Urbana University COVID-19 permanent closure impacts former Mason Comet football players

Rahul Parikh | Sports Editor Matthew Smith | Staff Writer On April 21st, Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio permanently closed due to the financial implications caused by the Coronavirus. This abrupt announcement completely caught two former Mason football players off guard. Mason senior Jackson Norman, an offensive lineman who had committed to Urbana and current Urbana freshman Brogan Reed now […]

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Mason Child Nutrition provides food for struggling families

Shravani Page | Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has left some Mason families with the inability to access or afford food easily. Many organizations in town have stepped in to help. Mason’s Child Nutrition Department has stepped in and provided grab-and-go meals for all Mason children under 18. The Child Nutrition Team and its supervisor Tamara Earl have been working […]

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Mason graduate Margaret Zhang fights on frontlines against pandemic

Anushka Mukherjee | Staff Writer While the coronavirus continues its infiltration in our society, many medical experts including Mason graduate Dr. Margaret Zhang are fighting front-line.  Dr. Margaret Zhang graduated from The Ohio State University medical school in 2019. Currently, she is a first-year psychiatry resident, with experience in both internal and emergency medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York […]

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Police force works to maintain stay-at-home order

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer Local police departments have been doing their part to ensure that Governor Mike DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order is obeyed. Mike DeWine’s controversial and relatively early enactment of virtual quarantine began with the initial three week break for all Ohio Schools starting March 16th. Now, the order has caused national outlets such as the Washington […]

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Students use quarantine to practice video-gaming skills

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer Whether it’s binging Netflix or video games, teens are looking for activities to keep them busy during quarantine. While the immense popularity of Fortnite was beginning to fade, many have decided to pick up the game once again. Although his preference may be set on other games, Freshman Will Murphy plays Fortnite the most because […]

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students in quarantine continue to practice faith

Della Johnson | Staff Writer For followers of various religions, practicing their faith while being recommended to stay at home has been the spark to many new ideas and innovations. Whether it is a reliance on the internet or more old-school tactics, the quarantine has expanded the boundaries of following a religion. Senior Haddon Foley has practiced Catholicism her entire […]

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Athletes stay focused through sports themed movies and shows

Indranshu Das | Staff Writer With the spring season pushed back to May 1 at the earliest, spring athletes have looked to spend their time thinking about something else rather than the potentially forgotten season. One thing in particular that all athletes can turn to–sports themed movies and shows.  Nick French, senior varsity track sprinter, said he remains hopeful that […]

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Neighborhoods use teddy bears to bring the community together

Meghan Dincler | Staff Writer Teddy bears aren’t just cute stuffed animals, they’ve turned into a way to bond as a community and spread hope and positivity.  Neighborhoods all around Mason have been creating scavenger hunts for families to do while they’re going on walks or bike rides. They hide everything from stuffed teddy bears to colorful and unique shamrocks […]

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Mason Graduate Taylor Telford reports on COVID-19 news

Shravani Page | Staff Writer Former Mason graduate Taylor Telford works as a breaking news reporter at The Washington Post and has been reporting on COVID-19 over the past few weeks. Over the past month, Telford has constantly been working on stories regarding COVID-19. She works with how incoming information about the virus is presented to the nation. The Post […]

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Album Review: 3.15.20 by Childish Gambino

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer 6/10 Childish Gambino’s surprise release of 3.15.20 ostensibly gives us nothing to comment on (including the white album cover and tracks named after their timestamp within the larger project) except the actual music. Listening to the album from beginning to end is an experience in and of itself, and a confusing one, especially compared to […]

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sleep schedules affected by quarantine

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Instead of catching disease, students are using the extended break to catch some Z’s.  Since Mason City Schools’ announcement of an extended break, followed by a shift to online classes, many students have found themselves readjusting their sleep schedule. Since they no longer have to wake up before 7:45 a.m. to make it to school, […]

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Rising athletes struggle with newfound recruiting barriers

Matt Smith | Staff Writer Many kids have dreams of becoming a collegiate athlete. For some though, the process of realizing that dream has changed its course.  For rising athletes such as junior baseball player Ben Stuart and sophomore tennis player Vignesh Gogineni, this spring and summer was supposed to be a big opportunity for them to present their talents […]

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Students retain vacation plans despite quarantine

Archie Barton | Staff Writer With self-isolation becoming the norm, it can be difficult to escape the increasing boredom of quarantine. However, some Mason students decided to continue with their vacation plans despite the dangers of the coronavirus. Seniors Colby Kramer and Alyssa Horvath, who traveled to Florida during their spring break, enjoyed quarantine six feet from the other beach […]

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Couples continue despite social distancing

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Holding sanitized hands, this quarantine won’t be the demise of MHS couples. Lovebirds of Mason are still finding a way to be together during the pandemic. Whether it be long FaceTime calls, leaving a surprise on a doorstep, or going for a hike in the woods the couples are doing all they can to stay […]

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