Category: Culture

Life After College

Mason senior students share their plans after graduation BY KATHYA MENDEZ, STAFF WRITER Most college students have heard the cliche phrase that once a student graduates, they are “stepping into the real world.” It all becomes part of a flashback…

Best Times at Mason

Students recount their most memorable experiences at Mason BY YIJIE ZHU, STAFF WRITER Yidan Zhao, accounting major My life in Mason is both fun and busy. What’s interesting about it is that you can participate in activities that can be…

A Discussion on Slow Fashion

A sustainable fashion panel discussion is held in the MIX@Fenwick BY NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER As opposed to fast fashion, slow fashion values every aspect of clothing manufacturing, from the seeds that grow the cotton to the hands that sew…

Gotta Collect ‘Em All

Senior Peter Nguyen tries to collect as many Mason t-shirts as possible BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR Most Mason students leave the school with a sizeable collection of free Mason T-shirts, but very few can claim to have nearly 200…

Walking for Water

The African Student Association raises money to help provide clean water for Burundi BY MONICA ECHOLS, CULTURE EDITOR Mason’s student organizations are not just about having fun. Many of these organizations also find creative ways to give back to their…

Plazapalooza Enters Fourth Year

Local Lineup Holds Both Fresh Talent And Familiar Faces BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, COPY CHIEF In 2015, local Mason band Cinema Hearts sat down for an interview with Fourth Estate about their music and their band. At the time, Caroline Weinroth, lead…

The Benefits of Practicing Yoga

What you should know about yoga and why you should implement it into your life BY ANASTASIA SHKRETOVA, STAFF WRITER Yoga is a popular movement that brings together large groups of people. It is well-known for its positive effect on…

Upcycle instead of being a part of the cycle

The MIX@Fenwick hosts a sustainable-fashion challenge BY NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER According to fast-fashion critic Elizabeth Cline, “Americans consume nearly 20 billion garments a year, equivalent to 62 garments each.” This is the result of the rise of the fast-fashion industry….

Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Gets Low

Mason’s Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is going strong with performances scheduled throughout the spring BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, COPY CHIEF When most people think of a professional music ensemble, they think of a symphonic band or a jazz group. However, Mason has plenty…

The Gourmet: The Mystery of the Missing Staff

A review of Pho Banh Mi & Grill in Fairfax, VA BY ETHAN REYNOLDS, STAFF WRITER Editor’s Note: Restaurants are scored by three categories: decor, service and food. I live in the far lands of the Mason townhouses, and because…