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Students, Mason officials agree to keep polling location at University Hall for coming year

After an hour long discussion between students and George Mason University officials, both parties agreed to keep the on-campus polling location at University Hall for another year.

“I don’t feel like we have enough information to make a different decision than one we have at this point,” said Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life, at the March 29 meeting. “I think this needs to stay at University Hall for the next year until we have enough information for a reliable alternative.”

Students speak out against polling location change

At a public hearing held by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, students spoke out in opposition to a motion that would have changed the polling location on campus from University Hall to Mason Hall.

“There were challenges with the University Hall location. We had people voting in a concession area rather than in a closed room,” said Cameron Quinn, general registrar for the county. “There have also been issues with parking over at University Hall.”

OPINION: Why the youth vote matters

In 2008, political analysts found that, while the youth vote—those under 30--broke overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, it did not singularly tip the election in his favor. Exit polls from the 2012 election show Obama once again won the youth vote, this time by 67 percent nationally and 61 percent in swing states. Not only was the breadth of the youth vote integral to this election, but the depth, too, played an important factor. Exit poll data suggests that one in five voters on Tuesday was under the age of 30, with half of eligible voters ages 18 through 29 casting a ballot.

Everlasting Life Café no longer coming to University Hall

Everlasting Life Café will no longer open a location at George Mason University because café management made an economic decision to terminate the lease, according to Mark Kraner, executive director of Campus Retail Operations.

Everlasting Life Café serves 100 percent vegan food with organic and raw options, according to their website.  The café planned to occupy a space in University Hall this semester, however, after finalizing the construction costs they withdrew.

Voter registration deadline approaching for Virginia

Students have a limited amount of time remaining to register to vote in Virginia.

According to the Fairfax County Office of Elections, mail-in registration or change of address must be post-marked by Oct. 15, and in-office registration forms will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Cameron Quinn, general registrar for the Fairfax County Office of Elections, said first-time registration must be received in hard copy, however, change of address may also be faxed.

Panda Express construction begins in University Hall

Construction began February 17 on a full-menu Panda Express, one of four new retail spaces to be located in University Hall and the first quick-service on-campus dining option not managed by Sodexo.

Fairfax County approves voting precinct, on-campus polls to open for general election

Mason student Charles Bright, 25, testifies before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors about the creation of a Mason voting precinct and polling location. The Board approved the ordinance which contained the change. (Kevin Loker) 

Fairfax County to hold hearing on establishing campus voting precinct, polling location

If a Fairfax County ordinance is passed, on-campus students and faculty living in Masonvale may be able to vote at the above pictured University Hall. (Kevin Loker) 

More dining, UPS slated for University Hall

University Hall is the newest building set to open on the Fairfax campus. The bottom level of the building includes leasable retail space. (Jake McLernon)

Parking changes to come following opening of University Hall

University Hall will be opening this spring, and with it several university offices will move in, including University Relations, Human Resources and Payroll, Auxiliary Enterprises and University Services among many others.