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.
Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

Ivy gives advice to a student who is feeling the stress of the end of the semester BY D’ANDREA BRADY, STAFF WRITER Dear Ivy, This point in the semester has me so stressed. Midterms just ended, and I thought I…

Another Look at Mason Students Who Are Also Parents

Mason strives to prioritize accessibility for all, but what about students with children BY BROOKE LEWITAS, STAFF WRITER Last April, Fourth Estate ran an article titled “A look at Mason students who are also parents,” which addressed the challenges of…

Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

A stressed-out sophomore sends out an SOS BY LEIGH NORMAN, STAFF WRITER Dear Ivy, All anyone says when you ask for advice about college is to “get involved.” Well, I’m a sophomore and I still have yet to do so….

Hidden Hangouts: Cox Farms

Farm turned haunted forest is sure to scare the toughest of people BY ALEXANDRIA MCALPINE, ART DIRECTOR Want to be chased down by a clown with a chainsaw? If so, Cox Farms is the place for you. Fairfax’s very own…

Horror-scopes

A fun, Halloween twist on your classic horoscope BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) – Scorpios are known for their passionate emotions, but they can also seem closed off to other people. This Halloween, don’t hide your…

Take A Moment For Self-Care

Mason hosted workshop highlighting the importance of self-care among students BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR College students usually have a lot on their plate—intense workloads, jobs, extracurricular activities, hanging with friends and making time for themselves. All of this can…

Koch-Busters Deliver Petition To President Cabrera’s Office

Students from Transparent GMU petition over gift agreements BY JACK HARVEY STAFF WRITER On Thursday, Oct. 25, students in a demonstration organized by Transparent GMU delivered a petition in which they demanded from President Ángel Cabrera, that all Mason gift agreements…

Mason Economics Professor Writes Controversial Column

Multicultural organizations respond to Professor Walter Williams’ articles on diversity “corrupting” universities BY SABIHA BASIT AND CYD MEJIA STAFF WRITERS In a racially charged political climate, is diversity negatively affecting colleges across the U.S.? That is the question posed by Walter…

Mason Professor Discusses Paris Climate Agreement Report

A one-on-one with Edward Maibach about climate change BY JALEN REID STAFF WRITER As industrialization starts to spread to other parts of the world due to globalization and urbanization, the release of greenhouse gases is continuing at an alarming rate and…

Mason Senate Elects University Life Chairwoman

Student Body President and Vice President collaborate with NOVA Community College BY JALEN REID STAFF WRITER On Oct. 18, the 39th Student Senate met for the 10th time in Merten Hall. The senate passed legislation on four points. Two pieces of…