Fairfax community works to fight homelessness, hunger

Senior Yara Mowafy first thought of the idea of donating unused meal plans to homeless students while working on a project for a communication class.

Two years later, donating meal plans is out of the question, but Mowafy has managed, along with senior Jordan Bivings, to set up a Meal Plan Assistance Fund for homeless students. The fund is located in the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

Students in need of emergency meal assis­tance are either referred to the Office of Case Management and Student Support or can self-identify to this office.

OPINION: Uranium mining poses threat to Fairfax drinking water

Clean and safe drinking water is fundamental. And typically it’s a given—when was the last time you questioned the safety of your drinking water?

But sadly we are in the midst of a serious fight to protect our drinking water from significant health threats—both our surface waters’ like the Potomac and the Occoquan which are the source for our drinking water here in Fairfax, and groundwater sources that give water to rural communities not served by municipalities, like my family in Pittsylvania County.

Mason road decals to be added to major Fairfax intersections, university entrances

As students return to George Mason University for the fall semester, they may see a difference driving through Old Town Fairfax.  

By August 9, five Mason logos will be painted at major intersections throughout the city as drivers approach the university. The green and gold road decals read “We Are Mason,” and were planned in collaboration between Mason and the City of Fairfax.

Forum held to discuss university construction projects with community members

At a forum on Oct. 3, George Mason University officials spoke with community members to answer questions about ongoing projects and issues.  

The forum was held a week after the Fairfax Campus Advisory Board meeting, where elected officials from the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County met with Mason to discuss collaboration across the campus perimeter.

President Angel Cabrera was in attendance at the forum to introduce himself to the community and to listen to the concerns they had with the university.

Mason and local elected officials meet to discuss new policies and projects

George Mason University staff and local elected officials met to provide updates on current projects between Mason and the community.

The Fairfax Campus Advisory Board, established in 2011, meets about four times a year to discuss ongoing projects and issues between Mason, the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County.

Growing Family Weekend adds ‘Family of the Year’ award, 5k race

A handmade sign greets those attending last year's Family Weekend. (Kevin Loker)

Fall for the Book festival begins Sunday

Fall for the Book kicks off its annual festival this weekend with events beginning Sunday at noon in Old Town Fairfax and running through Sept. 23.