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Mason’s own ‘Cake Boss’

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Everyday, students go in and out of the guidance office to make appointments with their counselors and each time they receive a bright yellow pass from Mrs. Heather Richardson, the guidance secretary. When she’s not in the guidance office, Richardson spends her time partaking in her very tasty hobby, cake decorating.

When Richardson was a kid, she helped her mother bake in the kitchen.  Her job was always to stir the batter. She then took a 4H class, a community program for rural areas, and has been decorating cakes ever since.

“I love sweet stuff,” Richardson said, so it makes sense why cake decorating was so appealing to her.

Although she has never sold any of her yummy creations, Richardson made a co-worker’s wedding cake, and she even made her own.

“The only thing I made my co-worker pay for was the supplies,” she said.

Wedding cakes can be prepared about a week in advance, which is why making her own cake was not as stressful as one would think.

“I had a very simple wedding cake, nothing too fancy,” Richardson said recalling her creation for her special day.

A four or five layer wedding cake with simple sugar-frosted flower decorations (real flowers were used!) was the delicious masterpiece Richardson put together.

It’s time to suck up, students and staff! You never know when Richardson will be feeling generous and bring in one of her delicious cakes or other baked goods for taste buds to test.

 

Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Listen to our Alums: Claire Constance

Mustang Alumni’s speak about their trials and tributes during their freshman year at college

By Blaise Sevier 

Whether it be 50 days or three years before you embark on your college career, listen to our George Mason Alumni talk about their experiences through the infamous first year of college. In this recurring Lasso series more voices will be heard as we inch closer to Constitution Hall on June 16, 2014.  

Click on the image below to Listen to Claire

Starting off this series is former Mrs. Mason winner and 2012 graduate: Claire Constance. Now a sophomore the University of Virginia she shares about how she chose her roommate, the importance of a sleep schedule, and what to look out during your first few weeks at school.  

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Teacher Playlist: Mr. Knight

 

 

 

By Erin McFall 

Have you ever wondered what your teachers listen to? If Mrs. Hawkesworth rocks out to hip-hop on the way to work? Or if, beneath that unsuspecting aura, Dr. Mecca jams out to reggae? In this new feature, “Mustang Mixes,” we’ll bring you a bit closer to your teachers through their choice in music. This week: Instructional Technology Coordinator Steve Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Oscar Wilde, Company of Thieves : “I’m really into [this one]. It’s definitely one of my favorites... I really like the lead singer’s voice. Company of Thieves is top in my Spotify playlist, I mean I’ve always liked different music that’s not always popular to everybody,” Knight laughed, explaining. “Once I think I like to listen to music and then once it becomes popular I don’t really like it anymore. I really liked Lorde when she first came out but now that she’s super popular [I don’t like her] so much.”
  2. Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra : I can’t get enough of [this] song. It’s really good! Manchester Orchestra is probably the ones I listen to the most just because I’m really...I don’t know...they have beards...but that’s not why I like them! I actually have...
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Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?

Your favorite exhibit-- closed for 5 years?

 

From April 28, 2014 The Deep Time Hall within D.C’s Natural History Museum will close for renovation till spring of 2019

by Blaise Sevier 

 

Take a deep breath, the whole Natural History building will not be closed for five years-- construction will only take over one section of the building: The Deep Time Hall or more formally known as D.C’s favorite Dinosaur Exhibit. Viewings of the famous Hope diamond, the big elephant, butterfly exhibit will all still be shown on the regular schedule .

The reason for this redesign is simply to refurbish the dinosaur skeletons and expand the exhibit. Also, some of these pieces have been on display for more than eighty years.

“It takes 5 years to do that? That is surprising-- I mean I don’t frequently visit there, but I used to, so I know that parents and kids in the district are going to be kind of scrambling because it is a really great place for kids,” said freshman Hannah Hiscott.

Paleontologists in the National History Museum will be dismounting and removing the visitor favorite, the Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex very soon.  With this removal, such angst has erupted over this removal that the museum has created a caste of the skull to sup...

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The Highline Artists - Impromptu Genius

The Highline Artists - Impromptu Genius

By Megan Jenkins  

 

Cardboard, acrylic paint, and a brush, that’s all it takes, according to Highline NYC, for people to become artists.

Since upon opening in 2009, tourists and locals alike have come to the Highline in New York City to walk and socialize. Now, the Highline NYC brings a creative aspect to this park, letting people paint whatever they want, and take as much time with their creations as necessary.

“People create the collection here,” says representative of Highline NYC. “You get a piece of cardboard, acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and off you go.”

The paintings vary in size and color. Some depict phrases, others images. There is a whole tower, for example, of different paintings of eyes, and a section for abstract patterns.

The total collection contains about ten thousand individual pieces.

The Lasso, Nine Muses, and the yearbook classes all went to a two -day conference (three- day trip) to New York City as part of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention (CSPASC). Taking classes on Thursday and Friday, all of the groups improved their journalism and writing skills.

In between classes at CSPA and time in the famous ‘Times Square,’ Lasso staff members...

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