Category: opinion

Why You Should Learn A Second Language

BY CLAUDE MCVICKER STAFF WRITER English has become the standard language around the world. Although people in different countries speak the language of the place they were born in, many are now taught English in school to a very proficient degree….

Money? A Monstrous Battle With Tuition

How can I get out of this mess? BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE ASSISTANT, CULTURE EDITOR It’s the Wednesday of the week I’m supposed to go back to Mason. This year, I’m a junior. I am the Assistant Culture Editor of the newspaper…

New Title IX Coordinator, Who This?

BY NUHA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER Early this March, Jennifer Hammat, Mason’s Title IX coordinator at the time, announced her forthcoming resignation in the wake of numerous reports of sexual assault and harassment experienced by students on campus. This resignation hastened Mason’s search…

Letter From the Editors

My Fellow Patriots,  We asked our staff what we should write in our first letter addressing the Mason community. Our Online Director, Billy, shrugged and said, “You should tell them they’re going to have a good year.”  So, here it…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, This marks our last issue for the school year as well as my last letter from the editor to you all. Needless to say, this is very bittersweet. As I myself come close to graduation, I am feeling…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, I’ve worked at Fourth Estate for about two years now—half of my college career, and the majority of my time at Mason. I was first a staff writer covering movies and politics. My first big story was about…

Leadership is Paving Pathways and Opening Doors

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS, STAFF WRITER For too long, I’ve seen a rise to power by those who’ve had the voice for a rally, but truly lack the stamina to strategically and empathetically organize both with and for their community. This…

The Balance of Mental Health

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER I think there’s something almost soothing in naming fears. The  Greek classifications of the myriad of phobias from which countless human beings have suffered places those fears in the same realms as the monsters of…

Arlington Shuttle

No student should have to worry about how to get to class each week BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE COPY CHIEF Earlier this week when I was in my Ethics and Human Rights class on the Arlington campus, my professor made a point…