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  • Q&A with Greg Mortenson

    Q&A with Greg Mortenson

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm Comments are Disabled

    “The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family.” Those are the words of Haji Ali, Greg Mortenson’s mentor in Pakistan, who also was his role model and inspiration for the title of Mortenson’s best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time. Mortenson, who has built more than 160 schools in the rural villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke last Friday, Sept. 24, at Mason’s The Center of the Arts regarding the challenges global education is facing today. Before his event, Mortenson sat down with Broadside for an interview. What would you say to the Muslim clerics that have declared two fatwas (orders to kill) against you? The first word in the revelation of the Koran was “Iqra”, which means “to read.” What Allah said is that we should seek truth and get an education. I have talked to imams and nothing in the Koran says that girls can’t go to school. And finally, I would say that in the Hadith (teachings of […]

  • Week of the Greek

    Week of the Greek

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm Comments are Disabled

    At the beginning of the semester, students at George Mason University will likely find an eager sorority sister or fraternity brother walking around campus. Proudly displaying Greek letters and a friendly smile, these students are often accompanied by a pamphlet encouraging others to rush their chosen organization. “I thought it was very cool that so many sororities set up booths and got themselves out there, they really made me aware that I was welcome to rush,” said Elizabeth Lowe, freshman health, fitness and recreational resources major. Sororities and fraternities started promoting themselves long before the freshmen class even stepped foot on campus. “Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon friended me on Facebook over the summer and got in touch with me and gave a lot of great information out,” said Brian Mottl, freshman government and international politics major. “And now that I’m here I’m rushing and going to events like broomball where the brothers are still super friendly and just all around great guys.” Last weekend, Mason set an all-time-high with over 300 potential pledges rushing sororities. The pledges picked their top four sororities, narrowed it down to two and then learned if they were invited back. While sororities […]

  • Michatalie explains it all

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm Comments are Disabled

    Dear Michatalie, I’ve been hearing mostly negative things about you girls. But as crazy as you are, I think it’d be interesting to get your advice on my situation. Here’s the thing, I’m a sophomore living in one of the Chesapeake dorms and I live across the hall from one of the hottest guys I’ve ever seen. To be honest, I don’t know what to say or do whenever he’s around and I really wanna gain the courage to tell him how much I like him. I know that’s forward and a little creepy, but I’ve never had the guts to tell someone how I feel about them. What do you think is the best way to get his attention? Sincerely, Shy Girl in Chesapeake Dear Shy Girl in Chesapeake, What’s his name? Seriously, Michatalie needs to get in on this. No, really though, this is the cutest thing! It’s funny that you came to us because Michatalie experienced the exact same thing last year when we lived in Northern Neck. No worries, we have a couple options for you. The best way to grab his attention is to leave your door wide open and prance around in just a […]

  • Staying fly for fall

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm Comments are Disabled

    As summer eases into fall, a challenge that many of us face is how to dress for the sometimes unpredictable weather. Not to worry, there are many summer pieces in your closet that can be worn throughout the fall. Not only will this help you look great in both seasons, but it will also help you save money, and as college students this will definitely come in handy. So put your wallet away and forget the trip to the mall to buy a whole new fall wardrobe. Here are some tips on how to transition your wardrobe into the new season, without having to pack away all of your summer clothes just yet: Ladies: Scarves are a must have for the fall season. You can pair them with a cardigan and a top that is already in your wardrobe from the summer. You do not have to pack away your dresses from the summertime. Many of your dresses (depending on the style) can be paired with a cardigan, a pair of tights and boots. Invest in some knit sweaters. Look for sweaters that have embellished sleeves to make things more interesting. They are warm, comfortable and most importantly, in style. […]

  • JC Cinema ‘reels’ in viewers

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

    The Johnson Center Cinema provides the George Mason University community with quality thematic entertainment every weekend. Free for Mason students and only a dollar for everyone else, the JC Cinema specializes in showing recently out-of-theaters hit films like Killers and Grown Ups Thursday through Sunday nights.

  • Same old trip it was back then: Despite absence of the late Layne Staley, Alice in Chains and Deftones in vintage form

    Same old trip it was back then: Despite absence of the late Layne Staley, Alice in Chains and Deftones in vintage form

    Lifestyle September 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm Comments are Disabled

    The modern hard rock scene has been saturated with carbon-copy bands that monopolize on few unique qualities and skills. The bands on Alice in Chains’ BlackDiamondSkye tour showed those bands how to keep fans both old and newrocking as hard as ever.

  • Road trip ends without a win: Patriots held scoreless in loss, tie

    Road trip ends without a win: Patriots held scoreless in loss, tie

    Sports September 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm Comments are Disabled

    Coming off a 2-0 loss at the University of Maryland, George Mason University’s men’s soccer team opened their conference schedule with a scoreless tie at Old Dominion University. The No. 5 Terrapins came into the game with a 3-1-1 record to Mason’s 3-2. Though in record they appeared competitive, the Terps, only two years removed from their national championship season, looked as if they were returning to form Tuesday night. In the second year of a home-and-home series, one in which Mason won the game in Fairfax 2-0, the Patriots could not get their offense going. Sophomore midfielder Derek Markheim had the only shot on goal of the entire night, one of his two shots in the 77 minutes he played. Redshirt senior forward Ernesto Marquez had the only other shot. The game was scoreless in the first half, but early in the second, Terp junior midfielder Matt Kassel took a free kick that was put in off the back of Terp sophomore defender/midfielder London Woodberry. Nine minutes later, Kassel took another free kick that went in off a Mason defender. Those watching the GameTracker online may have been elated for a moment as the site read “own goal” […]

  • Patriots down Dukes in three-game sweep

    Sports September 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm Comments are Disabled

    George Mason University’s women’s volleyball team returned home from a long three week road trip to a large home crowd of 484 people as they defeated their rival the James Madison Dukes. The Patriots did not disappoint the home crowd as they swept the Dukes 3 sets to 0. The Patriots improved their margin of victory in each of the three sets. The Patriots trailed the Dukes for much of the first set but eventually edged the Dukes 27-25. Junior outside hitter Noelle Fanella said that first set was crucial to the win and it gave the Patriots crucial momentum going into the second set, which she said the team dominated due to excellent blocking and observed that the back-row didn’t even have to do much. It was another excellent match for freshman outside hitter Lana Zonjic who led the team again with 13.5 points. Zonjic and Fanella each had 10 kills in the match. Zonjic also led with an impressive .500 shooting percentage. Senior setter Fernanda Bartels had a match high 29 blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Danielle Cook had nine blocks to lead both teams. Senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Holly Goode had 13 digs to led both teams. The […]

  • War on Ice: Mason ice hockey looks to make playoff push

    War on Ice: Mason ice hockey looks to make playoff push

    Sports September 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm Comments are Disabled

    Last year, George Mason University’s men’s ice hockey team finished fourth in their division and thought they were going to the playoffs – until they found out that only the top three advanced. Shortly thereafter, the team seemed to lose its seriousness. The turnover rate climbed. At the end of the season, the head coach left the team.

  • Wide Word of Sports: The Drive, The Fumble, The Snow Days

    Sports September 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm Comments are Disabled

    Over the last five or six weeks, I have made it very clear that I am a huge fan of Cleveland sports while expressing my hatred for Washington teams. And part of the reason I enjoy bashing the District of Columbia teams is that being a Washington fan may be the only thing worse than being a Cleveland fan. We’ve had our hearts ripped out by Ernest Byner’s fumble, John Elway’s drive and LeBron James’s decision. But at least we’ve had good teams – although not good enough. Washington fans have just grown accustomed to their teams being awful. And that’s worse than anything the Browns, Indians or Cavaliers could ever do to us. But, with that being said, Cleveland sports teams have a knack for making decisions and comments that just leave me scratching my head and thinking, “What in the world are they thinking?” For instance, Larry Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians, has come up with the brilliant idea to turn Progressive Field into a “winter wonderland” during the offseason. (And I’m using the term ‘brilliant’ very loosely here, folks.) The “Snow Days,” as they are being called, will include holiday-themed trails and places for tubing on […]