Author Archives: Billy Ferguson

About Billy Ferguson

I am a Junior film and video studies major. This is my 5th semester at the Fourth Estate. I started as Graphics Editor as a freshman. Last year, I was the Art Director. Currently, I am the Online Director of the organization. This means that I coordinate the multimedia and social sections of Fourth Estate and manage the website.

A Girl with Big Dreams

Sahar Sarsour finds new opportunities at Mason BY SARA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER Growing up in the Gaza strip is not easy or favorable for a girl with big dreams. Gaza is a war-torn territory where individuals constantly struggle with financial…

Following the “Dark Money”

An inside look at “Dark Money” film with director Kimberly Reed BY NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER Movies and literature have a significant power in opening the eyes of their audiences to injustices. In today’s climate wrought with falsehoods, one film…

Siyabulela Mandela Carries on His Grandfather’s Legacy

Mandela talks about his time at Mason and plans for the future BY RUTH MEKONNEN, STAFF WRITER When Siyabulela Mandela first arrived at Mason, he was shocked by the overwhelming support he received. “The minute I stepped my foot into…

One Last Bite Won’t Hurt

A Few Healthy Tips for Patriot Students BY KATHYA MENDEZ, STAFF WRITER As a college student, there are many responsibilities that can keep you busy throughout the day. Having a tight schedule can be overwhelming for Mason students, making it…

Thousands of Miles From Home

A Palestinian Mason student explains what it’s like for her living in today’s America BY MANSUR SHAHEEN, STAFF WRITER Suhad Sayyad is just like every other student at Mason. She is a senior who balances her busy work and personal…

Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

This week, Ivy tells a student how to deal with online dating and friendship Dear Ivy, My best friend and I never really dated much in high school. Now that we’re in college, both of us have downloaded all those…

Mason Student Draws Her Way into HERstory

Junior Monique Le illustrated new book “Modern HERstory” BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR As an artist, the idea of your work being published in a book can seem like a dream. For Monique Le, this dream became a reality. Le,…

Doctors Without Borders Specialist Comes To Mason

World-traveled doctor discusses his experience with diseases and viruses BY APRIL HORENCY STAFF WRITER Epidemic diseases have appeared throughout history, ranging from the bubonic plague to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. To learn about experiences dealing with epidemic diseases, Mason’s Multicultural Association…

Director Of Academic Integrity Discusses Cheating

Why it happens and how to prevent it BY SANJANA RAGHAVAN STAFF WRITER How is cheating like running a red light? “[If you] run a red light, it’s not malicious, but you still have to pay the ticket,” said Dr. LaShonda…

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…