Mason March wraps up week of MLK Day equality events

On Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., students gathered in the Johnson Center Bistro for the annual Mason March for Equality.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education and the African and African American Studies department included the event in their 2014 “Make the Dream Real” campaign commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The campaign encouraged student acts of service and remembrance.

Cabrera expresses opposition to Israeli academia boycott

George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera recently joined a multitude of other university administrators in the Washington D.C. region in opposition to the American Studies Association academic boycott of Israel.

University offices promote cultural curiosity among all students

Mason ranks in the top 50 most diverse schools in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's ratings. Mason received a 0.63 diversity score, in which closer to 1.0 means more diverse based on campus ethnic diversity, for 2012-2013. The diversity is evident by just walking around campus at peak hours; students and faculty of ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexuality and ideological differences are abundant.

OPINION: Mason should offer a greater variety of courses in the arts

Though George Mason University is not an art school, it needs to have more options to fulfill the general education fine arts requirement that all students must complete before graduation. Mason should offer classes that both fulfill the arts requirement and appeal to a greater variety of students’ interests.

Right now, Mason offers art courses that involve art history, dance, music, theater and art and visual technology. Basically, you can sing, dance, draw, paint, act, play with Photoshop or sit through a boring lecture.

A look into Mason's 2013 International Week

Hot on the heels of Pride Week, George Mason University will host International Week – a weeklong series of events that aim to celebrate the diversity of Mason students and faculty. From Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12, there will be dozens of events on the Fairfax campus that help remind students of their membership in a global community.

OPINION: Mason's diverse population prevents hateful ignorance

I consider Mason’s diversity an asset, and I also believe exposure to culture’s outside one’s own is an integral part of the college experience. Thus, I was shocked to hear about the recent string of hate crimes at Oberlin College in Ohio. In the past month, students’ inboxes have been brimming with emails from administration in response to acts of racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism on the same campus that prides itself on being the first college to regularly admit female and African American students.

OPINION: Students with autism are a crucial part of Mason's diverse population

No one person is truly the same as another. Some people come from small towns with little diversity, while others come from larger communities or more urban environments. Large universities like Mason act as a crossroads of culture: people from all over the world come together with the universal goal of learning.

International Week turns 31

The 31st annual International Week kicked off this past weekend. The week, which is a George Mason University tradition, showcases the various cultures of Mason's diverse student body.

C2M's Alicia Thayer collected GM View video footage of International Weeks from the past and compiled them together into the above video.

Students experience Chinese culture at lantern festival

Students celebrated the annual Chinese Lantern Festival yesterday with an array of festivities including games and traditional Chinese foods. The event was held for the third year and was co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.