College admission officers take absences into consideration

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Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Grade point average isn’t the only number that appears on a high school transcript. Excused and unexcused absences are presented beside grades on a college application. The number of absences, however, does not reveal the reason for missing school. Rob Reed, Senior Assistant of Undergraduate Admissions at The Ohio State University, reads thousands of applications […]

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Modern fashion trends guilty of stealing from past eras

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Alyssa Brooks | Staff Writer Photo illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell New fashion trends may not be so “new” after all. As the 1990s became the 2000s, the fashion trends of the two decades morphed into polar opposites: neutral colors became technicolor, loose clothing became skin tight, turtlenecks became low necklines. In the world of fashion today, what were […]

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World Health Organization reports cancer risk in meats

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Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Baby got bacon. Bacon burgers, bacon cheese fries, bacon covered in chocolate—all contribute to the 93 billion pounds of meat and poultry produced in 2012, reported the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Americans devour these meats at a rate of 270.7 pounds per person in 2007, NPR said, a full 100 pounds more than the […]

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Quest for the cure gets lost in the commercialization

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Blake Nissen | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, so does a lot of empathy towards the cause. Some organizations, however, are able to make a difference more than 31 days out of the year. The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness month was just that: to spread awareness. With […]

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‘Digital deadwalking’ becomes health concern


Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer Photo by Erin McElhenny Eyes up. Phone screens are calling, but don’t answer—looking at a phone increases the risk of injury. A 2013 Ohio State University study found that the number of injuries treated in 100 emergency rooms nationwide that related to pedestrians using cellphones had more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, to more […]

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Semesters: one year later

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Studentsandtachersmustadjusttojam-packedsemesterschedule India Kirssin | Staff Writer The Transition It’s year two. When Mason High School switched to semesters last year, it was a huge transition for a district that had uniquely operated under trimesters for 16 years. A five-bell day of 72-minute classes became a seven-bell, 50-minute class day. A yearly schedule of 15 blocks consisted of 14 blocks and […]

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Students want some sensitive topics left untouched by school

Asia Porter | Staff Writer Students leave their parents in the morning–or so they thought. The line separating school from family matters has begun to blur, causing parents to question the school and the topics it’s teaching. On October 14, sophomores piled into the gym to find administration brought in an outside speaker to speak about rape. After the presentation, […]

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Aspiring soldiers use video game simulations to tune up for combat situations


Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer Photo illustration by Matthew Marvar The worldwide video game industry is worth almost $100 billion. Gamers in the United States alone spent $22 billion on video games in 2015. Furthermore, the global video game market racked up $81.5 billion in revenue just last year. Senior Drew Davidson, however, didn’t contribute to this statistic. He plays […]

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Marching band constantly up against tough rubric


Isabel Marotta | Staff Writer Photo by Isabel Marotta Students strive for a 100 percent on a test while marching band members strive for 100 points on a performance. While it’s clear to see a score by how many runs a team scores or how many baskets they make, marching band is a different, more intricate story. According to assistant […]

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AP teachers curve practice tests to best prepare students

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Jonathan McCollough | Staff WriterPhoto by Visual Editor Madison Krell Test curves come in more shapes than just a bell. Curving tests is prevalent in high school, but the effectiveness of a curve as well as the impact curving has on students has been widely disputed. Advanced Placement Language and Composition teacher Nathan Coates said from his experience, curving for […]

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Regular coffee drinkers struggle without daily cup

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Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Coffee has become part of many students’ daily grind. According to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world. It estimates between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children in North America habitually consume it. Specifically among adolescents, the National […]

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Modern-day pronoun use more complex than ‘he’ and ‘she’

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Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor That’s what (pronoun) said. In the case of the modern student, preferred gender pronouns are no longer exclusive to the “he” or “she” adopted from birth. The University of Tennessee published an internet guide to help navigate what may be preferred pronouns. According to Inside Higher Ed, the list juxtaposed “he” and “she,” with new […]

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No urinal dividers in men’s restroom causes unspoken etiquette

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Together men stand, divided men urinate. There are unspoken rules of the restroom that most males understand and follow; eyes forward, no chit-chat, the middle urinal is no man’s land. At Mason High School, the lack of urinal dividers—metal or plastic sheets placed on the walls between urinals—have prompted […]

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