Lonely Souls: some students to stay on campus over break

Many will go home, some will study abroad, and then some will choose to stay behind and endure the winter ghost town. When classes end and the residences shut down on Dec. 22 George Mason University will go into hibernation mode for winter break.

“The RAs will still make their rounds, and some restaurants in the Johnson Center will still be open,” said Resident Adivsor Michelle Garafalo a sophomore majoring in government and international politics.

Even though the residences will be closed, students will still be able to stay behind, Garafalo said. Some of those staying behind are athletes, international students, and those who are working internships in the area.

Not just anyone can stay behind over winter break. Special access must be requested on the select housing.gmu.edu webpage, Garafalo said.
Skyline, Southside, Pilot House and other facilities will either follow a limited schedule or go into repose. The university will spring back to life Jan. 21, when residences re-open, and students return for the spring semester.

-Mohammad Chowhan,

Washington Post
columnist to join Mason faculty

Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Pearlstein is joining the Mason faculty. Beginning in fall 2011, Pearlstein will become Clarence J. Robinson professor of Public and International Affairs. In his new role, Pearlstein will teach classes in economics, public affairs and media.

In a press release, George Mason University President Alan G. Merten welcomed the university’s newest Robinson professor. “George Mason University is pleased and proud to have Steve Pearlstein join our faculty as a Robinson professor,” Merten said.

In addition to beginning his academic work at Mason, Pearlstein will continue to write at the Washington Post, reducing his twice weekly column to once a week.

“I’m excited – and a little bit nervous – to be embarking on this new career as a college professor,” said Pearlstein in the press release. “And yet I still get to keep my hand in journalism and maintain my association with one of the world’s best news organizations.”

Pearlstein has worked at the Washington Post for 22 years. In 2008, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his columns regarding the recent financial crisis. Prior to working for the post, Pearlstein had been a reporter at WGBH-TV in Boston, an editor at Inc. magazine and founding editor and publisher of the Boston Observer.

-Adam Sylvain,

Tyson’s Corner tragedy has Mason tie

The parents of the 2-year-old girl allegedly thrown from a fifth-story walkway by her grandmother at Tyson’s Corner Center last Monday evening had connections to Mason’s campus.

According to a Washington Post story published last Wednesday, the child’s mother is a Mason graduate and both the grandmother and her husband have worked part time as ushers at the Patriot Center.

The child died from injuries sustained in the incident and police have charged the grandmother, Carmela Dela Rosa, with murder. Dela Rosa has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 4 and is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

-Jordan J. Frasier, Connect2Mason