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Graffiti; a form of art or vandalism?

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graffitiAccording to the website MisterW.com, the DC government spent nearly $800,000 removing graffiti in 2007, but the next year $100,000 may be spent to help graffiti artists produce murals legally.

Graffiti is a big problem that disturbs a lot of people- according to the police it is more common in rundown areas, but in some vandalism cases, there are "artists" that paint in brand-new places and the owners are the ones that have to clean it. Owners aren't afraid to press charges against graffiti artists.

In other countries there are places with legal walls to paint and for artists to practice, and sooner or later they will have to become common in the US, so that there is less vandalism.

Clean places are always better to practice this kind of art, so they improve and are able to create beautiful and amazing artwork. However, there are some graffiti artists that think that it is embarrassing to paint in the legal walls. Many times, artists like to be anonymous and have the attention focused on their works, not on the artists themselves. Other times there is really unique graffiti on those walls and most of the times they are compared by the people that work there or just go visit, which make some artists feel uncomfortable, and that is why they paint on other people's property.

Some people say that gangs use graffiti to mark their territory; many times they consider themselves "urban graffiti artists."

According to a New York Times article, "The police department says progress is being made but graffiti is a continuous a problem."

If property owners are victims of this kind of vandalism, they should report it to the police, the owners need to remove graffiti as soon as possible because it tends to invite more incidents.

There are companies of specialty cleaning and graffiti removal that provide the latest in special cleaning materials and expertise. They use chemicals but they have environmental methods.

We cannot forget that graffiti is a form of art loved by many people and that takes a lot of work and technique. A professional graffiti artist said on the website MisterW.com, " A lot of people say Graffiti is vandalism. So if I get paid to spray paint walls with Graffiti does that make me a... Professional Vandal?"


Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

Prom Inspiration Here to Pin Interest of Mason Students

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!

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

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

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

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...