Category: Opinion

HAS THE SUPREME COURT BEEN COMPROMISED?

Jan. 6 ties of Justice Thomas’ wife potentially strains Supreme Court BY KEVIN LIGHTNER, STAFF WRITER On March 24, news broke that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had exchanged around 29 text messages with then-chief…

THE WORK OF STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Government keeps itself busy serving the Mason Nation BY ZAYD HAMID, STUDENT SENATOR  After a competitive gubernatorial election last November, students across campus have increasingly come to see the importance of participating in elections as their consequences affect everyone….

OLYMPIC SKATER COMPETING AFTER FAILED DOPING TEST

BY AUDREY MORALES, STAFF WRITER Following the rules is simple. Athletes have to do it all the time in order to compete. Though when some individuals cheat, there are consequences. Yet, in the 2022 Olympic figure skating competition, this has…

BRAVING THE TIGHTROPE: HOW NOT TO SPREAD AWARENESS FOR ASD

An upcoming film starring a controversial actor will be one of the few movies that addresses Autism Spectrum Disorder, but many are skeptical whether it sends the right message BY MATTHEW KOVACEV  Sia, a singer-songwriter from Australia, decided to brave…

RESURRECTING THE VIBES OF CONCERT-ETIQUETTE

Following the tragic loss of life at Astroworld, we must maintain concert etiquette BY COLLIN COPE, OPINION EDITOR  Following the tragic loss of 10 lives at Travis Scott’s third annual Astroworld Festival in Houston, multiple distressed and angry fans posted…

THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF EMERGENCY BUTTONS ON CAMPUS

Students give their opinions on a potentially life-saving solution BY ERICA MUNISAR, STAFF WRITER Mason is home to one of the most diverse and populous colleges in the state of Virginia. With the Fairfax campus having over 37,000 students enrolled,…

THE CASE FOR A LARGER PRAYER SPACE AT MASON

The Muslim Students Association is pushing for a larger prayer space at Mason to accommodate its large Muslim student body BY MATTHEW KOVACEV, STAFF WRITER  I recently recited my Shahada, the declaration of faith that all reverts to Islam must…

WHEN NOT EVEN CELEBS CAN ESCAPE THE STIGMA

The public response to Kanye West’s recent actions speak volumes about the persistent stigma on mental health BY MATTHEW KOVACEV, STAFF WRITER  Kanye “Ye” West is perhaps one of the most influential and iconic rappers of all time. With 4.7…

MY JOURNEY IN AND OUT OF THE ALT-RIGHT

The rise of social media makes radicalization easier than ever, especially by the alt-right BY MATTHEW KOVACEV, STAFF WRITER As a bored young teen in 2013, I would typically be binging videos on YouTube. I frequently watched amusing skits, exciting…

CLOSING NATO’S ‘OPEN DOOR’

BY JAD MAKDISSI, STAFF WRITER On December 12, 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued an explicit and precise vision for his country’s future: “We want to unblock the Donbas peace process…return Crimea, gain membership in the European Union…and [join NATO]…