Fourth Estate News Editor Vernon Miles
Student Government has posted the candidates for the 2014 spring election. There are four candidates for President with four Vice President running mates. There are currently thirty five candidates running for Student Senate with thirty spaces available. Campaigning begins March 17, the Monday following Spring Break. Voting will take place between March 31 and April 4.
Each spring, Mason’s student government hosts its election for student senate and student body President. The organization’s constitution states its goal as “advocate the interests of the student body, educate the University community with regard to the state of the institution, and represent the interests of each student”. Furthermore, Student Government serves as a liason between the administration, faculty, staff, and University community.
Between the business incubator program and the recent deal with Autonomous University of Nuevo León overseen by the State Department, the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC is becoming an integral part of Mason’s image. According to the Mason strategic plan, the Mason Enterprise Center’s role is to supply small business owners with counseling, training, networking, mentoring, and temporary office space. The university-based economic development enterprise provides business owners with access to resources to help them develop their companies. Beyond aiding businesses, the MEC has recently been making an effort to connect with Mason students.
A new update to Outlook and Masonlive has changed the appearance and layout of the webpage. Reactions on social media have been mixed.
In preparation for final exams, Fenwick Library will be testing new extended hours. From December 8 to 17, Fenwick hours will be open longer than usual. From December 9 through 12, the library will be open for 24 hours, and again on December 16 and 17. The library is hosting the new service to offer students reading days to study for finals.
This week's opinion piece by Fourth Estate Opinion Columnist John Hill was one of the most controversial and polarizing topics of this semester. Heated discussions took place on social media and on the website. There was considerable contention and confusion over rules banning firearms and weapons at campus. See what Mason students had to say about guns on campus in our Man on the Street segment.
The Virginia Governor’s race is heating up between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli. In order to build awareness about the other options in the election, third party candidate Robert Sarvis visited Mason, where he visited the Honors 131 class of Mason’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor Steven Pearlstein and answered questions from students and guests.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 17, a laptop and charger went missing from the Fairfax Campus Starbucks, worth an estimated cost of $1,500. Two days later, property was stolen in President’s Park. On Oct. 20., property valued at $320 was stolen from the Hampton Roads housing building. These thefts, and other crime incidents, are available on the George Mason University Police Department’s Crime Incident Log.
With ongoing forums and discussions about Mason's budget, here is everything you need to know about faculty pay at Mason: