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Story contributed by: Bebhinn
Affiliation with GMU: student
Contributed on: 30 March 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
Being in the JC during both wins.....when they won and the crowd went crazy, it was a phenomenal experience.

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
Well, let me just tell you about the UConn game. I didn't think I'd be able to watch that game because I run birthday parties as my job and I thought I had a birthday party during the game. Turns out, I had the wrong game time...so immediately I ran over to the computer at my job and checked out the scores...we were only four points down! I started freaking out cause there were like 12 minutes left in the game...so my friend and I hopped in her car and SPED down 495 to get back to campus to watch the game. The entire time we were listening to the game on the radio and screaming our heads off everytime we jumped ahead. It was like UConn, Mason, UConn, Mason....the STRESS OF MY LIFE! But finally we got to campus and ran our little feet off to the JC to catch the end of the game. We get there...and we go into overtime. By now I was so stressed out, I had a headache, I was sweating, but still, with the rest of the fans I was screaming and jumping up and down. I mean, the intensity in that building was unmatchable excet possibly by the intensity at the game itself. So, yeah, we eventually win....my phone is flooded from calls from my family around the country, but I can't hear what they're saying cause it's so loud....and the afterparty on campus....that lasted 5 hours. UGH, amazing feeling.

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
It means that despite all of our academic gains, our population growth, the beauty of our school, etc...a basketball game is what is putting us on the map. GMU was already an AMAZING school, but athletics and competition can do so much for morale. I feel the school is profitting from this in more way than one. We're receiving national attention, which means more competitive admissions (hopefully not tuition spikes), everybody's proud to be a Mason student (though we were proud before, now there's an outlet to show our pride), and the school's getting buttloads of cash from the bookstore sales hahaha. So hopefully there can be less paycuts more books??
Anyways, I think it's a postive all the way around. Mason students are now a proud society and I'm personally proud to be part of that.

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Bebhinn, Object #13, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 30 March 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=13>

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