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.

Humans of Mason: Bijan Keshmiri ‘21

BY SAMI GIBBS, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “When I was 7 years old I started playing with my mom’s camera. I started taking pictures of everything. I took pictures of my TV, flowers and my balcony. When I was at NOVA [Community College]…

Letter from the Editors

Hello Patriots! About two weeks ago we entered the Office of Student Media and were met with a newsroom that appeared to be ready for its section editors, graphic designers, photographers and other staff to return from the 2020 spring…

PRESIDENT WASHINGTON REFLECTS ON YEAR, LOOKS AHEAD

Mason’s president speaks on work environment, COVID-19 updates and accomplishments BY LIANNA BROWN AND SAMI GIBBS, CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Editor’s Note: This interview was edited for length and clarity. Sami Gibbs conducted the interview.  How do you think handling your first year…

MASON’S VACCINATION PLAN

Mason emails students, faculty, staff and contracted workers regarding their plans to get vaccinated BY SUDIKSHA KOCHI STAFF WRITER  On March 23, Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management sent out an email stating that Mason was coordinating with the Virginia…

CAPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CARES TRAINING PROGRAM MASON CARES

Mason announces new student awareness, referral and education program for suicide prevention training BY ISABELLE BARRETT STAFF WRITER  On Thursday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Counseling and Psychological Services will host the Mason CARES training program virtually….

END OF SPRING SEMESTER SEES LOW COVID-19 CASES

Mason’s campus guidelines have kept positives low as the academic year comes to a close BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Mason is ending its spring semester with a total of 276 positive COVID-19 cases since Jan. 25 and a seven-day…

MASON ANNOUNCES IN-PERSON CELEBRATIONS FOR 2021 GRADUATION

Mason will allow for in-person celebrations following Governor Northam’s announcement BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Per new guidelines released recently by Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia universities may hold in-person commencement ceremonies provided they meet COVID-19 safety precautions.  According to Northam’s…

STUDENTS SHARE SKEPTICISM OVER BIDEN’S LOAN RELIEF PLANS

Students react to Biden’s announcement that he will only cancel student loan debt up to $10,000 rather than the suggested $50,000 BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER During a Milwaukee town hall on Feb. 16, President Joe Biden reiterated his position…

CAMPUS COVID-19 CASES REMAIN LOW

Only three new positive tests among students as of March 18 BY LAURA SCUDDER CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mason’s positive cases of COVID-19 remain low as President Gregory Washington informed the community of new plans for some sort of in-person commencement celebration for…