OPINION: A Good ‘Ol Cup ‘O Joe

Thom Carter | Staff Writer I feel wonderful today. For the first time in a week, I had the time to top off my to-go cup with the warm, enriching bliss that is the Kirkland Signature House Blend. Yes, I purchase my coffee in bulk from Costco, but it’s delicious all the same. And I don’t horse around. I even […]

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OPINION: Living the passionate life

Julia Halpin | Associate Editor Oh, Grandma Flo. My Grandma Flo, full name Florence and “Flo-Flo” when I was little, is one of the most interesting and wonderful women I’ve ever met. Slightly stout, and extremely Italian, Flo and I can talk for hours. Her house is filled with old religious paintings, aging antiques, and, last Christmas, Italian opera music, […]

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OPINION: Labels divide people

Branden Labarowski | Staff Writer Not a single day passes in which I don’t revel in joy over having my college applications out of sight, out of mind. Just one thing about the college application process still bothers me from time to time: according to the Common App, my religious preference is “Christian – Pentacostal.” Most people—even fellow Pentecostals—probably didn’t […]

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OPINION: Ambition and the American Dream

Branden Labarowski | Staff Writer My college essays are finally done, and I feel great. After writing, revising and rehashing what feels like dozens of papers about my career choices, academic prowess and intellectual viewpoints, I feel ready to jump right into the real world and succeed in whatever I choose to do. If I become a journalist, then I’ll […]

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OPINION: Rating system goes too far

Thom Carter | Staff Writer From as long as I can remember, I’ve battled the toils of the Parental Advisory sticker, banned book list and M for Mature rating. I was constantly nagged by my elders not to buy a record because it “contained an F-bomb” or to choose a book that was “more suitable for my audience.” As a […]

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OPINION: Republican candidates are lackluster options

Ian Howard | Staff Writer Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter, John Adams and John Quincy Adams were all great men, however, none of them were great presidents. Jefferson’s entrance into sainthood in modern politics today poses a terrible threat to America’s stability and democratic tradition. Jefferson may have written the Declaration of Independence, but that is not to say that his […]

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OPINION: Violence in film – a fragile art form

Thom Carter | Staff Writer For generations, violence has been put under the microscope of hovering parents and overzealous pacifists that would like nothing more than to eliminate it from society altogether. Judging by the nature of man, that isn’t likely to happen, so it’s up to us to harness its brash nature for all its worth. Thanks to the […]

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OPINION: Originality snobbery is for five year olds

Janica Kaneshiro | Editor-in-Chief God forbid anybody say something that has been said before, do something that has been done before or think something previously thought. These days, originality and superiority seem to be synonymous to high school students. No, I’m not a conformist wishing the world operated like it does in George Orwell’s “1984”; that, big-brother society scares me […]

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OPINION: Emotions are pre-determined

Ian Howard | Staff Writer You must be happy. You must be sad. You must be upset. You must be angry. Possibly passed along as some vague ice-breaker, these misnomers are the ever expanding effects of the oversaturation of a three television household America.  It’s on the news. It’s on prime time. The endless fodder of sitcoms siphoned to the […]

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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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