Category: opinion

Letter To The Editor: Dear Candidate for President of GMU:

BY THE GMU CHAPTER OF AAUP, TRANSPARENT GMU, AND GMU RETIRED FACULTY ASSOCIATION, CONTRIBUTORS Thank you for applying to be the next president of George Mason University. As a candidate, we are certain that the executive search firm has told…

Letter From the Editor

Hey Patriots, In case you haven’t heard, on Tuesday, Nov. 5 the Democratic party gained control of the Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates. This hasn’t been done in 26 years. Regardless of your political stance, it was truly…

Young Men Are Checking Out

BY STEVEN JONES, CONTRIBUTOR Editor’s note: This piece contains a graphic description of suicide.  The chamber is loaded with only one. His trajectory is spot on. His focus on the goal is lethal. His mouth opens, inviting the barrel in….

The Truth About Fast Fashion

BY CHRISTINA O’FARRELL, STAFF WRITER I would assume that most people who are reading this article right now are probably wearing a product of fast fashion. Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Gap, Fashion Nova and PacSun are all big…

Why Watching Anime Doesn’t Make You a Weeb

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER Watching anime doesn’t make you a weeb. In some circles, this would be a given. And yet I’ve often had to defend myself against such an insult. I have been watching anime (Japanese animation) and…

America Needs Trains

BY MOSES HUNSAKER, CONTRIBUTOR When many Americans think of rail travel, the images that come to mind are sometimes those of a bygone era, when railroads played a larger part in the transportation infrastructure of the country than they do…

Turns Out Beto Wasn’t Cool After All

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER When Mason sent out the email blast announcing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was canceling his event at the Arlington campus, I joked that it was because his campaign was doing so poorly, he couldn’t…

Who Will Save The Students?

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER One of the biggest current events in America is the 2020 presidential election. Of course, any presidential election is bound to be a major talking point in the year leading up to it, but the…

We Are Not the Good Guys (But We Can Be)

BY SAMUEL FELDHOUSEN, CONTRIBUTOR “America First” is a popular slogan going around nowadays, popularized by the sentient, hilariously bigoted trashbag that somehow became our president. It’s a distinctive motto, implying that we should care about ourselves over the rest of…

A Tripartite Model for Higher Education

BY STEVEN ZHOU, CONTRIBUTOR Higher education today is facing an array of challenges. Top companies like Apple and Google no longer require job candidates to hold a four-year degree. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported the eighth consecutive year…