Virginia's Lieutenant Governor candidates debate at Mason

Tuesday night at the Arlington campus, the candidates for Virginia’s Lieutenant governor talked higher education, sequestration and mental health among others in their first appearance together and their only debate of the election.

Republican E.W. Jackson and Democrat Ralph Northam took the stage together in Founders Hall to answer debate questions moderated by WUSA reporter Peggy Fox.

McAuliffe discusses women's rights with Mason students

Democratic governor candidate Terry McAuliffe spoke to a group of George Mason University students Thursday morning in George’s in the Johnson Center. McAuliffe told students how this upcoming election is important for the future of Virginia.

Global Politics Fellows: More than an internship

As graduate students file in and out of Founders Hall on a daily basis, a pocket of undergraduate students is garnering the university’s attention on Arlington’s campus. This little-known group of undergraduates is a 25-student cohort that attends classes once a week on campus to discuss international affairs and meet global leaders from Washington, D.C.-based organizations.

OPINION: Why smokers on campus should be mindful of other people

If you’ve been to Starbucks, Innovation Hall or the breezeway between Robinson A and B anytime recently, you have probably noticed the hoards of smokers that congregate outside the doorways and socialize. For smokers, it seems these are some of the go-to places to burn a butt between classes. Normally, smokers don’t bother me. I’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke most of my life, having two smokers for parents.

OPINION: Why sequestration is problematic

The United States cannot sustainably spend more money than it takes in—period. There will be a point where we are so tragically in debt, countries will stop buying our bonds and investing in the American economy. At the point that the world recognizes our budgetary issues cause us to be an unsustainable black hole, America itself will lose potency and further degrade its reputation.

My Two Cents: Lauren Waldron

Lauren Waldron is a first year sophomore majoring in Communications with a double minor in Political Philosophy and Electronic Journalism and a concentration in Political and Persuasive Communications. In the video blog, Lauren shares her passion for political activism from a firsthand experience at a Students for Liberty Conference in the District, and how it impacted her own political belief and ideologies.

Mason Votes receives award for political engagement

Mason Votes is a student-run organization that promotes political awareness and involvement (photo courtesy of Mason Votes).

Mason Votes, the George Mason University’s student-run political awareness organization, will receive the Democracy Cup Award from the Campus Election Engagement Project. Mason was recognized as one of the top four campuses within Virginia higher education to "engage their campuses and communities in the 2012 election," according to a press release.

"The CEEP is a national organization that tries to educate college campuses and students about the importance of being involved in the democratic process," said Shane Smith, executive director of Mason Votes and senior at the university. "We relied on them for the grant money that we applied [for] and received in order to do the things that made us successful in the end."

OPINION: Women should be allowed the combat roles for which they are qualified

Recently, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the ban on women serving in military combat has been lifted, overturning the 1994 law that states that women cannot be placed in any combat unit lower in number than a brigade. This new development seems to be sometime in the making, especially considering that women make up around 15-20 percent of our nation’s armed forces.

OPINION: Move:DC, power in numbers and how we can change the course of history

On Saturday, Nov., 17 over 10,000 people convened at Washington D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center for something quite extraordinary. As part of the non-profit organization Invisible Children, individuals from across the United States and more than 60 countries came to demand justice as part of Move:DC.