Wisdom teeth removal can bring on psychotic episodes

Blake Nissen | Staff Writer Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer Senior Molly Biggers thought she was getting kidnapped and senior Sam DeGroft thought she was being attacked by a terrorist. It sounds crazy, but it’s true—or at least Biggers and DeGroft thought it was, because they were suffering from psychotic delusions as a result of the anesthesia they were under […]

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Paddling students harshly remembered at MHS

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Every 30 seconds, a child is hit in a public school somewhere in the United States. While corporal punishment may not seem like a common practice, a federal data analysis reported this statistic. Corporal punishment is a discipline method in which a supervising adult deliberately inflicts pain upon a […]

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2016 has eventful schedule in store

The 50th NFL Super Bowl game will be held at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, California on February 7. February 29, also known as leap day, will be marked on calendars for the first time in four years. MHS students will take to the dance floor at prom on April 16. This generation’s hit childhood Disney films will be back again in sequels in […]

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Student band takes one step closer to making it big

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer From left to right: Owen Tidd, Will Morris, Jack Davidson, and Luke Cornett. Photo Edited by Visual Editor Madison Krell Senior Owen Tidd formed the band, Big Korea, initially in 2013 and is the only member left from the original lineup. Big Korea released their first “Welcome” extended play (EP) online on December 9, 2015 and […]

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Ohio pet stores accused of mistreating animals

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell Buying a puppy is like adding a new member to the family. So when that adorable, $1,000 dog dies within weeks, it’s a huge emotional and financial loss. Petland and other pet stores have been under scrutiny lately for selling sick puppies, many near death. It all began two […]

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Democrat presidential candidate Sanders gaining popularity with young voters

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer “Feel the Bern for he takes what you earn.” That’s the common rhetoric among conservatives and opposition to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who is running for president. Americans have always been wary of socialism, especially those who were around during the Cold War, but senior Ben Allen says the ideas behind […]

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Potential minimum wage increase poses nationwide concern

Blake Nissen | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell There is a push around the country to make the ceiling the new floor by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Fightfor15.com has organized strikes for fastfood and other low wage workers; their most recent strike was on November 10. Gaining widespread support with over 200,000 likes […]

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College admission officers take absences into consideration

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

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

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

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

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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