Category: opinion

What the Hell does Student Government Do?

BY TIM O’SHEA, CONTRIBUTOR I joined Mason’s Student Government (SG) familiar with the dismal aspects of its reputation. I knew that many students see SG as an ineffective body comprised of playacting, would-be politicians passing empty bills and soaking up…

We Should Focus on Local Politics

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER National politics can be quite the spectacle. There’s never a shortage of intrigue when it comes to Washington D.C. There’s always a scandal to be found, legislation to be considered or any other manner of…

The Importance of Understanding Diversity

BY SUMMER BROWN, STAFF WRITER As of 2019, there are 954 hate groups in America, which has been increasing nationally ever since 1999. It is not unusual in this day and age in the United States to see hate crimes…

Make America Work Again

BY SUSAN KATHRINE CORKRAN, STAFF WRITER In late October of 1995, I was born in what was until now the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. My father is a federal employee, and needless to say, my entrance to…

Why I Like Mason’s New Delivery Robots––and You Should Too

BY DANIEL SCOTT MITCHELL, STAFF WRITER Since their deployment at the beginning of the semester, convoys of delivery robots have quickly taken the Mason community by storm. In under a week, these cooler-sized couriers had already become virtual celebrities, drawing…

Are Machines Taking Our Jobs?

BY JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER If you’ve seen the food delivery robots that stumble across our campus after marveling at how they work and being sure to put them on your snapchat story, you may have wondered if this is…

Not True, Real, or Genuine

BY DOMINIC PINO, STAFF WRITER It’s a crying shame that people have to run around ruining our words. This past week, there have been two news stories that perfectly fit the definition of “fake news.”  The first was the supposed…

Letter from the Editor

Dear Patriots, Welcome back! It’s definitely been an interesting week on campus with little robots hovering around, the main center of campus closing off and the Robinson building looking like a demolished and abandoned site. Fourth Estate is also back…