Monday, March 27, 2006

everything you always wanted to know about george mason*

*But were afraid to ask

Yesterday, the 11th-seeded George Mason Patriots defeated UConn to become the third team in this year's Final Four. All around campus today, I've heard people asking questions about George Mason - who are they? Where did they come from? Do they abduct us in the night and implant barcodes in our stomachs? (Okay, maybe not that last one. I don't think.) So I've decided to take it upon myself to educate people who otherwise would not know about the University. I mean, I was recruited to play softball there and know people who graduated from GMU - that totally makes me qualified to act as it's midwestern PR liaison.

-----The University's namesake, George Mason, is among the least-known founding fathers of the United States. His draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights became one of the models for the Bill of Rights.

-----Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the University is home to 29,728 students enrolled in 60 undergraduate programs and 88 graduate programs. 83% of these students are Virginia residents. It is also the closest publicly-funded University on the Virginia side of the District.

-----GMU houses one of three publicly-funded law schools in the state of Virginia, all of which are in U.S. News and World Report's top tier programs. The law school is also incredibly difficult to get into, accepting less than 10% of it's applicants.

-----Home basketball games are played in the aptly-named Patriot Center, a 10,000-seat arena that also houses concerts and other entertainment events (for those acts who don't want to play the MCI Center or the nearby outdoor complexes).

-----Mason's sports teams compete in Division I. Like most of the member schools of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Mason does not have a football team.

-----It's northern Virginia campus is convenient for those wishing to visit Washington, DC. A nearby DC Metro stop takes those wishing to avoid Beltline traffic into the District's center in less than an hour. (Via the Orange Line, if memory serves me correctly...)

-----The students and locals refer to it as "Mason". If you call it "George Mason", then you stick out like a white socks-wearing American in any foreign country.

If you want to know anything else, visit the bloody website yourself, 'cause I'm not getting paid for this, and I should probably be reading for Property (or finishing up the blasted Moot Court brief).

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