Kiran Bhat


Name: Kiran Bhat
Position: Print Managing Opinions Editor
Graduation Year: 2006
Kiran Bhat is a senior who loves the Washington Redskins, 24, Coldplay, Kanye West, Damien Rice, Outkast and Common (Sense). He aspires to be the next Sanjay Gupta. He will miraculously grow a Guptaesque telegenic face and sculpted body by the age of 30. In the meantime, he is satisfied sitting at home all weekend and reading The Economist.


Stories (22)


"Block Party": More commentary than comedy

By Kiran Bhat | March 8, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

What are Dave Chappelle's views on race relations, really? Apparently, he doesn't even know himself. Or at least that's the message that comes across in the latest work released by the enormously popular comic, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."

Wrestlers move up at counties

By Kiran Bhat | March 2, 2006, midnight

Blair continued to work its way up the ladder of Montgomery County varsity wrestling, climbing seven spots from last year to take 16th place of 23 teams in the County Championships. Damascus placed first.

Is warrantless wiretapping a legitimate tool?

By Kiran Bhat Armin Rosen | March 2, 2006, midnight

On Dec. 16, 2005, The New York Times printed a story entitled "Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts." The story detailed a program in which the National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropped, without warrants, on Americans they thought were communicating electronically with terrorists outside of the country. On Feb. 6, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales met with members of Congress to discuss the program. While opponents argue that the wiretapping is detrimental to civil liberties, supporters maintain that it is necessary for the protection of American citizens.

Pro/Con: Should Maryland outlaw the death penalty?

By Kiran Bhat Kristi Chakrabarti | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight

On Aug. 23, 1993, a man named Ruben Cantu was executed in San Antonio, Texas. Over 12 years later, he has been all but exonerated. According to The Houston Chronicle, a key witness recanted his testimony, a co-defendant accepted sole responsibility for the crime and the district attorney who sought Cantu's execution now wishes he hadn't.

Legend used, concept abused

By Kiran Bhat | Dec. 15, 2005, midnight

In the mid-1970s, journalistic icon, author and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward was rising to the pinnacle of his profession. His perseverant reporting had unmasked the corruption of the Nixon administration, and he was enjoying the benefits. Among them were increasingly cozy relationships with Washington insiders.

Blair beware: Big Blazer is watching you

By Kiran Bhat | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight

Nowadays, accessing information is just a matter of opening up a computer database and typing a name into a text field. Within seconds, a screen can pop up, complete with a succinct life story of the subject: physical description, fingerprints and criminal history.

"X&Y" launches Coldplay ahead of the pack

By Kiran Bhat | June 20, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Music that transcends time and space, and actually makes you feel, doesn't come along very often. But with their highly anticipated junior album "X&Y," British quartet Coldplay does just that, for a Beatles-esque third time in a row.

Higher education at a higher cost

By Kiran Bhat | April 28, 2005, midnight

The late Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan, renowned for her efforts to educate America's disadvantaged youth, once made a wise declaration: "What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." For millions of students across the nation, the opportunity to make good on that promise through higher education has not yet arrived.

"The Interpreter": a first class political thriller

By Kiran Bhat | April 24, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

At first it seems like a typical action movie. Secret service agents, gunfights, terrorism, plot twists, it has all the elements. But beneath the surface, "The Interpreter" is a gritty thriller, one that doesn't shy away from the complicated and brutal politics of its subject, postcolonial Africa, and one that explores raw human relationships to the fullest extent.

Anatomy and physiology classes dissect furry felines

By Kiran Bhat | March 14, 2005, midnight

Underneath Anatomy and Physiology teacher John Haigh's glistening scalpel lies a dead creature, one eye ajar, tongue sticking out and front legs stretched next to its face. Haigh's students squirm, smile and giggle nervously as he begins demonstrating the day's lesson: identifying various muscles in a dissected cat.

Housing at high costs

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 20, 2005, midnight | In Features »

It wasn't much. In one corner of the tiny apartment was a hidden bedroom door; in the other, the open entrance to a bathroom. Surveying her prospective home, English teacher Pam Bryant was not impressed. But when she learned that her prospective apartment was selling for $80,000 more than it had been only one year before, Bryant knew she couldn't afford it, and gave up hope of purchasing a place in Montgomery County.

Liberals shouldn't fear four more years

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 10, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

These visionary words bring to mind the one politician from the past 20 years that Democrats can be proud of, President Bill Clinton. They are grandiose and confident, and hopeful in every sense. However Clintonesque they may sound though, they came from the mouth of one man liberals in America despise most, President George W. Bush.

Housing at high costs

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 4, 2005, midnight

It wasn't much. In one corner of the tiny apartment was a hidden bedroom door; in the other, the open entrance to a bathroom. Surveying her prospective home, English teacher Pam Bryant was not impressed. But when she learned that her prospective was selling for $80,000 more than it had been only one year before, Bryant knew she couldn't afford it, and gave up hope of purchasing a place in Montgomery County.

Agencies must be held accountable

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 4, 2005, midnight

The current administration prides itself on its moral clarity, even as some of its members shroud unethical policies in secrecy. On Jan. 7, light was shed on this hypocrisy, as USA Today reported that a government agency, the Department of Education (DOE), had spent $241,000 to bribe conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams into promoting the president's No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on his radio show and in his columns.

Gonzales the wrong choice for attorney general

By Kiran Bhat | Jan. 14, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

In this age of political battles and constant squabbling, it is simple to declare that one side or the other has lost a sense of moral direction. However, the one event that most indicates our government's lack of a moral compass as a whole is the appointment of Alberto R. Gonzales to the position of attorney general, head of the Department of Justice.

Ervin endorses GT expansion

By Kiran Bhat | Dec. 19, 2004, midnight

Newly elected District Four Board of Education (BOE) member Valerie Ervin endorsed plans put forth by the MCPS Division of Enriched and Innovative Instruction (EII) to provide more minority and disadvantaged students with a Gifted and Talented (GT)-level education. Ervin said she has been collaborating with the EII since before her 2004 campaign.

Movies are just as mediocre After the Sunset

By Kiran Bhat | Nov. 17, 2004, midnight | In Movies »

Take James Bond, turn him into a conniving diamond thief, grow him a bit of stubble, add an awkward archenemy, throw in a few curvy divas, put them all in the Bahamas and you get After the Sunset, a mediocre flick that is at times entertaining, and at others, stone cold dreadful.

Drag racers cheating death

By Kiran Bhat | Nov. 11, 2004, midnight

The smell of gasoline wafts through the midnight air one Friday in August as Dave, a junior, revs the engine of his Honda in a parking lot directly off Route 355. Onlookers mingle as organizers collect entrance fees, cordon off surrounding roads and listen intently to a scanner radio monitoring police chatter. In just moments, the vehicles at the starting line will belch fire, as they approach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.

Team America falls victim to [expletive] [expletive]

By Kiran Bhat | Oct. 19, 2004, midnight | In Movies »

The only words that can describe Team America: World Police are too offensive to be printed. Never has a movie with such an ingenious satirical element been so ruined by extreme vulgarity.

The NFL gridiron at your fingertips

By Kiran Bhat | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight

Once upon a time, fans cheered and jeered as 22 burly musclemen bumped helmets in grainy black and white. Gridiron devotees donated their Sundays to football and then slept, hoping next week would come soon.

Cellular doesn't waste minutes

By Kiran Bhat | Sept. 14, 2004, midnight | In Movies »

Cellular.

Picture this: Paparazzi is pathetic

By Kiran Bhat | Sept. 8, 2004, midnight | In Movies »

Paparazzi