Johnson Center Food Court and West Patio Construction Complete!

Have you visited the new restaurants on campus yet?

Earlier this year, the entire Johnson Center food court in the Atrium closed down in order to be renovated and bring new restaurants to the Johnson Center. Some students were sad to see some of their favorite places to eat close down, but others were excited for the increased variety and quality of dining options that would come with the renovation. Now, the renovation is complete and all restaurants are open!

Blaze Pizza, Garbanzo, and Steak ‘n Shake are new to campus, and Star Ginger
has reopened after renovation. Red Hot & Blue and IndAroma moved downstairs to the ground floor and are now also open. Chipotle is estimated to open in the Atrium during the Spring semester.

Meet some friends for lunch on the new patio and soak up the gorgeous weather!

In addition to the change in restaurants, a patio was built on the west side of the Johnson Center for extra seating. The patio construction is complete, and plenty of seating is available for students to enjoy lunch.

There’s almost always a construction project going on at Mason. To keep up, visit

Take the Skyfactor Survey!

Skyfactor, a college-focused research firm is partnering with George Mason University Student Centers to conduct a student survey to help the university aid, predict, and plan for overall student success. Skyfactor has invited about 3,500 students to participate.

All participants should already have received an email from Skyfactor asking for their participation. If you received an email from Skyfactor, congratulations! You’re eligible to take the survey!

All invited students who take the survey can receive a free one-month Corner Pocket membership as a reward. They will also be entered into a drawing to win Mason swag.

If you’ve received your email from Skyfactor, follow the instructions to take your survey! The survey is open now through October 10, so don’t forget to complete it!

If you have any questions about the Survey, please call the Student Centers administrative office at (703) 993-2921!

Experience the Corner Pocket, Aug. 25 – Sept. 1!


Kick off your semester with Mason’s very own game room.

Come “Experience the Corner Pocket”, Friday, August 25 through Friday, September 1 11:00 am – 11:00 pm!

The Corner Pocket, located in the Hub, is a social space where students come to play, relax, meet with friends, and study. Corner Pocket offers several exciting games like billiards, skeeball, basketball, disc golf, table tennis, and so much more!

Come in and explore all that Corner Pocket has to offer! Visit us during Welcome2Mason to enjoy music, food, and free play for all games and activities! Bring your friends to play air hockey or make new friends with a board game.

If games aren’t your thing, Corner Pocket also has comfortable lounge space where you can stretch out and relax with friends or crack open a book and study.

We hope to see you at Corner Pocket soon!

During the fall semester, Corner Pocket is open daily 11 am – 11 pm.

For more information about all of Corner Pocket’s services, such as how to reserve the Corner Pocket and a list of our weekly specials, click here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for news about upcoming events, specials, and giveaways!

Akeno Sushi Comes to Mason!

Akeno Sushi is ready to serve customers in SUB I!

Alongside the JC Atrium renovation, which brought new dining options and a face-lift to the JC, another new restaurant has set up shop in SUB I: Akeno Sushi. That name may seem familiar to returning Mason students. That’s because Akeno Sushi products are sold in Mason’s convenience stores like One Stop, Express, and 2nd Stop. Now they’ve set up a storefront in Taco Bell’s old spot, right next to Chick-fil-A!

Mexican-food fans may be sad to see Taco Bell go, but sushi-lovers are sure to be pleased that Akeno has come to Mason. Akeno offers a variety of tasty Japanese cuisine like sushi, vegetarian sushi, udon soup, ramen, and bubble tea! All food is prepared fresh in their kitchen every day, so you can be sure you’re getting great quality.

Akeno Sushi accepts meal plans, Mason Money, cash, and credit cards, making it the perfect place to grab some genuine Japanese food between classes. Akeno is open Monday through Thursday 11 am – 5 pm, Friday 11 am – 3 pm and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Go check out Akeno Sushi on the 1st floor of SUB I the next time you get a sushi craving!

Foot-Washing Stations in Student Centers Restrooms

Students who use the foot-washing stations can comfortably sit down while washing their feet.

Did you know Student Centers has foot-washing stations available in Johnson Center restrooms?

The foot washing stations are located next to the restroom doors. Each station is accommodated with a faucet, foot bath, and seat for both comfort and easy accessibility.

The foot-washing stations are located before the restroom stalls for quick access.

These foot-washing stations were installed for students who traditionally wash up before prayer, but all students are welcome to use them.

You can find the foot-washing stations in the men’s and women’s restrooms on the east side of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the JC. The east side of the JC is the side facing Planetary Hall.

View our JC building maps for more information.