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OPINION: Israel Apartheid Week unjustly generalizes international debate

Letter to the Editor:

Every February, students supporting the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel pepper university campuses with vitriolic lectures and protests demanding the cultural and academic boycott of Israeli institutions by the international community.  They claim that Israel treats Palestinians inhumanely by occupying their territory and racially discriminating against Israel’s own Arab citizens.  These, they claim, amount to "apartheid", not unlike the treatment of the South African Blacks before 1994.

Federal financial aid cut for non-Mason study abroad programs

At the beginning of the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid informed the Center for Global Education that federal financial aid would no longer be applied to non-Mason study abroad programs.

Changes to federal financial aid regulations have changed the financial aid office’s interpretation of how aid can be applied to these study abroad programs, which are not directly affiliated with the university.

Mason men's volleyball sweeps second straight opponent over weekend

The Mason men’s volleyball team won their second game in a row Saturday night as they defeated Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders at the RAC.

Mason took the game in straight sets and with the win the Patriots get back to even on the year as they improve to 6-6. The individual sets were, 25-21, 25-17, and 25-22.

Mason men's volleyball defeats NJIT in three-straight sets

Mason men’s volleyball team won Friday night against the NJIT Highlanders at the RAC.

Mason took the game in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, and 25-18. The Patriots took some time to get going, but looked dominating in the final two sets.

Mason was led by red shirt freshman Jack Wilson who had 13 kills. Senior setter Joe Heim was all over the court and tallied 39 assists. The Highlanders were led by junior opposite hitter TJ Jurko who had 12 kills.

2014 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships

Mason swimming and diving will compete in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio starting today at 3:30 p.m. with the one-meter diving preliminary heats. The four-day competition will run through event finals on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The St. Bonaventure men’s team will look to capture their second consecutive conference title, while the Richmond women’s team will look to capture their fourth straight and 12th A-10 championship title in the last 13 years.

Editor's Blog: One thing is for sure, Mason's next provost will heavily promote research

Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard from four finalists for Mason's next provost who presented their visions for the future of the university. A common strand for each presentation has been a commitment to boost Mason's research credentials by altering academic programs and increasing research funding.

A-10 launches rebranding video

(Courtesy of Atlantic 10 Conference). 

The Atlantic 10 Conference has partnered with 160over90 in a national branding and advertising campaign that kicked off yesterday on

OPINION: The plight of the modern-day racist

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of bigotry today is how it seems to take place primarily online or behind closed doors. 

By now, most people have seen the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial in which “America the Beautiful” is performed in seven different languages spoken in the United States today against the backdrop of the scenery and diversity of American society. In addition to the commercial itself, most people have also heard of the vitriolic reaction of many outraged Twitter users, all of whom seemed to take personal offense to the six non-English languages featured in the commercial.

Welcome to the A-10: 2014 Mason Softball

Last week, Mason softball opened the 2014 campaign in South Carolina, taking on Ball State and USC Upstate in tournament play.

The team, coached by Joe Verbanic, faces an entirely new set of conference opponents, as the move to the Atlantic 10 starts new rivalries with the likes of George Washington, St. Joseph’s, and the University of Massachusetts.

Despite being selected to finish seventh in the conference preseason poll, Mason returns 19 of 22 from the 2013 roster.

St. Bonaventure defeats Mason men's basketball, 85-73

Despite a large alumni contingent at the Patriot Center on Saturday night to watch Mason play its first Homecoming game as a member of the Atlantic 10, the Patriots failed to feed off of the raucous crowd, falling to St. Bonaventure’s 85-73 in their first matchup as conference foes.

Mason, now 9-16 on the campaign, is 2-9 in A-10 play and are in a three-way tie for last place alongside Rhode Island and Fordham. Both teams, however, hold tie breakers over Mason with head-to-head victories.