Category: opinion

Kavanaugh’s Hiring is a Part of a Bigger Issue at Mason

BY BASMA HUMADI, MANAGING EDITOR Since the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will come to Mason as a distinguished visiting professor with a three-year contract, the pushback from the community at large has been overwhelming to say the…

The Importance of Masonomics

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER Mason has a unique position in the world of economics. “Masonomics” is a well-defined school of thought that believes in free markets and free people. Its emphasis on market-oriented solutions means that the policies it promotes…

Will Raising the Minimum Age for Tobacco Stop Underage Use?

BY OWEN FERGUSON, STAFF WRITER On Feb. 21, Virginia governor Ralph Northam signed HB 2748 into law. This bill changed the minimum age for the sale and possession of tobacco and nicotine vapor products to 21, excluding active duty military personnel….

The Exploitation of Workers with Disabilities

BY SARAH PATNAUDE, CONTRIBUTOR Everyone has that one thing that fires them up. For me, it’s knowing that I am not protected under the law as I enter the workforce. The government continues to systematically discriminate against me and my peers…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, This week is International Week, which is one of the most important events that Mason holds. Mason is an incredibly diverse campus, and it is important to celebrate that. Whether you are celebrating your own culture or exploring…

So, What’s Next?

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER About five seconds after the word “congratulations” leaves their lips, the question inevitably follows. “So, what are your plans after graduation?” There’s still a mouthful of celebratory cake in your mouth, relatives clamoring to get…

Who Will Win the Streaming War? (Hint: You Will)

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER Apple recently announced Apple TV+, a movie and tv streaming service that will compete with Netflix, Amazon and others. The company reportedly spent nearly $2 billion creating new content featuring big-name actors and directors to attract…

Iran’s Increasing Influence in the Levant is Preventing Peace

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER The term “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” doesn’t do enough to describe the scale of the the events currently happening in the Levant. For those unfamiliar with the term, the Levant broadly refers to Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria,…

You Are Not Alone

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER Mental health affects a large portion of the population of the world on a daily basis, and students are definitely not an exception to this. Mental health issues can make completing daily tasks absolutely difficult and…

Bracing for the Google Stadia

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER On March 19, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, Google announced its development of what could be another turning point in the trajectory of video games—a cloud-based gaming platform. The Google Stadia,…