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.

The Outsider’s Guide to the Alexandria Film Festival

The Alexandria Film Festival celebrates local, independent filmmakers BY PETER NJOROGE, STAFF WRITER In an age where film seems to be less and less popular, the Alexandria Film Festival stands as a beacon of light for both independent filmmakers and…

#HappyPeriod—Meaningful Event Focuses on Local Women’s Health

Mason Students Become More Involved in Community Health BY KIM BARTENFELDER, STAFF WRITER The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) hosted their first #HappyPeriod event on Nov. 8 in The Hub, encouraging Mason students to think more about women’s menstrual…

Thanksgiving at Mason

Students who can’t go home for Thanksgiving share their experiences BY SARA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER While Thanksgiving is a national family holiday in the U.S., not all students are able to travel back to see their family during the five-day…

For Mark Rozell, the Schar School “Feels Like Home”

How the Dean of the Schar School Followed His Calling BY RUTH MEKONNEN, STAFF WRITER When Mark Rozell entered his office at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 2004, he did not expect a phone call from the associate dean…

Two Communities, One Student

A Jewish-American speaks about her experiences with Zionism and anti-Semitism BY MANSUR SHAHEEN, STAFF WRITER The topic of anti-Semitism has been brought back to the forefront of the American political sphere this past month. Between the vandalism of a Jewish…

Mason Professor Banned From Fox News and Business Network

Students and faculty call for Chris Farrell’s removal BY APRIL HORENCY STAFF WRITER Chris Farrell, a journalism professor at Mason and director of investigations and research for the conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch, has been banned from speaking on both Fox…

Mason Students and a Rise in Vaping on Campus

Recent studies on vaping and students’ opinions on e-cigarettes BY COLLIN COPE STAFF WRITER Whether on the way to class or walking through a residence hall, it would be hard for a day to go by without seeing at least…

Weeding Out Students In Stem

Students and College of Science faculty describe their experiences with STEM BY SABIHA BASIT, STAFF WRITER As the fall semester slowly begins to wrap up, most students are beginning to sign up for the classes they will take next semester. Many…

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…

Former Mason Student Found Dead

Saudi Arabian sisters found bound together in the Hudson River BY MARNIA TONEY STAFF WRITER It was a chilly day in New York City when the bodies of sisters Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, were found on the…