Author Archives: Laura Scudder

About Laura Scudder

Laura Scudder is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fourth Estate for the 2020-2021 academic year. She is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and minoring in Sustainability Studies, and can be found on Twitter @laurascudds.

Transparent GMU Reacts to New Donor Agreements Bills

Two new House Bills call for university donor relations to be made public BY ALLISON SCANLAN, STAFF WRITER Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed bills HB 510 and HB 1529 on March 2 and April 6, respectively, both of which aim…

Last Week in the News

Monday, April 20  Israeli leaders agree to form an emergency unity government, leaving Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister for now.  U.S. crude oil futures fall below $0 for the first time in history.  An Ohio prison is now the largest…

Interim President Anne Holton Holds Virtual Town Hall

Holton answers questions surrounding the university’s coronavirus response BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR Interim President Anne Holton held a livestreamed town hall event on Friday, April 17, explaining that Mason’s future decisions surrounding the coronavirus will be based on public…

Coronavirus Cases in the Mason Community

University website lists confirmed cases; emails explain reporting guidelines BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR There are currently 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Mason community, per the university’s coronavirus website. So far, the cases consist of 10 students and…

Last Week in the News

Monday, April 13 Virginia Gov. Northam makes Election Day a state holiday and expands early voting. At least 16 dead as tornadoes tear through the South. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses former vice president Joe Biden for president. Tuesday, April 14…

Student Government Elections to Take Place Online

Mason students to vote for new student body president and vice president, senators BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR Mason students can vote for a new student body president and vice president, along with student senators, from Monday, March 30, to…

CEHD Dean Mark Ginsberg Announced As Interim Provost

Interim President Anne Holton emails recent administration changes to Mason community BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR The Mason community received an email from Interim President Anne Holton on Wednesday, March 25, regarding a change within the administration: College of Education…

Last Week in the News

Monday, March 23 Harvey Weinstein tests positive for COVID-19 in jail.  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tests positive for COVID-19, becoming the first U.S. senator to contract the virus.  Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel announces she will be self-quarantining after her…

Employed Mason Students Face Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

Undergraduate students adjust to new shifts in jobs, unemployment BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR With recent changes across the Mason community and nationally, students who hold jobs are adjusting to their new lives amidst COVID-19. According to the official website…