Incoming Students Make Their Mark

Posted: May 10, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

A new tradition begins this summer at George Mason. During orientation, incoming freshmen will be given the opportunity to sign their names on a Class of 2005 picnic bench in the plaza outside the Student Activities Office. According to Alissa Karton, Johnson Center and University Life program manager, “Each summer, the incoming class will add a picnic bench outside the Student Activities Office, so that eventually the plaza will be filled with benches representing each of the classes.”

The class of 2004 painting on the Performing Arts Building wall will be repainted this summer, and a plan has been proposed to use the area in front of the former “spirit wall” to erect an informal performance space for students. “The main thing is to provide a student performance opportunity for music, dance, or even speeches,” says Rick Davis, interim director of the Institute of the Arts. Discussions and funding are still pending regarding the performance space.

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