Category: opinion

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots, A lot happened last week. From Transparent GMU’s case being heard at the Supreme Court of Virginia to Sodexo workers petitioning for better conditions — there’s a lot to talk about. The Student Support and Advocacy Center hosted…

Your First “F” Isn’t A Fail

BY SYDNEY JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER Ah, yes. That gut-wrenching feeling you get when you look around at everyone getting their tests handed back to them in class and hear different waves of sighs, groans and slamming of papers on desks…

Darlington, Baby! The Southern 500

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is not what it used to be. NASCAR (see what they did there?) used to be a sport for Southerners, by Southerners. In 1965 when Tom…

Freshmen, You Got This!

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER The first couple of weeks of college are done. For some, it is the very first weeks of college in their life and for others it’s been the same old, same old. Upperclassmen? You have…

Video Games And Violence

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER In recent years, plenty of arguments have been suggesting that the recent epidemic of violent crimes—like mass and school shootings—are the result of video games, particularly violent video games. According to such arguments, violence begets…

Mason: Observations From A Gen Z Freshman

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER Well, freshmen, we’re here. The last few years of our lives have been leading up to this. We’ve killed ourselves to make it here—so, is it everything you dreamed? The parties, the classes, the work,…

Mason Is A Commuter School

BY CHRISTOPHER KERNAN-SCHMIDT Mason is a commuter school. Step into the administrative offices in Merten Hall and dare to utter those cursed words, and I imagine one would be near exiled for such a statement. Certainly that is hyperbole, but…

Maintaining Good Physical Health As A College Student

BY CLAUDE MCVICKER, STAFF WRITER Staying physically fit in college can be a challenge, and for good reason. After all, one of the major things that sets college apart from high school is the workload students receive. According to the…

Dear NRA, Keep Your Hands Off Our Politics

BY SAVANNAH MARTINCIC, STAFF WRITER  In the 24 hours between Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, 29 people were killed and 53 were injured by firearm-wielding home-grown terrorists.  The Gun Violence Archive (GVA) defines a mass shooting as any incident in…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots,  As I’m writing this, my co-editor, Hailey, celebrated her 20th birthday by bringing a dozen donuts for the staff. We probably should have coordinated better, because I also brought a dozen donuts for the staff. Oh well, it’s…