Staff Editorial: Pay-to-play

The routine morning workouts, the after-school tryouts and the long practices are routine in an athlete’s vocabulary in his or her quest to make a team. But next year, after seeing their names on the team roster, Mason High School athletes will have to hand over a $150 fee — a payment to participate.

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Column: MTV can’t beat original “Skins”

Thom Carter | Staff Writer The original “Skins” was a bold teenage drama that spun the typical formula on its head with a barrage of alcohol-fueled parties, recreational drug use and casual sex. The actors portrayed were all age-appropriate and mostly inexperienced, while the writers of each episode were teens themselves. The series, initially criticized for its over-the-top scenarios, became […]

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Column: Gaga inspires originality in students

Janica Kaneshiro | Staff Writer Google “Lady Gaga.” The first thing that will most likely pop up is a picture of her in a meat dress. She has her catchy phrases that include “disco stick,” “pa-pa-pa-poker face” and the completely senseless “ro-ma-ro-ma-ma.” What? But upon hearing about her much-anticipated new single, “Born This Way,” set to be released the night […]

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Column: Grammys not musical achievements

Thom Carter | Staff Writer Movies have the Academy Awards, the Emmys commend television and Broadway celebrates with the Tonys. Of course, the Grammy Awards seem like the obvious choice as the premier award show for music, but is it? To be frank, no, it’s not. In fact, the Grammys represent everything wrong with the music industry. Trent Reznor, who […]

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Column: “Makeup doesn’t mean beauty”

Julia Halpin | Editor Intern I definitely don’t look like her. She’s the girl on the cover of Seventeen magazine every month. And she’s quite the opposite of me. Her legs are about as long as my entire body. I mean, Lord knows I’m nowhere near 5’9”. I chopped off six inches of my brown hair last summer, so it’s […]

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Staff Editorial: Seniors’ desire for retouched photos has crossed the line

As our friends hand out their wallet-sized senior pictures throughout their senior year, we can’t help but notice that the people in these pictures aren’t the people we see every day in class. The pictures hold an airbrushed model, a person who barely resembles our friends. Senior picture retouching goes too far when it does not truthfully represent students. By […]

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