Author Archives: Alex Madajian

Patriarchy? Depends on what we value

BY ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER Many people believe we live in a patriarchal society. At first glance, there is plenty of evidence to support this view. Just look at the distribution of political power and wealth. Only 25 percent of…

Don’t follow California: keep gig work legal

BY ALEX MADAJIAN Think of all the services which are brought to us by gig work: Uber, freelance journalism, music in nightclubs, stand-up comedy, consulting and any other service provided by people who work irregularly for individual customers. In 2019,…

The Monastic Life During Lockdown

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER For better or worse, we must decide to accept our fate as modern monks. As you are no doubt aware, because of this virus, we have been spending a great deal of time withdrawn from…

My Family’s Story from the Forgotten Genocide

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN STAFF WRITER If you’ve met me in person, chances are one of the first things I’ll tell you is that I am an Armenian. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear me declare my heritage: “I am the…

Why We Need Term Limits

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER In our world of polarized politics, one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is term limits. This is because there is a growing mistrust of “the establishment.” Although the term “establishment” has a very…

Israel and Palestine: What I Saw

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Traveling will open your eyes to both beauty and brokenness. On one small patch of the world, there is a prime example of such a contrast that I had the opportunity to witness firsthand. I…

Building on the Past: History of Liberal Arts

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER The ideas behind the Mason Core curriculum do not stand alone. They stand on the shoulders of thousands of years of the liberal arts tradition. But what is this tradition? Why does it matter now?…

C.S. Lewis: The Triumph of Hope Over Pain

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Few know the power of stories, fewer still know the beauty of fairy-tales, and almost no one knows the truth of myths. Perhaps that is why C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest authors of…

Why I March For Life

By: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Do you know what one of the biggest annual human rights demonstrations in the nation is? It has taken place every year for over 40 consecutive years. Every year, thousands of people converge to one…

Perfect Weather is Overrated

BY ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Here’s the honest truth: sunny days are overrated. Days with clouds, rain, snow — and I’ll go so far as to say hail too — make for far better days than just plain sun. Allow…