Category: opinion

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots,  I hope everyone had a moderately successful first week back from Spring Break, and a first week with online classes. I admit, I had to sit through some classes with technical issues, but I appreciated my professors’ willingness…

Sanity in a Time of Corona

BY: FONTLEROY FRITZ-ROBBINS IV JR., FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. During our weekly fireside chats, my father, Fontleroy Fritz-Robbins IV, would sit me down, shake…

Online Teaching is Clearly Superior

BY: CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. As the pandemic rages on, as life is upended in so many negative ways and as President…

It’s Time to Close up Shop

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. In light of all that’s been happening with the coronavirus pandemic, higher education is facing a number…

Road Rage is Good for You

BY: SYDNEY JOHNSON, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. Driving in Fairfax is such a joy. Having to wake up early to arrive at school an…

Construction Should Last Forever

BY: SIDONIA CANNON, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. Construction has become an integral part of the Mason campus and has introduced so many unexpected benefits….

Broken Dreams and Pinky Promises

BY: SAVANNAH MARTINCIC, ASSISTANT OPINION EDITOR What started as the most diverse Democratic candidate pool whittled down to what the nation saw on the March 15 debate stage: two white men in their 70s.  Out of the numerous candidates that…

Pass/Fail Grades Are a Good Idea for This Semester

BY: DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Perseverance is a virtue, but so is wisdom, and sometimes it is not wise to persevere. While we should press on and complete our semester, we should not keep the same grading system we had…

Immunosuppression: Insulin and Isolation

BY: CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT, STAFF WRITER I am a Type I diabetic. I have been since I was a year old — I know nothing else. For that reason, it has never really been a defining part of my life: it…