Category: opinion

There’s No Smiling at the DMV

BY SIDONIA CANNON, STAFF WRITER The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is where souls come to die. The waiting room is sopping with despair. Forgotten dreams and lost hopes hang in the air like the humidity on a muggy summer…

Housing Affordability and the Generational Divide

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Housing affordability remains a big issue for many Mason students. For upperclassmen, on-campus housing is far from guaranteed, and off-campus housing presents its own set of difficulties. With a growing population and one of the…

Letter from the Editor

BY DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Dear Mason community, I’m honored to be your new Fourth Estate Opinion section editor. Writing for this paper every week was one of my favorite parts of school, and now I get to help put…

The Best Privacy Protection is Common Sense

BY CHRISTOPHER KERNAN-SCHMIDT, STAFF WRITER Social media platforms have made it easy to share our lives with family and friends, but the prevalence of oversharing on social media has opened Pandora’s box. Status updates, location check-ins, online rants and “private”…

Scholarships Don’t Just Grow on Trees

BY STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER Earlier this year, Stanford graduate students who had no other means of affording meals during winter break were reported to be foraging for food from trees on campus. As extreme as that example may be,…

How the Warren Campaign Wasted Two Good Scandals

BY JACK HARVEY, ASSISTANT OPINION EDITOR Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and her campaign staff have made waves in the media during the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses as two stories came out that pitted her against Bernie Sanders. The…

Letter From the Editor

Hey Patriots,  So we have reached the end of our time together for this semester. I can honestly say that, despite some ups and downs, this has been a relatively smooth ride. My Co Editor Hailey and I haven’t fought…

A Home Across the World

BY HAILEY FALK, CONTRIBUTOR When people talk about studying abroad it usually consists of crazy stories to grab your attention, and I am no exception. Did I spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin? Yes. Was it as absurd as it…

Young Men Are Checking Out — For A Different Reason

BY CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT, OPINION EDITOR There is a prevailing stigma in our culture that has prevented young men from seeking the help they need during times of mental crisis. Young men in the U.S. and around the world are suffering…