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Michael Mathis
On any given day, Michael Mathis, Staples senior and Inklings’ Web Opinions Editor, is campaigning for governors, in the Inklings room editing stories, or on-stage, performing a stand-up comedy act.

Mathis started journalism as a sophomore and, ever since then, seamlessly meshed his three passions: political activism, stand-up comedy, and Inklings.

As Web Opinions Editor, Mathis is a column-generating machine.  He also edits students’ articles, and helps students brainstorm.

Michael says that he enjoys combining his skills and interests, especially for humorous columns. He described one story that stood out about the importance of this generation not growing up too fast, saying, “I always felt that I was in two different worlds with my stand-up and my journalism, but I was able to incorporate my humor and I felt like I had crafted a stand-up routine in a column.”

His background in politics also helps with journalism, as the two hobbies share similar values. Mathis says that the traits that create an effective political leader -- like his favorite politician, Teddy Roosevelt -- are similar to those of a journalist’s.

Mathis said that whether it be a leader or a journalist they, “Are not afraid to say the unsayable and roll up their sleeves,” adding that the common thread throughout his stand-up comedy, political experiences, and journalism is “not following the limits of authority or society.”

Michael Mathis, Web Opinions Editor

Jun 11, 2015
Eclectic presidential candidates leave much to be wanted (Story)
Mar 09, 2015
Popular colleges are not the only option (Story)
Dec 19, 2014
All are involved as REC Basketball returns (Story)
Oct 28, 2014
The mustache is a must-have (Story)
Jun 20, 2014
Seniors turn the radio dial through time (Story)
Mar 31, 2014
Never too old to be young (Story)
Mar 28, 2014
Jazz band rarely toots its own horn (Media)
Mar 02, 2014
Seniors let the sun shine in (Story)
Feb 09, 2014
Dong Nguyen destroys “Flappy Bird,” reveals he is smartest man alive (Story)
Jan 31, 2014
Students Arrive Late to the Permit Party (Story)
Jan 25, 2014
Staples students agree it pays to lend a hand (Story)
Dec 20, 2013
The friendly debate rages on (Story)
Dec 02, 2013
Watch This or We’re No Longer Friends (Story)
Dec 02, 2013
Community opposes state testing (Story)
Oct 15, 2013
“Glee” tribute tries its hardest and succeeds (for the most part) (Story)
Oct 04, 2013
New Gym Curriculum Focuses on Student Interests (Story)
Sep 27, 2013
Emmys Give Awards to…Really? (Story)
Sep 05, 2013
Town Searches to Limit Deer Population (Story)
Aug 27, 2013
Students Spell Out Compassion in Summer Play (Story)
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