Author Archives: Peter Njoroge

Letter from the Editors

Hello Patriots! What can we say? Times are tough and things are changing. This global pandemic has reoriented life as we know it and the end isn’t in sight quite yet. School is different, work is different, meeting with each…

Letter from the Culture Desk

Welcome to a new and strange semester at Mason! These last several months have been a completely new experience for everyone and the next few months will be a continued time of adjustment and learning for every Mason student. Here…

The Bookshelf

“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett BY MAGGIE ROTH STAFF WRITER    Bestselling author Brit Bennet’s second novel, “The Vanishing Half,” has proven itself to be a compelling and timely tale about the intricacies of race and identity, while exploring…

Dear Ivy: How to Juggle Hybrid Classes

BY KAYLYN MATIS STAFF WRITER  Dear Ivy, We are starting a really weird semester that none of us have experienced before. I have a few online classes and a few meeting in person. I have never done an online class…

CVPA Provides Updates on Fall Performances

Outdoor performances, off-campus events and digital content will replace traditional programming BY: PETER NJOROGE, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF On Wednesday, June 24, Dean of the College of the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Rick Davis and Programming Director Adrienne Bryant Godwin provided updates…

Fourth Estate / Peter Njoroge

Holton, Rowan, Connolly and More Discuss Racism and Policing

Mason faculty and Virginia legislators speak about racism and police violence on Zoom BY: PETER NJOROGE, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF On Friday, June 19, a panel of influential members of Mason faculty and lawmakers in Northern Virginia held an open forum with the…

Faces of Mason

INTERVIEWS BY PETER NJOROGE, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  On Friday, June 12, Fourth Estate spoke with student protestors on campus during a demonstration for George Floyd.  Tristan Zambrano What do you think is the most important thing for students to be doing right…

CVPA Suspends 2020 Season

 Mason’s performing arts venues will be empty during the fall semester BY: PETER NJOROGE, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  On Wednesday, June 10, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) issued two press releases stating that both the Center for the Arts and…

Racial Justice Protests Continue In Northern Virginia

Protesters gather in Manassas to promote anti-police violence agreement BY: PETER NJOROGE CO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF; DANA NICKEL STAFF WRITER On Monday, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, peaceful protesters gathered in downtown Manassas to show solidarity with the Black…