Author Archives: Olivia Vermane

About Olivia Vermane

Olivia Vermane is a freshman Communications major with a concentration in journalism. She is currently a staff writer for IV Estate, and besides her work in student media, she is also a Telecounsler in the Office of Admissions, a member of The Gathering Christian fellowship on campus, Mason Ambassadors, and GMU Roosevelt Institute.

Dragon Blood Used As New Antibiotic?

Mason researchers explore the uses of Komodo dragon blood BY OLIVIA VERMANE, STAFF WRITER Researchers Barney Bishop and Monique van Hoek, along with a team of undergraduate and graduate students, have opened a new door into the world of antibacterial…

Amazon HQ2 Brings New Initiatives To Mason

School of Computing established to expand technology education BY OLIVIA VERMANE, STAFF WRITER Mason will invest over $250 million over the next five years in order to achieve a large-scale expansion of initiatives in response to the establishment of Amazon’s…

Greg Miller’s latest book, “The Apprentice”

Miller discusses challenges of being a journalist in D.C. BY LIV VERMANE LONGFORM EDITOR On the eve of the midterm elections, Mason hosted a discussion between Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller and Gen. Michael V. Hayden, founder of the…

A Dialogue In Tragedy

Mason’s Jewish Community Responds to Latest Mass Shooting BY OLIVIA VERMANE LONGFORM EDITOR A quiet neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Squirrel Hill, is home to a historically close-knit Jewish community. The fading gray bricks and stained-glass windows of the 153-year-old synagogue welcomed…

Law School Adjunct Newest Federal Court Nominee

Adjunct Professor Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals BY OLIVIA VERMANE LONGFORM EDITOR Less than a week after the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has announced his intent to nominate an 18th wave of judicial…

Electrical fire causes campus-wide power outage

By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer UPDATE: According to Mason Chief of Police Carl Rowan, the fire began while the power company was in the process of installing new fuses. The transformer caught fire after installing the second fuse, and the oil within…

Northam’s population strategy

Eradicating the Opioid Crisis in Northern Virginia By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer Governor Ralph Northam and Northern Virginia leaders spoke at Mason on April 19 regarding the opioid crisis currently threatening the nation. As the largest public research university in…

Mason students “March for Our Lives” in D.C.

Thousands join Parkland survivors to call for gun reform in Washington By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez was one of many student speakers who survived the Feb. 2018 shooting in Parkland, Fla. who…

Mason DREAMers Speak out on DACA

THE ACT PROTECTING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAS AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer With less than a month remaining before the federal government ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), a sense of urgency has come over…

2017 Elections signal change for Democrats in 2018

BUT THE PARTIES DISAGREE ON VIRGINIA’S IMPACT ON MIDTERMS  By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer The November elections demonstrated huge successes for the Democratic party. In Virginia, Governor-elect Ralph Northam won by almost nine points, and fellow Democrats Justin Fairfax and…