URoomSurf.com designed to help students find potential college roommates

Jessica Kantor | Staff Writer Two students at the University of Miami (FL) have created a website where incoming college freshmen from high schools across the country can find a “random roommate” on their own: URoomSurf.com. Students create profiles similar to ones created on dating websites to communicate with other members about rooming together based on survey results taken by […]

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Historical grand piano donated to MHS Choral Department

Carlie Sack | Staff Writer A grand piano, with an estimated value of $6,000, was donated to Mason City Schools Performing Arts Department on March 22. Mason residents Carolyn and John Gruber donated this piano in the name of their daughters, Ashley and Samantha, who attend Mason City Schools, but are not involved in the performing arts.

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2011 Spring Break dates change

Rachel Schowalter | Staff Writer Spring Break for the Mason City School District will be moved to the last week of March for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. This earlier date may change Mason families’ travel plans because of colder weather. According to Debbie Delp, President of the Mason City School Board of Education, the decision to move Spring […]

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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Jessica Kantor | Staff Writer Jarod’s Law is being withdrawn from Ohio Law.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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