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.

Mason Student Draws Her Way into HERstory

Junior Monique Le illustrated new book “Modern HERstory” BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR As an artist, the idea of your work being published in a book can seem like a dream. For Monique Le, this dream became a reality. Le,…

Doctors Without Borders Specialist Comes To Mason

World-traveled doctor discusses his experience with diseases and viruses BY APRIL HORENCY STAFF WRITER Epidemic diseases have appeared throughout history, ranging from the bubonic plague to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. To learn about experiences dealing with epidemic diseases, Mason’s Multicultural Association…

Director Of Academic Integrity Discusses Cheating

Why it happens and how to prevent it BY SANJANA RAGHAVAN STAFF WRITER How is cheating like running a red light? “[If you] run a red light, it’s not malicious, but you still have to pay the ticket,” said Dr. LaShonda…

Law School Adjunct Newest Federal Court Nominee

Adjunct Professor Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals BY OLIVIA VERMANE LONGFORM EDITOR Less than a week after the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has announced his intent to nominate an 18th wave of judicial…

Mason Weekly Crime Log

BY JACK HARVEY, STAFF WRITER Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018- Lot K, 12:17 a.m. Drug/ Narcotic Violations: Subject (Non-GMU) was issued a releasable summons for possessing illegal drugs. A second Subject (GMU) was referred to Office of Student Conduct (OSC) for…

Student Government Discusses Controversial Topics

Gold Rush talk, being a conflict-free campus and condemning anti-Semitism BY JALEN REID STAFF WRITER On Oct. 11, 2018, the 39th Student Senate met at Merten Hall to discuss The George, Congressman John Lewis’ Fall for the Book talk, the first…

The Uphill Journey for International Students

Adjusting to life at Mason come with its own challenges for international students BY SARA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER Even though immigration has been a common habit of human civilization since the ancient ages, leaving one’s homeland is never easy. Thousands of…

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Female Empowerment Shines in Contemporary Music

Ariana Grande becomes an inspiring activist for women through music BY KIM BARTENFELDER, STAFF WRITER Since the release of “God is a Woman” by Ariana Grande in July 2018, the song has served as a lyrical and visual representation of women’s…

Resources for Mason’s LGBTQ+ Community

Learn more about Mason’s Safe Zone and other resources available to students BY BROOKE LEWITAS, STAFF WRITER Actress and trans rights activist Laverne Cox once said, “I’ve never been interested in being invisible and erased.” However, incidents of invisibility, erasure…

Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

This week, Ivy gives advice to someone dealing with a bad roommate BY TRAVIS MCMILL, STAFF WRITER Dear Ivy, My roommate is a freaking slob. He leaves USED toilet paper on the bathroom floor. He only showers three times a…