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station_6Arson leads to over $11 million in damages annually, with over 50% of the suspects convicted being under the age of 20. City of Falls Church Fire Marshal Tom Polera spoke to the forensics classes at Mason on Friday, December 16, about major arson cases and how the job of a fire investigator helps settle disputes by determining the exact cause of a fire.

Oftentimes, when the public fire investigator for the fire department investigates a fire, only a broad investigation is conducted. Polera has been working as a private fire investigator for many years, and he has learned that the cause of a fire might not always be what it appears to be. For example, a burn pattern on the floor under a chair might lead someone to think that that is where the fire started, when it was actually caused by the melting material on the chair.

When the MGM Grand Hotel caught fire in the early 1980’s, citizens demanded better fire safety and prevention such as fire alarms and sprinklers in most public buildings. The Station Night Club fire in Rhode Island killed 100 people in 2003 when a fire broke out during a concert. Deadly fires like this could easily be prevented by meeting standard fire codes.

Usually, the highlight of the fire marshal’s visit is getting to see the arson dog sniff out a small drop of gasoline on a strip of carpet the length of the TLC. Even though the dog was not able to visit this year because it was in training, students were still actively engaged in the discussion and interactive learning about how fires start and the process of determining the cause of them.

 

My visit to VCU

My visit to VCU

Lasso correspondent, junior, Zoe Allen Lewis visited Virginia Commonwealth University on a recent college visit in efforts to learn more about the “ACE- IT” program. 

By Zoe Allen Lewis  

Recently, I went to Virginia Commonwealth University to tour the school and learn more about the VCU ACE-IT program. According to Virginia Commonwealth University's ACE- IT , “The VCU ACE-IT in College program is a five semester inclusive, on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or autism.”

Can you imagine not being able to go to college? Students with intellectual disabilities used to not have college programs for them to attend.  Now, students with intellectual disabilities can go to college. According to think college , there are 221 programs for students with intellectual disabilities in the United States. There are places like Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Portland Community College, Clemson University and College of Charleston who offer programs for students with disabilities.

It used to be that students with intellectual disabilites did not go to school past high school, and teachers sometimes ha...

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Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Mustang Alumni’s speak about their trials and tributes during their freshman year at college

By Blaise Sevier 

Whether it be 50 days or three years before you embark on your college career, listen to our George Mason Alumni talk about their experiences through the infamous first year of college. In this recurring Lasso series more voices will be heard as we inch closer to Constitution Hall on June 16, 2014.  

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Starting off this series is former Mrs. Mason winner and 2012 graduate: Claire Constance. Now a sophomore the University of Virginia she shares about how she chose her roommate, the importance of a sleep schedule, and what to look out during your first few weeks at school.  

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Teacher Playlist: Mr. Knight

 

 

 

By Erin McFall 

Have you ever wondered what your teachers listen to? If Mrs. Hawkesworth rocks out to hip-hop on the way to work? Or if, beneath that unsuspecting aura, Dr. Mecca jams out to reggae? In this new feature, “Mustang Mixes,” we’ll bring you a bit closer to your teachers through their choice in music. This week: Instructional Technology Coordinator Steve Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Oscar Wilde, Company of Thieves : “I’m really into [this one]. It’s definitely one of my favorites... I really like the lead singer’s voice. Company of Thieves is top in my Spotify playlist, I mean I’ve always liked different music that’s not always popular to everybody,” Knight laughed, explaining. “Once I think I like to listen to music and then once it becomes popular I don’t really like it anymore. I really liked Lorde when she first came out but now that she’s super popular [I don’t like her] so much.”
  2. Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra : I can’t get enough of [this] song. It’s really good! Manchester Orchestra is probably the ones I listen to the most just because I’m really...I don’t know...they have beards...but that’s not why I like them! I actually have...
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Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?

Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?

 

From April 28, 2014 The Deep Time Hall within D.C’s Natural History Museum will close for renovation till spring of 2019

by Blaise Sevier 

 

Take a deep breath, the whole Natural History building will not be closed for five years-- construction will only take over one section of the building: The Deep Time Hall or more formally known as D.C’s favorite Dinosaur Exhibit. Viewings of the famous Hope diamond, the big elephant, butterfly exhibit will all still be shown on the regular schedule .

The reason for this redesign is simply to refurbish the dinosaur skeletons and expand the exhibit. Also, some of these pieces have been on display for more than eighty years.

“It takes 5 years to do that? That is surprising-- I mean I don’t frequently visit there, but I used to, so I know that parents and kids in the district are going to be kind of scrambling because it is a really great place for kids,” said freshman Hannah Hiscott.

Paleontologists in the National History Museum will be dismounting and removing the visitor favorite, the Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex very soon.  With this removal, such angst has erupted over this removal that the museum has created a caste of the skull to sup...

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