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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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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