Staff Editorial – 11/13

Charter schools steal funds and opportunites from high-achieving districts Is Ohio Governor John Kasich a modern-day Robin Hood? It seems he is, robbing from the “rich in academic achievement” to give to the “poor in academic achievement.” His most recent budget slashes funding to high-achieving school districts like Mason City Schools in order to reward a gift of $71 million […]

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Staff Editorial – 10/15

Junior varsity athletes have unique, applaudable victory When Junior Varsity athletes compete, there aren’t rows of bleachers filled with a neon, flour-laden student section. These are not revenue or spectator sports, though the teams that play them are just as decorated with trophies as any varsity. As Comet varsity sports teams are extremely selective, more athletes are demoted to JV, […]

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Staff Editorial – 9/18

Twitter, unblocked and soon to be unused Let there be tweets. Those 140 characters we all love will no longer be forbidden—or even a drain on a 4G data plan—this school year. Administration has slackened its restrictions to allow us to roam Twitter on school grounds and Wi-Fi, and in doing so, has given us an unexpected mark of trust. […]

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Staff Editorial – 5/15

Civic journalism adds its voice to the media maelstrom centered on police brutality It happened in Walmart. Amid lurid yellow 99-cent tags and bleeps of scanned merchandise, John Crawford III, a young black man, wandered the aisles of its Beavercreek location. He chatted with the mother of his children on the phone, carrying an air rifle at his side. A […]

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Staff editorial – 4/17

Adherence to the outdated term “Lady Comets” disregards the nature of sports Go Lady Comets. Rewind the leaps women have made toward gender equality–as voters that balance children and independent occupations–and we’ll find parents telling their daughters to “Act like a lady” and their sons to “Be a gentleman.” We know the phrases only call for politeness and courtesy: women […]

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Staff Editorial – 3/20

Overindulgence of teenagers creates lingering dependency in college Life skills wanted. We have yet to learn what the ‘on’ button on a washing machine looks like, but we’d be hard-pressed to find a student in these hallways who couldn’t recite the quadratic formula on a whim. Mason is a college-prep high school to the extreme: we can now manage textbook-crammed backpacks heavier than […]

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Staff Editorial – 1/30

24-hour news cycle desensitizes this generation’s teens to terrorism It could have been worse. The attack on Paris’ satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo caught our attention, but as far as many American teens are concerned — it could have been worse. Due to the magazine’s nature, few are surprised by the violence, even if they don’t condone it. We have been […]

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Staff Editorial – 12/12

Thanksgiving viewed as warm up to Christmas, pilgrims’ plight forgotten Those poor pilgrims. We’re all aware that Thanksgiving is a holiday meant to celebrate the pilgrims’ first, hard-earned harvest. But instead of honoring them, we reduce the pilgrims to silver-buckled shoes and wide-brimmed hats: we deny them a spot at the table for the feast they began. With the Thanksgiving […]

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Staff Editorial – 11/14

‘The Like Generation’ depends on gaining popularity through social media posts We often hear “Do it for the Vine,” a phrase powerful enough to resist any questioning or doubt. Pouring ice water on yourself for the #IceBucketChallenge? Do it for the Vine. Eating a tablespoon of cinnamon for the #CinnamonChallenge? Do it for the Vine. If it’s “for the Vine,” […]

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Staff Editorial – 10/22

Bathroom graffiti in desperate need of artistic quality to improve relief experience What happens in the school bathrooms, stays in the school bathrooms. Or so we think. In fact, the truth about restrooms is that no matter how private the reason for going, the act ‘of going’ is essentially very public. The personal habit of the bathroom break is accompanied […]

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Staff Editorial – 9/19

Stupidity outside of school ruins hard-earned reputation for rest of life When are you going to stop being so stupid? The kid who gets high in the parking lot, gets wasted at a huge party, gets some after prom. When are you going to realize that actions are coupled with long-lasting consequences? You prepare for test after test, often spending […]

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Staff Editorial – 5/16

Key to post-graduation employment may not depend on college degree Upon entering freshman year, we are told that we have four years to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives. There is immense pressure, particularly from a college-preparatory high school, to not just select and attend college, but to acquire a degree. Regardless of our […]

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Staff Editorial – 4/11

High schoolers held to elementary rules despite increasing maturity We are still children. Although some of us have jobs and cars, or are heading off to begin independent lives in the fall, we are quite aware that as an institution, high school recognizes us as children. And this is fine. This is fair. With most students falling in between the ages of 14-18, MHS houses […]

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Staff Editorial – 3/14

Personal responsibility kicks in during times of panic, emergency There have been 32 school shootings in 2014 thus far. Taking this into consideration alongside the rash of public violence that has occurred over the past few years, it’s no wonder that we might be sensitive about the prospect of something similar happening here, the violence of the outside world finding its way into our seemingly […]

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Staff Editorial – 2/14

Promoted selfie culture emphasizes personal gain, motivation It’s not that hard to admit and it’s not that hard to see: selfies are selfish. And yet that doesn’t make every selfie bad. The quickly emerging trademark of our generation, the selfie, can be done under different motives: for your own approval, or, for others’. Good or bad, respectively. Both seek to serve the self […]

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Staff Editorial – 1/17

While we may still anxiously await the telephone to ring, inclement weather isn’t quite the glorious blessing we grew accustomed to in childhood. After the initial glee and extra sleep, we return to find added homework, stressed teachers, and curriculums pressed for time. But don’t worry — if we get too many, some extra days will be tacked onto the trimester and the classes you’re not battling right now. While […]

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Staff Editorial – 11/22

When the Salvation Army bells ring, students answer. And when college apps come a’calling, students answer. They answer in high quantity. Be it charity drives or colleges to impress, students answer the expectation with numbers. Just how many extracurriculars or “hobbies” can you cram into your schedule? And just how many apathetic dollars can you surrender to the kid with […]

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Staff Editorial – 10/25

Trends drive temporary teen awareness, peak interest but fail to hold attention Apparently the government’s pretty trendy right now. At least that’s what the rising Americana fashion and the social media haven that was the government shutdown are telling us. Some might like to think that makes us aware. But are we? Although current and pervasive – be it through […]

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