Mason introduces co-ed living options

Beginning in Fall 2014, returning students applying for on-campus housing will have the new option of “flexible housing” which allows students to live with the opposite gender.

Email to Student Body Reveals Plans for Mason Inn

On Monday afternoon, students received an email from President Cabrera about the decision to transform the Mason Inn, currently a luxury hotel located on campus, to a residential, dining, and instructional facility.

Since it’s opening in fall 2010, the Mason Inn has lost roughly $11 million. Based on the losses, President Cabrera formed a Mason Inn Task Force at the beginning of the semester to propose new business models that would make the hotel more profitable. After the official proposal was written for President Cabrera’s review, the task force and the President agreed that converting the hotel into a facility that would serve the student body and faculty directly would yield the best results.

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.

Costs block development of Greek row

Mason has twenty fraternities and sororities that recruit in the fall and sixteen more that accept members throughout the school year. Yet without campus-provided housing, the groups face unique problems like reserving spaces for events and forming their own living arrangements. Members often room together or rent houses off campus.

UPDATE: Lab results report Commonwealth mold harmless

The recent complaint about mold in Commonwealth Hall has come to a close.

In a previous Connect2Mason article,  a Commonwealth resident and her roommate expressed concerns about the mold still present in their dorm room and its effects on their health.

In December, George Mason University’s Office of Housing and Residence Life addressed issues with mold growing in the campus dorms. However, the Commonwealth roommates were not satisfied with the resolution.

Prince William campus prepares for opening of graduate housing

The new Beacon Hall housing building at George Mason University's Prince William campus will officially open its doors to graduate students on Nov. 3.

The five-floor building will be Mason's first housing structure designed solely for its graduate student population.

"It's going to be a marvelous facility," said Ron Carmicheal, Chief Operating Officer for the Prince William campus.

Carmicheal described Beacon Hall as the first step of Mason's vision for a more innovative, biotechnology focused campus.

Toasters' 'propensity to create fires' results in ban

Toasters and toaster ovens have been deemed unsafe for all on-campus residences. The new safety policy regarding open-heating elements now applies to both residences with and without kitchens.

A peek at Mason's Move-in Week 2011

(Student volunteers assist freshman move-in on Thursday. "Jake McLernon").

Incoming students might feel a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of moving onto Mason’s Fairfax campus this week.

Subway restaurant, convenience store planned for Housing VIIIA


A Subway restaurant is scheduled to open on the ground-level of new campus housing in the spring semester of 2012, according the executive director of campus retail operations.

New housing jobs to shift RA duties from desks to floors

Resident adviser Daniel Kwon posts an events poster in his lounge. (John Lilly)

Starting in the fall of 2011 resident advisers will no longer be required to man housing desks. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be introducing a new post, that of desk assistant, to fulfill the function once carried out by RAs.