Category: culture

Why Oscar nominations matter

Last Thursday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for the 2015 Oscars. Much to the dismay of avid movie watchers, the academy made nominations that were boring and without diversity. In particular, the academy did…

Outdoor excursions to educate students and relieve stress

  Tatyana White, staff writer Looking for a way to de-stress while enjoying the great outdoors? Mason has new ways to make that possible for its students. The university now offers Outdoor Adventures, which offers weekly trips hiking, rafting and…

Holiday Recipes with Wine Suggestions

  This story was originally published in the Nov. 24 issue of Fourth Estate. Written by Savannah Norton with wine pairings from Connor Smith The holidays are the perfect time of year to bake to your hearts’ content and to…

Mason’s gardens provides local and organic food for community

Ashley Anne Strobridge, staff writer The organic produce is an expanding trend on Mason’s campus. Not only does the Office of Sustainability sponsor a weekly farmer’s market, but there are also a number of gardens and greenhouses on campus dedicated…

Washington, D.C. Holiday Theater Guide

This story was originally published in the Nov. 24 issue of Fourth Estate. The Washington area has a thriving theater scene. Every year brings new ideas and diverse shows. The winter season is no different. “Bad Jews” Studio Theater: 1501…

Holiday Gift Guide: College Budget Edition

This story was originally published in the Nov. 24 issue of Fourth Estate. Jevette Brown, staff writer As the holidays approach and the Secret Santa sticks are drawn, college students everywhere are on a budget and struggling to find decent…

Photo gallery: Dido, Queen of Carthage

The Mason Players present, “Dido, Queen of Carthage” this weekend. The play is written by Christopher Marlowe and directed by Mason senior, Rebecca Wahls. Photo credit: Ruthie Rado

Reading group discusses male authors portrayal of women

Ashley Anne Strobridge, staff writer Every Wednesday, a small but engaged group of Mason students and alumni meet to discuss a topic that for many goes unnoticed. The book club, Men Who Write About Women, aims to dissect the idea…

Winter Movie Preview

Into the Woods Release date: Dec. 25, 2014 The stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood are intertwined with the Baker and his wife in this dark fairy tale. Director: Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) Why…

Dealflicks.com allows a cheap trip to the movies

Going to a movie theater can be an expensive outing. One can easily spend $30 for a single ticket, popcorn and drink, which makes it hard to justify seeing a movie in the theater. That said, there is an appeal…