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.

Chipotle Employees Allege Work Without Fair Pay

Employees speak out against unfair conditions BY SABIHA BASIT, STAFF WRITER The arrival of one of the most popular fast-food chains has brought excitement for students at Mason, but Chipotle’s success comes at a cost. Employees have alleged that Chipotle avoids…

Mason Plans To Send $3000 To Rebuild Infrastructure

Concern over the allocation of funds to assist Mason Veteran Patriots BY JALEN REID, STAFF WRITER The fourth meeting of the 39th Student Senate took place last Thursday. The meeting was headed by the new speaker, Davide Genoese-Zerbi, and President Bekah…

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Behind the Scenes at Fenwick

A Peek At Some Cool Offices In Fenwick Library BY NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER The way someone decorates their space — whether it be a home or office — can say a lot about that person. Students aren’t the only…

Term Limits Won’t Fix Anything

BY JACE WHITE Congress’s frequent low approval ratings have lead many to suggest that creating term limits for our representatives would fix what many view as a corrupt and broken system. They believe that people who have been in office…

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Finding Inner Peace with Mindful Meditation

Sessions At Mason Bring Peace And Relaxation BY D’ANDREA BRADY, STAFF WRITER School can be very stressful for a lot of students, no matter what year they are. Students have an endless amount of homework during the semester, and those who…

Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

In Fourth Estate’s First Advice Column, A Student Asks Ivy For Advice About How To Balance Their Schedule Dear Ivy, I’m having problems with balancing my school work, my job and the club I’m a part of.  My problem is…

Hollywood’s New Trend: “Asianization”

BY SANGWON LEE, REPORTER August 2018 was “Asian August” for Hollywood. “Crazy Rich Asians”, the first all-Asian cast in a Hollywood film in 25 years, became an unexpected box office success, grossing $170.8 million in the first 30 days after its…

Two Mason Korea Students Back from United Nations

BY HAEUN CHOI, REPORTER Haseung Joung and Seihoon Lee, both freshmen global affairs majors, represented Mason Korea in the 2018 WFUNA College Leaders at the United Nations: Korea Program from this April to August. As one of the 25 selected Korean…

Freshman Guard Looks To Make An Impact

Jason Douglas-Stanley Reconnects with His High School Teammate BY ZACH SEAY, STAFF WRITER   Two hundred thirty-five miles separate Mount Vernon, New York, and Fairfax, so having a familiar face around is sure to help freshman guard Jason Douglas-Stanley while he…

Are Yemenis in Jeju Fake Refugees?

BY HYUNSEON KIM, REPORTER “Fake Refugees Go Home Right Now!” is what a group of protesters were shouting on June 30, at the Gwanghwamun square, an emblematic place for civil protests in South Korea. This time, protestors were opposing Yemeni refugees…