Category: opinion

Why Watching Anime Doesn’t Make You a Weeb

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER Watching anime doesn’t make you a weeb. In some circles, this would be a given. And yet I’ve often had to defend myself against such an insult. I have been watching anime (Japanese animation) and…

America Needs Trains

BY MOSES HUNSAKER, CONTRIBUTOR When many Americans think of rail travel, the images that come to mind are sometimes those of a bygone era, when railroads played a larger part in the transportation infrastructure of the country than they do…

Turns Out Beto Wasn’t Cool After All

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER When Mason sent out the email blast announcing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was canceling his event at the Arlington campus, I joked that it was because his campaign was doing so poorly, he couldn’t…

Who Will Save The Students?

BY ELI KOHN, STAFF WRITER One of the biggest current events in America is the 2020 presidential election. Of course, any presidential election is bound to be a major talking point in the year leading up to it, but the…

We Are Not the Good Guys (But We Can Be)

BY SAMUEL FELDHOUSEN, CONTRIBUTOR “America First” is a popular slogan going around nowadays, popularized by the sentient, hilariously bigoted trashbag that somehow became our president. It’s a distinctive motto, implying that we should care about ourselves over the rest of…

A Tripartite Model for Higher Education

BY STEVEN ZHOU, CONTRIBUTOR Higher education today is facing an array of challenges. Top companies like Apple and Google no longer require job candidates to hold a four-year degree. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported the eighth consecutive year…

Freshman Delegates Haven’t Delievered

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER 2017 was a critical year in Virginia politics. Democrats gained an astounding 15 seats in the House of Delegates, leaving the Republicans with a measly one-seat majority. One major reason for this shift was the…

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots,  Another Halloween has come and gone. And honestly, as soon as the clock said “12:00 a.m.” on Nov. 1. I saw people already posting photos of people wrapped in Christmas lights. Several posts all over social media declared…

Allergies Cannot Be Forgotten

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER Although I’m incredibly fortunate to not have any serious, life-threatening allergies, others are not so fortunate.  Most of my life I have been lucky enough to not have chronic health issues. However, my close friend…

Washington, D.C. Can Do Something Right

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER I don’t know if you heard, but the Washington Nationals won the World Series. If you’re disappointed in our nation’s capital, it’s because you’re looking at the wrong people. Turn your gaze from the White…