Safety video prepares students for worst-case scenario

This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason recently released a video created by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety (CPPS) that educates students about safety during an active shooter situation. David Farris, director of Safety and Emergency Management for the Environmental Health and Safety Office, sent an […]

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Tips for staying safe on campus

This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. An email announcement on behalf of Dave Farris, director of Safety and Emergency Management in the Environmental Health and Safety Office, was sent out Feb. 16 to remind students that Mason is “committed to creating an environment where everyone in our community […]

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Mason’s smoking policy gets an update

(Photo credit: Alya Nowilaty/Fourth Estate) This story was originally published in the Mar. 21 issue of Fourth Estate. Last October, Mason updated its smoking policy to include vaping, which is no longer allowed within university buildings, after concerns from the community that secondhand vapor could cause health problems. Janet Walker, the life/work connections manager for […]

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Mason Housing: Love It or List It

Daniela Rambal, Staff Writer With just days until housing applications go live, many students have already begun looking ahead and preparing for what they hope to be a very promising school year. For current freshmen, this means using their experiences from their first year to make more informed decisions on where and with whom they […]

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How To Deal With Construction at Mason

  Issmar Ventura, Staff Writer Have you ever thought about why so much construction is happening at Mason? It so happens that George Mason University has invested in the renovation of several buildings on campus, including the Health and Human Services building and Fenwick Library. Three additional projects for the Fairfax campus and one for the Prince William campus are also on the […]

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Furry friends on campus

This story was first published in the April 20 issue of Fourth Estate. Taylor Wichtendahl, staff writer Mason is home to many four legged creatures that live in the residence halls, just like its students. However, many of our students have no idea they are there. Some students have fish, which per university policy are […]

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Navigating Rape Culture at George Mason

This story was originally published in the April 13 issue of Fourth Estate. Angela Woolsey, staff writer A story in Rolling Stone embroiled the University of Virginia in a national controversy. Sexual assault allegations against students, including a star athlete, raised questions about how colleges and police handle reports of sexual violence. A student at […]

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Campus police departments reform race relations

Police department reforms, concerning relationships with racial minorities and their subsequent policy reforms, are trickling down to the university level. This comes at a time when police and community relations are especially tense following events in Ferguson, M.O., New York City, N.Y., and Charlottesville, V.a. The University of Minnesota recently decided to remove race descriptions […]

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10 apps for student survival

Ashley Cook, Staff Writer Whether you are dreaming of summer plans or simply trying to make it through fast approaching midterms, there is an app to fit your desired need. From studying on the go to budgeting your money, there are apps available to make your life easier. Studying StudyBlue (Android, iOS) StudyBlue is an […]

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General Assembly considers mandatory police involvement in campus sexual assault

This story was originally published in the Feb. 9 issue of Fourth Estate. The Virginia General Assembly is currently considering multiple bills that propose mandatory reporting of campus sexual assaults to a law enforcement agency. For example, SB712, introduced by Richard Black (R-Loudoun), requires campus and local police to report all sexual harassment to the […]

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