auxiliary enterprises

Week in review: June 13, 2013

Earlier this week, a state report showed that the rising costs of public higher education in Virginia are largely due to increased spending on non-educational expenses. According to the study, “student housing, dining, and intercollegiate athletics – through auxiliary enterprises – has been the largest driver of spending increases at Virginia institutions.” At the same time, financial support from the state has declined 22 percent over the past 20 years, putting more financial strain on students. 

Students protest upcoming renovations to Ike’s

As the university prepares to renovate Ike’s, the late-night diner located in Presidents’ Park, some students are not so eager to see the changes.

Early in the 2013 spring semester, rising sophomores Jared Donohue and Rich Dillon worked together to rally support against the renovations under the campaign “Save Ike’s.”

'Green' graduation gowns to be used this year

Senior IT major Alexander Diaz models the eco-friendly graduation robes (Photo courtesy AE Green) 

For the first time, George Mason University will be using eco-friendly graduation gowns made entirely of recyclable materials at this year's commencement celebrations.

Known as “GreenWeaver” apparel, each gown is made out of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets from an average of 23 recycled plastic bottles, according to maker’s Oak Hall Cap & Gown’s website.

Through AE Green, an umbrella sustainability program for Auxiliary Enterprises, the eco-friendly gowns were brought to Mason this year. 

According to GMU Bookstore General Manager Barb Headley, the bookstore had been searching for some time for sustainable gowns and the “GreenWeaver” line fit.

Payment options for vending machines soon to include Mason Money

On-campus vending machines will continue to take credit and cash later this spring, but they will also take Mason Money. (Jenna Beaver)

Plans are in place for a large percentage of vending machines to begin taking Mason Money by the end of spring semester.