Author Archives: Alexander Shedd

About Alexander Shedd

Alexander Shedd is the Editor-In-Chief of Fourth Estate for the 2018-2019 year. He is a Government and International Politics major and Journalism minor in the class of 2019.

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, The news these days is often depressing. It can be difficult and emotionally draining to keep up with the political world. However, I would assert that staying politically active is one of the most important things you can…

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, First of all, we’re up to 28 pages this issue. That’s pretty incredible, considering that last year we started out with 16. We couldn’t have done it without you. We’re also trying out a new format for our…

Koch Uncovered

Editorial Note: Since September 2017, the Fourth Estate investigative team has been gathering information on the relationship between GMU and billionaire donor Charles Koch. The following stories are part of a series in which we will release everything we have…

OPINION: Mental health awareness, a testimony

Why Mental Health Awareness month is important for everyone By Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor “Mental Health Awareness” is a phrase that is often thrown around, but not always truly understood. May is Mental Health Awareness month, of which many…

Koch Uncovered: Part 3

Inside the Charles Koch Foundation’s “partnership” with Mason By Dana Nickel, Ashley Stewart, Olivia Vermane, Staff Writers; Alexander Shedd, Assistant News Editor  “Twenty million dollars gets you a bench at Georgetown, but [20 million dollars] gets you a law school…

Koch Uncovered: Part 2

Mason faculty express concerns over administration’s lack of transparency By Dana Nickel, Ashley Stewart, Olivia Vermane, Staff Writers; Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor Editorial Note: In Koch Uncovered: Part 1, the Fourth Estate investigative team described how billionaire businessman Charles…

Former Secretary of State speaks at Mason

Editor’s note: At the time of the event, former Sec. Rex Tillerson still held his position. He was fired on March 13. Tillerson will be replaced by Mike Pompeo, who was the C.I.A. Director. Pompeo’s position will be replaced by Gina Haspel, upon…

Koch Uncovered: Part One

DONORS USE STUDENT AND FACULTY “TALENT PIPELINES” TO SERVE IDEOLOGICAL GOALS By Dana Nickel, Ashley Stewart, Olivia Vermane, Staff Writers; Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor Editorial Note: Since September 2017, the Fourth Estate investigative team has been gathering information on…

Madison Essig fights for Mason LIFE in Student Senate

FORMERLY A STUDENT SENATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PROGRAM, ESSIG IS NOW A FULL SENATOR By Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor Madison Essig, formerly the Student Government representative for Mason LIFE, is now a full-fledged member of Student Senate. Mason LIFE,…

Democrats scramble for House seat in District 10

INCUMBENT REP. BARBARA COMSTOCK FACES A COMPETITIVE MIDTERM ELECTION By Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor Although midterm elections in the U.S. normally see a significantly lower turnout than presidential elections, they can still be highly contentious. In Congressional District 10,…