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.

Individual Actions Can Save the Planet

BY SARA BABCOCK, CONTRIBUTOR In early October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report stating that we have 12 years until the global temperature of our planet will be 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer. Even a half…

“Paying Amazon is a Bad Idea”

BY JACE WHITE The news that Amazon will be bringing half of its new headquarters to Northern Virginia was met with enthusiasm by those who stand to gain from the company’s move. From the standpoint of the economy as a whole,…

A Better Movement

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS, STAFF WRITER To build a better society, a better system, we must first build a better community. When we have one voice lost in the crowd, we must uplift it. There is no doubt that there is…

Mason Group Brings Gun Safety Debate to Congress

Students Demand Action meets with Pelosi official BY APRIL HORENCY STAFF WRITER Students Demand Action (SDA), an organization focused on establishing a space for college students to voice their concerns about current gun safety legislation and protection, present personal stories involving…

Inadequacies Found With Implementation Of GI Bill Policy

GI Bill recipient encountered problems with short-term deployments BY JACK HARVEY STAFF WRITER A Mason Post-9/11 GI Bill Recipient found himself experiencing unexpected bureaucratic pushback when he was ordered to deploy to Colorado for three weeks. His predicament, he argues, exposed…

Student Government Roundup

Shakeup in student government leadership BY JALEN REID STAFF WRITER Student Government has undergone many changes over the last month. New legislation has been introduced, and leadership roles have shifted significantly. Davide Genoese-Zerbi, speaker of the senate, has resigned, as…

Mason At the Bay

University of Maryland partners with Mason to restore the Chesapeake Bay BY CYD MEJIA STAFF WRITER The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. According to Lindsay Eney from the Chesapeake Bay Program, “[The Chesapeake Bay] is…

Setting Realistic Goals for the New Year

Mason students share tips on achieving New Year’s resolutions BY SARA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER Another year has passed in the blink of an eye: 2019 is just a few days away. This is a great time to think of New…

Four Fun Things to Do in NOVA

Local activities for some winter fun this finals season BY BROOKE LEWITAS, STAFF WRITER With finals on your mind, it can be hard to focus on anything else. As the holidays are just around the corner, if you can pull…

More than a stereotype

An Afghan student talks about her country and Islamophobia BY MANSUR SHAHEEN, STAFF WRITER When Americans think of the Middle East, they often imagine a war-torn region, wrought with mass terrorism and fascist governments. There is also a common perception…