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They’re back! Some of Mason’s faculty and staff used to attend GMHS as students. Mrs. Dorothy Clinton (secretary to the assistant principals), Mr. Peter Laub (English and creative writing), and Mr. Will Stewart (science) all used to come to school here.

“They used to go here?” Kate Mills, freshman, asked, a shocked look on her face. “Ew. That’s weird. I would never come back.

The alumni probably thought the same thing when they went here. But, nonetheless, they came to work here.

Dorothy Clinton graduated in 1975. She has worked at our school for 25 years. She decided to get a job here because, after working in a law firm in D.C., she did not want to commute. Her sister worked for the school board at the time so she got an interview (with her old principal) and was hired.

When Clinton went to school here, things were very different. Students had much more freedom. For example, there was a smoking section for students outside the building. People always roamed the halls, even during class.

“I remember one year they tried out a new system for the English department,” Clinton said. “They let us pick a different course each quarter instead of our regular English class,” she laughed. “I remember one quarter I took a class on Russian literature.”

“The variety show was also a much bigger deal then than it is now. Everyone wanted to be in the show and they all wanted to do something different. There were bands, the football team did a skit, and people sang. Everyone wanted to go see it.”

Years later, Peter Laub attended GMHS. He graduated in 1998, the year many of our freshmen were born. He served as editor of Lasso Online and left his mark on GMHS.

“I didn’t specifically plan to get a job here. I was coming back from Turkey to the D.C., Northern Virginia area and I applied for many jobs. George Mason just hired me the fastest.”

“Some of my old teachers like Mrs. Dean-Pratt, Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Hawkesworth and Coach Greene still work here,” Laub said. “It was weird coming back and working with them.”

Since he came to school here, technology has changed a lot. For example, there were no lights on the football field. The Homecoming game, as with other games, took place Saturday afternoon and the dance was held that night. There were also no projectors. Classes watched videos on VHS or, for a short time, laser discs (similar to records).

The school has also expanded since then. There was no auxiliary gym and he had an 89 student graduating class.

“It was so small when I went here,” Laub reminisced. “Everyone literally knew everyone. Take the size of the school now, cut it in half and that’s what it was.”

Since Mr. Stewart graduated in 2007, not much has changed. But since it’s only been five years, he knows some of the students and many of the teachers.

“I think the weirdest part coming back is calling my old teachers by their first names. Mr. Snyder, Ms. Goss, Ms. Tooze, Mme. Mah and many others still work here.”

Weird or not, the Mason alumni enjoy teaching here and think it’s cool coming back.


Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

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By Tara Holman , Erin McFall, and Nicole Zorniak   

The Lasso is calling all junior and senior class members. Prom Night is scheduled for May 10. Have you found your prom dress, tuxedo or shoes? Have you planned the perfect way to ask that special someone? If not, The Lasso has created a series of Pinterest boards to spark your interest.

Below you will find a collection of Pinterest boards created to inspire students with prom dresses, tuxedos, women and men hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, promposals and more.

Stay tuned for more Prom themed articles on The Lasso. Also, don’t forget prom tickets go on sale on Monday April 7. 


Mason cracks down on illegal parking

Threats of towing become a reality for the student drivers of George Mason

By Julie Smith  

Are you parking in a school parking lot without a pass? If so, you should probably pay for one, unless you want to have your car towed. The threat of towing cars without the shiny red and white George Mason parking pass sticker has been passed around for years, the only difference is that now, it’s actually being enforced.

“I walked out to the junior lot after school and spent like five minutes looking for my car till I realized what had happened,” said Annie Wilson, junior, a recent victim to Mason’s parking crackdown. “I didn't have a chance to talk to anyone before getting towed; it was a total surprise.”

Wilson was not contacted while her car was getting towed. She lives on the opposite end of town and had no immediate alternative way to get home. Later on she was forced to make the trek to Henry’s Towing in Merrifield to get her car back, and on top of that, once you are towed you are required to pay a towing fee of $125 in addition to the fee already required for a school parking pass.

“I didn't get a pass earlier because I think it's ridiculous to pay that much,” said Wilson. “Other sch...


Podcast Episode 2 - Snow storms, spring sports, SATs, Oh My!

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By Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall

Co- news editors Melissa Johnson and Erin McFall sit down for a second episode of the newly named, “Melerin” podcast series. Although it has been a while since the first podcast, Melissa and Erin sit and talk about the past couple weeks involving the many snow storms, starts of spring sports, and the newly revised SATs coming out soon.  

Check out Episode 1

“The Fault in Our Stars” wins Lasso poll for Best Book Movie of the Year

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By Megan Jenkins

After a poll asking Lasso readers which book-movie coming out in 2014 is most popular ( The Fault in Our Stars , Divergent , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ), The Fault in Our Stars won with 11 total votes, or 42%.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is directed by Josh Boone and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus (Gus) Waters. The author is John Green , who has also written popular books such as “ Looking for Alaska ” and “ An Abundance of Katherines ”.

The movie centers around two teenagers (Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters) who meet at a cancer support group. Throughout the book, the two fall in love.

Booklist reviewed this book as: “Green’s best and most ambitious novel to date. In its every aspect, The Fault in Our Stars is a triumph.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was a close second to “The Fault in Our Stars” with 10 votes out of a total 26 votes.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is part of trilogy a (First book being The Hunger Games and second book Catching Fire) about a dystopian world where children ages 12-18 are forced to fight to the death until one survives. The story takes readers through the journey of a past victor, Katni...