Category: opinion

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…

Why I Love The Back-To-School Season

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER No other season is as stress-inducing yet reward-promising as the back-to-school season. Even years after the last test has been taken, some people will still feel the familiar rush of adrenaline at the onslaught of…

On False Alarms and Rhetoric

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER The false alarm for an active shooter at Mason on Aug. 20 was a horrible mistake that rightfully scared students who were on campus at the time.  As a student myself, I call on the university…

Is America Ready for a Female President?

BY SAVANNAH MARTINCIC, STAFF WRITER Two candidates were poised behind their podiums on the 2016 debate stage. It should not have mattered what gender each candidate identified as, but for many Americans it did. Policies and beliefs, it seemed, were…

Inform, Not Conform; Resisting The Temptation Of Polarity

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER In 2016, following one of the most divisive presidential elections in American history, voters elected one of the most divisive presidents in American history. This shocking (to many) outcome, accompanied by the relentless campaigns of both…