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Mason student jobs transformed

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Sequoia Wyckoff, Sam Mostow, and Carter Mackinnon

May 28, 2020

Anuragi Thapliya: CodeNinjas Junior Anuragi Thapliya wasn’t working before the shutdown. In December, she had stopped signing up for shifts at her summer 2019 job at CodeNinjas to make more time for her schoolwork. Now, under quarantine, she leaves Skype calls with friends to log into work - a ...

Reading in Quarantine

Book cover of One of Us is Lying

Olaiya Lewis, Staff Reporter

May 20, 2020

More of a book person? Looking for some great books to read in quarantine? We have a great selection for you! From dystopian adventures like Hunger Games, to thriller mysteries like One of Us is Lying, to dramas like American Royals we have got all the books you should read! We polled Mason students...

Movies to Watch in Quarantine

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Olaiya Lewis, Staff Reporter

May 20, 2020

Looking for some great movies to watch? You have come to the right place! From movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, to movies you will need tissues for we have got it all. We polled Mason students on the best movies to watch and here is what they said! ...

TV to Watch in Quarantine

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Olaiya Lewis, Staff Reporter

May 20, 2020

Getting bored in quarantine? Has it been too long since you sat down and watched a good tv show? Here are some great options for tv shows to watch if you're looking to be entertained while stuck inside your house! We put out a poll to the student body to see what shows they were watching and here are t...

Mr. Singer: A quarantine Q&A

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Charlie Adams, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2020

Students are not alone in undergoing changes associated with new online teaching and quarantine. Teachers are also having to adapt and get creative when it comes to organizing class and supporting their students. Here’s history and TOK teacher Mr. Singer’s take on quarantine life: Holding b...

Quaranteens Blog #1: Looking On The Bright Side

Quaranteens Blog #1: Looking On The Bright Side

Truman Lapp and Jack Calabrese

May 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely been an experience that we would all like to be over. Most people are tired of being quarantined at this point and want to go back to their normal lives. However, when the quarantine ends is out of our control. Right now, all we can do is try and make the most of ...

Quarantine recommendations for every quarantine mood

Quarantine recommendations for every quarantine mood

Audrey Morrison, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

If you’re feeling hopeless: Fleabag, Matt Maltese - Bad contestant If The Office and Orange Is the New Black had a colder, more depressed, British lovechild it would slightly resemble Fleabag. The main character that we only know as “Fleabag” tries to cope with her lonely existence by m...

Mrs. Lietzen: Day by day, stitch by stitch

In quarantine, Mrs. Lietzen keeps busy and creative by embroidering. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Lietzen)

Eva Williams, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

While names roll into the sidebar of the Big Blue Button conferences, English teacher Mrs. Lietzen likes to chat with her students about how they’ve been doing and keeping themselves busy. She’ll smile on her video cam at their responses and rotate her camera to show her dog, Harper. It’s ...

The effect that the cancellation of spring sports had on Mason

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Megan Clinton, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

After Governor Ralph Northam announced that all Virginia schools must be closed for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) announced that spring sports and activities were canceled. Most teams didn’t get the chance to officially st...

Ashley Zigler: Finding joy in uncertainty

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Sequoia Wyckoff, Features Editor

April 20, 2020

On Wednesday, I got a letter in the mail - a card from junior Ashley Zigler, in big flair-pen handwriting. On the back was a printed out meme about the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen, a cooking YouTube Channel she loves. I laughed out loud - somehow, even in quarantine and amidst all the uncertainty, Ashley...

Mason needs to implement universal pass/fail

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Editorial Board

April 2, 2020

The case for universal pass/fail grading In a classroom, students are on as level a playing field as schools can manage: quiet work environments, quality internet access, minimal personal life distractions, and the opportunity to interact with teachers as closely as needed. It’s fair to give grades ...

Satire: The Universe reveals that March was all just an April Fool’s Day prank

Coronavirus Disease 2019. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

Sam Mostow and Liam Timar-Wilcox

April 1, 2020

The Universe revealed that March was one massive, cruel April Fool's Day prank after one of the longest, most chaotic months to date. In its apology statement, The Universe agreed to rewind the world back to the start of 2020. "Sorry, y'all, I didn't know that I would cause all of this," The Universe...

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