Author Archives: eriktruong

About eriktruong

My name is Erik and I'm studying Government and International Politics with a minor in Political Communication at Mason. I have an interest in political management and communication, particularly toward campaign-work.

Products of prison labor on campus

HOW FURNITURE AND SUPPLIES MADE BY PRISONERS END UP IN MASON CLASSROOMS By Erik Truong, Staff Writer The furniture used at Mason every day, along with supplies in the academic buildings and residence halls, are all the products of prison…

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Eliot Cohen and “the big stick”

THE FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISOR DISCUSSED HIS NEW BOOK FOR MASON’S CENTER OF SECURITY AND POLICY STUDIES By Erik Truong, Staff Writer “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” said Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, speaking in 1901 about the…

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Patriot Day: From 2001 to 2017

PATRIOT DAY: FROM 2001 TO 2017 By Erik Truong Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Since the attacks, the White House has held similar schedules for the 9/11 anniversary plans with very limited variations. It…

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The life and legacy of Yama Quraishi

Grad student dies in terrorist attack in Afghanistan BY ERIK TRUONG, STAFF WRITER Mason faced a somber day Jan. 10 when Mason graduate student Yama Quraishi was killed in a terrorist attack while in Afghanistan. Working for the Afghanistan Embassy…