Tag: Virginia

EIGHT OUT OF 4,900 STUDENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

COVID-19 cases remain low at Mason BY BRAD BYRNE, STAFF WRITER As September falls into October, Mason continues to make efforts toward keeping campus COVID-19 cases low. With a mask and vaccination mandate put on campus over the summer and…

AS FALL SEMESTER BEGINS, COVID-19 CASES AT MASON REMAIN LOW

Campus guidelines keep COVID-19 cases at Mason low among students and employees   BY LIANNA BROWN, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF During the 2020-2021 school year, Mason was applauded for its ability to keep campus COVID-19 cases low. As the United States surpasses 40…

VIRGINIA ABOLISHES DEATH PENALTY

Virginia lawmakers create legislation to abolish the death penalty, making Virginia the first southern state to do so BY MADDIE GIERBER STAFF WRITER Virginia, one of the most prolific users of capital punishment, approved two pieces of legislation to abolish…

SEN. KAINE: MY PRIORITIES IN THE NEW CONGRESS

BY SEN. TIM KAINE CONTRIBUTOR After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, many were rightfully worried about our ability to have a peaceful transfer of power and get to work on accomplishing critical legislative priorities. But in the weeks…

Here’s what you need to know about absentee voting

BY DAWSON WEINHOLD With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many voters are opting to vote absentee rather than risk exposure by voting in person on Election Day. Absentee voting isn’t a new concept, but many voters will be doing it for…

Virginia Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment

After a long journey through state legislatures, ERA’s future is still unclear BY BRAD BYRNE, STAFF WRITER On Jan. 27, Virginia became the 38th state in the United States to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Virginia’s ratification opens up…

Virginia General Assembly Considers Bills Pitched by Students

POLICY ISSUES INCLUDE VOTER REGISTRATION, FREE SAT’S AND MORE By Isabella LaMagdeleine, Staff Writer Danielle Melton, Jamie Thomas, Rasheda Elsamahi, and Andrew Millin, all members of the Mason chapter of the think tank The Roosevelt Institute, pitched legislation to members…

Board of Visitors Revises Mason’s Ten Year Strategic Plan

THE PLAN PROMISES TO KEEP TUITION COSTS LOW WHILE INCREASING ENROLLMENTS BY 8,000 By Michael Eberhart, News Editor Mason’s Board of Visitors met just before finals in December to update the school’s ten-year strategic plan, which began in 2014. Part…

Gov. McAuliffe meets with student journalists

At luncheon, McAuliffe speaks on immigration ban, education BY FAREEHA REHMAN, ONLINE EDITOR On Feb. 1, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) welcomed a select few Virginia college reporters into the Executive Mansion. Over an intimate three-course luncheon, Gov. McAuliffe expressed his…