Category: News

Mason investigating racist drawing found on campus

On Nov. 12, an offensive drawing was discovered in Eisenhower Hall. Mason police reported the incident at 12:04 a.m. on Nov. 13 calling the incident an “intimidation” and stating a “[c]omplainant (GMU) reported an offensive drawing on a dry erase…

On-campus living numbers continue to rise at Mason

(Credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) Even though more students choose off-campus living, the residential population is growing each year by Issmar Ventura For the 2015-2016 school year, Mason saw an increase of approximately 250 students living on campus, in comparison to…

Fairfax County police implement new 9-1-1 texting program

(Photo credit: Claire Cecil/Fourth Estate) “Call if you can. Text if you can’t.” Police departments in Fairfax County, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna, the Town of Clifton and the City of Fairfax have implemented a Text to…

Next freshman class will be required to live on campus

(Photo credit: Pam Phan/Fourth Estate) Freshmen will be required to live on campus starting in the fall of 2016. David Burge, vice president of Enrollment Management, and Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life, have announced that the next class…

Johnson Center elevator issues fixed after $1 million renovation

(Photo credit: Amy Rose/Fourth Estate) After a year of elevator entrapments in the Johnson Center, followed by $1.1 million in renovations, Facilities Management has finally found a workable solution. The University Police Department says there have been 142 elevator service…

What you missed this week

Saturday 10/31 A plane crash in Egypt sparks worldwide controversy about who caused it and if it was a bomb. This crash has started to impact U.S. international flight. An upcoming Fourth Estate article will mention the plane crash and its…

The Volgenau School of Engineering turned 30 this year

(Photo credit: Claire Cecil/Fourth Estate) The beginning of this semester marked the thirtieth year that Mason’s school of engineering has been on campus. According to the engineering school’s annual report, on March 19, 1985, the Board of Visitors approved the founding of the…

Presidential candidates address rising higher education costs

by Nina Motazedi As the 2016 presidential campaign continues, some candidates have begun highlighting their plans for reforming higher education. Candidates from both parties — including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and others — have proposed plans…

Renovated Fenwick library to open in January 2016

(Photo credit: Alya Nowilaty/Fourth Estate) by Yu Bai The new addition to Fenwick Library is scheduled to open at the start of the 2016 spring semester. With additional space nearly twice the size of the current library, Fenwick will provide…