Let’s talk about climate change: Mason and beyond

(Credit: Laura Baker/Fourth Estate) The Earth Month event “Let’s Talk About Climate Change,” which was held April 1, explored how organizations on Mason’s Campus, the city of Fairfax and the state of Virginia educate and empower residents to combat climate change. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the George Mason University Center for Climate […]

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Weekend Suggestions 4/8- 4/10

Kelsey Davidson, Staff Writer On Campus International Week (iWeek) International Week takes place from Friday, April 8, to Sunday, April 17. The week is dedicated to showing off the vibrant international and multicultural organizations Mason has on campus. This weekend, there will be a few events to kick off the celebration. Click here to read […]

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Town hall discusses state budget’s impact on Mason

Provost, senior vice president present a generally positive outlook On Tuesday, Provost David Wu and Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance J.J. Davis hosted a town hall to discuss how Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget for higher education would affect Mason. Although student attendance was low, the Johnson Center Cinema was nearly overflowing with […]

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Student hip-hop artist talks growth through collaboration

This story was originally published in the April 27 issue of Fourth Estate. Jesse Harman, staff writer Succeeding as an artist in any music scene requires a perfect storm of talent, connections, hard work, and a little bit of luck. The local pool of artists swells with a surplus of gifted minds, but most of […]

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Mason charts a future online strategy

This story was originally published in the April 6 print issue. After expressing support for the development of an online completion college, Mason has been asked to provide a report by the Virginia General Assembly. According to Michelle Marks, vice provost of academic affairs, the report will provide examples of what other universities have done […]

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Virginia ABC conference promotes responsible drinking

Mason partnered with the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control on March 24 to host a half-day educational conference on college drinking. “Colleges have high-risk audiences,” said Kathryn Walker, the coordinator for alcohol, tobacco and drug education in WAVES and the primary point person for organizing the conference. “So, it’s important for us to make […]

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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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VA House bill proposes public students’ right to counsel

Delegate Rick Morris of the Virginia House of Delegates proposed House Bill 1321 which would give students and student organizations the right to representation if they are charged with an offense that would be punishable by at least a ten day suspension or expulsion. This bill would only apply to public universities in Virginia, excluding […]

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Graduate enrollment on steady decline for VA public schools

This story was originally published in the February 2 issue of Fourth Estate. Enrollment has dropped at more than half of Virginia’s public colleges, including Mason, according to a recent report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Out of the state’s 15 public universities, eight lost numbers for total enrollment. A Roanoke […]

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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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