Author Archives: Chris Kernan-Schmidt

About Chris Kernan-Schmidt

Majoring in Government & International Politics as well as Russian & Eurasian Studies. I love hiking, writing, and watching The Office.

Young Men Are Checking Out

BY STEVEN JONES, CONTRIBUTOR Editor’s note: This piece contains a graphic description of suicide.  The chamber is loaded with only one. His trajectory is spot on. His focus on the goal is lethal. His mouth opens, inviting the barrel in….

America Needs Trains

BY MOSES HUNSAKER, CONTRIBUTOR When many Americans think of rail travel, the images that come to mind are sometimes those of a bygone era, when railroads played a larger part in the transportation infrastructure of the country than they do…

Who Will Save The Students?

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER One of the biggest current events in America is the 2020 presidential election. Of course, any presidential election is bound to be a major talking point in the year leading up to it, but the…

A Tripartite Model for Higher Education

BY STEVEN ZHOU, CONTRIBUTOR Higher education today is facing an array of challenges. Top companies like Apple and Google no longer require job candidates to hold a four-year degree. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported the eighth consecutive year…

So You Say You Want a Football Team?

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER So you say you want a football team? Of course, when you say you want a football team, you don’t really mean you want football. We already have football. You can watch the club football…

No Home For Frat Homes

BY KAYLYN MATIS, STAFF WRITER One of the main complaints I have heard from those involved in Greek life is that Mason does not have a Greek row. By not having a Greek row, Mason shows that it is trying…

Do What Is Right, Not What Is Good

BY ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Are you a good person? Do you do what’s right? All of the time? Or do you only do what seems good? It seems people are more willing to do what feels good or what…

Developing a Competitive Mindset

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER I’ve never really been competitive. I enjoy winning things and feeling accomplished, of course, but I’ve just never had the drive to beat others in order to do so. When I was in middle school,…

A Needless Contribution to Systemic Classism

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER Imagine you’re driving to school, running late for your 8 a.m. You notice that you’re going 65 mph in a 50 mph zone, and soon after you notice police lights behind you. The officer cites…

Getting Fit With Mason Fitness

BY CLAUDE MCVICKER, STAFF WRITER Three years ago I entered the world of weightlifting, and the impact it’s had on my life is monumental. I felt bigger, stronger and more confident, and now, I always try to find time to…