Category: News

Mason professor heads Obama task force on 21st century policing

A national task force led by GMU Professor Laurie Robinson has been investigating the relationship between U.S. law enforcement and the communities they oversee. The task force was established in Dec. 18 by an executive order from President Obama in…

Award winners honored for social activism

This story was originally published in the Feb. 2 issue of Fourth Estate Below are excerpts of interviews with the recipients of the Spirit of King Award, which honors those who have made contributions to developing a multicultural campus community….

Our top 5 bizarre picks this week

The staff at Fourth Estate loves to read weird news, so here are our strangest picks of the week.  1. Lindsay Lohan sues Fox News over comment said on The Sean Hannity Show On Feb. 4, 2014, guests on The Sean…

VA House bill proposes public students’ right to counsel

Delegate Rick Morris of the Virginia House of Delegates proposed House Bill 1321 which would give students and student organizations the right to representation if they are charged with an offense that would be punishable by at least a ten…

Graduate enrollment on steady decline for VA public schools

This story was originally published in the February 2 issue of Fourth Estate. Enrollment has dropped at more than half of Virginia’s public colleges, including Mason, according to a recent report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia….

Mason turns a spotlight on sexual assault and violence

This story was originally published in the February 2 issue of Fourth Estate. During a Board of Visitors meeting held on Dec. 10, Mason policies regarding sexual violence on campus were discussed, in light of intensified national concern over the…

“Ask Dr.Cabrera” forum centers on Koch donations

Mason President Ángel Cabrera took questions and concerns Tuesday morning during his “Ask Dr.Cabrera” session. The forum quickly centered around private funding from Charles and David Koch, two prominent conservative businessmen who head Koch Industries. The two brothers have donated privately to…

Mason students divided on national gun control debate

The Virginia Senate rejected a package of gun regulation measures proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Jan. 26 amid concealed carry debates on college campuses throughout the country. The bills proposed by McAuliffe would have renewed Virginia’s one-a-month handgun limit, required…

General Assembly considers standardization of AP and IB credits

A bill before the Virginia General Assembly would require that all of the state’s public universities and colleges award incoming freshman students the same amount of credits for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other college preparatory courses. State universities and…