Opinion: The Telecom industry bought a law

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Big Brother is always watching and he just invited a friend to watch along with him. On April 4, Donald Trump wiped away landmark online privacy protections by signing a measure into law which repealed Obama-Era Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations. The Obama Era rules required internet service providers (ISP’s) – companies like Comcast, Verizon, […]

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Urban Exploring takes danger to new level

Ryan D’Souza | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Places that were once visited by thousands are now being explored by a few. Urban exploring is the exploration of man made-structures that are typically abandoned. This includes locations like old houses and deserted amusement parks and subway systems. The hobby is especially popular among photographers and documentary filmmakers. Junior Yogesh […]

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Kansakar earns Mason’s first state championship in 20 years

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Americanism is not exclusive to families born in America. For the first time in 20 years, a Mason student has been named a state champion for the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. Junior Puran Kansakar is one of 18 state winners who have earned a week-long trip to Washington, D.C, and to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. […]

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Comets defeat Thunderhawks in 59-44 thriller

Eric Michael | Staff Writer The Mason Comets defeated the Lakota East Thunderhawks 59-44 on Tuesday night in a showdown between two Greater Miami Conference basketball powerhouses. After the Comets won the tip off, senior Ben Schutte quickly put the first two points up on the board for Mason. Seconds later, Schutte intercepted a Lakota East pass and dished it […]

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Drain the swamp

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Rain drop, drop top, GOP flip-flop. The new Republican-led U.S. Congress had a controversial start in its first session when massive public outcry, as well as criticism from President Trump, forced House Republicans to backtrack on a proposal to gut an independent ethics committee. The proposal would have significantly weakened the Office of Congressional Ethics, […]

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School district under pressure to meet state requirements

Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 with strong bipartisan support in Congress, replaced No Child Left Behind and decreased the role of federal government in determining education policy. No Child Left Behind required states to develop high standards and allowed the federal government to take control on […]

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Comets defeat Fairfield 56-45 after battle in first half

Charlie Mackenzie | Staff Writer After fighting an uphill battle until seconds before the half, the Comets were able to outlast the Fairfield Indians on Friday night with a final score of 56-45. In Mason’s previous match-up against the Indians, the Comets lead at the end of each quarter. History did not seem to repeat itself, as the Indians came […]

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Prestigious Scripps School coming to MHS January 11

High School Journalism and Media program will host Scripps Day at MHS   Students from around the nation attend the 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp. Photos by Lucas Reilly. Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Mason High School media will host faculty from Ohio University in ‘Scripps Day at MHS’ on January 11. Guest speakers will come from the E.W. Scripps School of […]

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Teachers pay high price for high achievement

The Cost of Greatness Part 1 of a series – Teacher Overload Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer They come to school early, stay late and have hours of homework every night – but they’re not students, they’re teachers. A 2016 research brief from Pennsylvania State University found that 46 percent of teachers responded “yes” to […]

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OPINION: Trump purposely misdirects nation from valid concerns with absurd actions

Don’t fall for the trick Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Donald Trump is playing Magician-In-Chief, and we are letting him get away with it. On November 27, the New York Times published a thorough, high quality article entitled “Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President.” It presented details, country by country, about the plethora of business interests that […]

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Trump wins White House in election shocker

Pollsters fail to account for key demographics Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and at 2:30 a.m. she sang in favor of Donald Trump. Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States after defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton won the popular vote by more than 440,000 votes, Trump […]

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Comets’ season ends in 20-7 playoff loss against Sycamore

Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer The Mason Comets’ historic postseason run was cut short with another loss to the Sycamore Aviators, this time 20-7. After keeping Sycamore from scoring on their opening drive, the Comets faced an early fourth-and-1 on their own 40-yard line and decided to go for it. Junior quarterback Jake Harris handed the ball off to junior […]

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