Category: culture

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: Tertulia 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…

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Literary Death Match

Literary game show visits for Fall for the Book BY: PETER NJOROGE, CULTURE EDITOR On Saturday, Oct. 12, the extravaganza known as Literary Death Match performed their 502nd show as part of the Fall for the Book Festival in Harris…

Mason’s Second Edible Book Festival was a treat

Event held in Fenwick Library came back for seconds BY: LEIGH NORMAN, STAFF WRITER Attendees gathered around a cursed tome from the Harry Potter book series. Its tongue curled and its eyes glittered. True to its name card, it was…

Faces of Mason

BY TREVOR SMITH, STAFF WRITER; NAYOMI SANTOS, STAFF WRITER STUDENT: Ishaan Gupta WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN REAL ESTATE? It’s a very flexible job with good earning potential. It is also a very relaxing and enjoyable business. You are…