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Mason’s observatory looks to the stars

THE ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT HOSTS VISITING SCIENTISTS SEARCHING FOR OTHER PLANETS By Isabella LaMagdeleine, Staff Writer Space is the limit for researchers at the Mason observatory in Research Hall. Students and faculty from the astronomy department investigate topics like astrobiology —…

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A look at how Mason grows its own food

THE PRESIDENTS PARK HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSE GROWS FRESH PRODUCE FOR MASON DINING By Claire Underwood, Staff Writer Since 2013, Mason has grown lettuce, basil, cilantro and other microgreens in its campus greenhouse using a hydroponic growing system. Ike’s dining hall uses…

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Democrats scramble for House seat in District 10

INCUMBENT REP. BARBARA COMSTOCK FACES A COMPETITIVE MIDTERM ELECTION By Alexander Shedd, News Assistant Editor Although midterm elections in the U.S. normally see a significantly lower turnout than presidential elections, they can still be highly contentious. In Congressional District 10,…

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Early Olympics Update

By Natalie Heavren, Staff Writer The United States is in fifth place in the 2018 Winter Olympics medal count with seven total — four gold, one silver and two bronze as of Feb. 13. Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Canada…

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Eliot Cohen and “the big stick”

THE FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISOR DISCUSSED HIS NEW BOOK FOR MASON’S CENTER OF SECURITY AND POLICY STUDIES By Erik Truong, Staff Writer “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” said Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, speaking in 1901 about the…

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Mason Celebrates Black History Month

ODIME AND CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS HOST EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY By Ashley Stewart, Staff Writer  This February is Black History Month — the time every year when people across the country celebrate the rich history and culture of African-Americans. “The U.S. and…

The Race for 2018 Midterm Elections Heats Up

FIVE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES OPPOSE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT TIME KAINE FOR U.S. SENATE SEAT By Abigail Adcox, Staff Writer Three months after Virginia elected a new governor and slate of delegates to the General Assembly, campaigns are gearing up again for the…

SCHEV Releases Annual Report on Higher Education

VIRGINIA IS FAILING TO REACH MEASURES FOR IMPROVEMENT BY 2030 GOAL By Michael Eberhart, News Editor The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recently released its annual report to the General Assembly for 2017, addressing how the commonwealth’s…

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Why Flu Season is Worse than Usual

 MASON SENDS EMAIL ALERT NOTIFYING STUDENTS OF FLU EPIDEMIC By Tisha Herrera, Staff Writer This year’s seasonal influenza (flu) virus has been the most virulent since 2009 according to statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with…

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Mason DREAMers Speak out on DACA

THE ACT PROTECTING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAS AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE By Olivia Vermane, Staff Writer With less than a month remaining before the federal government ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), a sense of urgency has come over…