Category: culture

The Fight Against Stigma

How Mason is Working to Destigmatize Mental Health BY: NIKAYLA KIRCHNER, STAFF WRITER Schizo. Bipolar. Psychotic. These are the words nonchalantly thrown around college campuses, characterized by stigma and dripping with negative connotation.  Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses sometimes…

Faces of Mason

BY: KIM BARTENFELDER, STAFF WRITER FACULTY: Lilian de Jonge WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO MASON? Well, I’m originally from the Netherlands. I went to Montreal for an internship, and was then offered to stay so I got my degree. I spent…

Amateur Drag Show Brings Pride to Mason

Performers vogued, shimmied and slayed BY IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR On Friday, Oct. 25, the small Gillespie Gallery of Art in the Art and Design Building buzzed with chatter. From the moment the doors opened, the audience section was full,…

Lauren Ashlaie: A Heart That Belongs to Performance

Mason junior looks towards future filled with music BY ALEXANDRIA MCALPINE, ART DIRECTOR Being on stage was always in Lauren Ashlaie’s future. The junior vocal performance major’s accolades include winning the Hollywood Song Writing Contest this year, and a Music in…

More Money, Less Problems

Take Back Treating Yourself BY LEIGH NORMAN, STAFF WRITER It starts as a frappuccino. Then, a new pair of jeans. Then, a weekend trip away. In the end, treating yourself is putting a hole in your wallet.  Treating yourself means gifting…

Hidden Hangouts: The Old Firestation #3

This Firestation Bar Is Pretty Lit BY DANA NICKEL, CO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Disclaimer: I was a cocktail waitress at the Old Firestation last summer. It’s one of my few work experiences where I genuinely enjoyed the relationship I had with my…

Spanish Conversations: Tertuila Social Spanish

Learning Spanish while having fun with Ana Ruiz BY AHMED FARID, STAFF WRITER Mason, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the most diverse campus in Virginia, has events that celebrate what makes us all unique, exposing students to different…

A Story of Today, and of Our Past

Mason’s School of Theater brings a revised version of ‘Rags’ to the Center for the Arts BY HAILEY BULLIS, CO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mason’s School of Theater will be performing the newest version of the Broadway play “Rags” opening on Thursday, Oct….

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Immigration Monologues: United Voices, Empowered Identities

Mason community comes together to celebrate and acknowledge immigrant presence BY: IZZ LAMAGDELEINE, ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR On Saturday, Oct. 12, several student organizations including Mason DREAMers, Filipino Cultural Association (FCA) and Hispanic Student Association (HSA) gathered in the Johnson Center Cinema…

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Mason

New York Times best-selling author meets with Anne Holton BY: PETER NJOROGE, CULTURE EDITOR As a part of the 21st annual Fall for the Book Festival, critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spent an afternoon discussing her novel “We Should…