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.

Gold Rush

Mason fans prepare for 2018-2019 basketball season with on-campus festivities BY MANSUR SHAHEEN STAFF WRITER Mason basketball kicks off this week when the women’s and men’s teams begin their season with a doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at EagleBank Arena. Festivities…

The Best of Both Worlds

Junior volleyball player goes above and beyond in her academic and athletic careers BY KIM BARTENFELDER STAFF WRITER Junior Bailey Williams is revamping the image of student-athletes at Mason. Excelling on the court as an outside hitter for Mason’s women’s volleyball…

Transparency Trainwreck

BY SARA DERISO, CONTRIBUTOR Last spring, Transparent GMU exposed several examples of undue donor influence here at Mason. This included revelations that the university allowed the Charles Koch Foundation and other donors to be involved in the hiring of faculty…

Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle?

BY  JACE WHITE STAFF WRITER Politics today is often characterized as polarized, divisive, uncivilized and unproductive. It is said that people on the right are moving farther right, people on the left are moving farther left and everyone is getting…

Controversy Surrounding Street Preacher Jorge Pina

Mason students react to D.C. preacher on campus BY COLLIN COPE, STAFF WRITER “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye,” sang a crowd of Mason students gathered in front of street preacher Jorge Pina as…

Ethical Hacking at Mason

Mason Competitive Cyber hosts CTF event BY JACK HARVEY STAFF WRITER Fourth Estate sat down with Mason Competitive Cyber (Mason CC) president Michael Bailey, a senior information technology major, to discuss recent developments in the world of ethical hacking at Mason….

A Dialogue In Tragedy

Mason’s Jewish Community Responds to Latest Mass Shooting BY OLIVIA VERMANE LONGFORM EDITOR A quiet neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Squirrel Hill, is home to a historically close-knit Jewish community. The fading gray bricks and stained-glass windows of the 153-year-old synagogue welcomed…

Mason Students Part of Cult-Classic at University Theatres

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” invites all into true cult-film classic at University Mall Theatre BY PETER NJOROGE, STAFF WRITER “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is truly unlike any other. Featuring equal parts movie, play, improv, performance arts, political criticism,…

Mason Artists’ Creativity is Infinite

Mason Art Students and the Meaning Behind Their Work BY KATHYA MENDEZ, STAFF WRITER While you could immediately think of paint and pencils when thinking of art, art students at Mason actually work in a variety of mediums such as…