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About overmane

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.
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Mason Elects New Student Senators

INCOMING FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS FILL SEATS IN 2017-2018 STUDENT GOVERNMENT  By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer Mason’s student government recently held semi-annual elections, with ten new members from the incoming freshmen class voted in to the student senate. The election…

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Remembering Tristan Medina

“STAR RUNNING BACK” SOPHOMORE “WOULD ALWAYS BRING THE LIGHT TO EVERY ROOM” By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer Tragedy struck Mason’s Fairfax campus when 19-year-old sophomore Tristan Medina passed away in Fairfax hospital on Saturday, Sept. 30 after falling from a…

Upcoming Events on Campus

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S HAPPENING ON CAMPUS THIS MONTH By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer From small group meetings to huge events in the North Plaza, Mason students have something to take part in every day. With over 350 clubs and…