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.

Four Takeaways from Women’s Basketball’s Win over Delaware

By Natalie Heavren, Sports Editor   Women’s basketball improved to 5-4 after they defeated former Colonial Athletic Association rival University of Delaware 72-46 Thursday night. The team extended their non-conference home winning streak to 14 games, which started during the…

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, I cannot overstate what an incredible experience it’s been to be your Editor-In-Chief this semester. While we have had our ups and downs, our dramas and late nights, our successes and our failures, I would not change a…

Mason Reacts to the Midterm Elections

Turnout soars as elections remain contested BY ALEXANDER SHEDD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The 2018 midterm elections have finally come to a close. The Democrats took the House of Representatives, flipping multiple incumbent Republican seats in the process, while the Republicans maintained control of…

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, This is a big week, as the midterm elections are here. Hopefully, you registered to vote either at Mason or in your home district by absentee ballot. This is an incredibly important election. Congress has arguably the most…

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…