Mason begins work on new dining contract

Headway is being made in the process to finalize a new George Mason University dining contract.

Mason’s Dining Services Request for Proposals committee has reached a confidential decision regarding to whom they will grant the 5-year contract. Dining companies Sodexo and Chartwells are competing for the contract.

New Mosaic District offers something unique for everyone

A new shopping and dining area has recently opened. Approximately 20 minutes from George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, the Mosaic District offers something for everyone.

Located off of Lee Highway and Gallows Road, the Mosaic District was built over abandoned land. Previously looking like a resting site for broken dumpsters, the area now boasts hip stores, restaurants and a high-tech movie theater.

Mason Dining brings new food options to campus

If you think George Mason University is out of new dining ideas, think again. Mason is bringing four new additions to campus this year including Doug the Food Dude, Lemongrass, Cupcakes Actually and Manhattan Pizza.

Mason Dining takes steps to improve sustainability

As interest in sustainability increases on campus, Mason Dining has expanded some of its projects to reduce the impact of food services on the environment.

Within the next few months, Mason Dining will begin offering a reusable container called “Choose to Reuse” as a more sustainable alternative to the current disposable boxes used in places like the Johnson Center and the Pilot House.

Mason Dining hosts season fun at farmer's market and fair

George Mason University’s dining services collaborated with Keany Produce Co. to host the Southside Farmer’s Market and Fair yesterday afternoon in celebration of National Food Day. This is the second time Southside has hosted the farmer’s market, this time with seasonal features.

Seasonal produce was available for purchase such as spaghetti squash, cabbage, potatoes, cauliflower, apples, apple cider, and candy apples.

Everlasting Life Café no longer coming to University Hall

Everlasting Life Café will no longer open a location at George Mason University because café management made an economic decision to terminate the lease, according to Mark Kraner, executive director of Campus Retail Operations.

Everlasting Life Café serves 100 percent vegan food with organic and raw options, according to their website.  The café planned to occupy a space in University Hall this semester, however, after finalizing the construction costs they withdrew.

OPINION: Pilot House lacks the efficiency of Ike's

The line at Pilot House is really, really long. It is not that I am frustrated simply with the size of the line, but I am frustrated with the number of staff working the registers—it is never more than one. The line can literally be wrapped around to the point that the ends touch and Pilot House will still have one person working.

OPINION: The disparity between Fairfax campus growth and dining hall capacity

In the fall of 2009, George Mason University was classified as a commuter campus. Now, four years later in the fall of 2012, much at Mason has changed. The university has seen a monumental change in its identity. New administrative buildings and residential halls have grown up from empty spaces. Former parking lots and buildings have been gutted and reinvented completely. Although it has been a somewhat cumbersome process, the campus has entered a new phase in its life--that of a residential campus beginning to forge its own unique identity.

Recap of Summer 2012 at Mason

New President Ángel Cabrera & Rector Daniel Clemente

After Alan Merten’s 15-year tenure as president, a new face will greet students returning this fall as Ángel Cabrera takes the helm of the university.

The Board of Visitors announced the appointment of Cabrera in December but he did not start his new position until the beginning of July.

Cabrera, age 44, will replace Alan Merten who served as president since 1996.

Burger King now delivering to locations in DC area, including Fairfax Campus

Burger King has begun offering delivery service to select locations in the Washington D.C. area as part of a test-market initiative, and the Fairfax Campus is one of them.

Students are now able to place delivery orders online or by phone. The website states there is a $10 minimum for delivery orders and an additional $2 dollar delivery charge that is added to all orders.