Category: News

Stay Mason Student Support Fund application goes live

(Credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) by Amina Benguedouar A million dollar fund created to serve as a fallback for students at Mason is now open to applicants. The Stay Mason Student Support Fund, previously called the Mason Access Initiative, is designed to help…

Mason community and Fairfax County address homelessness

(Photos by Claire Cecil/Fourth Estate) Homelessness is an issue both on campus and in the greater Fairfax County area. In a survey conducted by graduate student Yara Mowafy in the spring of 2015, half of the 300 participants indicated they…

Robo-journalism: Will humans become obsolete?

Computer algorithms are increasingly being used to generate news stories. According to the New York Times, the advancement of technology is producing an industry of “automated narrative generation.” News sources, including the Associated Press, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times,…

What you missed this week

All the news you’ve missed since last Friday, November 13 Friday 11/13 On Friday night, Paris was hit by several deadly terrorist attacks that killed 130 people, a CNN report said. The terrorists attacked several locations in the city including…

Mason student explores the history of slaves in Fairfax County

Georgia Brown, an undergraduate history major, is working with the Fairfax County Historic Records Center to create a searchable index of slaves mentioned in court documents. Brown, along with the other historians in the office, searches through documents like wills,…

Lawsuit filed against Mason for denying FOIA records

Competitive Enterprise Institute seeks email correspondence after professors sign RICO-20 letter Additional reporting by Ellen Glickman & Alexa Rogers This past Friday, November 13, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a lawsuit against Mason. The Director of Media Relations for CEI,…

Warm doorknobs across campus confound students, faculty

(Credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) There are hundreds — if not thousands — of doorknobs around Mason’s campus, from residence halls to classrooms. Without realizing it, the average student probably handles at least a dozen doorknobs on a daily basis and comes to expect a certain…

From your plate to the atmosphere

How food waste contributes to climate change An often overlooked contributor to climate change is food waste. A Time article co-written by Raul Grijalva and Mason professor Michael Shank discusses food waste and how human beings can be large contributors…