Movie REview: Birds of Prey

Henri Robbins | Online Editor You ever hear the phrase “set your expectations low, and they’ll always be exceeded?” That’s what I did for this movie, and even with that, it was just okay. In what was meant to be a challenge or, as they put it, an “emancipation” of the typical Harley Quinn character, DC cleverly turned some tropes […]

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Fears of coronavirus disrupt local Chinese cultural events

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer 7,453 miles from the source of the sickness, the 2019 coronavirus has had more success creating concern than spreading infection here at Mason High School.  Coronavirus is actually an umbrella term that houses many viruses. The most recent one is the 2019 coronavirus that can lead to severe respiratory illnesses or in some cases, death. […]

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Teachers abstain from sharing political views in classroom

Shravani Page | Staff Writer While students are taught about their First Amendment rights in government class, teachers often hold back on expressing their opinions in the classroom. Government teacher Susie Wilcox said she chooses not to express her personal opinions during political discussions held in class. For Wilcox, that isn’t her responsibility, and students should get to hear about […]

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Traditional Chinese dancers connect with culture

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Jessica Wang | Staff Writer When it comes to Chinese New Year traditions, lion dancing is the mane event. Lion dancing, a traditional Chinese form of dance, is said to have originated during the Tang Dynasty after an emperor dreamed he was rescued by a lion. Since then, lion dancing has often been a staple […]

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High school girls look to birth control for medical relief

Kaelyn Rodrigues | Staff Writer From controlling irregular menstruation to alleviating chronic pain, birth control is not just used as a contraceptive — for some, it’s a necessity. Senior Nikita Morjaria takes birth control to reduce her anemia, a condition caused by a deficit of red blood cells. She chooses to take non-hormonal birth control, which tends to have fewer […]

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Teachers utilize online resources to enhance education

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Listening to lectures and taking notes aren’t the only ways to learn anymore. In recent years, numerous online tools have integrated themselves with the traditional, paper-pencil oriented approach. Websites such as Khan Academy, Desmos, and Mathbits have become the right hand men of teachers throughout Mason High School.  Teachers like Heather Verstreate, an Honors Geometry […]

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Therapy embraced as method to improve mental health

Andrea Hefferan | Managing Editor Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can heal your mind. Therapy has become a common resource used by students at Mason to better their mental health.  One of these students is senior Vince Albers, who has seen a therapist for over a year. For him, sharing everything with his therapist was daunting […]

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Subscription boxes personalize online shopping

Evelina Gaivoronskaia |   Staff Writer Monthly subscription boxes provide out-of-the-box ways to explore new products.  With the rise of the Internet, more and more people have used online shopping platforms, such as subscription boxes. Sophomore Allison Fries has been using Birchbox, a subscription that provides a couple of samples of various beauty products every month, since December. She said […]

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Album Review: Funeral by Lil Wayne

Indranshu Das When Lil Wayne released his first album, Lil Baby was literally a Lil Baby. 20 years later, Wayne and Baby are making a case for song of the year.  Two years removed from The Carter V, Lil Wayne’s Funeral shows signs of a strong recovery in his rapping career. His career skyrocketed following the release of Carter I, […]

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“Idea Team” to implement student plans for school change

Henri Robbins | Online Editor Ignite Your Vision was the ignition point for Mason’s newest vision.  After Mason High School’s “Ignite Your Vision” campaign in 2019, which allowed students a one-time platform to enact ideas to improve the school, the school is creating an initiative to allow students to create year-round change. To do this, they’re founding an “Idea Team,” […]

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