OPINION: Rioting just to riot

Branden Labarowski | Staff Writer As a journalist, I try to stay up to date with the news, and I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the headlines lately. It seems like everybody’s willing to go to desperate measures to let their voices be heard—even if they don’t have much of anything to say. Everyone’s been abuzz recently about the Occupy […]

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COLUMN: Marketing is inescapable

Ian Howard | Staff Writer Everything is just marketing, marketing, marketing. You are being marketed right now unless of course I tried to write in an uninteresting way, but what would be the point of that? No one would read it and that is probably the goal of a student newspaper isn’t it? Marketing is not a system simply damnable; […]

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COLUMN: We have a lot of growing up to do

Julia Halpin | Associate Editor “High school is the journey to finding your true self.” Really? Because I must have taken a wrong turn when everyone else went straight, because I’m nowhere near to finding this, could you say, “true identity.” When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being something new about every single day. I was a […]

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COLUMN: Dubstep is more of an English thing

Thom Carter | Staff Writer When musical genres amount to nothing but a trend, they lose all credibility. We are incredibly susceptible to such a phenomenon in Mason. Here, emerging artists from primarily urban dwellings have their sound diluted when they’re music is deemed “too weird.” Dubstep, a subgenre of electronic and drum n’ bass music, is currently that flavor […]

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COLUMN: Cheaters

Janica Kaneshiro | Editor-in-Chief “How could you?” she dramatically screams into the phone. Her hair is a mess and her face is melting into the all-powerful ugly-cry. She throws the phone and curls into the fetal position sobbing until she can no longer breathe. Once she recovers, the pain is usually remedied with some variation of a gallon-sized ice cream […]

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COLUMN: The meaning of sex

Julia Halpin | Associate Editor Sex. A word, unmentionable and ostracized by the generation before us, but now serves as the bud of the kinda-funny-but­­­­-not-really jokes made all too frequently by the everyday teenage boy. Funny, how things change. As I casually strolled through the Internet after school one day, reading any interesting article that came my way, (yes, I am […]

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COLUMN: Vampirical woes

Thom Carter | Staff Writer Businesses revolve around the mantra, “the customer is always right,” and the entertainment business is no exception. When people flock to a movie, studios are quick to remake the same one only with a cast that amps up sex appeal accompanied by a script that is considerably dumbed-down. They take advantage of some of mankind’s […]

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COLUMN: Punk culture has died

Ian Howard | Staff Writer With so many cultural role models to choose from, our internalized rules are subject to change. The great counterculture icons of the 1960s replace today’s traditional authorities by idealizing unrestricted sex, recreational drug use and a carefree attitude. Artists like Wiz Khalifa, MGMT and Kid Cudi gain popularity in a new suburban stoner demographic. Although […]

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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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