I didn’t meme it

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief True admission to a campus community is not through a college’s admissions letter but its group chat. Through these chats, my peers have not only taught me how to register for admitted student activities but to giggle at “wot in tarnation” cowboy hats and the “Guy Tries to Impress Girl” faux pas, neither of which I […]

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History adapted into on-screen entertainment

Students are watching history unfold from the comfort of their theatre seats. Movie adaptations of true-stories have been flooding the box offices. Through these films, viewers have gotten a mere glimpse into history, being educated on social, economic and political issues while remaining bug-eyed at the site of Hollywood’s entertainment. Many of the most recent motion pictures have documented either […]

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OPINION: Read it and weep

Crime spotlights need for books, empathy Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief When Virginian teenagers vandalized a historic black schoolhouse, defacing the building with swastikas, “white power,” and “brown power,” attorney Alejandra Rueda sentenced the five of them not to community service but to hit the books. That’s right. For the next year, each vandal must read one book per month – […]

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Transgender students struggle to find peace

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Lauren Thomas | Staff Writer In high school, the struggle to fit in has always been one of the biggest challenges students face. For most kids, identifying with a group can be very easy. Some are jocks, gamers, geeks or goths. For the transgender teen, the typical rites of passage for a high school student can […]

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Look it up

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief I wish I could take it back. Enter the common plea for the misspoken word, but what about the words we cannot take back, the ones that have becomes so culturally ingrained they caption 2016? Dictionaries have long chosen “Words of the Year,” and though many may bemoan the dictionary’s irrelevance, these words function as cultural […]

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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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OPINION: Will you read this if it’s not written in emoji?

Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Emoji may seem like the “it” form of communication, but millennials and Generation Z did not invent the pictograph. In fact, early societies had to develop a form of written language to become civilizations, and the earliest of these, Egypt and Mesopotamia, fulfilled this requirement with the original “emoji.” As we supposedly advanced, we crafted treatises […]

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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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Yesterday’s pop hits not up for grabs

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Our favorite pop song is bubbly, infectious, and – possibly – illegal. Billboard’s latest number one, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, is a dance-hall grind peddling nostalgia, that “we ain’t ever gettin’ older,” but its melody has garnered attention not only for its breeziness but its similarity to The Fray’s 2005 hit “Over […]

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OPINION: Judge one, judge all; Why universities must standardize social media monitoring of applicants

Jessica Sommerville | Editor in Chief Glue is no longer enough to hold the paper-mache selves we craft for college admissions. According to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 40 percent of admissions officer said they monitor applicants’ social media – its highest since 2008. A single tweet could dismantle a carefully patched image – but we all know this. […]

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Indiana University High School Journalism Institute 2016

The Chronicle staff participated in a journalism camp at Indiana University from July 11-15. Throughout the week staff members improved their writing, interviewing, photography, videography and leadership skills. At the conclusion of the camp, staff members received the following awards: Best Story Arc for Photo Story – Jonathan McCollough Outstanding Leadership Team – Jessica Sommerville, India Kirssin, Arnav Damodhar, Eric […]

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Veteran receives diploma 47 years after graduating class

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor MBC Reporter Alyssa Brooks brings you the news of long time Mason graduate finally receiving his diploma.After 47 years, veteran Steve Mullins is a Mason High School graduate. Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline presented Mullins with his diploma at the April 26 school board meeting. Initially a member of the Class of 1969, Mullins was a […]

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Veteran receives diploma 47 years after graduating class

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor After 47 years, veteran Steve Mullins is a Mason High School graduate. Initially a member of the Class of 1969, Mullins was a senior during the Vietnam War. He was taking one and a half credits, but as students were then required to take two credits in order to be considered full-time students, his name […]

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Gay-Straight Alliance to help clothe the homless

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Not every teen eats three meals a day, dons a hoodie when cold, or sleeps in the comfort of a home. According to a 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly a quarter of all homeless persons are under 18. The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) will hold a clothing drive the […]

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OPINION: More marijuana, more problems

Jessica Sommerville | Online Editor Ohio voters smoked Issue 3. Our neighbors, however, have triumphed their own legalization initiatives; residents of Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, can legally purchase marijuana. Better yet – they can tax it. On any other Friday, the Internal Revenue Service would clap its fudge-fingered hands and down its share of the candy, […]

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