City of Fairfax Police Department considers usage of body cameras

This story was originally published in the February 2 issue of Fourth Estate. The City of Fairfax Police Department are now considering the use of body-worn cameras following the controversy surrounding the highly publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. According to local news source The Connection, Carl Pardiny, the Chief of Police for […]

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Mason Lobbies advocates for millennials

Interviews conducted by Ryan Thornton. For the third year in a row, students, faculty and alumni  will advocate on behalf of several issues facing higher education institutions to Virginia legislators. On Jan. 29, Mason Lobbies will visit the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. According to a fact sheet released by Student Government, the goal of […]

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Department of Homeland Security funds new cyber security software

A new cyber security product created by a Mason professor and graduate students was recently released into the commercial market with the help of small local business Kryptowire and the Department of Homeland Security. The product is software that specializes in brand protection, anti-piracy, analysis and software assurance for mobile applications. The product was developed […]

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Documentary receives national praise

This story was originally published in the Nov. 17 issue of Fourth Estate. Out in the Night, an award winning documentary produced by Mason’s Director of Film and Video Studies, was screened at Mason as part of the Visiting Film Maker Series. Out in the Night has been screened at several film festivals and won […]

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Program allows students to work for pay and gain credit

A new partnership between Mason and a non-profit organization will provide an opportunity for students who prefer the learning-by-doing method of education, beginning this spring. Enstitute, established in 2012, is a non-profit that coordinates apprenticeships for individuals with “innovative companies,” according the Enstitute website. Originally meant as an alternative to higher education, Enstitute is partnering […]

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Mason’s 24 hour crisis hotline only one in Virginia

Mason is the only university in Virginia with a crisis hotline that provides 24/7 counseling support for students. The hotline, first offered by  Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services office in 1998 and provides students with support in coping with alcohol and drug concerns, sexual violence incidences and other areas of critical concern. “The […]

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Mason Police undergo accreditation assessment

This story was originally published in the Nov. 17 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason Police took an on-site re-accreditation assessment in early November to ensure that its policies and procedures meet national standards. Conducted by the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the two-day-long process is voluntary and takes place once every three years. […]

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University reduces budget cuts; still cutting $9.4 million

Stabilization Fund and a University Stabilization Fund, which would function as preparation for future cuts. JJ Davis, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, said the state cuts “are really a snapshot of a long-term trend.” Davis and Provost David Wu said that the university’s $9.4 million total budget reduction goal was met by deducting […]

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Mason computer science graduates have high earning potentials

Computer science majors have something to celebrate this week. According to a recent survey, Mason’s computer science graduates are in the top quarter of graduates nationwide by highest salary earning. The survey, conducted by the salary information website Payscale.com, reported that Mason graduates can expect to earn a $59,700 salary in their early career and […]

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Climate symposium addresses global food security and biodiversity

This story was originally published in the Nov. 20 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason hosted more than 170 international experts for a symposium on weather and climate extremes throughout the week of Oct. 20-24. The International symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity, sponsored by Mason, the World Meteorological Organization and the […]

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