Category: opinion

Is the Mason Core Different From NOVA?

BY: DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Like many people at Mason, I first went to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). It provided a way for me to take introductory courses like the ones Mason offers, but at a lower price. Having…

From 3,000 Miles Away: A View from a Graduate

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER Before I came here to Mason for my Ph.D., I went to Pepperdine, an undergraduate college 3,000 miles away in California that was the opposite of Mason in many ways. Mason is public. Pepperdine is…

An Honors College Approach to Gen Ed

BY: SAVANNAH MARTINCIC, STAFF WRITER As a member of the Honors College Recruitment Team at Mason, I have been taught to tell prospective students that one of the biggest appeals of the Honors College is its curriculum, in that they…

Remember Who’s Paying for Education

BY: ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER The Mason Core is designed to give students a “well-rounded educational experience” and to guarantee they are exposed to many different subjects and classroom environments. The Mason Core requires that students take courses designated as…

Building on the Past: History of Liberal Arts

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER The ideas behind the Mason Core curriculum do not stand alone. They stand on the shoulders of thousands of years of the liberal arts tradition. But what is this tradition? Why does it matter now?…

I Wish Mason Taught Entrepreneurship

BY: DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER Think back to your childhood summers; the blazing sun was beating down on the world, a heat mirage was dancing on the asphalt, and just about everyone was seeking a reprieve from the stifling…

A Memorable Start: Honors 110

BY: SIDONIA CANNON, STAFF WRITER I was walking into the classroom, the fluorescent lights stung my eyes as they replaced the warm sunlight. I was slightly panting, although it was from nerves, not from climbing the stairs two at a…

Why Am I in This Class Anyways?

BY: SYDNEY JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER The feeling of passing a class is so underrated at times. Not having to worry about that one bothersome class that you pushed off to the side during your college career is such a sweet…

Not Just E Pluribus Unum: The Case for Latin

BY ZOHERIYA ANWAR, STAFF WRITER It was my freshman year of high school. I was sitting in my school counselor’s office, looking over a yellow course selection sheet. I had no hesitation with checking off the math, science, English and…

Why Mason Lobbies is Important

BY: DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER We are constantly told that voting is our civic duty. Each year, as election day comes near, an army of political volunteers descends upon campus to register students to vote. This is the part of…