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OPINION: Cuts to SNAP may be mitigated by donating to local food banks

For many Americans, November brings thoughts of a gluttonous holiday meal. But, for those Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP, November brings a kick in the face reminder of their poverty.

On Nov. 1, a recession era boost in benefits expired, thus approximately 47 million people will have to cope with reduced food stamps just as the holiday season begins. The general consensus within the GOP seems to be that if the food stamp recipients work hard enough, they should be able to pull themselves out of poverty.

[PREVIEW] George Mason vs. American -- Men's Basketball

Mason men’s basketball tips off their inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 in a non-conference matchup against American University tonight at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center.

The Patriots return all of their key starters from last season, finishing with 22-16 record and advancing to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational.

Sherrod Wright was the top performer for the Patriots last season, averaging 16.5 points per game and will continue to be the biggest asset on the roster this season.

Federal budget cuts affect scientific research

Recent budget cuts have had a severe impact on scientific research conducted at Mason. The National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Molecular and Microbiology failed to receive a grant from the National Institute of Health in May because of the NIH’s tight budget.

Mason organizations connect to the student body through George Mason statue

The George Mason statue has, over the years, become an advertisement platform for many student organizations.

On Monday morning, George Mason University's Open Access organization took up the task of decorating the George Mason statue during their "Dress Up George!" event.

POLL: Washington Redskins name change

Fourth Estate has created a poll to see how the Mason community feels regarding the much debated topic of the Washington Redskins name change. The results of this survey will be used in a story to follow in the weekly print edition of Fourth Estate.

Mason professor sets the record straight about the origins of zombies

This week, zombies have taken over campus as part of Mason’s first ever Geek Week. On October 10, students and staff gathered in the Johnson Center to listen to a lecture on zombies given by anthropology professor Jeffery Mantz, who specializes in zombie culture.

VIDEO: Men's basketball practice and Atlantic 10 projections

Fourth Estate attended men's basketball practice on Friday. We talked to Mason men's basketball Paul Hewitt, Bryon Allen, Sherrod Wright, and Marquise Moore about the upcoming season in the A-10 and what we can expect from the team this year. 

Click here to view our Atlantic 10 men's basketball projections.

Mason women's volleyball drops A-10 home opener to Saint Louis

The George Mason University women’s volleyball team lost their Atlantic 10 home opener on Friday night in a 3-1 loss to Saint Louis. George Mason took the first set 25-15 before dropping the next three 16-25, 14-25, and 21-25. 

The Patriots came out firing in the first set landing 14 kills out of their 32 total attempts, while only committing two errors. This, combined with nine errors from the visiting Billikens, led to a 25-15 first set victory for Mason. 

Q&A: Steffen Kraus transitions from European-style soccer to fast-paced, American style

Steffen Kraus

Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany

Age: 20

Year: Freshman

Major: Marketing

Position: Goalkeeper

Q: How did you get into soccer? 

A: I'm playing soccer for my whole life. I started to play when I was 4 years old. I don't really know how I got into it; I guess everybody is doing it in Europe as little kids.


AUDIO: Sounds from Wizards training camp

The Washington Wizards hosted their third day of training camp on Monday, Sept. 30 at the RAC on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Here is the interview with head coach Randy Wittman and starting point guard John Wall: