support and Advocacy Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services at Mason aim to help students in crisis situations.

Biden, along with the other well established speakers, ended with positive and hopeful anecdotes. The group of speakers as a whole showcased their public and reveling support in the fight against sexual assault stigmas. Biden ended his speech eloquently, drawing back to the ultimate mission: “What you do has profound ripples. It’s about the urgency of now. Take the pledge. Follow through on it. Change the culture.”

Audio summary recapping Joe Biden’s appearance on Wednesday, April 26, narrated by DJ Jackie Reed:

*Contains explicit content that may not be suitable for everyone*

Check out It’s On Us’ Facebook page for more information.

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