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About mearl

MacKenzie Earl is a freshman staff writer majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and minoring in Journalism. She hopes to travel and pursue investigative research on global resource management and human-environmental conflicts.
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Mason printing gets a makeover

BY MACKENZIE EARL, STAFF WRITER   The Johnson Center’s printing system has been revamped to increase printing convenience and security at Mason.   In the past, students were forced to swipe their Mason IDs and select their own print job…

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MBA students regenerate the water supply

BY MACKENZIE EARL, STAFF WRITER   A team within Mason’s Executive MBA program has used their in-class learning to produce real-world results. Four students in the Critical Infrastructure track have produced a development plan to provide DC Water with a…

The contents of this Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) include “vegetarian crumbles with pasta in taco style sauce,” chocolate chip cookies and pears, among other snacks. The package also contains a plastic spoon and a raspberry flavored “beverage base.” (Ellen Glickman/Fourth Estate)

Food in the field: A look at Army rations from JLDX

This story was originally published in the April 18 issue of Fourth Estate. Though “Army food” is a mystery to most civilians, the Patriot Battalion became very familiar with military rations during their annual Joint Leadership Development exercise (JLDX) program…

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Let’s talk about climate change: Mason and beyond

(Credit: Laura Baker/Fourth Estate) The Earth Month event “Let’s Talk About Climate Change,” which was held April 1, explored how organizations on Mason’s Campus, the city of Fairfax and the state of Virginia educate and empower residents to combat climate…

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Mason stirs up Earth Month with food sustainability

This story was originally published in the April 11 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on April 1 was one of numerous events that will bring together students, staff and faculty to examine emerging food systems during…

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Mason hosts sustainable food systems symposium

(Photo courtesy if Roger Leblanc) Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on Friday, April 1, brought together students, faculty and nearly a dozen professionals to discuss emerging food systems. The event included an opening keynote speaker, a series of panelists, small…

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Safety video prepares students for worst-case scenario

This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason recently released a video created by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety (CPPS) that educates students about safety during an active shooter situation. David Farris,…

Tips for staying safe on campus

This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. An email announcement on behalf of Dave Farris, director of Safety and Emergency Management in the Environmental Health and Safety Office, was sent out Feb. 16 to…

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Town hall discusses state budget’s impact on Mason

Provost, senior vice president present a generally positive outlook On Tuesday, Provost David Wu and Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance J.J. Davis hosted a town hall to discuss how Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget for higher education would…