Author Archives: Billy Ferguson

About Billy Ferguson

I am a Junior film and video studies major. This is my 6th 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 Needless Contribution to Systemic Classism

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER Imagine you’re driving to school, running late for your 8 a.m. You notice that you’re going 65 mph in a 50 mph zone, and soon after you notice police lights behind you. The officer cites…

Getting Fit With Mason Fitness

BY CLAUDE MCVICKER, STAFF WRITER Three years ago I entered the world of weightlifting, and the impact it’s had on my life is monumental. I felt bigger, stronger and more confident, and now, I always try to find time to…

Sustainability at the Forefront of Mason’s New Initiative

Over 500 faculty join Mason’s new Institute for a Sustainable Earth BY BRAD BRYNE, STAFF WRITER Over 500 new faculty members have joined Mason’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth, which is focused on tackling climate and environmental issues concerning the…

This Is Suburbia

BY MOSES HUNSAKER, CONTRIBUTOR Going to Mason is a time of transition for new students in many ways, and for some it isn’t just a new home — it’s a whole new area as well. Northern Virginia is dominated by…

Gun Confiscation is Mainstream Democrat Policy – It Won’t Work

BY SEAN HELWIG, CONTRIBUTOR America’s gun debate is frequently ruled by emotion on both sides. One of the left’s most common talking points is to ridicule conservatives’ fears of gun confiscation as irrational fearmongering. Recent events have demonstrated that gun…

A S-Painful Experience

BY KAYLYN MATIS, STAFF WRITER On my first day in Madrid, Spain, I got off the plane and got into a taxi to go to my host family’s house. I had no idea where I was going and had been…

The Japanese Breakfast and Its Health Benefits

CLAUDE MCVICKER, CONTRIBUTOR Japan is an island nation directly off the eastern coast of China, boasting a population of about 126 million (as of 2018), the third largest economy in the world and, most noticeably, the longest expected life span…