Fourth Estate Editor-In-Chief Colleen Wilson

Support to extend benefits to LGBTQ faculty, staff shown by administrators, students, staff

In the months leading up to the November state elections, Mason’s faculty senate, president and student government spoke out about their desire to see health benefits extended fully to LGBTQ faculty and staff.

Under Virginia’s current constitution, Mason cannot extend health benefits to the partners and families of LGBTQ faculty and staff members because of how the commonwealth defines marriage.

State policies prohibit the university from using state money for practices that conflict with state law.

Slate to host gender talk at Mason

DoubleX, a Slate podcast focusing on topics related to gender, feminism and sexuality is broadcasting a live show from George Mason University’s Arlington campus Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

McDonnell touts higher education accomplishments at Mason

Governor Bob McDonnell (R) visited George Mason University on Aug. 15 to talk about higher education in Virginia and the progress that his office has made in conjunction with state universities, special interest groups and private industries.

“Ultimately we want to get young people graduating, paying off student loans and getting a good job,” McDonnell said. Speakers commended and highlighted the success of McDonnell’s 2009 higher education proposal, which he announced in the same room in Mason Hall four years earlier.