English Department challenges students to write a novel

            Writing a novel is difficult. Writing one in a month sounds impossible, but that is exactly what some Mason students intend to do this November when they participate in National Novel Writing Month, or better known as NaNoWriMo.

This annual nonprofit event challenges participants to write 50,000 words in a single month and attracts thousands of aspiring writers from around the globe.

English department offers new Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric

This year, the Mason English department added a new Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric to its list of offered degrees. According to leaders of the program, Ph.D. students in Writing and Rhetoric are exactly what organizations in the nation’s capital need. 

OPINION: The dilemma concerning standardized testing and educational success

What makes a student successful? In an attempt to assess students in an easy and cheap manner, many schools use test scores to determine who will make a successful student. Two recent articles in the national media, each focusing on the beginning and ending of one’s high school career, highlight the troubles facing schools as they attempt to better understand test scores. An analysis of these two articles will allow Mason to better understand what role a university will play in shaping the lives of these high school students.