The Rules for Dressing Up George

Posted: December 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

While some schools show their spirit with pep rallies and festivals, Mason supporters go beyond the traditional. They show their school spirit by decorating a statue of the Virginia patriot for whom the university is named.

An organization wishing to decorate the Mason statue, which stands on the JC Plaza between the Johnson Center and Robinson Hall, must fill out a form and submit it for approval to University Life, says Rose Pascarell, associate dean of University Life. Permission is required, she says, because certain adhesives may damage the statue, and the university must make sure that organizations understand that no paints or adhesives may be used. Decorators will be held responsible for any damage they may cause to the statue.

Decorations may be displayed for one week. Decorators are responsible for undressing the statue at the conclusion of that week.

The tradition of decorating Mason began a year and a half ago when the student group, Mason Spirit, approached Vice President Karen Rosenblum requesting permission to decorate the statue. Rosenblum approved the request and opened the doors for other student groups to decorate the statue to celebrate certain events or themes. Now University Life receives many requests a year from different departments and summer camps requesting permission to dress up Mason. “It’s a school spirit thing,” Pascarell says.

For more information or to obtain a decorating request form, contact University Life at x32884.

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