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Asynchronous classes aren’t as good as they seem

BY STEVEN ZHOU STAFF WRITER Although the debate over the value of online versus in-person instruction continues to rage, the reality is that, like it or not, we’re stuck with mostly online courses for the next few months (and quite…

For testing bias, focus on prediction, not score differences

BY STEVEN ZHOU STAFF WRITER In recent months, major universities such as CalTech and the University of California system have announced plans to go “test-blind,” where standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT will no longer be considered in…

Diversity for Diversity’s Sake?

BY STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER The movement for diversity and inclusion, whether in education or in the workplace, has gained steam in recent months, especially due to the heightened racial tensions from the past summer. But the push for diversity…

It’s Good to Share Your Opinions

BY: STEVEN ZHOU STAFF WRITER Some may say that I have no business writing opinion articles. For a while, I thought so myself. I’m not a journalist, I never studied anything related to journalism, and I’ve never had any experience…

We Need to Flatten the Unemployment Curve Too

BY: STEVEN ZHOU STAFF WRITER Due to recent stay-at-home orders closing businesses and inducing mass layoffs, unemployment insurance filings in the U.S. is at an all-time high. In three weeks, 17 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits — and…

It’s Time to Close up Shop

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, FAUX ESTATE CORRESPONDENT Editor’s note: This piece is a work of fiction written for Fourth Estate’s satire issue, Faux Estate. In light of all that’s been happening with the coronavirus pandemic, higher education is facing a number…

Teach Inquiry, Not Knowledge

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER In the past few decades, a tremendous outcry has risen, accusing colleges and universities of indoctrinating students with a specific set of beliefs. The most recent evidence towards such indoctrination include a fascinating side-by-side comparison…

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…

From 3,000 Miles Away: A View from a Graduate

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER Before I came here to Mason for my Ph.D., I went to Pepperdine, an undergraduate college 3,000 miles away in California that was the opposite of Mason in many ways. Mason is public. Pepperdine is…