Author Archives: Lianna Brown

About Lianna Brown

Lianna Brown is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fourth Estate for the 2021-2022 academic year. She is majoring in Government and International Politics, and can be reached at lbrown45@gmu.edu.

FACES OF MASON

Ricky Chang, Junior BY ALEXIS MCCUTCHAN STAFF WRITER  I first met Ricky Chang on the first day of the semester. He glided confidently into the classroom and introduced himself as our TA for COMM 208: Media Production. After hearing Professor…

BRAVING THE TIGHTROPE: HOW NOT TO SPREAD AWARENESS FOR ASD

An upcoming film starring a controversial actor will be one of the few movies that addresses Autism Spectrum Disorder, but many are skeptical whether it sends the right message BY MATTHEW KOVACEV  Sia, a singer-songwriter from Australia, decided to brave…

THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF EMERGENCY BUTTONS ON CAMPUS

Students give their opinions on a potentially life-saving solution BY ERICA MUNISAR, STAFF WRITER Mason is home to one of the most diverse and populous colleges in the state of Virginia. With the Fairfax campus having over 37,000 students enrolled,…

THE COMMANDERS STADIUM SEARCH PARTY CONTINUES

  Governor Youngkin is behind the charge to bring the Washington Commanders to Northern Virginia BY LIVIA BENJAMIN, STAFF WRITER On Feb. 15, the legislation that would fund the construction of a $1 billion football stadium in Northern Virginia successfully…

THE CASE FOR A LARGER PRAYER SPACE AT MASON

The Muslim Students Association is pushing for a larger prayer space at Mason to accommodate its large Muslim student body BY MATTHEW KOVACEV, STAFF WRITER  I recently recited my Shahada, the declaration of faith that all reverts to Islam must…

PATRIOT PANTRY IS ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER

Experiencing food insecurity? This campus resource can help.  BY ALEXIS MCCUTCHAN, STAFF WRITER Patriot Pantry, a program held through the Student Support and Advocacy Center, looks to help students who struggle with food insecurity throughout the semester. After a brief…

MASON HAS 48 STUDENTS, 43 FACULTY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Mason reports a positivity rate of 0.9% among students BY BRAD BYRNE, NEWS EDITOR Entering the fourth week of the spring semester, Mason COVID-19 cases continue their downward trend from last week’s reports. This comes amid President Gregory Washington’s announcement…

WHEN NOT EVEN CELEBS CAN ESCAPE THE STIGMA

The public response to Kanye West’s recent actions speak volumes about the persistent stigma on mental health BY MATTHEW KOVACEV, STAFF WRITER  Kanye “Ye” West is perhaps one of the most influential and iconic rappers of all time. With 4.7…

STUDENT GROUP HIGHLIGHT: BEST BUDDIES

Best Buddies kicks off the semester with their first meeting BY ARI MASTERS STAFF WRITER Best Buddies, an organization which fosters inclusion for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, rang in the start of the spring semester last Wednesday with…