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 One-On-One With President Cabrera

President Cabrera discusses the future of Mason, funding, Transparent GMU and Title IX BY JACK HARVEY, STAFF WRITER Fourth Estate sat down for a telephone conversation with Mason’s President Ángel Cabrera on Oct. 10. The interview touched on accommodating non-traditional students…

A History Of The Mercatus Center

A Closer Look at One of Mason’s Policy Think Tanks BY JALEN REID, STAFF WRITER The Mercatus Center, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization located on Mason’s campus in Arlington, Virginia, is a think tank affiliated with the economics department at Mason. According…

President Angel Cabrera Speaks At Faculty Senate Meeting

Infrastructure, transparent funding and online classes were discussed BY JACK HARVEY, STAFF WRITER Mason’s Faculty Senate resumed meetings last week on Oct. 3, with an address from President Cabrera and an ensuing discussion between members of faculty. Protestors from Transparent GMU…

New Senators Welcomed Into The Student Senate

BY JALEN REID, STAFF WRITER The 39th student senate met for the eighth time in Merten Hall this week and discussed the implementation of bills and resolutions and executive appointments while welcoming 23 new senators. From the Executive Cabinet, Bekah Pettine,…

Civil Rights Hero Speaks At Mason

Congressman John Lewis shares message of inspiration, hope and urgency BY SAMI GIBBS, STAFF WRITER The last living speaker from the March on Washington, Rep. John Lewis, was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders in the 1960s and is now…

We Must Keep Talking about This

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS *** Warning: This piece includes content regarding sexual assault. As I sat there on the plane, with my hands folded in front of me, I could not help but to feel a rush of unease come over…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The recent Fourth Estate article focusing on CAPS services (Oct. 1 edition) highlighted the importance of supporting the mental health of Mason’s students. However, it painted a skewed and incomplete picture. I want to share information and important…

Students Speak Out About Intramural Sports

Rules Regarding Gender in Sports Lead to Player Concerns BY SAMANTHA HADLEY CONTRIBUTOR Intramural sports have always been an easy and accessible way for students to remain active and compete in college. However, some of the rules in co-ed intramural sports…

An Unexpected Leader

Two time Co-Rookie of the Week brings a breath of fresh air to the women’s volleyball program BY KARL PANTON STAFF WRITER It’s been a long journey for Mason Women’s Volleyball— for the 2017-2018 season, they had six wins. More than…

Those Who Tackle Together Stay Together

Women’s Rugby Is the Place for Camaraderie and Confidence BY ALLY MCALPINE ART DIRECTOR “Hey what’s up, you want to play rugby?” Many students will recognize the common call of a friendly woman, holding an oblong ball, to people passing by…