Category: Culture

Dorm 101

BY EMILY VERBIEST, STAFF WRITER   Hello all! Are you sick of your boring dorm room? Want to spruce up the place a bit? Then take a look at our top six ways to enhance your dorm room in order…

“Butterfly Gardens” and “Broken Angels”

BY TAYLOR WICHTENDAHL, STAFF WRITER   **“The Butterfly Garden” by Dot Hutchison** “The Butterfly Garden” is the latest thriller on the scene. Reminiscent of “Gone Girl” or “The Girl on the Train,” this novel has also been optioned for a…

Ruff, Thomas
German, born 1958
Portrait (T. Ruff), 1991

ESSAY: Art, aliens and Sigur Rós

BY MACKENZIE REAGAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF (Photos courtesy of the National Gallery of Art)   I wouldn’t be the first to compare Pollock to Pavement, with their shared jumble of paint (words), brushstrokes (lyrics) dripping with irony. Art and music go hand…

Johnson Center Cinema closes

BY TAYLOR WICHTENDAHL, STAFF WRITER AND JENNIFER SHASKAN, ONLINE EDITOR   Much to the dismay of many students, the Johnson Center Cinema has recently stopped offering movies. For 20 years, the Cinema would show one movie per weekend with limited…

“I don’t know, what do you want?”

BY EMILY VERBIEST, STAFF WRITER   _If you’re going for…_ **Healthy** _True Food Kitchen 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, VA 22031_ With high ceilings, an open kitchen and abundant plant life, sunlight pours into the spacious dining area at True Food…

“Natural Fact” exhibit opens at School of Art

BY EMILY VERBIEST, STAFF WRITER   Formidable yet inviting, Emilie Brzezinski’s lofty wood sculptures elegantly tower over onlookers in the Fine Arts Gallery.  The room’s glossy grey floors and sleek white walls create an industrial atmosphere that sharply contrasts the…

A Season of tradition and transitions

BY GABRIELLE NELSON, STAFF WRITER   Gangs, political power, the LGBTQ community and a hope for a brighter future—all of these are themes in the Mason Players’ fall season.   **”The Laramie Project”** After Matthew Shepard, 21, of Laramie, Wyoming,…

Falling for 18 years of books

BY GABRIELLE NELSON, STAFF WRITER   What began as a two-day festival in 1999 has since become a massive effort to bring hundreds of authors to Mason’s campus and community over a short period of six days. After a year…

De Clieu Coffee Shop in downtown Fairfax offers a range of treats, including seasonally- appropriate pumpkin muffins.

For your entertainment

BY MACKENZIE REAGAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF   Hey, it’s me again.   If you’re a long-time reader Fourth Estate, you’re familiar with the old Lifestyle section. The section covered, well, life. It was a strong section with work from great writers. But…

The new kid’s guide to local entertainment

BY PETER ECCLESTON, CULTURE EDITOR and MACKENZIE REAGAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF    New to Campus? Looking to find places to unwind after a long week of hard work? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered together a list of some of the…