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Mason Students Rally for Sanity, or Fear

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By Jordan J. Frasier

The country faces a difficult time, made even more difficult by the 24-hour news cycle, comedian Jon Stewart told a crowd of thousands at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall Saturday.

The event, held in the shadow of the U.S. Capital Building, combined comedy from Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert, along with music from Sheryl Crow, John Legend, The Roots and others.

But Stewart ended the rally with a serious note about the state of sanity.

“If we amplify everything, we hear nothing,” Stewart said of the hype media adds to news. Stewart also said the press does not accurately reflect reality of everyday American life.

Hundreds of Mason students joined the crowd gathered on the mall after boarding buses on campus that transported students to the Vienna/Fairfax Metro station for a ride to the rally. The buses were sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life and included a Metro day-pass for students in addition to the bus ride.

“It’s a good way to get students involved,” freshman Alex Dodson said. “I appreciate the buses.”

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