Student breathes green and gold and inspires Mason Nation

Sometimes the most recognizable person at a basketball game is not a player or a coach but rather a fan in the crowd. This person isn’t just any fan; he or she is at every game. They cheer on the team whether they’re winning or losing, and they always sit in the same seat.

The New York Knicks have Spike Lee. The Los Angeles Lakers have Jack Nicholson.

And the George Mason University Patriots have Trevor Scambos.

Cabrera on open search: 'Probably not'

Incoming university president Ángel Cabrera told a Faculty Senate member Wednesday that if the presidential search was open, he likely wouldn’t have continued through the process.

“Probably not,” Cabrera told Faculty Senate member Stanley Zoltek at an informal meet-and-greet. “It would have damaged my reputation.”

Footage from Cabrera's first Mason press conference [VIDEO]

Missed the press conference this morning with Dr. Ángel Cabrera? We've uploaded the footage to our YouTube account and posted it above.

‘Major announcement’ set following special BOV vote Thursday

The BOV announced Monday a special meeting set for this week. (Screenshot)

George Mason University’s Board of Visitors will hold a meeting Thursday, Dec. 15 that will include a vote on an action that will “significantly impact the future of the institution.”

Among other administrator changes, Provost Stearns to step down in 2013

Provost Peter Stearns plans to step down from his role as senior academic administrator in the summer of 2013 and transition into full-time teaching with the history department. He is one of several key administrators whose positions will need to be filled within the next two years.

Merten reflects on university achievements, struggles

President Alan Merten applauds the men's basketball team during their 2006 NCAA Final Four run in Indianapolis. (Student Media file)

Few things about George Mason University have remained unchanged since 1996. Fifteen years ago, there was not an Aquatic and Fitness Center. There was not a nationally known basketball team. There wasn’t even a Starbucks.

But, 15 years ago, as now, Alan Merten was president.

“Being president of an institution for 15 years is a long time,” Merten admitted in an early April interview with Connect2Mason. “Especially when you take into account the fact that the average tenure for a university president is less than 10 years. I stayed because every three or four years I would look around and realize this [university] had become a very different place.”


Earlier this spring, Merten announced he would retire in the summer of 2012. Since Merten’s term began nearly two decades ago, the student population has nearly doubled and extensive construction has transformed the Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington campuses, and a fourth campus was opened in Loudoun County in 2005. 

Mason overtook Virginia Commonwealth University in September 2009 to become the most populous institution of higher learning in Virginia. In 2010 Mason passed another benchmark when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified it as a “primarily residential” campus.

Merten credited the school’s extraordinary growth to long-term strategy—and a little bit of luck.

A look back: Merten, students share 9/11 stories

Last night, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, had been killed in Pakistan. Following the announcement of his death, students from all around the Washington, D.C. area rushed to the White House, celebrating what feels like the end of an era that started nearly 10 years ago.

Almost two years ago, C2M asked George Mason University President Alan Merten and students where they were on that historic day, and below are their responses.

Larranaga discusses relationship with Merten, direction of university

Former men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga speaks to his support team during the NCAA tournament game against Villanova. (John Powell)

Merten ranks in top 10 for compensation among public university presidents

President Alan Merten ranked in the top 10 in total compensation of public university leaders in the United States during the 2009-2010 year, according to an annual survey released in April by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Merten was the 10th highest paid public university president

Mason to form task force on ‘interactions and experiences’ with University Police

Student and Mason community member testimony will play a central role in an official university task force formed to seek input on “interactions and experiences” with the University Police Department, the Office of the President announced on April 6.

In an e-mail sent to students and other Mason community members, the office said that the task force had been formed so as to “foster a community where respect for all is the hallmark.”