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.

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…

Fall Semester Kicks Off With Mason Staycation

PAC encourages students to spend their long weekend oncampus BY ALEXA TIRONI, STAFF WRITER Mason Staycation, organized by the Patriot Activities Council (PAC), marked the first weekend of the fall semester. Thursday, Aug. 29 kicked off the fun-filled five-day event…

Your First “F” Isn’t A Fail

BY SYDNEY JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER Ah, yes. That gut-wrenching feeling you get when you look around at everyone getting their tests handed back to them in class and hear different waves of sighs, groans and slamming of papers on desks…