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, This has been an interesting semester so far, to say the least. Between the construction taking up most of campus and the robots periodically running into people around fence corners, it’s been a very different spring for a…

Coffee With the President

President Cabrera talks business, education and the future BY ALEXANDER SHEDD, EDITOR IN CHIEF The first thing you notice walking into the president’s corner office on the top floor of Merten Hall is the glass double doors. Looking through, one sees…

Student Poverty Is Real

BY ALEXANDER SHEDD, EDITOR IN CHIEF Being a college student is not easy. That is not an original idea. Across the country, millennial students are calling attention to the hardships of working full time to merely scrape by among 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…