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About ilamagde

Izz LaMagdeleine is the Assistant Culture Editor for Fourth Estate. When they are not investigating or writing their next article(s), they can be found eating ice cream or sushi, serving as Society of Professional Journalists' secretary for the 2019-2020 year, and cuddling their cat, Big Boy.

Robots Bring up Accessibility Concerns

Starts and stops, curb cuts among issues BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR The concern that electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student Brian Jarvis holds about Starship robots on campus is simple.  Jarvis is physically disabled and uses a power…

More Money, Less Problems

How to get around without breaking the bank BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR The cheapest parking pass you can get at Mason is $120, and it’s located all the way over on West Campus. Additionally, that pass doesn’t include…

Fall New Dances: Creativity Shines in New Pieces

Fall New Dances Premieres Upperclassmen Work BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR The dancers, 11 women dressed in black, walked onto the stage. They crowded so close together you couldn’t tell where each person began and ended. As the dancers lumped…

Faces of Mason

BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR ALUMNUS: Janine Gaspari HOW DOES YOUR STUDENT ACTIVISM IMPACT THE WORK YOU DO NOW? It taught me a lot about how to be strategic in terms of achieving political goals, and not just wanting…

Amateur Drag Show Brings Pride to Mason

Performers vogued, shimmied and slayed BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR On Friday, Oct. 25, the small Gillespie Gallery of Art in the Art and Design Building buzzed with chatter. From the moment the doors opened, the audience section was full,…

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Immigration Monologues: United Voices, Empowered Identities

Mason community comes together to celebrate and acknowledge immigrant presence BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR On Saturday, Oct. 12, several student organizations including Mason DREAMers, Filipino Cultural Association (FCA) and Hispanic Student Association (HSA) gathered in the Johnson Center Cinema…

Civility Comes Together at Mason

Round table promotes civility in online political speech BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR  On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Mason hosted a civility round table in Merten Hall from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. titled “Coming Together in the Age of…

Second City And Mason Improv Association Perform At Hylton

Legendary Chicago comedy company comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR On Friday, Oct. 4, the Mason Improv Association and Second City On Tour performed fun, audience-based improv shows at the Hylton Performing Arts…

Scholarships Sparkle At ARTS By George!

Biggest fundraiser for nine Mason programs BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR During Luke Ratcliffe’s childhood, he began teaching himself music on a small upright piano his family owned. His parents wanted him and his two younger brothers to each…

More Money, Less Problems

How to spend less on food BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR If you are what you eat, Mason students would be Dunkin iced coffees, Chipotle burrito bowls, Ike’s late-night breakfasts and groceries from Walmart or Giant.  At least, the…