Author Archives: dananickel

About dananickel

Dana is a junior at Mason double majoring in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development. She is the current Co Editor-in-Chief of Fourth Estate and has worked on stories ranging from in-depth coverage of donor influence at Mason to the arrival of Brett Kavanaugh as a visiting professor at Mason's law school.

“Historic” Case Heard By The Supreme Court Of Virginia

GMU Foundation gift disclosure case argued in Richmond BY DANA NICKEL, CO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF; JACK HARVEY, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR; ALLY MCALPINE, ART DIRECTOR Transparent GMU and Augustus Thompson’s case against Mason and the George Mason University Foundation (GMU Foundation) was brought…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots,  As I’m writing this, my co-editor, Hailey, celebrated her 20th birthday by bringing a dozen donuts for the staff. We probably should have coordinated better, because I also brought a dozen donuts for the staff. Oh well, it’s…

Letter From the Editors

My Fellow Patriots,  We asked our staff what we should write in our first letter addressing the Mason community. Our Online Director, Billy, shrugged and said, “You should tell them they’re going to have a good year.”  So, here it…

A One- On- One With the CEO Of Silent Beacon

Kenny Kelley explains the importance of safety equipment on college campuses BY DANA NICKEL EDITOR IN CHIEF Many universities across the U.S. work hard to fight against sexual violence on their campuses. There are several options that university officials will recommend…

Mason Committee Reviews Gift Agreements

“All gift agreements are subject under FOIA,” says Mason task force BY DANA NICKEL, NEWS EDITOR Mason’s Gift Acceptance Committee presented the new gift acceptance policy to Mason’s faculty senate on Wednesday, April 24. The new policy rules that any…

Rico Gomez looks back on his track career at Mason

BY DANA NICKEL NEWS EDITOR Rico Gomez walked through the indoor track at Mason’s field house as if by muscle memory. It seemed like Gomez had spent so much time there that the field house was his second home, and…

Soulja Boy Held In Prison Without Bail

Mason Day headliner canceled after breaking parole BY DANA NICKEL, NEWS EDITOR Popular 2000s rapper Soulja Boy was arrested last month after police raided his home and found ammunition. He has since been canceled as the main source of entertainment…

Mason Weekly Crime Log

Sunday, April 7 – Roberts Rd. Drug/Narcotic Violations: Three subjects (GMU) were referred to Office of Student Conduct (OSC) for possessing illegal drugs. 2019-003614- Referred to OSC Monday, April 8 – Rappahannock Parking Deck Theft from Motor Vehicle: Complainant (GMU)…

Who Are Mason for Survivors?

A conversation with Mason’s newest student-activist organization BY DANA NICKEL NEWS EDITOR A group of Mason students congregated in front of the Mason statue Thursday, April 4. Journalists and camerapeople surrounded them, reporting on the the scene. Teal tape covered…

Mason’s Student Senate Signs New Resolution

Resolution passed in effort to support sexual assault survivors at Mason BY DANA NICKEL, NEWS EDITOR On Thursday, March 28, Mason’s Student Government passed the Resolution to Support a Better, Safer Mason (Res. 49). Res. 49, introduced by Elijah Nichols,…