Category: Opinion

Why Overbuying is a Bad Idea

BY: CHRISTINA O’FARRELL, STAFF WRITER COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has taken the world by storm. Due to the panic, some people have begun overbuying products, leaving grocery stores’ shelves quite bare.  Overbuying and hoarding products during a crisis…

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots,  Since we last printed on March 2, a lot has happened. Mason has officially moved all classes to virtual instruction — and they aren’t the only ones. Residence halls have been shut down and we got an extra…

Is Bernie Responsible for his Twitter Mob?

BY: JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER Bernie Sanders’ Democratic opponents continue to attack him over the conduct of some of his supporters. They accuse him of not doing enough to condemn those who have waged targeted harassment campaigns in his name….

Don’t Go Russian Through School: Learn a Language

BY: CHRIS KERNAN-SCHMIDT, STAFF WRITER How are you reading this right now? Is it because you’re moving your eyes across the page, or perhaps you’re using text-to-speech technology? Both valid and literal answers, yes, but it comes down to ultimately…

With Great Cuteness Comes Great Responsibility

BY: CHRISTINA O’FARRELL, STAFF WRITER My best friend in the whole world is my kitten, Donkey. To me, he’s the cutest kitten on the planet, but I’m likely biased. I got Donkey back in October of 2019 and he has…

Israel and Palestine: What I Saw

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Traveling will open your eyes to both beauty and brokenness. On one small patch of the world, there is a prime example of such a contrast that I had the opportunity to witness firsthand. I…

Bland, Uninspiring, Cold and Conforming

BY: DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Until recently, I haven’t seen a lot of Mason’s campus. My normal routine keeps me centered around the Johnson Center and the Hub, only occasionally wandering out from the center of campus. Growing tired of…

Cursive Writing is Not the Bad Guy

BY: SYDNEY JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER In my second grade class, we had to learn cursive. My teacher made us write every single letter of the alphabet in cursive on a sheet of graph paper every day and corrected us on…

While Supporting Workers, Beware Unintended Consequences

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER In my field of organizational psychology, one of the hot topic areas of study is flex-work. More and more companies are embracing flexible work hours as the best way to attract and retain high-quality employees…

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots,  After a six week stretch, we’ll be taking a couple weeks off for midterms and spring break. Spending six weeks with the same group of people in close proximity really taught me a lot about the team my…