Student Guide to the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival

  Cynthia Jessup, Staff Writer Prepare yourself for massive crowds and beautiful trees at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, a time-honored tradition held in Washington, D.C., and a must-see for locals. The trees will be in bloom from March 20 – April 17, with peak blooms predicted for March 17-28. The festival features seven different hybrids of cherry blossom trees, which will line the streets […]

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Weekend Suggestions 2/27-2/28

Kelsey Davidson, Staff Writer   On Campus GMU-NOVA Chinese New Year Go Tournament The GMU-NOVA Chinese New Year Go Tournament, a Chinese board game competition, is taking place Saturday, Feb. 27, with rounds starting at 9:30 a.m. The event will be at Mason’s Arlington campus at Founder’s Hall on the third floor. To register to play, you […]

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Escape Room trend takes over Fairfax

Darlene Alegrado, Staff Writer With high stakes, puzzles to solve and only an hour to get out, the escape room phenomenon is taking over the average evening date or friends’ night out.  These interactive and intense games are known to get players’ hearts racing and start the gears turning in their heads. Many escape room companies are starting to pop […]

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Weekend Suggestions Oct. 10-11

  Kelsey Davidson, Staff Writer   Off-Campus Taste of DC The Taste of DC is a two-day event happening along Pennsylvania Avenue NW Oct. 10-11 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m each day. There will be food and drinks from over 50 restaurants around the D.C. area along with live musical performances, according to the event’s website. […]

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The drag royalty diaries

Asher Ackman, staff writer Drag is not only a form of entertainment, it is a way of life. There are professional Drag Kings and Queens that do it for a living, some that do it for fun, and those that identify as such. Last Friday, LGBTQ resources held a drag show in celebration of Pride […]

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New concerns over the safety of riding DC metro

This story was originally published in the February 16 issue of Fourth Estate.  The Washington, D.C. Metro system recently experienced two separate incidents where smoke filled a train, one of which killed a passenger. The first incident occurred on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 12. The Washington Post reported that a Yellow Line train departed […]

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Celebrating Mardi Gras in the DC Area

Connor Smith, Staff Writer Considering the snow outside, it seems easier to go into hibernation until April. If you are willing to brave the cold, tonight is Mardi Gras, a wonderful celebration of life with several wonderful means to celebrate it in the D.C. Metro area. But what is Mardi Gras? In its French translation, […]

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Theaters in the DC area

Kathleen Barth, staff writer When discussing great theater cities in the United States, New York City frequently emerges in the minds of many as America’s only city that generates theater. Though New York offers the glittering attraction of Broadway, several major U.S. cities house regional theaters, small professional or semi-professional theaters that produce high quality […]

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Support and education important in eliminating AIDS

Asher Ackman, staff writer According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS was the number six leading cause of death in the world in 2012. Though HIV/AIDS related deaths have decreased since 2012, it is still present. The Walk to End HIV website reports that 1 in 20 adults in the D.C. area have the disease. […]

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Former Mason Law alum now serving in Congress

Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) is now the first Mason alum to serve in the U.S. Congress, representing Florida’s 13th district. Congressman Jolly grew up in Dunedin, FL and received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Georgia. When he graduated, Jolly had traveled no further north than Tennessee. It was his interest in […]

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