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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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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Transition to adulthood influenced by culture

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Turning 18 isn’t the only way to become an adult. Easing the transition from childhood to adulthood, coming of age traditions celebrate the milestone that is becoming a full-fledged adult. Varying from culture to culture, almost every society has designated rituals, ceremonies, and customs to honor the journey from adolescence to adulthood.  The Bat Mitzvah […]

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Social media creates rise of conspiracists

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer With every new conspiracy comes a new conspiracist.  Conspiracy theories, dating back as early as ancient Rome, have progressed through word of mouth. It wasn’t until the introduction of modern technology that conspiracy theories really began to flourish: John F Kennedy’s assassination, the realness of the moon landing and Princess Diana’s death have all remained […]

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Opinion: Girls, support girls

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer I’ve spent a lot of time at Mason High School. Enough time to memorize when each class starts and when each one ends. Enough time to realize that the PA system sometimes interrupts class during the most inopportune times. Way too much time realizing my locker is never going to open correctly on the first […]

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Sneaker Culture: More Than Just Shoes

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Until the 1980s, the prospect of sneaker culture and collecting sneakers was an idea that had never really taken off. It wasn’t until the momentous release of Michael Jordan’s line of basketball shoes in 1985 and the thriving of the hip-hop industry, that the obsession with sneakers truly started to bloom. The sneaker enthusiasts that […]

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Opinion: Change is Coming

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer I’m really excited to be a senior. Not just because I get to blame everything I don’t finish on senioritis (which is pretty much what I do now anyway), but because things are starting to change at Mason, all in time for when I’m about to walk across the stage, diploma in hand. Next year, […]

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App bridges language barriers through video chat

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Pen pals are being reinvented by Tandem. An application designed to create a language learning community, Tandem allows people from all over the world to connect on a single platform. When a new user first joins, they sign up under their own native language, as well as what languages they would like to learn. Users […]

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Students create online personality profiles for furry friends

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer These Instagram accounts are paws-itively taking off.  Pets are all over social media, particularly on Instagram, where the concept of giving pets an online persona has become a regular occurrence. According to the Huffington Post, the online movement started in 2013 when a woman posted pictures of her French Bulldog. People loved the pictures so […]

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Who gave you that hickey? My violin did

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Stellar performances aren’t the only result of hours of practice for many Mason Orchestra players. For the vast majority of students in orchestra, Fiddler’s Neck, more commonly known as “violin hickeys” or “viola love bites,” is a common side effect of long hours of practice. Poor posture and the pressure of an instrument against the […]

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Yoga enthusiasts embark on theraputic aerial trend

Anusha Vadlamani | Staff Writer Aerial yoga is flipping the world of relaxation completely upside down.   A style of yoga that had previously been exclusive to only bigger cities, aerial yoga made its way to Mason six years ago when yoga instructor Paula Bortolotto opened her studio, the Anahata Yoga Center. The practice of aerial yoga involves performing traditional yoga […]

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