Skype becoming a new method of professional communication

Rachel Giesel | Staff Writer Video-calling is steadily gaining interest in Mason High School. But the act of video-calling through webcams has progressed to use in more professional instances such as college interviews, communicating with loved ones overseas and tutoring. A common way to enact video-calling is through a free downloadable program called Skype with which users are able to […]

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Freshman “Diversity Week” revamped

Ellen Duffer | Associate Editor The refurbished schedule for the freshmen’s mornings of OGT week is a product of brain-storming and communication, according to Assistant Principal William Rice. Freshman homerooms participated in various activities aimed at raising awareness for societal issues during the administration of the OGT each morning this week, led by junior and senior Sibs, he said. In […]

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Jarod’s Law revoked

Jessica Kantor | Staff Writer Jarod’s Law is being withdrawn from Ohio Law. Jarod’s parents originally wanted to form the law, which was created after Lebanon first-grader Jarod Bennett was crushed to death under a folding cafeteria table six days before Christmas in 2003. The law regulated chemicals and supplies in classrooms. Jarod’s parents said on their website that they […]

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Haiti crisis prompts high school community to give

Rachel Schowalter | Staff Writer With various means of world aid pouring into Haiti since the earthquake, many have been left wondering not only how they can help, but which method will help Haitians the most. Monetary donations, supply donations and on-the-ground service have been the most prominent methods, with each varying in effectiveness of contributing to relief efforts.

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Facebook may cause negativity in teenagers

Julia Halpin | Staff Writer Low levels of confidence in teens can be attributed to their usage of Facebook, according to a 2008 University of Georgia study that surveyed 130 Facebook users. The number of Facebook friends and wall posts someone acquires directly relates to how narcissistic they may be.

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Students seeking ‘Safe Space’ can look for door stickers

Alyssa Howard | Editor-in-Chief There are now ten Safe Spaces for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) students at Mason High School. According to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) “Safe Space Kit,” a Safe Space “is a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for [LBGT] students.” Multicultural Literature teacher Meg McKinnon said that the program has been initiated by […]

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Sports gambling spreads among student body

Trevor Maxim | Staff Writer There is a prevalence of unorganized sports betting between casual fans, among which are Mason High School students who place wagers on sporting events of all types. These students participate in sports betting without ever stepping foot in a casino or logging on to an online gambling site, where most gambling takes place.

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Community not immune to homelessness

Danni Simms | Staff Writer On any given night, 750,000 people are homeless across the United States according to the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). In order to be considered homeless, the Stewart B. McKinney Act said that one must not have an adequate place to sleep every night or one must reside in temporary housing (a supervised publicly […]

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Financial literacy course included for class of 2014

Alyssa Howard | Editor in Chief The implementation of a Financial Literacy course, which will take the place of ECA-B, is mandated for next year’s incoming class of 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Known as “the ability to read, analyze, manage and communicate about the personal financial conditions that affect material well-being,” financial literacy is being emphasized […]

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