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50th Anniversary GMU Alumni Gala at Eagle Bank Arena, in Fairfax, VA, on Saturday, May 12, 2018. John Boal Photography


Notable Alumni Included Politicians, Astronaut By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer This year, Mason alumni celebrate 50 years since the creation of the Mason Alumni Association, while Mason was still George Mason College of UVA.  The association, headed by President Brian…


Mason’s SAE Fraternity suspended for exam distribution

By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer UPDATE: After the April 24, 2018 announcement that the SAE fraternity was suspended from Mason for an alleged illegal “exam bank,” Fourth Estate now has information that a fellow student and fraternity brother has been…

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“Reproductive justice is education justice”

Student Power educates students on inequalities in virginia schools By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Student Power, a grassroots student organization on campus, worked with an organization called Reproaction to organize and host an event, “Reproductive Justice is Education Justice,” at…

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“Paws for a Cause”

THERAPY SERVICES TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT SERVICE ANIMALS ON CAMPUS By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Eight therapy and service dogs were brought to North Plaza on Tuesday, April 3 to interact with and educate Mason students and faculty. The event, “Paws…

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One on one with Congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn

RENOWNED FORMER JOURNALIST PUTS DOWN HER PEN FOR POLICY By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Leslie Cockburn, a former journalist with PBS “Frontline” and CBS News “60 Minutes,” is now a candidate running for Congress in Virginia’s fifth district. She discussed…

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Terry McAuliffe at Mason

Former Va. governor explains how Trump’s tax bill will affect students By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Former Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke to Mason students, affected families, tax officials and small business owners during a town hall focused on the Republican…


Transparent GMU Lawsuit Continues

“HISTORIC CASE” AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY AND GMU FOUNDATION MAY GO TO TRIAL By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer The second oral hearing for the Transparent GMU lawsuit against the George Mason administration and the GMU Foundation took place last Thursday, Oct….

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Timeline of Transparent GMU Lawsuit

By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer 2005 – The Charles Koch Foundation begins donations to George Mason University totalling $95 million as of 2017 – the largest amount the foundation has donated to any school. 2012 – Transparent GMU’s founders learn…

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Campus Group Sues School for Koch Foundation Records

By Dana Nickel, Staff Writer Transparent GMU began oral arguments in their lawsuit against Mason last Friday, Sept. 22 at the Fairfax County Historic Courthouse over obtaining donation records from the influential Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization funded…