Category: opinion

The Real Rules for Email

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER If you want some guidance on email etiquette, then you are in the wrong place. This article is email without romance, email as it actually is. Email can be an effective and efficient tool for…

Game for Thought: Tribalism in Games

BY ARIANNA GOODMAN, STAFF WRITER Gaming communities can be toxic. Some can even be quite destructive, and yet they persist. Popular titles such as Dota 2 and Fortnite have been described as having terrible or cringe-worthy player bases, but these…

Why Every Student Should Start Their Own Business

BY DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER When you think of a business owner, a young college student is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. I haven’t founded a giant internet company, sent my car hurtling into space via…

Letter From the Editor

Dear Patriots, This has been an interesting semester so far, to say the least. Between the construction taking up most of campus and the robots periodically running into people around fence corners, it’s been a very different spring for a…

In Defense of Flowers

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, with all of the candy hearts and ribbon-bound boxes of chocolate associated with the occasion. Social media marks the 14th of February with a barrage of jewelry ads, Instagram posts…

Why I and Most Other Students Hate Construction

BY OWEN FERGUSON, STAFF WRITER It seems everywhere I go on campus, there is a fence surrounding piles of dirt and rubble. As I try to navigate campus, it feels like a maze. I have to plan out which way is…

Student Poverty Is Real

BY ALEXANDER SHEDD, EDITOR IN CHIEF Being a college student is not easy. That is not an original idea. Across the country, millennial students are calling attention to the hardships of working full time to merely scrape by among the…

Shutdowns Are Silly And Congress Should End Them

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER The logic of a government shutdown is quite straightforward: the government runs out of money because Congress cannot pass appropriations bills. Therefore, the government must shut down. However, like all issues in politics that seem…

Mason’s Procurement Needs to be Conflict-Free

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER Every action we make has consequences. Some have minor impacts and some have larger impacts. At times, we most often think that our actions cannot possibly have too large of consequences, at least on a…