Category: opinion

Halloween Allergies

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER The only spooky things about Halloween should be gory horror movies and haunted houses, but that sadly is not the case for millions of people. Recent statistics show that food allergies are on the rise….

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, Happy (early) Halloween! Hope you all find the time to celebrate, whether you are assembling a costume last minute for a party or staying in and watching Halloween-themed movies. If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard…

Eat Your Words

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” The first time I read these words was on a pro-ana website. For those unfamiliar with the term, pro-ana is shorthand for pro-anorexia. These are forums online where predominantly…

A Head-Scratcher in Virginia 10

BY DOMINIC PINO An informed observer of politics could make two propositions about the election for who will represent Virginia’s 10th congressional district in the next Congress: Republican Barbara Comstock will win: she is incumbent, willing to put district over…

Our Earth is Dying, Now What?

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS As you have probably heard, the global temperatures are rising and, of course, you are to blame. Media outlets, like Forbes and CNN, often address the issue of climate change in a singular way. For example, articles…

Should our estate taxes be higher?

BY JACE WHITE Two of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, have advocated for significantly higher estate taxes, which are taxes collected after a person with a large fortune dies. Both billionaires argue that the taxes…

We Must Keep Talking about This

BY ELIJAH NICHOLS *** Warning: This piece includes content regarding sexual assault. As I sat there on the plane, with my hands folded in front of me, I could not help but to feel a rush of unease come over…

Nervosa

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN Shortly after I was officially diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, my grandmother told me that it was a mistake for people to refer to the disease only by the first half of its name. Nervosa was a…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The recent Fourth Estate article focusing on CAPS services (Oct. 1 edition) highlighted the importance of supporting the mental health of Mason’s students. However, it painted a skewed and incomplete picture. I want to share information and important…

Who Are We to Look Up to?

BY CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT Who is the future of America to look up to? Is it those who hold the highest positions of power and influence in our government, is it celebrities and superstars who fill our social media feed or…