Author Archives: Dominic Pino

About Dominic Pino

Dominic Pino is opinion editor for Fourth Estate. You can follow him on Twitter @DominicJPino.

This is What Winning Looks Like

BY: DOMINIC PINO OPINION EDITOR In 2001, the Commonwealth (that’s your stay-at-home, it’s-5-o’clock-somewhere drinking game word for this article) of Virginia had a Republican governor, a Republican lieutenant governor, a Republican attorney general, a Republican-controlled Senate, a Republican-controlled House of…

Pass/Fail Grades Are a Good Idea for This Semester

BY: DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Perseverance is a virtue, but so is wisdom, and sometimes it is not wise to persevere. While we should press on and complete our semester, we should not keep the same grading system we had…

Letter to the Editor: Perspectives on Well-Being

BY: PHILIP WILKERSON During the past few years, my interest in the study of well-being and holistic wellness has blossomed. I have subscribed to journals and podcasts, and I have spent numerous hours diving into the aspects of life that…

SPECIAL SECTION: MASON CORE

BY: DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Since every student is affected by the Mason Core, it is only fitting that students have a lot to say about it. By the time students enroll in college, they have been attending school for…

AGAINST THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROSELYTIZERS

BY: DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Railfans are a wonderful subculture. They’re train lovers: people who can tell you what year a train was built by looking at it, photographers who travel the country chasing their subjects, historians who can tell…

There’s no Such Thing as “Your Data”

BY DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR In last week’s issue, Chris Kernan-Schmidt — opinion editor emeritus, gentleman and scholar — wrote a piece called “The Best Privacy Protection is Common Sense.” He writes about “your data” and “our personal data,” and…

Letter from the Editor

BY DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Dear Mason community, I’m honored to be your new Fourth Estate Opinion section editor. Writing for this paper every week was one of my favorite parts of school, and now I get to help put…

Turns Out Beto Wasn’t Cool After All

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER When Mason sent out the email blast announcing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was canceling his event at the Arlington campus, I joked that it was because his campaign was doing so poorly, he couldn’t…