FBI’s demand of Apple poses constitutional question

Blake Nissen | Staff Writer Apple CEO Tim Cook is gaining some powerful friends in the fight against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their request for entry into IOS 8. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked Apple to make a new version of the iPhone operating system that would create a backdoor into their system, according to Apple’s […]

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Hyatt named new Mason High School principal

Abbey Marshall | Managing Editor After an extensive outside search across southwest Ohio, information collection on candidates, paper screenings, phone interviews, in-person interviews, and a final performance task, it turned out the best person for the job was just down the hall. On February 23, the Mason City School Board approved the motion to appoint Interim Principal Dave Hyatt as […]

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‘Coffee with a Cop’ unites community with police in casual conversation

India Kirssin | Staff Writer ‘Coffee with a Cop’ took place in the community center on February 25. Photo by Staff Writer Blake Nissen. Behind the badge, local police officers have a genuine hope of personalizing themselves in the community. On Thursday, February 25, the Mason Police Department, West Chester Police Department, and University of Cincinnati Health Police Department teamed […]

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Conservatives and liberals jostle for position in wake of Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s sudden death

Conservatives fear Obama decision could tilt court in favor of liberals  Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Justice Antonin Scalia is pictured in his official Supreme Court portrait. He passed away on February 14 at the age of 79. Photo contributed by The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. Just hours after the death of Antonin Scalia, the political […]

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Mock trial heads to state competition for first time in 10 years

Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer After an undefeated season, the Mason Green Mock Trial team is heading to Columbus on Thursday to compete at the Ohio Center of Law Related Education (OCLRE) Mock Trial State Competition. Junior Jessica Wang is the president of the team and plays a prosecution attorney by directing witnesses and making closing arguments. Wang said the […]

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Speech and debate places sixth at state tournament

Alekya Raghavan | Staff Writer The MHS Speech and Debate team placed sixth at the Ohio High School Speech League on the weekend of March 5. The OHSSL State Tournament, hosted by Princeton High School, had 83 schools in attendance and consisted of preliminary rounds followed by a quarterfinal, semifinal and final over the course of two days. Junior Vinay […]

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MAASC puts on Lecture Series in celebration of Black History Month

Nick Northcut | MBC Reporter Northcut brings you the news of the Black Lecture series put on by MAASC. Throughout February, the Mason African American Students for Change club (MAASC) brought in a multitude of speakers to empower students to be successful and build their own empire. The Black Lecture series, held in celebration of Black History Month, featured speakers: Tamaya Dennard, Sonya Myles, […]

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Third annual interfaith dialogue inspires understanding

Alekya Raghavan | Staff Writer Students discussed the nuances of different faiths at the Muslim Student Association (MSA)’s third annual interfaith dialogue. The discussion took place on Thursday, February 11 and aimed to familiarize students with the different faiths and belief systems held by their peers. Senior Mariam Soliman, a member of the MSA, said that the goal of the […]

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Young voters avoid primary elections

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Illustration by Visual Editor Madison Krell. The primary focus for young people never seems to be the primary elections. Primaries are a crucial part of every presidential election year, from which the Democrats and Republicans each choose a nominee from their respective pools of candidates. This year’s primaries will determine whether 2016 will be the […]

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Praise and worship causing problems in local neighborhood

Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer The worship band at Crossroads Church has been receiving noise complaints from nearby residents. Photo contributed by Jennifer Sperry We are all the Lord’s children, but the brother and sister relationship has been problematic between Crossroads church and the surrounding residents. As a result of the loud music played during the church’s services, surrounding residents […]

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MCS Child Nutrition Supervisor receives national honor

Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Photo by Duncan MacKenzie. On January 17, Mason City Schools Child Nutrition Supervisor Tamara Earl was in San Diego, California, but the purpose of her visit wasn’t to escape Mason’s frigid winter climate. She instead attended the School Nutrition Association’s 2016 School Nutrition Conference, where she was awarded with the Silver Rising Star Award at […]

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Biden launches ‘Moonshot Initiative’ to fund cancer research

Asia Porter | Staff Writer Illustration by Madison Krell Vice President Biden has launched his “moonshot” to cure cancer. During President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016, Obama announced Vice President Joe Biden will lead the national effort to make a decade’s worth of scientific advances in the next five years. Biden said curing […]

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Comet fans reprimanded for storming the court

Ellie Uecker | Staff Writer Students stormed the court after the victory against Oak Hills. Photo contributed by Brandon Severn and the Cincinnati Enquirer Storming the court after a big win has become vogue in college arenas across the country, but a recent incident of storming the court by Mason fans has given the Mason athletic department a black eye. […]

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NAHS uses therapeutic art to assist seniors

India Kirssin | Staff Writer Opening Minds Through Art partners work together on an art project for their upcoming art show. Photo contributed by ScrippsOMA.org. National Art Honor Society students are using art to bridge a multi-generational gap. A new collaboration between NAHS, the Opening Minds Through Art Program and the Mason Christian Village will allow the members of NAHS […]

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Venkatarao breaks four records for Rubik’s Cube solving

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Watch Venkatarao solve the Rubix Cube. Video contributed by Sreeram Venkatarao. With fingers flying and algorithms meticulously memorized, junior Sreeram Venkatarao solved his way to the top. Venkatarao broke national and continental records for blind Rubik’s Cube solving this past weekend at the Dixon Winter competition. Venkatarao wears his medal from the Dixon Winter competition. Photo […]

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