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.

STUDENTS REACT TO COLIN POWELL’S DEATH

Mason students offer mixed reactions to the passing of Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of state. BY ROBERT STEWART STAFF WRITER Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died on Oct. 18 after contracting a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Although…

MASON STRUGGLES TO RETAIN EMPLOYEES AMID LABOR SHORTAGE ON CAMPUS

Labor shortage on campus sparks frustration from staff and students BY ALLISON ALBERTY GRAPHICS EDITOR & SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR As businesses nationwide struggle to find and retain employees, Mason’s on-campus dining services and restaurants are no exception to this labor…

MASON STUDENTS CONNECT THROUGH DISCORD HUBS

How the new Discord feature allows students to connect with their classmates BY ARI MASTERS STAFF WRITER Mason students are connecting in new ways this semester, thanks to a new “Student Hubs” feature on Discord. Discord is a private messaging…

WHY ABIGAIL SPANBERGER HAS THE MOST TO LOSE NEXT YEAR

BY JEFFREY CARBERRY STAFF WRITER Elected in the blue wave of 2018, former CIA analyst Abigail Spanberger survived a tough election in 2020 but now faces perhaps the biggest challenge of her political career: surviving the 2022 midterms.  Poised with…

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS BRING NEW CANDIDATES

A look into this year’s candidates and their plans for Student Government  BY KENDALL BARNHARDT STAFF WRITER  Fall 2021 Student Government (SG) elections are here, with 22 people running for the Student Senate body. Freshman Zayd Hamid: Candidate Zayd Hamid…

ON THE SLATE

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” BY JOSEPH MOORE STAFF WRITER “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” the latest entry in the Sony Pictures Spider-Man Universe, was released in cinemas on Oct. 1. The film, which is a direct sequel from “Venom”…

STUDENTS TOUR LGBTQ+ SPACES IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON D.C.

LGBTQ+ Resource Center and LLC kick off LGBTQ+ history month with a trip downtown BY ARI MASTERS STAFF WRITER On Sunday, Oct 3, Mason students took a trip downtown to tour D.C. LGBTQ+ services, led by the LGBTQ+ Resources Center…

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

A review of the best allergen-free eats in the DMV BY ALEXIS MCCUTCHAN STAFF WRITER As someone who has learned to live with a severe dairy allergy, at times it can be difficult to find a place to eat out…

AUSTRALIA FINALLY PICKED A SIDE, THE RIGHT SIDE

The Australian government makes a formal decision on nuclear-powered submarines BY JEFFREY CARBERRY STAFF WRITER On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, President Joe Biden stood in the East Room of the White House, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison…