Author Archives: Alex Madajian

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 As you are no doubt aware, because of this virus, we have been spending a great deal of time withdrawn from…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…

“OK, Boomer” Is Hurting Our Generation

BY ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Yes, I know the first reaction after reading the title is to think to yourself, “OK, boomer,” but please hear me out. For those five people on the entire planet who haven’t heard yet, “OK,…

“Your Truth” is Stupid

BY ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Forgive me, but I’m about to commit a mortal sin: criticize Oprah. In her 2018 acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, she remarked, “Speaking your truth is the most…