SoA Olympics

By Rachel Newdorf

Millions around the world will be watching the summer Olympics in London this year.


Can’t afford a ticket across the pond? Mason is offering their own Olympics this Spring.


On April 5, the first ever School of Art Olympics will take place in the Art and Design building. With events involving art and art programs here at school, students and faculty will take part in a variety of different competitions including Pictonary and candy sculpting (just so you get the idea).


The Focus Group, the organization hosting the event, was started by a group of students passionate about photography.  Wanting to have a place where students can network, build their portfolio and share a common passion about photography, the Focus Group invites all who are interested to be a part of their organization.


“We are trying to build a sense of community at SoA,” says Stephanie Booth, the 30-year-old president of the Focus Group and master’s student from Alexandria.

Sean Salyards, the Group’s faculty advisor came up with the idea of the Olympics — he did something similar when he was in graduate school and wanted to try it out at Mason.

The goal, he says, is to improve “fellowship and community” among art students.

The Focus Group meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the School of Art room L011 and is currently focused on organizing the event up until the April 5 launch date.

If you are interested in joining the event or helping out, visit the event’s Facebook page at

You can also RSVP to the event at

Just interested in the Focus Group? You can find their page here at