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(Amy Rose/Fourth Estate) Black Student Alliance President Rasheed Parker leads students in march for solidarity for Mike Brown.

Students march in solidarity for Michael Brown in #HandsUpWalkOut

Mason students affiliated with the Black Student Alliance and other campus organizations marched on North Plaza on Monday afternoon in protest of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Following the shooting, subsequent protests and clashes in Ferguson have sparked a…

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Mason Alert system gets a modern facelift

The university has updated its emergency notification system, Mason Alerts, to automatically enroll those who have been issued a @gmu.edu or @masonlive.gmu.edu email address. Automatic enrollment allows members of the Mason community to log in with their Mason credentials as…

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SiN hosts first Symposium on Neuroscience at Mason

Fourth Estate Online Sports Editor Kristi Anable  The first Symposium on Neuroscience took place on Tuesday, April 22 at George’s Restaurant on the third floor of the Johnson Center on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The symposium was…

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Scientists discover long dormant volcanoes in Virginia

By John Faulders We have heard about recent eruptions of volcanoes throughout the world. Mt. Kilauea, on the big island of Hawaii, has been erupting since 1983. Lava flows have destroyed many houses. Recently, Mt. Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland erupted and…

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New Mason organizations target first generation students

In 2012, Mason had 4,079 first-generation college students enrolled at the university, almost twice the number enrolled in 2008. The increase has prompted the creation of new organizations, such as MasonU, to meet the needs of this growing population. Developed…

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Students lobby for changes to computer science honor policies

A group of students are lobbying Mason to make changes to the Computer Science department’s honor policy, which they see as inhibiting teamwork and collaboration. “The bar is too low for professors in the Computer Science department in the Volgenau…

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Farewell Interview with Provost Stearns

After 14 years as provost, Peter Stearns will officially resign from his position this summer. Fourth Estate’s Editor in Chief, Hau Chu, sat down with Stearns for a final interview about his time at Mason as provost.   While in…

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Mason Hall to undergo renovations

In July, reconstruction on Mason Hall will mark the start of another construction project on the Fairfax campus. This project will be completed in two phases, each taking about four months. Mason Hall, built in 1989, is in need of…