Crack v. Heroin : because history will repeat itself.

  A few days ago I watched the Frontline documentary ‘Chasing Heroin’. It was trending on my timeline, having been shared thousands of times and described as a searing film about an epidemic. That epidemic? Heroin. It’s a well-made film, typical of Frontlines with a strong journalistic edge. It is in fact searing and worth […]

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C-SPAN bus comes to Mason to spread presidential election awareness

(Photo credit: Alya Nowilaty/Fourth Estate) This past Monday, C-SPAN’s election coverage bus stopped by Mason to spread awareness about the presidential election and the upcoming presidential primaries. After parking in the circle in front of the De Laski Performing Arts Building, the bus opened its doors to students to share information about the election. Volunteers let students […]

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‘#NeverTrump’: Marco Rubio’s attack on Donald Trump

Just in time for Super Tuesday, Marco Rubio displayed a different side of Rubio on Thursday night on the Republican GOP debate. Rubio, who had been known particularly as the little boy with big dreams in the Republican race for the presidential nomination showed a new face Thursday night, as he hit Donald Trump repeatedly […]

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Trump. The rise of a demagogue

  Donald Trump. By now he is arguably the most popular man in America — next to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, that is. Well what exactly does that say about America? Donald Trump has made his claim to wealth and fame through his various real estate ventures and by way of media. However, this American […]

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Albright & Steinem to young women: You are going to hell and only voting for Bernie to get laid

Are Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem, longstanding pillars of feminism, pandering to the very societal stigmas/stereotypes that they’ve spent their entire lives overcoming and condemning? It would seem so. This weekend at a New Hampshire rally for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Ms. Albright, 78, who has been hailed by feminist communities as an icon due […]

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Virginia presidential primary set to be on Super Tuesday

(Photo credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) Students can vote in the upcoming presidential primary on March 1. For some students, like freshman Andrew Nicholson, this is the first presidential election in which they will be able to vote. “I feel empowered to be able to vote in the primary. While I don’t love only having two […]

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Graduate students study effects of #BlackLivesMatter

(Credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) A group of Mason graduate students studying communication recently sent out a survey to discover what motivates Twitter users to adopt the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Bridget Bush, a first year graduate student in communication, said the group was inspired to do the study because of how popular the hashtag has become. “Hashtags […]

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Mason professor holds rich and powerful accountable in new book

Professor Janine Wedel was dressed colorfully , standing  out from the four towering bookcases behind her desk. Stacks of information surrounded her as she apologized for the rubble of notes, file folders and boxes. The “mess,” as Wedel describes it,  are representative of  the examples and connections of high-ranking influence described in her new book […]

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Student political organizations prove to have a growing effect

The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network was just selected as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation award winner for “Creative and Effective Institutions” giving them a one-time grant of $750,000, an achievement amidst a rise of student run political organizations on college campuses. The Roosevelt Institute currently has a chapter at George Mason, along with many other schools […]

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5 ways new media are changing politics

New and emerging forms of social media are not only changing the way organizations attract supporters, but are also changing the way we look at politics all together. In essence, nearly all Americans have a cellphone or at least access to a computer these days, and the majority of us have evolved to a much, […]

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