Category: Culture

Mason Rapper A.S.K. spreads Message of Positivity and Growth

Sophomore Ahmed Khalafalla’s music is captivating audiences and spreading good messages BY BROOKE LEWITAS, STAFF WRITER Ahmed Khalafalla, or A.S.K., is a business marketing major, a Richmond native and an up-and-coming rapper with dynamic sound and clever lyricism that will…

Dear Ivy

Ivy helps a student figure out off-campus housing BY TRAVIS MCMILLAN, STAFF WRITER Dear Ivy, So my problem isn’t relationship-related and there isn’t any drama within my friend group, but I wanted to write to you to ask for your…

Faces of Mason

BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, HAILEY BULLIS AND MONICA ECHOLS STUDENT: Reagan Ortiz WHAT DO YOU DO IN MASON CABLE NETWORK(MCN)? With Mason Cable Network as a whole, I am the executive producer and the host of “Mason Munchies,” which is a…

Midterm Madness

Helpful tips on how students stay on top during exam season BY ANGELIQUE ARINTOK, STAFF WRITER The days before spring break are always the toughest. Mason’s very own students are looking forward to some relaxation during the break, but before…

Halfway There

How to succeed during midterm season BY NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER Before students are all released to enjoy the freedom that spring break offers, midterms must be dealt with. The beauty of midterms, though, is that they are the best chance…

A REALLY, REALLY Important Conversation

Mason’s theater department tackles topical issues with play ‘Really, Really’ BY ALEXANDRIA MCALPINE, ART DIRECTOR This play contains graphic depictions of sexual assault. Audiences are warned of possibly triggering material. Millennials are emerging into adulthood following Christine Blasey Ford accusing…

Student by Day, Giant Robot Fighter by Night

Mason student talks about his film, “Part-Time Defender GunKnuckle” BY AHMED FARID, STAFF WRITER From his first year at Mason, Conor Armstrong has been developing an idea for a movie. Therefore, it seemed only fitting that this story be the…

“The Unafraid” brings light to modern immigration issues

Producer Heather Courtney comes to Mason as part of the Visiting Filmmaker’s Series BY DE’ANDRE DARBY, STAFF WRITER On Thursday, Feb. 28, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Heather Courtney visited Mason for a film screening of “The Unafraid,” followed by a Q&A…

Volition Hosts Open Mic Night

Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal hosts place for students to perform their work BY LAURA SCUDDER, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Music played as Volition, Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal, hosted its first open mic event of the semester on…

Mason Celebrates Black Excellence

The fourth annual Black Excellence Gala celebrated the talents and achievements of Mason’s Black community BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR On Friday, Feb. 22, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + LGBTQ Resources hosted the fourth annual…