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May 4, 2006

Blair requests additional AP fees from students

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Blair students taking dual Advanced Placement (AP) Economics, Government or Physics exams will have to pay an additional $70 fee for each pair of exams by tomorrow, according to letters issued today by the Blair Counseling Department.

In previous years, students taking any of the AP Economics (Macroeconomics and Microeconomics), Government (United States and Comparative) and Physics (Mechanics and Magnetism) exams had been told that they needed to pay $82 to take both tests within any of the three subject areas. College Board, the organization that administers the AP exams, instituted a new policy this year that required separate payments for each exam.

In the letter issued to students, Resource Counselor Marcia Johnson wrote that students could elect to take only one of the two tests from the registered subject area, or could pay an additional $70 fee for each second test within a subject area. The additional payment must be given to Financial Secretary Donna Franklin by 3 p.m. tomorrow, May 5.

Though the letter stated that the dual fee had "just come to the attention" of the Counseling Department, Johnson said in an interview that the College Board indicated some policy change when Blair received registration material in December and January, but the indication was unclear. "They changed it earlier, but it was not clear when we did registration [in February and March]," she said.

The additional fees were clear to the counseling department when they received the AP tests "late last week," Johnson said. The department met with Principal Phillip Gainous, who agreed that Blair could cover $12 of each additional $82 fee.

Johnson encouraged students to take both tests in a subject area if they initially intended to, and wrote that a student or parent who cannot make the payment should contact her. At 11:21 a.m., she sent out an e-mail to Blair staff stating, "No student will be turned away because they have not paid the additional fee."

AP Economics teacher Brian Hinkle said that the news of the extra fees was a surprise to him, and he speculated that some students would decide not to take it now. "It costs more; less kids will take it," he said. "If I have to pay for both, and I'm shaky on one or the other, I'm going to do what? Choose one."

Senior Marvin Arnold, who registered to take both AP Physics tests, expressed his discontent with the fee. "I think it's annoying that the school is not taking responsibility and that they're pushing their problems onto us," he said.



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  • Anarchist on May 4, 2006 at 1:26 PM
    Obviously, Blair is not at fault for making people pay more - that's the college board's decision. However, it is inexcusable to not tell people until a week or so before the exam. Blair counseling department has let the entire community down and ought to be ashamed.
  • pragun on May 4, 2006 at 1:41 PM
    that is some bs
    and you misspelled "that" ("hat")
  • Louis on May 4, 2006 at 1:46 PM
    that is some bs
  • i live in north potomac on May 4, 2006 at 2:24 PM
    ok granted i may live in north potomac and my parents may be millionaires and i have two credit cards

    but this 70 dollar fee is simply proposterous and i demand that the school administration pay for these skyhigh costs

    think about it...any more of these hidden costs and im gonna go broke soon!
  • Kevin on May 4, 2006 at 2:33 PM
    I think that the students should not be made to cover this cost, especially with one day of notice!
  • thats horrible on May 4, 2006 at 3:57 PM
    man... what junk!

    how can Collegeboard/ETS pull this? Unclear indication...yeah, right.
  • uh uh on May 4, 2006 at 4:35 PM
    no way they just think they can spring this on
  • uh uh on May 4, 2006 at 4:37 PM
    no way they think they can just spring that on us like that. blair counseling has messed up before but never so badly. darn right for not turning anyone away ms johnson.
  • Mike on May 4, 2006 at 5:46 PM
    Oh no. An extra $70 to get 3 credit hours. Do you polarized students at Blair not realize this will save you a great deal of money in the long run by not having to pay the $800 dollars for one credit hour in college? When will the Blair students and the school paper get off their liberal elitist whining and start to deal with real problems affecting their community?
  • . on May 4, 2006 at 6:38 PM
    oh I'm so glad that I don't have to pay those 12 dollars
  • aom on May 4, 2006 at 7:20 PM
    What? this is so unfair, there are smart but poor kids at blair that can't pay that, this is some serious bs, they should at least give the us another week to pay
  • blazer (View Email) on May 4, 2006 at 7:36 PM
    why do people live in potomac and go to blair??????????
  • junior on May 4, 2006 at 7:54 PM
    the entire AP system at Blair has been horrendously mismanaged. Our tests starts late, a freaking organ is playing the whole time, and on top of that they are rude when we have the AUDACITY to point out there shortcomings in this management job
  • i live in north potomac on May 4, 2006 at 8:20 PM
    we go to blair because thats how we roll
    plus we're rich so we get better treatment

    which reminds me, this fee is sure going to make me poor
  • Ravi U on May 4, 2006 at 9:04 PM
    Guys, the AP situation at Blair could be a lot worse. There are a lot of students taking a lot of different exams, and it's a logistical nightmare to organize everything so it goes off smoothly. Sure there are a few delays sometimes (my Stat exam started an hour late on Tuesday), but we all take the right exams in relatively sound settings. Junior, I'd like to see you do a better job than Mr. Stant at managing these tests.

    Blazer, Magnet and CAP students live in Potomac and other parts of the county.

    Blair's counseling department is probably the most overworked out of any other high school counseling department in the County. I'm surprised and awed by the lack of mistakes like this one up to this point, and I think this particular mistake is indicative of the larger and more important issue: more counselors are needed to staff a school with 3000 kids.

  • ugh on May 4, 2006 at 9:22 PM
    Yeah that organ got on my nerves. I felt like it was playing a long, slow requiem for my AP Stat score...

    By the way, they pulled this on us the day before the deadline for deciding whether or not you want to take both exams. This was inexcusable.
  • Dumb Democrats= (View Email) on May 4, 2006 at 9:32 PM
    The administration obviously did not intentionally mess up. As Mike said, people would save more money by taking the 70 dollar test than taking it again in college. I don't see how the short notice affects anyone. I don't believe people need more than 1 day to write a check and give it to Blair. Besides, the school was nice enough to pay 12 dollars already.

    aom, it appears that the article says the administration will do what it can to help the children who do not have the necessary money.
  • 1356 on May 4, 2006 at 9:45 PM
    Word of the day: hosed

    Example: We got hosed by the AP
  • jv on May 4, 2006 at 9:49 PM
    I don't think that there is a problem with the College Board requiring the extra money, I think that it should have been communicated BEFORE AP's started. It's ridiculous to be getting sent out of class 4 school days before you are going to take the test.
  • magnet on May 4, 2006 at 9:51 PM
    magnet and cap students come from all over the county, so some people are from patomac and go to blair
  • .... on May 4, 2006 at 10:11 PM
    to mike:
    many college have flat-rate tuitions. so you wont be saving any money on "credit-hours" unless you take enough APs to graduate early
  • Mike on May 4, 2006 at 11:06 PM
    When are the students(not all, but many) at Blair going to get off their high horse? I hope you guys realize that your school has the reputation for being snobbish. I mean come on...your student government is a joke. It might as well have a position for every student at the school. You think you wield so much power. Stop trying to fill up your college application with useless positions and appointments. By the way... it was bad communication by the administration on the AP Exams, but you guys should stop comlaining about trivial matters and start fighting the good fight. This article only makes the reputation of Blair live up to its image.
  • 07 on May 5, 2006 at 12:02 AM
    I know this is random...but can they please change the location for the AP testing or something? It is ridiculous for us to take these tests while kids are screaming outside and while someone is playing "Old McDonald Had A Farm" on an organ.
  • Professor Em on May 5, 2006 at 6:27 AM
    Do any of you realize how much money you will be spending on education during your lifetime?
    Get some perspective. This is 70 bucks. When you grow up, you'll realize that adults regularly shell out huge amounts of cash, often at no notice, to maintain their homes, cars, and yes, the happiness of their children. The majority of you are probably whining about having to spend your parents' money, not your own. It must be lovely to be so entitled.
    And most colleges do charge by the credit, so the AP program is still a fantastic deal.
    Should you have had notice? Absolutely. But it's done, so get over it and enjoy the good weather.
  • ss on May 5, 2006 at 9:33 AM
    Why are so many people complaining about how the school should cover the costs! You would have needed to pay the fee earlier anyway, and its not the schools fault. get over it. stop complaining. better $70 now then a whole lotta money in college later anyways.
  • joturner on May 5, 2006 at 10:32 AM
    All these comments saying that paying this money now will save us money later are ridiculous. Very few major colleges charge by the credit. And since many top colleges will not except even AP scores of 4, there is no guarantee that prospective colleges will accept the AP performance.

    Nevertheless, the cost of the AP exams is not the fault of the school (although this really should have been brought to the attention of the students earlier). Perhaps the complaints should be directed toward the College Board for the seemingly arbitrary increase in the fee (especially for the two physics exams which, in combination, are as long as one regular exam).
  • Blair Student on May 5, 2006 at 10:34 AM
    Honestly, I think that this has nothing to do with shelling out an extra 70 bucks. It's more about the notice date, and that students had 1 day to get their money in.

    And really, it would be nice if people could defend their positions without throwing in subtle insults.
  • DUH on May 5, 2006 at 11:50 AM
    what do u mean complaining about the fees, some people cant even afford to pay for the original 60 dollars and now they have to come up with the 70 in just one day. thats why its a problem, at least they arent gonna turn anyone away
  • Mike on May 5, 2006 at 3:49 PM
    When are you guys going to start reporting newsworthy news and stop airing out your complaints? Get over your petty matters. I can't believe your top headline reads " Blair requests additional AP fees from students" when it should read such important headlines such as "20-25% of students leave MCPS without a diploma". You guys should start caring about the real problems of this county.
  • i live in north potomac on May 5, 2006 at 5:58 PM
    why dont you start your own news organization then mike? instead of complaining about silver chips reporting news thats actually relevant and impacts a group of people

    like me and my $70 dollars that i simply cant afford to pay despite living in poor north potomac
  • Angry test taker on May 5, 2006 at 6:59 PM
    Did anyone here take the AP U.S. History exam? Is it me or was that the most unfait test in the world. It was like they tested us on the most unimportant themes, people, and events in American history. There was no questions on the The Revolution,Constitution, Election of 1800,War of 1812, Jacksonian democracy, important court cases, the sectional crisis, Polk and expansionism, manifest destiny, the cicil war, william jennings bryant, ww1 and ww2, the new deal, FDR, Korean war, Vietnam war, JFK and the new frontier, LBJ and the great society, the cicil rights movement, and ronald reagan. The DBQ was on "republican motherhood" and the "cult of domesticity". The textbook did not even cover those topics with more than 3 paragraphs. The essays were on topics that did not even impact America. The AP people really screwed us out college credit.
  • ... on May 5, 2006 at 6:59 PM
    I dont' like the fee increase, but I can deal with that, if I can't pay, I can work out something with the school, but I hate the late notice, some of my friends didn't even know about the fee increase til this morning's info flow... and the fee is supposedly due today...
  • to Mike on May 5, 2006 at 8:03 PM
    Mike:

    It's disappointing that you feel that $70 fees pertaining to about 140 students at Blair is not newsworthy news. Perhaps you should take a course in Journalism, and learn fundamental newsworthy values.

    Also, it might help to develop your basic reading comprehension skills. To announce that this article is "airing out your complaints" makes you seem ignorant and foolish. The article was objective in showing both sides of the issue and reporting a newsworthy event.

    Maybe you didn't notice, but our senior class hasn't graduated yet. When they do, I assure you that SCO will post a statistic concering diploma-recieving students at Blair, as well as MCPS. Also, perhaps you should check your statistics, or your subtraction - the graduation rate was around 95% when I last checked.

    If you really feel that you can do a better job, I'm sure your school newspaper, be it the Rampage, Black & White online, or whatever, would love to develop you from a novice into a slightly more skilled writer.

    Love,
    SCO fan
  • Think in Pink on May 5, 2006 at 8:03 PM
    joturner brings up an excellent point. Many colleges are starting to not substitute AP's as college credit. Also, if you take an AP that is related to your major in college, there is basically no chance that your college will accept that for credit and you will have to take that class anyway.

    To 'Dumb Democrats'
    $70 doesn't matter to you because your parents must be pretty well off. $70 to my family is this month's phone bill. Writing the check is easy, but the consequences for it are not.

    Oh, and the school helping those who cannot afford the fee is not for just anyone who is inconvienced by the fee. It is for those who would basically lose life's essentials due to the fee.
  • Mike on May 5, 2006 at 9:44 PM
    Sorry. the graduation rate in Montgomery County is 91%. Now that 91% is not counting students who left high school and said they would get their GED. So the graduation rate is actually less than 91%. For being one of the leading school districts in the nation these statistics are unacceptable. Oh, and the nationwide numbers for students leaving high school without a diploma is 1/3. We are the super power of the world and yet only 2/3 of students leave high school with a diploma. That is a headliner. Blair students need to leave their upple middle to upper class(not all Blair students fall in this category) bubble and start to notice the real problems that plague this nation. It's easy to be self righteous but it's hard to actually start looking at other peoples' problems and solutions to those problems.
  • To Mike on May 6, 2006 at 12:16 AM
    Mike:

    If a student leaves school and decides to get their GED, they wouldn't be graduating, would they? Consequently, they don't pertain to the statistic.

    Honestly, Mike, I do believe you are delusional. If you truly believe that graduation rates are "headliners," then you need a reality check. A headliner is usually a breaking event or news. These rates have been low, but consistent. There's no "headliner" news about that, now is there? Here's news for you: Blair and MCPS have some of the highest graduation rates in the country. So stop complaining.

    And do you REALLY believe that majority of Blair's students are "upple middle to upper class?" That may pertain to the Magnet (and possibly CAP), but they make up barely 20% of the school population. This isn't Wootton, this isn't Whitman, this isn't Churchill. Blair has one of the largest percentages in the county of students under the Free and Reduced Meals program.

    Love,
    SCO fan
  • Mike on May 6, 2006 at 1:26 AM
    That's the type of attitude that leads people to stop thinking about thirld world nations, starving children in Africa, and the perplexing economic woes of Latin American nations. All these topics have been consistent, but if we can make them be seen on the news then people will start to see what is going on around the world. It is the media that controls what we see and what we don't see. You are probably the type of person who thinks the Natalie Holloway case is still newsworthy. No you're right. I guess it's not newsworthy thay millions of people die of preventable diseases. I guess it's not newsworthy that 1/3 of students enter high school and leave without a diploma. But you know what is newsworthy? Students having to pay an extra $70 to take a test. Now that is newsworthy.
  • Oi Mike on May 6, 2006 at 8:10 AM
    Not even half of the students currently enrolled at blair go to SCO on a weekly basis. And of the people who do visit this site more than once a week, many of them have alternate news sources for their world happenings. So when you say "It is the media that controls what we see and what we don't see" you might want to try to voice your complaints to CNN and other various news brodcasting companies.

    And try to remember that this is a school newspaper. I'll admit I feel strongly for the people in other countries that aren't as well off as I am and would love to hear ways I can help, but thats not necessarily the scope of the school paper. Many school papers are 2 pieces of paper stapled together and I believe that Silver Chips and Silver Chips Online have done a great job in putting together stories that have affected the blair community.

    And seriously, these people are working extremly hard to put this together. Not only the online web page, but also the paper. Although I have not taken the journalism class and will not be joining the Silver Chip's family, many of my friends are and when I think about the immense workload they will have in the next year with Silver Chips and their various classes I start to feel tired.

    Keep up the good work guys, although Mike voices his oppisitional opinions and seems like he's bashing you, I am sure that overall he does appreiciate all of your work, time, and effort. And if in someway he doesn't appreciate you, I know for a fact that many people do.

    -Edt
  • Graduated Blazer (View Email) on May 6, 2006 at 8:34 AM
    Mike,

    Would you please stop tilting at windmills and throwing insults around in the comments page. While the $70 extra fee may or may not be an inconvenience for blair students and their families, the short timetable is the biggest concern of most I'm sure.

    I also noticed that you critize blair for being a liberal elitist school with a "snobby" reputation, and berate us for this. You then go on to claim we don't think about the third world countries or starving children in Africa, etc. etc. if you actually went to Blair I'm sure you would have seen the amount of involvement in political events and marches. Before I graduated I certainly remember taking part in multiple demonstrations and activities aimed at spreading awareness about prevelant issues. Just look at some of these "headlines" you always complain about. "Rescued Child Laborers Visit Blair" Hmm not newsworthy at all. Not third world related at all. "Students join immigration protest in DC" now that certainly shows that blair students care only for themselves and not for events in teh wider world now doesn't it?

    And just to let you know, while I was fortunate to graduate from Blair and go on to college, I have friends who could not attend college due to the costs. Now I'm sure that you in your up-county school could afford to go to college, have your parents buy you a car, and the like, but at blair, people actually have to work for what they want. I'm not denying we do have some upper class kids, but we also have middle and lower class ones. Blair is reknowned because of its diversity and "melting pot" status. Stop blasting our graduating rate and the like and tying it into some grander nation wide type of thing. I know you are trying to get us to see "the bigger picture"

    And just a reminder to you. Silver Chips Online is Montgomery Blair High Schools Student newspaper. It is supposed to write about issues prevelant to the BLAIR community first, others second. AP testing price increase is an issue prevelent to that community. maybe its not newsworthy to you, but it is to the kids who actually read silver chips at school who matter most to SCO, not yahoos like you who simply cruise SCO just waiting to bash the newspaper for a percieved flaw or problem.
  • . on May 6, 2006 at 11:04 AM
    to mike. are you on crack? where in the world did you deduce all of that. blair's diversity has made it also quite quite culturally aware (and since you've labeled us as liberals you'd prolly at least be able to deduce that liberals actually care about third world countries). and we tend to do things about it, since more blair kids are involved in these types of things than in other schools.

    also, this story was very newsworthy, especially since a lot of students did not even know that they had to pay the fee until about, lets say 1:30 in the afternoon. and guess when was the deadline? 3:00. this story is pertinent, a newspaper's job is to be the first on what is pertinent to students. all those other suggestions are old news and could just as easily be gathered from the washington post and from other print newspapers. an online newspaper's job is to get as much news stuff out as fast as possible.

    and this story did just that. if you have a problem with it, leave because you clearly, clearly do not really
    1. know the demographics of blair or anything else about it to make all of your assumptions
    and
    2. know anything about how a newspaper should work
  • Stop talking to mike (View Email) on May 6, 2006 at 11:18 AM
    everytime i read one of these threads it always turns into a fight between some hothead (mike) and everyone else. No one is gonna win let it be and try to keep our comments centered on the article. If you don't think it is newsworthy then don't post. It was a relevant article that affected a lot of people. If you guys really want to fight stop being such a coward mike and post your full name/number/email etc. That goes for me too but I am a coward.
  • Alex Gold on May 6, 2006 at 11:08 PM
    To those who are saying that the price increase will not affect anyone in our affluent school...while I am not taking any of the affected tests, I have several friends who are and have to pay for their own AP exams. How would you feel about shelling out over $400 of your money to take AP exams to find out the day before that if you want to take the exam you've planned on, you have to pay 70 more?
  • JAG on May 7, 2006 at 6:59 PM
    Is it just me, or is "I live in North Potomac" the same as "Anarchist"? It just seems to be irregular that some one uses the same kind of vocabulary. Well I'm getting on in the years, and as usuall some mistake was made that makes the usual uproar. It happens at football games and the U.S. gov. People shouldn't really be surprised. I think the best way to avoid this is to let time pass so the obligations will too.
  • Same guy on May 7, 2006 at 7:07 PM
    And for "Dumb Democrats" and "Proffessor Em" and "Mike" sorry if we can't all have the same views with divine help, how ever you have to admitt that this is a large surprise, for us procrastinators and those who can't organize. Its a good thing that adolescents can actually respect how much money this is when it is there parents, when 10-20 years ago, the most important lesson was the "worth of a dollar" well we sure now the worth of 70 of them. The most mature of people would call what you say serious bs. I had the pleasure of wasting my time reading your insight. But you do not realize how humans are. THe one who has the right insight is probably "Stop talking to mike". But then again maybe not.
  • yay chips on May 7, 2006 at 7:23 PM
    Silver Chips is awesome!! You guys have been doing a really great job! So yeah, I can't believe Mike and all of the other haters...you guys are just jealous! I know I am =) hehe
  • To commenter Mike on May 8, 2006 at 8:56 AM
    If you were aware of the stories that Silver Chips Online covers you would know that they cover information that is NEW. The fact that students are not graduating is anything but new and has been going on for decades. Just because you [Mike] just learned that students are failing, that does not mean that it is necessarily new.

    This story on the other hand is very newsworthy and was posted in a timely fashion. Great work Varun Gulati, very informative, with great quotes.

    Unfortunately, Mike, you are unaware of how a newspaper works as prestigious as Silver Chips Online works as a whole. The whole point of reporting news is the fact that it is new, and once again, students failing and dropping out is not a recent discovery. At least to the most of us.
  • Mike on May 8, 2006 at 4:50 PM
    When is SCO going to be fair and balanced? Your liberal bias is so obvious. Have you guys ever invited a Republican candidate to speak at your school? Get out of the Blair bubble and start being fair and balanced.
  • JAG Again on May 8, 2006 at 9:10 PM
    Does anyone care but Mike?
  • Also on May 8, 2006 at 9:13 PM
    a little less 90% of newspapers are Democratic. Also, why does it matter? This is just opinion. You can start your own.
  • To Mr. Mike: on May 8, 2006 at 9:41 PM
    We care more about Blair topics than county topics, honestly.

    That's what the school newspaper is for. I like how it isn't called the Washington Post or The Gazette.

    Good day.
  • Joe on May 8, 2006 at 10:09 PM
    It's kind of funny how all of the Blair students have nothing better to do than bash Mike. The guy has a point. Blair is known for being stuck in a liberal elitist bubble. Just let Mike have his own opinion without attacking it to death. And I bet just because I'm ageeing with Mike that many of you will attack me.
  • Me on May 9, 2006 at 12:12 PM
    The Anarchist doesn't live in north potomac so I'm pretty sure its not him...it's not his style of writing at all either...the Anarchist, however extreme he may be, usually can defend his position....the idiot from North potomac cannot
  • sco lover on May 9, 2006 at 1:55 PM
    Joe... you are an idiot
  • ha on May 9, 2006 at 6:06 PM
    i bet joe and mike are the same person

    Anyway, what is this about liberal bubbles? It is a school newspaper! Not a nationally read newspaper, nor is it one with articles concerning people who don't even read it.

    Liberal newspaper..please..what is it supposed to be? Conservative? "Students willingingly pay additional AP fees with smiles"
  • Joe on May 9, 2006 at 7:10 PM
    Looks like my prediction came true. I am trying to be discredited with people accusing me of being Mike. When will you let people agree on a stance that you don't endorse or agree with? This is a typical reaction of a whining liberal elitist.
  • Think in Pink on May 9, 2006 at 7:54 PM
    Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, black or white, etc, the rise in AP costs affects the students, which is the issue at hand. And I do not care whether you love or hate Blair, the issue is not going to change.

    To Joe
    The reason most people are bashing Mike is because he comes to SCO, picks the first article he sees, starts lecturing us because we are not writing about how millions are dying from AIDS or Blair's "low" graduation rate and are choosing instead to inform the students of what is directly affecting them. What does Mike's opinion have anything to do with the issue at hand, the AP tests? If he chooses to start up a controversy because he does not like the way SCO is run, then that is his issue. But he very well knew that his opinion would not go over well with others. He chooses to continue this debate by responding.

    To Mike
    I find SCO is fairly balanced. There are articles that have conservative views. I guess since there are not as many that have those view points, we will not have as many conservative articles. Not much you can do about that unless you abduct current SCO members, brainwash them into conservatives and replace them before anyone notices they are gone.

    Could you find me a newspaper [online preferably] that is truly balanced in your opinion?

    By the way, why do you care so much? This is just a high school newspaper. Outside of this county, I doubt people have even heard of Blair, much less care if is balanced or not.
  • I <3 SCO on May 9, 2006 at 7:55 PM
    I <3 everyone who works for SCO, past, present and future. You guys do an awesome job!

    SCO: Love it or leave it!
  • Steve on May 9, 2006 at 10:18 PM
    I agree with Mike and Joe. You guys are incredibly hostile to those who do not agree with you. You are the type of people who attack Republicans for being corrupt but forget to realize that Democrats are just as corrupt. And by the way, you guys never answered Mike's question on to when the last time our school had a republican speaker. This paper is ridiculously partisan. I have seen articles written about Heather Mizeur, Aaron Klein, and various other Democratic candidates. I have seen none on Governor Ehrlich,Lt.Gov Michael Steele,and County Council member Michael Subin, or any other Republican candidate or elected official. When will SCO and some of their reporters(don't want to embarrass them) stop being so subjective of their candidate and start being objective?
  • Oh, dear on May 9, 2006 at 10:34 PM
    Mike, Joe, Steve: whoever you are, could you think of any other generic name to support yourself by?

    And do you really think SCO endorses its own candidates? You're an idiot. Majority of the SCO staff is politically apathetic.

    "Steve" (a.k.a. Mike, a.k.a Joe) - Try running a search on SCO for those Republican candidates you just named. You'll find plenty of articles.

    SCO, "ridiculously partisan" - uh-huh, and my mom is Madonna. If SCO is partisan, I would hate to see what you would call truly partisan papers. Fair and just?

    Go back to Whitman.
  • abby on May 10, 2006 at 10:28 AM
    steve, mike, and joe are pretty generic names.. i wouldn't be surprised if these three were actually one person. but who really cares. i still don't have a yearbook..
  • John on May 10, 2006 at 12:00 PM
    Wow. You people really do attack those who don't agree with you and just bring out the truth. You accuse Joe, Steve, and Mike of being the same person just because they reveal SCO as being a partisan paper that is stuck in their liberal elitist bubble.I can't believe that you guys just can't accept other positions without attacking them.
  • heh on May 10, 2006 at 8:26 PM
    when will this end

    john = mike = joe = steve
  • Ted on May 10, 2006 at 8:45 PM
    You people just can't accept other views without blasting them. Such a typical reaction from the east coast liberal elitist anti war cry babies.
  • Jeff on May 10, 2006 at 9:28 PM
    *note* i am not john/mike/joe/steve. i am simply doing the next post for him:

    "Wow. You people really do attack those who don't agree with you and just bring out the truth. You accuse Joe, Steve, and Mike of being the same person just because they reveal SCO as being a partisan paper that is stuck in their liberal elitist bubble.I can't believe that you guys just can't accept other positions without attacking them."

    TO

    "Jeez. Joe, Mike, Steve and John are exactly right. All you readers do is criticize those people who are in opposition of your views and those who identify SCO as a newspaper stuck in their elitist bubble. Lay off them sheesh."
  • Hans on May 10, 2006 at 10:30 PM
    I hope all readers realize that Joe,Mike,Steve,John and Ted are probably the same person and that they are just spoofing conservatives. This person is trying to use satire like Stephen Colbert. I can't belive you had yet to realize this.
  • Shaniqua on May 11, 2006 at 6:44 PM
    I agree with Ted in that Blair is well-known for their blantently liberal elitist opinions. You guys just have to attack everyone who doesn't agree with you, don't you? That sort of activity is what defines an elitist. And the fact that someone cannot state their opinion without being attacked is unbelievable. You try to protect your own narrow-minded opinion without even listening to the opposite side. Great job.
  • to shaniqua on May 11, 2006 at 9:58 PM
    learn how to spell. "blantently" is not a word.

    and i'm sorry, but you must live under a really big rock, if you truly think that we're "well-known" as "liberal elitists."
  • Anarchist on May 12, 2006 at 1:09 PM
    Good heavens! "i live in north potomac" couldn't possibly be me. I always use proper speling and Punctuation?.,! Barring the occasional type, of cousre.
  • i live in north potomac on May 12, 2006 at 6:11 PM
    heavens to betsy oh no! gee willikers! and for the record my spelling is quite impeccable whereas i disregard the punctuation
  • Libertarian (View Email) on May 14, 2006 at 2:02 AM
    "The Anarchist doesn't live in north potomac" - me

    and how would you know this? Are you stalking him/her? Or are you really Anarchist putting me as the name? Or has Anarchist done the unthinkable of revealing his/her identity for someone else? All I know is they are in the magnet and either in the class of '07 or '06 since I've seen comments by Anrachist since my freshman year.



    In terms of the actual topic though:

    I thought the article was fine, but you cannot deny that the school's administration as well as SCO are extremely liberal. Almost every editorial (Armin and Alex help balance it out) is from a liberal prospective. Let me tell you one thing though, I remember seeing a banner for the anti-war protest that went on earlier this school year. Ms. Wanner said: "anti-war is a good cause, sure" and signed it. I can't help but wonder what she would have said if it were a poster for a protest for us to stay in Iraq (although I do not support the war, and think we should get out ASAP).
  • . on May 15, 2006 at 12:37 AM
    elitist? liberal elitist?. whatever. not really tough. not elitist. just quasi liberal.

    our conservative clubs have fallen apart (too lazy to start it up this year) and i don't think republican candidates would come to democrat meetings. also, bush came to blair and sco covered that extensively. that was probably the last republican that visited the school.
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