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.

New Sodexo contract prompts changes in campus dining

(illustration by Walter Martinez)

Mason’s next big project targets its dining options and promises many changes for the near future.

Mason dining signs new contract with Sodexo

Mason Dining signed a new contract with Sodexo this week to replace the old one that was to expire in 2014. The $400 million contract will be in place for 10 years. The new contract will implement many changes across campus.

“The spring will be exciting as the program starts,” said Mark Kraner, executive director of Campus Retail and Auxiliary Enterprises.

Mason renews Sodexo contract

After a year of negotiation, Sodexo was given the contract to manage the dining operations at George Mason University. Sodexo has managed Mason’s dining since 1988, but faced competition from Chartwells when the contract came up for review in 2012.

Overview of March 20 Board of Visitors meeting

Dining contract delayed

At a March 20 meeting, the Board of Visitors delayed a final decision to its ongoing dining contract negotiations. The university had been deciding whether or not to renew Sodexo’s contract or to choose a new company, Chartwells.

As of December 2012, Sodexo has been working with Mason for 25 years.

Sodexo and other company present competing visions for Mason Dining

Two dining companies, Sodexo and Chartwells, gave bid presentations on Dec. 5 outlining each company’s vision for the dining future they would offer at George Mason University.

Dining contracts last five years, and include a renewal option at the end of agreement. Sodexo’s contract expires this January.

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.

GMU Students for Workers' Rights pass out fliers against Sodexo

Members of the GMU Students for Workers' Rights handed out fliers yesterday in North Plaza calling for action to be taken against Sodexo. The group citied concerns over safety, low wages and discrimination as reasons why Sodexo should be removed as Mason’s food provider.

C2M's George Yanez spoke with the group and recorded the above video.

Workers' rights activists return to Plaza to protest Sodexo

A small group of George Mason University students took to the North Plaza on Thursday to protest food service provider Sodexo’s allegedly abusive workplace practices.

Mason was the site of several large-scale student and worker protests last spring and fall.

The protesters, about 10 of whom carried signs and passed out fliers, represented Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR), a group which the university does not officially recognize as a student organization.

Dippin' Dots to return to Mason

Mason students had the opportunity to purchase Dippin' Dots in the Johnson Center during the week of Jan. 31. This development was an unexpected success for Sodexo and Mason Dining, as they were only being sold in the JC for fear of their stock going bad. 

Dippin' Dot sales will resume Tuesday in the Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students may purchase the Dippin' Dots at Freshens using their Meal Plans, Mason Money, Cash, or Credit.