Category: opinion

Does Mason Really Care?

BY MONET BALLARD, CONTRIBUTOR Mason has a great way of not informing students of the dangers we have on this campus. Now, I am writing this as a concerned female student who has a class in Innovation Hall every day….

Hypocrisy of Prison Labor

BY IVAN ANYANWU, CONTRIBUTOR The 13th Amendment did not outlaw slavery in America. This is reflected in its language: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime … shall exist within the United States.” We exist, effectively, within…

Mayor Pete for America

BY ERIK TRUONG, STAFF WRITER Could America elect its first gay president in 2020? Pete Buttigieg sure hopes so. But there’s more to Pete than who he loves. At 37, Pete Buttigieg (pronounced BOOT-a-jedge) is known for serving as the…

The Problem of Political Alarmism

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER How often do you hear the term “crisis” in the media these days? I imagine you could take almost any issue in politics, put the word crisis at end of it, and you’d have a…

Letter From The Editor

Dear Patriots, It’s that time of year when the weather is as unpredictable as getting a parking spot in Shenandoah. This is the NoVA charm: you can get all four seasons in one week. This semester feels busier than most,…

Take the Step: Join Student Government

BY ERIK TRUONG, STUDENT-BODY VICE PRESIDENT The 2018-19 school year has been transformative for Mason’s Student Government. Since last April, we’ve had to rebuild our organization and reputation from the ground up. We’ve had to do damage control, answer late night…

Trump’s Only Goal: Push an Agenda Pleasing Only His Base

Why This Approach Might Cost Him in 2020 BY OWEN FERGUSON, STAFF WRITER Since President Donald Trump has taken office, he has been steadfast in pushing the agenda that got him elected. The message of being hard on immigration, slashing Obama-era…

Barbie Isn’t to Blame for my Anorexia

BY SUSAN KATHERINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER At its hungry heart, anorexia is a strange sickness. If you’re lucky enough to have never felt its effects or watched it devour a loved one, the cure probably seems exasperatingly simple: just eat. Sit…

Be Patient With Housing

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER It is safe to say that most of us have had our incidents with Housing and Residence Life here at Mason. Whether it be a minor issue or something incredibly frustrating, we’ve all experienced these…