Category: campus

BREAKING: Johnson Center evacuated due to bomb threat

by Fourth Estate staff The Johnson Center has been closed due to a bomb threat, which university police are currently investigating. They have asked people to vacate the building and remain away from the area. No further information has been…

Pakistan to Mason

BY FAREEHA REHMAN, STAFF WRITER   Mason has collaborated with the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan to have 40 faculty fellows from UMT attend academic seminars on campus. Funded by a U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office…

EPA sues Mason for water contamination

BY NINA MOTAZEDI, STAFF WRITER Mason has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for the discharge of diesel fuel oil and additional Environmental Protection Agency violations. On Jan. 17, 2015, Mason’s aboveground Central Heating and Cooling Plant in Fairfax discharged…

ROTC alternative summer

BY MELISSA MOORE, STAFF WRITER For many students, summer vacation consists of lazy days, beach trips and catching up on much needed sleep, but for several cadets of the Mason Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), or Patriot Battalion, summer looked…

Put your phone on Drunk Mode

BY MELISSA MOORE, STAFF WRITER   Have you ever gone out to a party, had a little too much to drink and made a phone call that you wish you didn’t? The application Drunk Mode, which recently surpassed 1.3 million…

Mason ranks high in diversity

  BY FAREEHA REHMAN, STAFF WRITER   Mason has made the list of the Diverse’s Top 100 Degree Producers, a survey that ranks U.S. universities based on minority graduation rates. According to the organization’s survey, Mason ranked number 46 for…

Rosetta Stone comes to Mason

BY HAMNA AHMAD, STAFF WRITER   Salut! ¿Cómo andas? Heb je geluncht? From dining halls to classrooms, a chorus of languages and dialects can be heard all across Mason’s campuses. With University Libraries’ new Rosetta Stone subscription, students, faculty and…

Who wants to be an astronaut?

BY GABRIELLE NELSON, STAFF WRITER   Astronaut Timothy Kopra recently came to Mason to tell students and staff about his career with NASA and his experience in space after returning in June from a six-month mission to the International Space…

CAPS introduces initial consultations

BY RIDA KAYANI, STAFF WRITER   University Life’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has introduced a new way to schedule counseling appointments called initial consultations According to CAPS, the initial consultations, created from the feedback provided by the student body…

BREAKING: JC cinema shuts its doors

FOURTH ESTATE STAFF   The cinema in the Johnson Center has officially stopped screening free movies for students. The Office of Student Involvement has a sign-up sheet for free tickets to showings at University Mall Theater instead. Follow Mason Student…