C2M Senior News Editor Yasmin Tadjdeh

Mason fighting illegal downloads

The George Mason University’s Copyright Resources Office is fighting an ongoing battle against illegal downloading on campus. The office uses internet bots to locate students who download from piracy websites through Mason computers and networks.

Students race for healthy relationships

Taking place on the George Mason University Prince William Campus, runners gathered before 7 a.m. on Saturday to participate in the 2011 No Fear in Love 6-mile race.

Students spar over smoking debate

Freshman global affairs major Vernon Miles speaks with Student Government Senator Michael Schaffer regarding the university's smoking policy. (Jake McLernon)

UPDATED: Feb. 25, 2011

Org holds first steak & cake event: free cake

CAFÉ-GMU hosted the first installment of their two part Cake & Steak event this morning. (Jenna Beaver)

CAFÉ-GMU hosted the first installment of their two part Steak & Cake culinary series earlier today. The event marked the one year anniversary of the first event that caused the young group's creation.

Economics society hosts talk on how our modern world was shaped

In front of a large crowd, the George Mason University Economics Society, in collaboration with the Mercatus Center, hosted a talk by Professor Deirdre McCloskey at the Johnson Center Cinema on Wednesday. 

Mason professor wins state award

The 2011 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest honor for faculty members teaching at the state’s universities and colleges, will go to George Mason University psychology professor Eden King. 

Polish philharmonic to perform at Mason

The Center for the Arts will receive a visit from Opole, Philharmonic of Poland on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m..

Music will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin. The orchestra is one of Poland’s leading philharmonics and has performed for the Vatican, as well as received awards such as the State Award for Arts Excellence by the Polish ministry of culture.

Mason Alert system undergoes changes

Following an evaulation, The Mason Alert system will now only send emergency information to subscribers. 

The system, which timeliness been criticized in the past, will no longer send updates about traffic, events or other breaking news subscriptions that users were previously able to opt in for such as CNN breaking news alerts. The system will now only send information that is immediately pertinent to the health and safety of subscribers.

Blackboard mobile coming soon to Sprint users

Starting in the fall, Sprint users will be able to download Blackboard Mobile. 

The service, which will allow users extensive functionality, is not available for other phone carriers besides Sprint. Although the app can be found in the iPhone and Android markets, it will not work unless the user is on a Sprint phone.

One anticipated feature of the app will allow professors to take photographs with their cell phones and immediately post it to their Blackboard page.

Students return for spring semester

Classes resumed for the spring semester today, with students braving sub-freezing temperatures and afternoon flurries.