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These admissions policies unfairly benefit wealthy families, making it harder for disadvantaged students to get access to institutions of higher education. Courtesy of AdmitSee Inc.
These admissions policies unfairly benefit wealthy families, making it harder for disadvantaged students to get access to institutions of higher education.

A shameful legacy

Legacy advantage is a practice used in the college admissions process which gives a boost to the applications of students who are related to alumni of that college or university. It is often claimed by admissions officers that legacy is only taken into consideration when choosing between two equally qualified candidates, as it says on Harvard's admissions website, "Among a group of similarly distinguished applicants, the daughters and sons of Harvard College alumni/ae may receive an additional look."

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Blackout means time's up

On Sunday Jan. 7, 19 million people turned the TV on to watch the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. This year, the awards show did more than just announce the winners of "Best Supporting Actress" or "Best Motion Picture." Many viewers may have noticed a common wardrobe color among many the movie stars: black.

Chromebooks should be used to their fullest potential

As technology becomes a more essential part of our education and lives, certain security precautions taken by MCPS have begun to limit the range of what students can accomplish with the free technology they are provided at school.

Cold days do not mean global warming is a hoax

"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming…" President Trump tweeted on Dec. 28. Trump's mockery of people who believe that climate change is real is based on the false assumption that one can make generalizations about the climate based on the weather of a few days.

Students' lack of language learning

For some students, four years of hard work in a language program at Blair can result in a deep and holistic understanding of a foreign language. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.

Resist the violence, end the silence

Nur Jahan, age 85, fled Kuinnyapara village in Myanmar and was forced to find refuge in Bangladesh after witnessing several violent attacks on her village from the Myanmar army. Her son, Abdullah, was killed by the soldiers at age 28. She has seven other children but is unaware of their whereabouts.
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Which Christmas movie best fits your personality?
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (sad)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (sad, hates capitalism)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (sad, hates Christmas)
  • Home Alone (a literal child)
  • A Christmas Story (a literal child who lives in the 1940s)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (still not over Halloween)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (creepy)
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