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  • Apple’s Newest Gadget: iPad Hits Stores in May

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm Comments are Disabled

    Ramy Zabarah, Broadside Correspondent Attention all Mac-heads! Like your MacBook? Can’t go an hour without playing with your iPhone? As I’m sure you’ve already heard, a new flower is emerging from the very fruitful garden of Apple, Inc. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Steve Jobs and the rest of the Apple crew held a conference in San Fransisco, Calif. to unveil their latest product, the iPad. After weeks of speculation as to the actual existence of Apple’s new mysterious product, the announcement was finally made, and the iPad will be in stores toward the end of May. Expected to kick tart the market for tablet computers, the iPad is like a supersized iPod Touch with more similarities to an actual computer. It will be a central portable device where you can store your music, photos, videos, e-mails, read books and surf the Internet with a much more intimate interface. Portability is huge with the iPad. Although it’s essentially a plus-size iPod Touch, it can easily slide into your backpack or purse. Weighing in at about 1.5 pounds, you don’t really have to worry about carrying any extra baggage. Also, its width and height dimensions are about 7 ½ by 9 ½ […]

  • Local Group Brings the Noise: I Am the Kaleidoscope Fuses Genres

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm Comments are Disabled

    Donovan Hall, Broadside Correspondent As my journey to discover the local music scene began, I found myself at JAXX night club off of Rolling Road in Springfield. It was here that I discovered the first band I would interview, I Am the Kaleidoscope. I planted myself at a little table towards the back of the club, illuminated by a dull yellow light. As I waited for the performance to begin, I watched the 100 or so audience members drift around the bar and dance floor, anxiously waiting for the music to begin. After a few moments, the band appeared and began prepping for the show. The first thing I noticed about I Am the Kaleidoscope was the relationship between the band members. They joked around and showed no sign of being nervous as they tuned their instruments. When they finished, a huddle formation between the members readied them, as well as the crowd, for the show. As the performance began, the high energy and intense sound of the band drew the audience members closer to the stage. Within seconds of the music starting, the rapid guitar riffs, heart-pounding drum beats, hypnotizing bass lines and the lead singer’s distinctive and surprisingly […]

  • Lights, Camera, Mason: An Inside Look at GMU’s Film Department

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm Comments are Disabled

    Evan Benton, Staff Writer George Mason University is known for its many centers of learning: a continually growing School of Law in Arlington; a massive, world-renowned communication department featuring former journalists and reporters from News 4 and Reuters; and an economics department that touts such professors as Russ Roberts and popular conservative analyst Walter Williams — to name only the most popular fields. It’s a testament to the university’s scholastic diversity that it can continue to be successful as a school of many thoughts, rather than just one or two — appealing to and providing for the desires and interests of all its student population. Last year I discovered for myself one of Mason’s smallest, yet one of its most rewarding, departments: film. Not quite its own department in name (it falls under specialized classes, under sections such as ENGL 332, RUSS 470, JAPA 320), Mason Film is taught by experienced, knowledgeable professors eager to share what they know with Mason students interested in film. Two years ago, halfway through my college career and wanting to add something with a little spice to my bland and broad “Communication” major, I stumbled upon the Film and Media Studies (FAMS) minor, offered […]

  • Looking Forward to 2010: Broadside Previews the Highly Anticipated Blockbusters of the New Year

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm Comments are Disabled

    Ross Bonaime, Staff Writer As the new decade begins, it is time to look forward to the new films coming out over the next twelve months. While January seemed to be filled with crap like The Spy Next Door and Tooth Fairy, let us look to the great films coming with the Top 10 to look forward to in 2010: 10. Cyrus John C. Reilly is a recently divorced man who finds his dream girl, played by Marisa Tomei. However, when he meets her grown son (Jonah Hill) who lives at home and doesn’t want a new man in the house, problems start to arise. Mumblecore pioneers, the Duplass brothers, direct what could be their first mainstream success. 9. Get Him to the Greek In this spin-off of 2008’s great Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Russell Brand reprises his role as rock star Aldous Snow, while Jonah Hill plays a record company executive trying to keep the now out of control Snow on the straight and narrow in order to get him to his concert at the Greek Theatre in L.A. 8. Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback streak will continue as he dons his metal suit again, however this time […]

  • In Bed with Billy: Little Bits of History Repeating

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm Comments are Disabled

    Billy Curtis, Sex Columnist Twenty year olds are stupid; with their naivety of everlasting life and the belief that their driving is absolutely the best, even though they manage to rack up more tickets than the elderly, they think they know it all. “Why do I have the right to say this,” you ask? The answer is that three years ago, I was one of them. The truth is, knowledge literally does come and is learned through experience. No one is very experienced at the age of 20 — we do what we want, ignore our schoolwork and party, maybe even a little too much. I’ve always imagined that during high school and college, the most important lessons are taught outside of the classroom. Thinking back to when I was 20, I definitely dated men that were older than me. I never experienced the issue of conflict in our age differences, but when I turned 23 just last week, I realized that it’s essentially not about the age of either partner in any relationship; it’s about levels of maturity, and how they meet and converge. Jason and I had been dating for roughly four months now, and everything seemed okay […]

  • Despite the Snowy Conditions, The Upright Citizens Yuk It Up

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm Comments are Disabled

    Patrick Wall, Style Editor The Harman Center for the Arts offered a respite from the snow for those in search of great comedy. The touring improvisational comedy troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade performed Saturday to an audience eager to laugh. The largely twenty-something crowd piled into the Harmon’s forum, a simplistic yet chic room in the Shakespearian playhouse’s basement. Audience members sipped drinks and quietly chatted amongst themselves, waiting for the show to begin. Just as the crowd was getting noticeably restless, four ordinary-looking folks ran in the room, raising their arms with an enthusiastic greeting. Before the four comics started, they requested a participant from the audience. They picked and promptly asked the volunteer to fork over his wallet. They then proceeded to rifle through it. The evening’s entertainment was broken into two parts — the first, a series of continual sketches based on the contents of their volunteer’s wallet. The second was also long-form improvisational comedy, this time based on a word selected by the audience. The subject of the first series of skits focused mainly on the volunteer’s profession, a marketer for a Washington, DC accounting firm. The second half was based primarily around the word “penguin.” […]

  • Vagina Monologues Tickets on Sale

    Lifestyle February 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm Comments are Disabled

    Patrick Wall, Style Editor For campuses across the country, February means two things: cold weather and the return of The Vagina Monologues. This year, George Mason University welcomes the show back to Harris Theater for three shows of laughter, tears and awareness. Monologues is a widely-acclaimed play based on real-life interviews of women conducted by the play’s writer Eve Ensler. The monologues, performed by students, range from serious to light-hearted but focus on women’s empowerment. The monologues are part of V-Day, an anti-violence campaign started by Ensler. According to, the movement works to end violence of all kinds against women and girls. This year, the organization is spotlighting the large-scale atrocities committed against the women and girls of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Shows will be held Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 6 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $25 for the public. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price. To purchase tickets, visit the GMU Concert Hall box office, call (703)-993-2787 or visit Proceeds from the show will go to the GMU Victims of Violence Fund and Women […]

  • On the Breakaway: Second-Year Roller Hockey Club Flourishes with Young Talent

    Sports February 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm Comments are Disabled

    Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor When sophomore John Liebold first came to George Mason University, he found out that the school did not offer a roller hockey program. Liebold, who played the sport for the past 14 years, was not ready to give up on hockey. “In my freshman year, we just started a pickup league team at The Box in Chantilly. It was about the six of us, and we just asked Mason to start a club and went to [the club sports coordinator] Bob Spousta and made it happen for our sophomore year,” said Liebold, club founder of the George Mason Roller Hockey Club. The team, which started with six to seven people last year, has increased its membership to 17 players. The club recruited a player from Pennsylvania while the rest of the players were familiar with each other. The club currently leads the Northern Conference in the Southeastern Collegiate Roller Hockey League (SECRHL) with an 11-1-0 record and 22 points. Mason leads the conference in scoring offense and scoring defense with roughly 7.2 goals scored and 2.5 goals allowed per game. Mason opened this season lighting the lamp in a 13-2 rout over the Florida International […]

  • Reaching 17 Again: Mason Matches School Record in CAA Home Wins

    Sports February 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm Comments are Disabled

    John Powell, Asst. Sports Editor On Saturday afternoon, the men’s basketball team (15-7, 10-1) topped the James Madison Dukes (10-12, 3-8) by a score of 70-68. Mason’s 17 consecutive home wins against a conference opponent ties a school record that was set in 2001. This win was the seventh straight for the Patriots. A few hours after the win, the Old Dominion Monarchs lost to the Northeastern Huskies, giving the Patriots sole possession of first place in the conference by a full game. Junior guard Cam Long was on fire Friday, scoring 23 points in the contest. This was the sixth time this season that Long has scored at least 20 points in a contest. No other Patriot scored double-digits in the game. Junior guard Isaiah Tate and senior forward Louis Birdsong both tallied nine points, and freshman forward Johnny Williams shot for a career-high eight points in the win. The Patriots came into the game leading the Colonial Athletic Association in 3-point shooting at 40.1 percent. Playing the Dukes, the Patriots could only manage a 23.5 mark. In shooting percentages, the Patriots fell to the Dukes in every category. The Dukes shot 35.3 percent from the 3-point range. The […]

  • Hancock Dishes the Rock: Forward Leads the Freshmen with Effective Bench Play

    Sports February 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm Comments are Disabled

    John Kleeb, Broadside Correspondent The Hancock File Favorite Food: Japanese Favorite Place to eat on campus: Southside Favorite Vacation Spot: The Beach Favorite Movie: Book of Eli Favorite TV: ESPN Favorite Music: Billy Currington “Good Directions” With six freshmen on George Mason University’s men’s basketball team, first-year forward Luke Hancock is one of the key players on the team’s young squad. Hancock is currently averaging 8.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The Roanoke native was recently ranked 22nd on the Basketball Prospectus’ list of top 25 freshmen. Hancock feels that it was good to receive the exposure at the national level and to be named on the same list with University of Kentucky point guard and potential first overall draft pick John Wall. Since arriving at Mason, Coach Larranaga has made Hancock feel comfortable playing at home. The idea of playing at the Patriot Center sparked Hancock’s decision to attend Mason. Hancock was also recruited by Toledo, Bradley and Radford. Hancock, who is majoring in finance, hopes to continue playing basketball after he graduates, but he intends to enter the business world as his fallback plan. He is interested in learning and understanding the function of money. […]