Erica Hartmann

Name: Erica Hartmann
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
Erica is a budding techie involved in all things sprucification.

Stories (56)

D.C. bloggers turn tables

By Erica Hartmann | Jan. 11, 2005, midnight | In Print »

A quartet of local webloggers joined forces to form Bluestate, a DJ collective the likes of which the world has never seen, or heard, until Saturday, Jan. 8.

Administrator injured

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 21, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Administrator Linda Wolf slipped and fell today, Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m., according to Linda Wanner, another administrator.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues breaks with Christmas convention

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 14, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Christmas frequently transverses the realms of religious seriousness, joyous celebration and shameless commercialism, but now, in Jeff Goode's The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Christmas enters the absurd.

Blair's most beloved muckraker is at it again

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blair graduate Elliott Wolf, class of 2004, was recently written up in The Chronicle, a student newspaper out of Duke University, for challenging the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) warning against people who download television shows after the episodes have been aired.

The importance of being serious

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 6, 2004, midnight | In Print »

No one can deny the prevalence of dishonesty in today's society, but deceit and scandal are hardly new affairs. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is a prime example of a past crusade against the evils of fraudulence.

Sex Ed hits the big screen

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

People honestly used to think that if they masturbated, they would go blind. Really. And the adolescents who engaged in the activity were punished severely. This is the kind of ignorant prejudice that Dr. Alfred Kinsey faced.

The Polar Express crashes extravagantly

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 16, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The boy's eyes are a brilliant green, the color of key lime flecked with emerald. Ambient light reflects perfectly against their moist covering. When he blinks, his eyelashes wave just slightly. But his eyes are not real; he is entirely computer-generated.

SGA Senate convenes on club constitutions

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Senators reviewed new club constitutions on Thursday, Nov. 4 during third period at the SGA Senate meeting, approving all previously existing clubs and all proposed clubs except the Ryly Weekly Club.

"Ray" sheds light into Ray Charles' life

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »


Talkback Classroom

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 14, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Red Lights is heart-stopping

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Class of 2005 graduation date changed

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Best band for your buck

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Nicotina is anything but addictive

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Jeffrey is smashing

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In a world of AIDS awareness and STD prevention, writer Paul Rudnick explores the effect of so much danger on the love lives of gay men in Jeffrey .

SGA picks Homecoming theme of "vacation spots"

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The first SGA Senate meeting of the year was held today during fourth period. The Senate decided on the homecoming theme and debated other issues.

Wicker Park is a wicked ride

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Losing faith? Get Saved!

By Erica Hartmann | June 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Coffee and Cigarettes, anyone?

By Erica Hartmann | May 26, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Young Adam is vile

By Erica Hartmann | May 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

South African educators visit Blair

By Erica Hartmann | May 11, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The Agronomist spurs action

By Erica Hartmann | May 11, 2004, midnight | In Print »

I'm Not Scared petrifies

By Erica Hartmann | April 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Bon Voyage departs from simplicity

By Erica Hartmann | April 27, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Connie and Carla rock the theatre

By Erica Hartmann | April 20, 2004, midnight | In Print »

I'll Sing For You: an enchanting ballad of real-life drama

By Erica Hartmann | March 31, 2004, midnight | In Print »

He inspired a nation to fight for its independence. He fell from his position of high esteem to the streets of France. He found love and tragedy. And now, Mali singer Boubacar

Pep rally postponed

By Erica Hartmann | March 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blazers Keepin' It Real

By Erica Hartmann | March 26, 2004, midnight | In Print »

These fabulous Latter Days of culture clash

By Erica Hartmann | March 16, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Diversity has become one of the most important and controversial buzzwords in the English language, and, while it is legally required in many settings, culturally it can be a disaster. For instance, try throwing together a closeted Mormon and a stereotypical gay pretty-boy.

Preventing cervical cancer

By Erica Hartmann | March 11, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Girl power!

By Erica Hartmann | March 3, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blazers rock social science

By Erica Hartmann | Feb. 27, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Two seniors presented prize-winning papers at the Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) sponsored by the University of Maryland Feb. 22 to the 24. They will attend the National JSHS April 28 to May 2 in Baltimore, all expenses paid.

Ben Jelen Gives it all for beauty

By Erica Hartmann | Feb. 25, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Ben Jelen's debut album, Give it all away (Maverick), conforms to all the basic rules of fashion, namely it has beautiful form but no function.

Theatre has never been so accessible

By Erica Hartmann | Feb. 5, 2004, midnight | In Print »

For any and all who like the idea of theatre but shy away from getting all dressed up and acting proper, the Top Floor Theatre invites you to curl up on a cozy couch and enjoy their productions, all for $8 or less.

Top 10 movies of 2003

By Erica Hartmann, Abigail Graber | Jan. 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The Battle of Algiers hits home

By Erica Hartmann | Jan. 14, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Islamic terrorists dynamite a café full of civilians. Guerillas mercilessly hunt down police officers. Military intelligence tortures information out of destitute Arabs. Nearly four decades later, the Battle of Algiers still rings true.

Where's Donnie?

By Erica Hartmann | Jan. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Walking into Visions, the bar is pretty full, but the lounge is mostly empty. The theatre, despite the pre-show shorts playing on screen, is also rather vacant.

Downtown continues movin' on up

By Erica Hartmann | Jan. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

For those who like the Bethesda Row Cinema but demand still more, Landmark Theatres proudly presents the E Street Cinema, located at 11th and E in downtown Washington, D.C.

Placebo is the real thing

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 28, 2003, midnight | In Print »

It would be hard in this day and age to find music without a strong beat, heavy and rhythmic, regular or no. But it is becoming harder still to find music with a pulse, a band that lives and breathes, an original, unique creature.

See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' Mamma Mia!

By Erica Hartmann | Dec. 18, 2003, midnight | In Print »

As the season descends into the cold, dark expanse of winter, the National Theatre presents a burst of color that warms the heart and soul. Mamma Mia! blasts off its feel-good message with unparalleled flair and boatloads of fun, sprinkled with feminism.

Pericles, prince of plays

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 15, 2003, midnight | In Print »

For whatever reason, the Greats (meaning all those old dead guys you read in English class) are not always that great. Somewhere along the way the meaning gets lost, the language disguises what may once have been entertaining, the message befuddled in complex syntax. But English teachers are not lying when they say writers like Shakespeare were indeed great, and for proof look no further than Blair's production of Pericles.

Bounce falls slightly flat

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 10, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Legends are born, they peak, they fade into the annals of history and the proverbial torch is passed on to the next generation. The fading process is a painful one, however, and musical theatre great Stephen Sondheim is certainly dragging his feet through it.

Student drop-off causes trouble

By Erica Hartmann | Nov. 4, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Combating Hummers

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 23, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Sophisticated Ladies astounds

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 20, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The University of Maryland Theatre Department's production of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies has definitely "got that swing.”

Tomayko, Carole

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 14, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Carole Tomayko is an English teacher at Blair, originally from Detroit, who received a degree inEnglish Literature from the University of Michigan

Blair junior slightly injured by SUV

By Erica Hartmann, Cori Cohen | Oct. 9, 2003, midnight | In Print »

What looks like a party...

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

All that Jazz is a great movie. Requiem for a Dream is a great movie. But when the two have an illegitimate love child who is fascinated by the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Marilyn Manson, result is unfortunate: Party Monster.

Cooler clothes

By Erica Hartmann | Oct. 1, 2003, midnight | In Print »

As the weather turns colder, Blazers turn towards warmer styles. Around the school, denim jackets are looking cool while fending off fall breezes.

Darn good Pie

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 30, 2003, midnight | In Print »

There is a certain flavor to a local band playing in a small venue where you know all the people, and everyone is going to the same party afterwards. It's more than a musical experience, it's camaraderie. The Pietasters, though they have toured all over the States, Europe and Canada, have much the same effect, turning all at the 9:30 Club into turbine-pumping, baldheaded, tie-clad, ska loving brethren.

Visions is a sight to behold

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 15, 2003, midnight | In Print »


Hispanic Heritage month

By Erica Hartmann | Sept. 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for people from Spanish-speaking countries to pay homage to their origins and for others to enjoy the influence Hispanic culture has had on America.

Camp rocks the summer

By Erica Hartmann | Aug. 14, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Sadly, summer is nearing its end, and soon we will all have to bid summer camp adieu and head back home and then--gasp--go back to school. But before we go, let's gather around the campfire one last time and sing songs that will forever consecrate our bonds of friendship and memories of this time we spent together.

Tycoon is ultimately unpowerful

By Erica Hartmann | Aug. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Tycoon: a New Russian, for all its bravado, its promise of action, and its under-worldly appeal, fails to prove itself interesting. The tycoon in question is Plato Makovski (Vladmir Vashkov), a

Entertainment, enlightenment, it's all On_Line

By Erica Hartmann | July 14, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The Internet has revolutionized communications, making realtime exchanges possible over vast distances, bringing shopping malls into people's homes, letting people get college degrees from their bedroom, and setting the stage for Jed Weintrob's On_Line, a film he calls

Whale Rider washes other movies away

By Erica Hartmann | July 5, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In today's world of superfluous effects and gratuitous violence, graphic sex scenes and glorified drug use, seeing a film that is pure and wholesome but not geared towards a five-year-old audience is refreshing. With its haunting music, breath-taking backgrounds, and powerful plot, Whale Rider is the movie that breaks trends this summer.