You Don’t Have to Be Bill Gates
To Make a Difference
By Sarah Van Buren (June 30, 2006)
June 16, 2006, 10 a.m.: 6000 people have been infected by HIV since 12
a.m. that same day
A Soon-To-Be Junior Reflects
On Her First Year at Mason
By Dana Cazan (June 16, 2006)
2:00 a.m., September 7, 2005: I laid in bed wide awake dreading for my
alarm clock to ring that morning.
Experience School as Self-Directed,
Self-Motivated, Soon-To-Be Adults
By Alex Holachek (June 14, 2006)
We’re on the cusp of an anticipatory summer break that will, in
no uncertain terms, signal the end of an era to the seniors of George
Mason, so it’s inevitable that the twelfth graders here are occupied
with a little introspection and a lot of reminiscing
Health Care Access: It Doesn’t Matter
Where Angelina Has Her Baby
By Sarah Van Buren (June 11, 2006)
For the people reading this who may have been on the moon and missed
the news, I take great pleasure in announcing the birth of Shiloh Nouvel
Jolie-Pitt, born a healthy baby girl on May 27, courtesy of the best
health care money could buy. Mom and daughter are doing fine.
Legal Drugs: A Cautionary Tale
By Jeremiah Upton (May 26, 2006)
I have been on drugs since fifth grade. Not the kind of drugs you’re
thinking, but prescription pills that are handed out like candy.
My Difference and How I
Learned To Be Proud of It
By Scott Lemen (May 19, 2006)
From the moment I was old enough to think for myself, I have known I
was different. For many years of my life I could not explain my difference,
I felt confused and alone.
‘I Still Believe in the
Goodness of Mankind’
By Caitlin Acosta (May 13, 2006)
I know I can be a little overly idealistic, maybe even naïve from
time to time. I’ve been aware of this since I was old enough to
know what idealistic meant, around the same time that I gained the reputation
of “The Hippie That Wants to Save the World,” more commonly
known as a Democrat.
‘I Have a Voice and I Will Use It’
By Elizabeth Ortiz (May 9, 2006)
“Si Se Puede”, meaning “we can do it,” is a statement
that means a lot to me. The protests and rallies about immigration
laws that have sprouted up all over the nation have inspired me to speak out.
With Vending Machines On,
Snee’s Title Elevated
(May 9, 2006)
Kids Are Supposed
To Be Kids . . . Right?
By Jacob Carter (April 29, 2006)
Since the dawn of systematic education, the ultimate goal of any student
is to participate in a diversion to keep them mentally sane throughout
the duration of a seven-hour school day.
Absence Really Does Make
The Heart Grow Fonder
By Maggie Mullins (April 27, 2006)
My best friend has been gone for almost two weeks. I’m counting
the days when I get back from Florida and I can finally lay my eyes
and arms on the person I share everything good with; from laugh attacks
soda straws, we know each inside and out. I see her everyday, at least
Quit Whining, Challenge Yourself
By John Hillegass (April 19, 2006)
I have always felt that the majority of human minds are rather frail.
Ordinary people just don’t seem to have the drive to put forth
their greatest effort into meticulous tasks.
Consider Taking an ACC Course;
Get a Head Start on Your Future
By Meghan Mondragon (April 18, 2006)
Are you soon to be a junior or senior? If so then you still have the
opportunity to take a class at the Arlington Career Center (ACC). Here
you can take advantage of the many classes and programs that can benefit
you in the future.
Explain Yourselves, O Shadowy Forces
(April 3, 2006)
Okay. You called our bluff.
Whether You Do or Not, the
Pledge Stands for Something
(March 31, 2006)
A recent Lasso Online survey of seven GMHS classrooms shows that 60%
of students stand for the daily Pledge of Allegiance while the remaining
40% do not. What do these percentages represent?
Relent, Oh gods of Vending, Relent
(March 9, 2006)
Try not to be too alarmed when we tell you that the quality of Lasso
Online--nay, the very existence of this venerable publication--is in
Bandwagoners Are Not Human Beings!
By Eamonn Rockwell (March 9, 2006)
I went to a Caps game the other day, (C!A!P!S! CAPS! CAPS! CAPS!), and
noticed that almost everyone seemed to be wearing a jersey with the name
Ovechkin on it, referring to Alexander Ovechkin.
Setting the Record—What There
Is of It—Straight on Belarus
By Alex Holachek (January 18, 2006)
In the tradition of my colleague Greg Curtin’s commentary about
Indonesia, I thought I’d write about the misconceptions people
have about a country in which I have lived. I decided to set the record
straight about Belarus.
Watch Out, All You Overrated Artists – Judgement Day Is Here!
By Eamonn Rockwell (January 11, 2005)
I was on the Internet the other day (because when you don’t have
cable, video games or friends, life gets soul-crushingly lonely) and
I happened to come across a random person’s “feelings-journal,” which
are notorious for wasting bandwidth that could be better suited to
games or things that only exist when you turn 18.
2005: The Year in Which We
Became Aware of the Death Penalty
By Peter Davis (December 15, 2005)
Every year has a defining issue. The years 2001 and 2002 will be remembered
for terrorism. The years 2003 and 2004 will be remembered for the War
in Iraq and "moral values." But what issue will stand out
as the key issue of 2005?
Bali and Terror in Indonesia:
The Overlooked Assumption
By Gregg Curtin (December 14, 2005)
When I asked my fellow students to explain what they knew about “Bali,” I
received some surprising responses from our supposedly well-informed
student body. “Bali…isn’t that near Jamaica?” asked
Led Zeppelin is Everything
By Eamonn Rockwell (December 2, 2005)
In this great country, we hold a few precious things above everything
else. Some of these things include American flags, Freedom, and old Ford
Hey, Media, Nix the Bias,
Just Report the Sports
By: Daniel Watkins (November 21, 2005)
On October 15, 2005, the University of Southern California (USC) came
back and won 34-31 on the last play against Notre Dame. The game was
touted by the idiot sports media as quite possibly the best college football
While We’re Talking about Video-Games
By: Eliot John Hagen (November 20, 2005)
(Hagen is a former Mason student and Lasso Online editor, now studying
in a high school in Germany where he is desperately trying to establish
a school newspaper.)
Video games are fun. They provide a wonderful escape from the life of
‘ This is the Life of a Teenager
Addicted to Video Games’
By Stephen Finley (November 11, 2005)
BOOM, headshot!” yells the teenager after making a kill in his
new first-person shooter videogame.
Out of Love for a Grandfather
By Dana Cazan (November 10, 2005)
I stepped behind him vigilantly, slowly progressing forward as his frail
body made its way through the dated living room where his own son and
grandchildren once took their beginning steps.
The Other Affirmative Action
By Alex Holachek (November 4, 2005)
As I read Travis Greene’s excellent commentary about his frustration
with other people’s assumptions that his race would be the deciding
factor in his admission to college, I felt a bit guilty.
Race, Controversy and the
Politics of College Admissions
By Travis Greene (November 1, 2005)
The percentage of minority enrollment in colleges has skyrocketed during
the last couple of decades.
‘ A Constant Heartache Every Day’
By Vanessa Reese (October 31, 2005)
“ Where are your parents from?” Who
knew that such a simple question could be so easy for most people
to answer, yet stir up a lot
of mixed feelings for others?
Bienvenue aux Étudiants Français!
Just as we did in this
space last month for the students from Trewhela’s
School in Santiago, Chile, Lasso Online would like to greet the 22 new
members of the extended George Mason community, the students from Lycée
Ozenne in Toulouse, France.
Take Back the SCA in Three Steps
By Peter Davis (October 23, 2005)
One four-word phrase that Principal
Snee used in the opening day speech to my sophomore class has been resonating
in my mind for this last week
is Back, but Did Anyone Miss It?
Daniel Watkins and Andrew Puzick (October 13, 2005)
Alexander Ovechkin gathers
the puck in the
neutral zone, quickly turning his glare up ice, towards the opposing
I Need a New Guitar!
By Eamonn Rockwell (October 6, 2005)
There are few things that can bring massive amounts of joy in this
world: World Peace, curing a horrible disease like AIDS or cancer, or
traveling back in time so that you can assassinate Hitler.
¡Bienvenidos a los Estudiantes Chilenos!
Lasso Online would like to extend a very warm Mason welcome to the 20
students from Trewhela’s School in Santiago, Chile, who will be
spending the next two weeks with us.
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