Category: opinion

OPINION: Russia’s Ban from Pyeongchang

By Chris Kernan-Schmidt, Columnist Following an investigation into systematic and state-sponsored manipulation of anti-doping laboratories, the Russian Federation was barred from competing in this year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russia was not permitted to send any athletes to…

OPINION: Good Cops, Bad Cops

By Dominic Pino, Columnist On Feb. 14, a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  This we all know.  However, there was a lesser known event on Feb. 20 that allows for…

OPINION: Think bigger than beer pong

By Alexander Kenny, Columnist Beer pong (BP) is either the party’s thrilling main event or an uncreative party killer. At the mention of BP, Mason students react –let’s say all polled are 21 or older– with dreamy nostalgia for last…

OPINION: College is what you make of it

By Chris Kernan-Schmidt, Columnist I love Mason. The classes, the staff, athletics, even the mundane walks to and from class can be interesting. However, some of my peers do not have the same attitude that I do. From looking at…

OPINION: A modest proposal-start studying in the slobby

By Dominic Pino, Columnist I am writing this column from my favorite place to study at Mason.  There are many great places to study on the Fairfax campus.  Fenwick Library with its comfy chairs and quiet study rooms.  The Johnson…

OPINION: Meatless Fridays on campus

By Susan Katherine Corkran, Columnist After writing about tips for having a successful Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day, a reader suggested an article focusing on the following Fridays of our Lenten Season. For practicing Catholics, Lent represents giving up many…

OPINION: Looking for community- finding Mason Cru

By Emma Beitzel, Contributor Growing up in church, I knew the good and bad faces of Christianity. I loved pursuing my faith alongside others. I loved worshipping together, and learning from experts and having the opportunity to serve the the…

OPINION: On gun violence and American apathy

By Jamie Beliveau, Opinions Editor This week marks the eighth school shooting event in the first seven weeks of 2018. Gunshots pepper the first two months of the year, with an average of more than one shooting a week, and…

EDITORIAL: IVE Stands with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students

By Fourth Estate Editorial Board Alyssa Alhadeff Martin Duque Anguiano Nicholas Dworet Jaime Guttenberg Luke Hoyer Cara Loughran Gina Montalto Joaquin Oliver Alaina Petty Meadow Pollack Helena Ramsay Alexander Schachte Carmen Schentrup Peter Wang Christopher Hixon Aaron Feis Scott Beigel…