Coaches Corner: WGMU’s newest sports segment

If you’re part of the Mason faithful, you know feeling of desire, passion and praise for your athletic teams.  But haven’t you ever wondered what rival teams think when they go up against your Patriots?  In the newest segment to hit WGMU air waves, “coaches corner” is all about getting to know the competition.  WGMU sports directors sit down before every men and women’s basketball game to talk with rival coaches about their upcoming match-ups with George Mason.  If you want the inside scoop on what the opposing coach is thinking, check out WGMU before every basketball match-up.

Follow the link below to catch up on interviews you may have missed:

Coaches Corner archives

Mason vs Stony Brook: A Coaches Take

Coach Beth O’ Boyle enters her first full season at the helm of the Stony Brook women’s baketball program.  Tonight her team heads home for thier first homestand of the season, as they prepare to take on George Mason at Pritchard Gymnasium.  Led by Coach Jeri Porter the Patriots are comming off back to back wins over Oakland and Longwood Universities.  The last time the two programs met Mason pulled out a dominating 74-48 win at the Patriot Center.    Even though Mason has dominated play as of late  you cant overlook that  Stony Brook has  a new coach, its a new year and a road game.  WGMU  sat down with head coach Beth O’Boyle to talk about her take on tonights game and the direction of the Stonybrook program.

Coaches Corner: Interview with Brown Head Coach Jesse Agel

Brown University will clash with George Mason for only the second time in program history.  The Patriots took the first contest in 2008 by a score of 89-52 on thier home floor, a game Brown will look to forget.  Since that contest Mason has undergone some changes, they have new players and a new coach.  In a sit down interview with Brown head coach Jesse Agel, he talks about tonights contest, his expectations for this Brown squad and the “new look” Patriots.

Interview: Coach Agel

Women’s Basketball takes on Longwood: Chat with LU Head Coach Bill Reinson

  In a sit down interview, right here on WGMU, Lancers Head Coach Bill Reinson talked about his teams strides over the last few season and into tonights contest.  This evening Longwood, an independent Division I school,  sets themselves up for a match up  at 7pm  with the Patriots.  Currently George Mason holds the overall series record at 8-2.  Both loses coming on the road at Willet Hall in Farmville, VA. 

George Mason’s next women’s home game will be Sunday, November 27th at 2pm.  Tune in to WGMU  for radio coverage by the Gomason digital network.

Interview with J.Ivy

By: Hannah Landsberger

Last week Aisha and I traveled to DC to interview J. Ivy, a hip-hop artist who puts emphasis on his lyrics and spoken poetry.  It was my first interview for WGMU, and I was incredibly nervous.  What if I forgot my questions?  What if J. Ivy wasn’t interested in talking with us?

But I shouldn’t have worried at all. J. Ivy is more than just a performer: he’s an artist with a heart and with a mission.  Easy to talk to and comfortable in his own skin, J. made Aisha and I feel more than welcome.    We chatted for almost an hour about J. Ivy’s inspiration, goals, and career as a musician and teacher.

As a kid, J. had plenty of experience writing— working on homework assignments and love letters to girls helped him develop his skills.  But J. never intended to pursue writing or performing as a career.  That all changed when an English teacher convinced him to appear in a school show.  He received a standing ovation after delivering his monologue; from that moment on he was hooked.  In college he wrote a girl a poem for Sweetest Day (a kind of second Valentine’s Day in October).  His English teacher liked it so much he suggested that J perform his work at an upcoming open mic.  J. quickly became a regular at performances on campus and became known as “the poet”.

When asked about his inspiration, J. answered that life—what is going on around and inside him—is what motivates him to write.  What is certain is that J’s uplifting music has inspired and touched many listeners.   One fan even emailed J. to tell him that his music had helped her overcome her drug addiction.  J. spoke with enthusiasm about a summer program in Aruba where he taught poetry to a small group of students.  At the end of the two-week camp his students performed alongside theatre, dance, fashion, and DJ students.  He is in the process of turning his Dream Big Foundation into the “J. Ivy Write to Live Academy”, an organization that will allow him to speak and hold workshops at different schools around the country.  He is already well on his way—before stopping in DC he took time to speak to the students at a charter school in Maryland.

J. Ivy comes from a musical family; his dad was a well-known DJ and his uncle a famous college band director.  He grew up in Chicago, a city he loves to perform in (especially at The House of Blues).  He acknowledged that Chicago-ians  are hard to please—with all the gifted artists located in the city,  you have to be really talented to stand out.  J. also loves performing in New Orleans and has spent some time in Nashville, where he learned about the importance of story-telling through country music.

We ended our conversation with Aisha’s signature question:  If you had to tattoo something on your forehead, what would it be?   J.’s response?  “God [in big letters across his forehead]… and peace, and truth, and love.”   It is clear that J. Ivy has his head (literally!) in the right place, a fact that his music makes more than apparent.

Don’t believe me?  Check out J. Ivy’s new CD, Here I Am at www.j-ivy.com .  And keep your eyes peeled—I wouldn’t be surprised if J. finds his way to campus sometime soon.