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Fourth Estate is George Mason University's official student-run news outlet. The organization was formed in Fall 2013 in collaboration between the student newspaper, Broadside, and an student-run news website, Connect2Mason. Our mission is to inform Mason students, faculty and alumni about what's happening in the community. Through a weekly publication and an online presence, Fourth Estate covers everything from the Board of Visitors to the next concert coming to the Patriot Center.

Virginia is set to become the 16th state to legalize ma*****na after the state legislature narrowly passed a bill that p...
04/23/2021
VIRGINIA LEGALIZES MA*****NA AND BEGINS STRUCTURING REGULATION OF CANNABIS INDUSTRY | Fourth Estate

Virginia is set to become the 16th state to legalize ma*****na after the state legislature narrowly passed a bill that permits adults ages 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of the substance. The law goes into effect on July 1.

HB 2312 allows for possession of ma*****na, emphasizes social equity BY JAMES TALOCKA STAFF WRITER Virginia is set to become the 16th state to legalize ma*****na after the state legislature narrowly passed a bill that permits adults ages 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of the substance. T ...

On Tuesday, April 13, Fourth Estate obtained head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis’ contract through a Freedom of Information A...
04/22/2021
CONTRACT DETAILS OF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH VANESSA BLAIR-LEWIS RELEASED | Fourth Estate

On Tuesday, April 13, Fourth Estate obtained head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis’ contract through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The details of Blair-Lewis’ contract were unknown until they were published.

Photo Courtesy of Mason Athletics A comparison between the contracts of Mason men’s and women’s basketball’s head coaches BY DOMENIC ALLEGRA SPORTS EDITOR On Tuesday, April 13, Fourth Estate obtained head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis’ contract through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The d...

#Opinion: Patience is still a virtue, even in COVID times
04/22/2021
PATIENCE IS STILL A VIRTUE, EVEN IN COVID TIMES | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: Patience is still a virtue, even in COVID times

BY LUKE HARRIS STAFF WRITER On a bright Thursday morning, I walked into CVS Pharmacy ready to get my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. It was a day that I had been anticipating ever since the vaccine efficacy numbers were released back in late 2020. After my temperature scan, I was handed my ca ...

On Friday, April 16, TEDxGeorgeMasonU hosted their annual TEDx conference with the theme “The New Normal,” focusing on t...
04/22/2021
“THE NEW NORMAL” WITH TEDxGEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY | Fourth Estate

On Friday, April 16, TEDxGeorgeMasonU hosted their annual TEDx conference with the theme “The New Normal,” focusing on the ways the pandemic has changed our world.

Courtesy of TEDxGeorgeMasonU Exploring healthcare, education and more in a pandemic world BY: SYDNEY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER On Friday, April 16, TEDxGeorgeMasonU hosted their annual TEDx conference with the theme “The New Normal,” focusing on the ways the pandemic has changed our world. TEDxGeorge...

Mason announces new student awareness, referral and education program for su***de prevention training
04/22/2021
CAPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CARES TRAINING PROGRAM MASON CARES | Fourth Estate

Mason announces new student awareness, referral and education program for su***de prevention training

Mason announces new student awareness, referral and education program for su***de prevention training BY ISABELLE BARRETT STAFF WRITER On Thursday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Counseling and Psychological Services will host the Mason CARES training program virtually. Mason CARES (Campus Aw ...

BREAKDOWN OF MEN’S BASKETBALL’S NEWEST ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS
04/21/2021
BREAKDOWN OF MEN’S BASKETBALL’S NEWEST ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS | Fourth Estate

BREAKDOWN OF MEN’S BASKETBALL’S NEWEST ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Athletics BY ROSS SHINBERG STAFF WRITER Newly minted George Mason men’s basketball coach Kim English has only been on the job for 28 days, but he is already making marked improvements to his team. Over the last four weeks, English has secured several transfers and ver .....

#Opinion: Accusations of Israeli Vaccine Discrimination Aren't True
04/21/2021
CONTRIBUTOR: ACCUSATIONS OF ISRAELI VACCINE DISCRIMINATION AREN'T TRUE | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: Accusations of Israeli Vaccine Discrimination Aren't True

BY SEAN CULLEY CONTRIBUTOR It seems like some people want to downplay Israeli success at all costs. Such is the case with Israel’s outstanding COVID-19 vaccination rollout. More than 60 percent of its population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. With this level of success, one would ....

Meet Student Imani Agbionu in this week's Faces of Mason.
04/21/2021
FACES OF MASON | Fourth Estate

Meet Student Imani Agbionu in this week's Faces of Mason.

Courtesy of Imani Agbionu INTERVIEW BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Student: Imani Agbionu Why did you choose your major? I chose marketing because I do like the route the marketing is going, where it’s becoming really social media-based, and also the outreach that it does with consumers, and it’...

End of Spring Semester Sees Low COVID Caseshttp://gmufourthestate.com/2021/04/12/end-of-spring-semester-sees-low-covid-1...
04/21/2021
END OF SPRING SEMESTER SEES LOW COVID-19 CASES | Fourth Estate

End of Spring Semester Sees Low COVID Cases
http://gmufourthestate.com/2021/04/12/end-of-spring-semester-sees-low-covid-19-cases/

Mason’s campus guidelines have kept positives low as the academic year comes to a close BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Mason is ending its spring semester with a total of 276 positive COVID-19 cases since Jan. 25 and a seven-day average of 2.29 new cases as of April 8. Of the 276 individuals who ....

The Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse is now home to a living art installation — where the plants inside serve as th...
04/07/2021
“ARCADIA” AT THE PRESIDENTS PARK GREENHOUSE | Fourth Estate

The Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse is now home to a living art installation — where the plants inside serve as the performers. “Arcadia” is a piece of community art designed by Sam Nester, brought to the Fairfax campus by Mason Exhibitions and Murals at Mason.

Courtesy of Murals at Mason Experience the sights and sounds of nature with a non-traditional art installation BY MAGGIE ROTH CULTURE EDITOR The Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse is now home to a living art installation — where the plants inside serve as the performers. “Arcadia” is a piec...

#Opinion: The economy is stuff, stupid
04/06/2021
THE ECONOMY IS STUFF, STUPID | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: The economy is stuff, stupid

BY ARJIT ROSHAN STAFF WRITER Arjit Roshan/Fourth Estate A couple of weeks back I was having a (delicious) dinner at my girlfriend’s house, and while talking to her dad about my previous column on the minimum wage, the national debt came up. While sympathetic to the idea of “making work pay,” h...

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
04/06/2021
THE BOOKSHELF | Fourth Estate

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Fourth Estate/Billy Ferguson “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid BY DANA NICKEL SENIOR STAFF WRITER In lieu of any real travel in the last year, I’ve found myself taking more drives around Fairfax, Northern Virginia and Washington whenever I get tired of sitting in my be...

Mason will allow for in-person celebrations following Governor Northam’s announcement
04/06/2021
MASON ANNOUNCES IN-PERSON CELEBRATIONS FOR 2021 GRADUATION | Fourth Estate

Mason will allow for in-person celebrations following Governor Northam’s announcement

Mason will allow for in-person celebrations following Governor Northam’s announcement BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Per new guidelines released recently by Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia universities may hold in-person commencement ceremonies provided they meet COVID-19 safety precautions. A .....

#Opinon: COVID killed the video star (lab)
04/05/2021
COVID KILLED THE VIDEO STAR (LAB) | Fourth Estate

#Opinon: COVID killed the video star (lab)

BY RICHARD HRONIK STAFF WRITER Picture this. You sign up for a media production class expecting to be able to use high-tech equipment for your projects. A few weeks in, you find out that unless you spend thousands of dollars to buy your own materials, your best option will be an equipment rental ...

On the Slate: “Raya and the Last Dragon”
04/05/2021
ON THE SLATE | Fourth Estate

On the Slate: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Fourth Estate/Billy Ferguson “Raya and the Last Dragon” BY MATTHEW HOANG STAFF WRITER “Raya and the Last Dragon” is Disney’s first big, animated release of the year. It tells the story of Raya, a princess from the land of Kumandra, a nation that was divided into five tribes after a war wit...

Students react to Biden’s announcement that he will only cancel student loan debt up to $10,000 rather than the suggeste...
04/05/2021
STUDENTS SHARE SKEPTICISM OVER BIDEN’S LOAN RELIEF PLANS | Fourth Estate

Students react to Biden’s announcement that he will only cancel student loan debt up to $10,000 rather than the suggested $50,000

Students react to Biden’s announcement that he will only cancel student loan debt up to $10,000 rather than the suggested $50,000 BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER During a Milwaukee town hall on Feb. 16, President Joe Biden reiterated his position against $50,000 of loan relief for students, sayin ....

04/02/2021
#Opinion: Trauma isn't only about veterans
04/02/2021
TRAUMA ISN'T ONLY ABOUT VETERANS | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: Trauma isn't only about veterans

BY LUKE HARRIS STAFF WRITER War scars people. Ever since the American Civil War, the “Soldier’s Heart” has been an issue that instigated studies on the long-term effects of trauma. We’ve seen discussions of trauma in veterans more in recent years. And for good reasons — some studies show P...

Mason School of Art hosts artist Mia Eve Rollow
04/02/2021
VISUAL VOICES: MIA EVE ROLLOW | Fourth Estate

Mason School of Art hosts artist Mia Eve Rollow

Courtesy of the School of Art Mason School of Art hosts artist Mia Eve Rollow BY SYDNEY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Visual Voices Colloquium is a lecture series held by the School of Art that recognizes visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students ...

Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial worke...
04/02/2021
MASON COMMUNITY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR CUSTODIAL STAFF AT CAR CARAVAN | Fourth Estate

Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial workers on Thursday, March 18. Staff have spoken out about the poor working conditions they faced with Mason’s custodial contractor: L.T. Services.

Students, staff and local labor unions show up to advocate for Mason’s custodial workers, who have alleged poor working conditions BY LAURA SCUDDER CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial workers on Thu...

#Opinion: A Matter of Trust(s)
03/31/2021
A MATTER OF TRUST(S) | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: A Matter of Trust(s)

BY ARJIT ROSHAN STAFF WRITER A couple of weeks back, my friend and classmate Alex Madajian wrote a column discussing what he sees as our fruitless efforts to regulate and tax the wealthy. According to Alex, all of our efforts to reign in mega-firms only result in an unholy alliance between gover ...

In #Opinion: Complacency: The Next Contagion
03/30/2021
COMPLACENCY: THE NEXT CONTAGION | Fourth Estate

In #Opinion: Complacency: The Next Contagion

BY ELI KOHN STAFF WRITER It’s nice, isn’t it? You have a class that starts at 10 a.m. You wake up at 9:50, turn on your computer, and load Zoom as you start making breakfast. You barely have to pay attention! You eat your eggs while you watch TV, halfway listening to your instructor, only payin ...

#Opinion: Most people just don’t know how to read a book. Yes, most Americans are able to read words set before them, an...
03/29/2021
HOW TO READ A BOOK | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: Most people just don’t know how to read a book. Yes, most Americans are able to read words set before them, and according to a 2019 survey most had read a book in the past 12 months, but there’s more to reading than mere literacy. Continue reading:

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER Most people just don’t know how to read a book. Yes, most Americans are able to read words set before them, and according to a 2019 survey most had read a book in the past 12 months, but there’s more to reading than mere literacy. There is a true art and discipline ...

Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial worke...
03/29/2021
MASON COMMUNITY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR CUSTODIAL STAFF AT CAR CARAVAN | Fourth Estate

Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial workers on Thursday, March 18.

Students, staff and local labor unions show up to advocate for Mason’s custodial workers, who have alleged poor working conditions BY LAURA SCUDDER CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Members of the Mason community gathered in the University Mall parking lot to caravan to support Mason’s custodial workers on Thu...

A promise, and a little bit of luck: That’s how senior men’s tennis player Ryan Charles started down the path of pursuin...
03/26/2021
FROM WALK-ON TO SCHOLARSHIP: THE STORY OF RYAN CHARLES | Fourth Estate

A promise, and a little bit of luck: That’s how senior men’s tennis player Ryan Charles started down the path of pursuing competitive tennis.

Photo Courtesy of George Mason Athletics Men’s tennis senior Ryan Charles shares his journey to Mason BY ROSS SHINBERG STAFF WRITER A promise, and a little bit of luck: That’s how senior men’s tennis player Ryan Charles started down the path of pursuing competitive tennis. As a freshman at Lan...

#Opinion: The Oscars are still worth it
03/26/2021
THE OSCARS ARE STILL WORTH IT | Fourth Estate

#Opinion: The Oscars are still worth it

BY LUKE HARRIS STAFF WRITER The Oscars are far from perfect. The tiny gold statue may be full of prestige, but it also carries a legacy of controversy. Racial equity hasn’t always been their priority, and the jury is still out on their more recent efforts. The invitation-only membership pathway .....

Looking for podcast recommendations? Check out this review of  "Too Tired to Be Crazy" here.
03/26/2021
ADD TO QUEUE | Fourth Estate

Looking for podcast recommendations? Check out this review of "Too Tired to Be Crazy" here.

Fourth Estate/Camille Brayshaw “Too Tired to be Crazy” BY ALEXIS MCCUTCHAN STAFF WRITER The podcast “Too Tired to Be Crazy,” created by Violet Benson, serves as a space for women to vent and come together to discuss a wide range of topics including s*x, relationships, stereotypes, mental hea...

03/26/2021
03/26/2021
COVID-19 Update: Campus Cases Remain Low
03/26/2021
CAMPUS COVID-19 CASES REMAIN LOW | Fourth Estate

COVID-19 Update: Campus Cases Remain Low

Only three new positive tests among students as of March 18 BY LAURA SCUDDER CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mason’s positive cases of COVID-19 remain low as President Gregory Washington informed the community of new plans for some sort of in-person commencement celebration for spring graduates. No further s ....

The latest in #Sports: Was the 2006 Final Four run the best (and worst) thing to happen to Mason men's basketball?
03/25/2021
WAS THE 2006 FINAL FOUR RUN THE BEST (AND WORST) THING TO HAPPEN TO MASON MENS BASKETBALL? | Fourth Estate

The latest in #Sports: Was the 2006 Final Four run the best (and worst) thing to happen to Mason men's basketball?

Photo Courtesy of Mason Athletics How the 2006 Final Four run has positively and negatively impacted Mason BY DOMENIC ALLEGRA SPORTS EDITOR Before you start blasting me in the comments and on Twitter, let’s get one thing straight: I love the 2006 Final Four run. I love watching it, I love writin ....

Mason Plans for In-Person Commencement
03/25/2021
MASON PLANS FOR IN-PERSON COMMENCEMENT | Fourth Estate

Mason Plans for In-Person Commencement

BY DOMINIC PINO OPINION EDITOR On Friday, March 19, President Washington announced in an all-campus email that Mason would be having a more normal commencement in accordance with Virginia loosening COVID-19 restrictions for school graduation ceremonies. Jim Ryan, president of the University of V ...

#FacesOfMason: Meet Shannon Howley, 2020 Government and International Politics Grad
03/25/2021
FACES OF MASON | Fourth Estate

#FacesOfMason: Meet Shannon Howley, 2020 Government and International Politics Grad

Courtesy of Shannon Howley INTERVIEW BY DANA NICKEL SENIOR STAFF WRITER Alumnus: Shannon Howley What year did you graduate from Mason? What was your major? I graduated last spring. I majored in Government and International Politics. What made you choose Mason for undergrad? George Mason has a ...

#News: Atlanta Spa Shooting Brings Awareness to Hate Against Asian Americans
03/25/2021
ATLANTA SPA SHOOTING BRINGS AWARENESS TO HATE AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS | Fourth Estate

#News: Atlanta Spa Shooting Brings Awareness to Hate Against Asian Americans

After a shooting in Atlanta left six women of Asian descent dead, outcry for ending hate towards Asian Americans gains national attention BY HANNAH CHO STAFF WRITER AND SUDIKSHA KOCHI STAFF WRITER Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit social organization that reports hate incidents against Asian Americans ...

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03/25/2021
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