Column: Healthy living – Web Exclusive

Janica Kaneshiro | Staff Writer With prom just around the corner, the talk of losing weight is growing. More Mason girls are going hungry at lunch, and carrying around 100 calorie packs in their purses in case they get hungry. But honestly, what for? Prom? Really? Being skinny for prom doesn’t so much appeal to me. I can’t seem to […]

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Column: Music television – Web Exclusive

Thom Carter | Staff Writer I’m curious as to when the last time so-called “music channels” placed a band deservedly into the spotlight through extensive airtime of things like music videos, interviews and live performances. The argument regarding stations like MTV and the lack of music it actually airs is one that has been chewed up and spat out since […]

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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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Column: College acceptance an achievement

Janie Simonton | Staff Writer The other day, I pulled into my driveway after school, locked my doors and walked to the mailbox. Perusing the daily post, I see the usual suspects: the bills for my parents, the “Hey, come check out our campus!” letters from colleges I would never even consider. Usually, most of the college envelopes that show […]

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Column: Welcome to the third dimension – Web Exclusive

Thom Carter | Staff Writer As always, movies are changing. Special effects become exceedingly spectacular, monsters become more and more convincing, and disasters become startlingly real. But what if all these things and more came out you in eye-popping 3-D? More than ever, the third dimension has become the new avenue for filmmakers to venture down, and with good reason. There’s no […]

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