Which lip balm to use? It’s a complicated question if you think about it. There are so many to choose from and many people don’t know where to start.
In the drugstore lip balm aisle, many people tend to get overwhelmed by the brands, bright packaging, differing prices, and claims that companies make. Some people would pick the cheapest; others would pick the coolest looking packaging. Most people don’t know which lip balm will actually get rid of their chapped lips.
Many companies claim their products “smooth your lips,” or “moisturize” them. However, this may not necessarily be true. We surveyed 50 people, and asked them which of these brands of lip balm they prefer: Nivea, Burt's Bees, EOS, Soft Lips, Carmex, Chapstick brand, or Baby Lips.
One of the most popular lip balms is Burt’s Bees. However, this is controversial because Burt’s Bees can actually dry out your lips. The main reason that people think this is because of the eucalyptus. While eucalyptus feels soothing when you put it on your lips, it actually dries them out in the long run. The eucalyptus extract dries out your mucus membrane. Pretty genius, huh?
“I used Burt’s Bees and it didn’t help make my lips less chapped at all! It actually made them more chapped, so I just stopped using it,” Said Cami Malm, a freshman.
Nivea was the least popular brand, with no votes at all. This is surprising because Nivea is actually really hydrating and gets rid of chapped lips in a heartbeat.
Overall, we would recommend Nivea or Baby Lips because they are very hydrating and most of their flavors have no eucalyptus.
If you would prefer to get a product that everyone liked, go with the original lip balm brand, Chap Stick. Their lip balm is cheap, has no eucalyptus, and really hydrating.
When you shop for lip balm, there are a wide variety of flavors and companies, so make sure you shop around.
For being such a technologically privileged school, George Mason’s computer system causes many students a headache.
We go to a high school where the science department received all new iPads, the Video Production class uses $2,000 HD handheld cameras (which, by the way, are available for student use. Contact Micheal Palmrose for more information) and teachers were given brand new MacBook Airs.
However, even the simplest of tasks become daunting when a student needs to quickly retrieve a document from their email and print it out in the library before school, study hall or during Mustang Block.
If a student is able to log in on the first attempt—which, for me is a rarity…something about security or domain— process of opening Word or the slow Internet Explorer still stands in the way of the brave students who face the task at hand.
Let’s start with the problems on Microsoft Word. Word is probably the most frequently opened application on the school computers, used for writing in-class essays, working on history research or finishing up a science lab after school. So why do you have to go through two different folders to even open it?
If a student accidentally clicks the wrong option in Word on the “enable macros” pop up, they are set back another five minutes in order to reopen Word or go back to their email to reopen the document that way. Without enabling macros, you cannot print or alter your paper, like through copy & pasting, and saving, which completely defeats the purpose of Word.
I’ve been in situations where I have raced against time with the super slow computers in the morning to print out essays or assignments that were due that day. Yes, maybe I could have printed it out at home but printing at school saves me the mental breakdown I have every time I use my home printer. And that’s only when my home printer feels well. Most of the time it has no mercy and is inkless or does some malfunction that causes me inevitable stress and leaves me with no printed assignment.
The mandatory use of Internet Explorer has also not been my friend this year. I reminisce fondly for the days I was able to use Mozilla Firefox at school, with the big screen that wasn’t cluttered with random downloads and files on the side of the screen or a huge taskbar. Not to mention, every time Internet Explorer is opened, there are pop-ups that block access to type in the URL of the website I am trying to reach.
Also a completely necessary folder that students need to reach when saving anything: the H-Drive or Teacher Drop-Box. This, like Word, is hard to find and almost halfway done with the second quarter, I am still having troubles finding where to save my work.
I realize that these grievances are not so serious and really aren’t the end of the world to have. However, I am positive that every Mason student has experienced at least one problem mentioned above, whether it is forgetting to enable macros, the internet window being annoying or spending five minutes looking for their H-Drive.
When I was first drafting this editorial, I had wanted to look through the Lasso website to see if there were any other articles addressing this issue. Ironically, the FCCPS website was down and I could not reach either the GM or Lasso site. Now that I am finalizing this article, I am not able to access Gmail either, so how I am going to send this to Mrs. Wagener I do not know.
What I do know is that the computers at Mason create obstacles for students when trying to access the most basic and used applications. These glitches are not so serious and can be dealt with by the students, but a smoother operating system would make for a more pleasant experience with the machines we have to use every day.
Mimi Nemec, ‘14
Editor in Chief
The movie “Breaking Dawn Part 2” opened on November, 16, earning $697,873,551 worldwide in its first weekend. “Breaking Dawn,” the final installment of the Twilight series, was made primarily for “Twihards,” the millions of diehard fans of the popular book series. Ever since Twilight came out in 2008, tons of fans made vampires and werewolves a figment of their imagination.
Continuing from where part one ended, Bella Cullen, played by Kristen Stewart, is now a vampire, complete with red eyes, pasty white skin and new powers and skills, like running very fast, extraordinary hunting skills and the ability to conjure up her own protection shield. Even with all of these new amazing skills, Bella is the same monotone whiner that she has always been.
Bella’s husband Edward Cullen, played dully by Robert Pattinson, is glad to see that his new wife is now a vampire. As seen in part one, the Cullen daughter, Renesmee, played adorably by Mackenzie Foy, was imprinted on by super-hunky werewolf Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner. To be imprinted on means that shape-shifters, such as werewolves, find their soul mate through no choice of their own. It is mostly a physical reaction that the shape-shifter has no control over; no matter how inappropriate it may be. Bella’s reaction when she found out about Jacob’s imprinting with her toddler daughter was one of the funniest parts in the whole movie.
Things start to turn dark when Irena, a member of the Denali coven, reports the birth of the half-human-half-vampire baby Renesmee to the Volturi-- the largest and most powerful coven of the vampire world, who also enforce the laws of the vampire world. Irena convinces the Volturi that Renesmee is a threat to the entire vampire community, and needs to be eliminated. All of this leads up to a fight between the Voturi and the Cullens and their family and friends.
“Breaking Dawn Part 2” is not just packed with action, it is also filled with fun and laughter. However, the action scenes were quite graphic.
The performance by the lead cast Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner was acceptable. The trio’s acting skills have improved over the years. Each of them have come a long way since their Twilight debut in 2008.
Director Bill Condon made a great decision to split “Breaking Dawn” into two parts. The cinematography in the movie was fantastic. The shots of the forest and the rivers were breathtakingly lush.
The movie is 116 minutes filled with action, laughter, and some romance. Overall, I think this movie was one of the best movies out of the whole series, because the acting improved and it is finally over! You should really check it out.
The immensely popular book “Life of Pi” opened on the big screen the day before Thanksgiving. Based on the book of the same name by Yann Martel, it is about a boy named Pi who lives in India at a zoo. His family is in charge of taking care of the animals but they must leave India on a ship not knowing the fate that will follow.
Most of the zoo animals are shipped with them, including orangutans, zebras, hyenas and a tiger named Richard Parker. The ship sinks, and Pi loses his family. This is the story of his adventure on a rowboat alone with only the vicious Bengal tiger Richard Parker for company. Will he survive?
"It was amazing, the sets were so beautiful, especially the island and fluorescent night sea creatures," said Leo Dyjitte, a freshman. "I loved the whale,” he said with a smile.
The lead role is played by one of the most popular Bollywood actors, Irrfan Khan. He also starred in “The Amazing Spider-Man” as Dr. Ratha. While most of the movie focuses on Pi and Richard Parker, they are supported at the beginning of the movie by other talented actors like Rafe Spall, James Saito, and Jun Naito.
“It's a beautifully crafted and spiritually satisfying tall tale. This is one of the year's best films, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves cinema," said Dan Shultz of the New York Times Magazine. “A great movie for anyone who read the book.”
Before seeing the movie I worried how it would be cast because of how loveable the characters were in the book. But the casting was spot on and made me think “wow!” The sets were equally amazing.
I saw it in 3D and everything really popped out at me—meercats, and flying fish. It made me want to reach out and touch it. I would recommend you see it in 3D.
As fantastic as the film was, the ending was really confusing. Once Pi washes up on shore and tells his story, the reporters don’t believe anything he tells them because it doesn’t seem possible and he wasn’t believed by anyone, except one reporter. Did Pi’s fantastic tale really happen? It’s up to the audience to decide.
Exotic European cities, shooting guns, hostages and explosions; this may sound like the blue print for a great action-thriller movie. However, for the anticipated “Taken 2,” that opened in early October, this was not the case.
The original 2008 “Taken” movie was (and still is) a hit. Many enjoyed the thrilling story of former CIA agent Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson, on a mission in Paris to get his kidnapped daughter back. Because of the success of the first film, when I heard that a sequel was coming out I was skeptical.
Time and time again, a widely popular movie has come out and after a short break, producers aim to keep the momentum of the film going by creating a sequel. In my opinion, they always fail to produce a movie worth my time and money. For example, the “Hangover” movie was a tremendous success, but “Hangover 2” was a huge flop. The set of movies always have too many similarities because they try to relate back to the first hit too much.
“Taken 2” was not different from the pattern mentioned. Again, it was filmed in a European city; Istanbul instead of Paris this time. Also a hostage situation, plot twist: Mills and his ex wife are kidnapped and the daughter has to come to their rescue.
Overall the movie was a headache and a disappointment. The plot didn’t develop at all, the kidnapping scene was a disappointment, and the filming of the movie had this weird blue-ish tint to it. Do not waste your time seeing this movie.
If you still want to watch the drama of a kidnapping, watch the first “Taken.” I can say it is a million times better than this sequel.