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.

Construction Helps Mason Community Walk the Walk

Students, faculty reflect on the benefits of campus construction BY ALLISON SCANLAN, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s Note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. Prior to COVID-19, many students celebrated Mason for…

Mason Makes Changes Amidst COVID-19

University shifts to online courses for the remainder of the semester, closes dorms BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR Interim President Anne Holton announced in a university-wide email on Monday, March 16, that Mason would move to online learning for the…

Mason Weekly Crime Log

  Tuesday, March 17 — George Mason Blvd Drug Law Violations / Driving Under the Influence: Two juvenile Subjects (Non-GMU) were given verbal warnings for possessing a small amount of illegal drugs. A third juvenile Subject (Non-GMU) was given a…

Last Week in the News

Monday, March 16  Kentucky Derby postponed until September.  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine postpones in-person voting in state’s primary until June.  President Trump says gatherings should be limited to 10 people.  Tuesday, March 17  White House shows support for proposed plan…

Mason Welcomes New President

Mason community meets university’s eighth president, Gregory Washington BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR After being announced as the university’s eighth president on Monday, Gregory Washington came to the Center for the Arts for a welcome event on Thursday, Feb. 27,…

Mason Weekly Crime Log

Monday, Feb. 24 — Fairfax Campus  Stalking: Mandatory reporter notified GMU PD that a Complainant (GMU) disclosed receiving unwanted contact from a known Subject on multiple occasions. Due to confidentiality of reporting, limited information is available regarding this incident. Case…

Sexual Assault Allegations Arise in Student Government Meeting

Student government member levels allegation at Thursday meeting BY LAURA SCUDDER, NEWS EDITOR; ALEXA TIRONI, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR; TRAVIS MCMILLAN, STAFF WRITER   Editor’s Note: According to documentation received and confirmed by Fourth Estate, there are no open Title IX investigations…

Fundraising, Budgets and Tuition: BOV Brief

Updates on the recent BOV meeting BY ALLISON SCANLAN, STAFF WRITER The Board of Visitors (BOV) met in Merten Hall to discuss relevant policy changes and updates on Thursday, Feb. 27, announcing that Mason is now required to provide undergraduate…

Last Week in the News

  Monday, Feb. 24  Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in New York trial.  “Hidden Figures” inspiration and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies. Bernie Sanders becomes the first presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, to win the popular vote in all…

Panel Explores International Ramifications of Coronavirus

Center for Security Policy Studies opens a discussion of coronavirus issues BY HEA SU LEE, STAFF WRITER On Feb. 21, the Center for Security Policy Studies (CSPS) hosted a speaker series on Mason’s Arlington campus with a panel of experts…