Blood and gore, along with suspenseful timing, ear-shattering audio and witless teenagers who time and time again are in the wrong place at the wrong time constitute the majority of zombie-flick material. Follow this simple formula and more than likely you'll have the audience (or at least some of them) peering uneasily through their fingers for the rest of the show.
Amid the frenzy of preparing for high school graduation, Student Service Learning (SSL) often becomes an afterthought, a vague notion that settles into the far corners of memory until, for some, second semester of senior year rolls around.
It is a timeless story, one that audiences can envision occurring just as easily today as four centuries ago. It is one of the most renowned tales of our time, told by the most famous playwright the world has known. It is a play ripe with all the ingredients of the perfect tragedy; betrayal, revenge and murder shape Shakespeare's "King Lear", one of the prolific playwright's eminent dramas. The Folger Theatre, in collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, demonstrates just how eternal "Lear" is in its powerfully charged take on the classic, and director Alfred Preisser offers a fresh perspective by setting the story in the mystic culture of ancient Mesopotamia.
First came the cowbells, now it's detention. Things are getting increasingly worse for those afflicted with chronic tardiness.
Clutch free-throws and a spectacular three-point shooting display by senior guard Darius Smith enabled the Blazers to battle back and defeat the Titans 86-81 in a double overtime thriller.
Montgomery County schools should hope Gilbert Arenas doesn't lose his shooting stroke any time soon; The Washington Wizard's superstar, along with Wizard's owner Abe Pollin, have pledged to donate $100 to a Washington area school for every point Arenas scores in a home game this season, providing local schools with funding for necessities such as computers, athletic equipment and after-school funding.
Reports of schools changing athletes' grades to meet eligibility caused a ruckus in the Blair community last week, with parents, students and administrators all weighing in on the issue through listservs, newspaper forums and chats with athletic teams.
In a survey of Montgomery County teachers and students, MCPS's Department of Shared Accountability (DSA) found that, three years after the Board of Education implemented the county's current grading and reporting policy, there is still widespread confusion and dissatisfaction with the policy, specifically its re-teaching and reassessing components.
Less than a week after MCPS Superintendent Jerry Weast sent out a letter to students and parents assuring that, after a spate of school violence in the Midwest, Montgomery County schools were tightening security, a bomb threat and reports of a gunman triggered heightened security and even evacuations on 14 campuses across the northern part of the county.
On Friday, the United States Men's soccer team will make its seventh appearance in the World Cup in 70 years. Riding the wave of last World Cup's success, in which the United States outplayed a heavily favored Portuguese team, defeated their continental rivals Mexico in the second round and finally succumbed to the Germans in the quarterfinals, the US hopes to capitalize on a productive off-season and continue their World Cup run. As fate would have it, the United States was drawn into group E, one of the more competitive groupings in the tournament. Comprised of three-time champions Italy, a Czech team ranked second in the world and the dangerous Ghanaian national team, Group E will offer plenty of problems for the US squad.
"The Break-Up" sells itself as an original romantic comedy, but don't be fooled by the film's "unique" twist, it's the same old story in Vince and Jen's latest flop.
With the fate of their season in their hands, the Blair boy's lacrosse team stepped up their play and defeated the Einstein Titans 8-2 in the first round of the playoffs. For four quarters, the Blazers played one their most complete games of the season, and Friday night's victory set up a Saturday afternoon game with Wooton in the second round.
The Blair boys' lacrosse team lost their sixth straight on April 27, falling 11-5 to the Sherwood Warriors in a game that featured fleeting glimpses of a cohesive and productive Blair offense, but again was decided by defensive breakdowns and a lack of shots for Blair.
The playoffs are once again upon us, the culmination of six months of games, controversies, trades and record-breaking feats. This year's ensemble of playoff teams includes some familiar faces as well as some names that we haven't seen in a while (Clippers? Bucks?). Expect exciting play from the league's best players, a few surprises and plenty of highlights.
With 6:54 left in a game that minutes before had seemed out of reach, senior Josh Henkei dashed towards the mouth of the Magruder goal, feinted right, spun left and fired a blast from 10 yards out. As the ball flew by the Magruder keeper and into the back of the net, an invigorated Blair team and crowd roared to life—after scoring five goals in little more than five minutes, Blair was only down two and was outplaying a Colonel team that had dominated them the first three quarters.
The Damascus Hornets put on a clinic for the Blazers Tuesday afternoon, beating Blair 14-2 in a one-sided game that looked nothing like the Blazer's last home victory against Einstein.
In a year with an unusually large amount of upsets, and the Cinderella of all Cinderella's in George Mason, the SCO sports experts give you team-by-team breakdowns and does its best to predict (very humbly) the future.
The Blair lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season in dramatic fashion, ending a two-game slide by defeating the Einstein Titans 4-3 Tuesday night.
Two weeks ago, Maryland State Senators passed "Andrew's Law," a provision named for former Blair student Andrew Helgeson, that would require every Maryland high school to have an automatic external defillibator. State legislators have taken the first step to improve an inadequate environment for student health in schools but why stop at defibrillators? MCPS should make cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training a requisite for all teachers at all levels of education in the county.
With the NBA closing in on its All-Star Weekend, the Detroit Pistons have yet to lose 10 games, the Dallas Mavericks have found their defense and the tragedy-plagued New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are among the NBA's playoff-hungry teams. Ron Artest, Ricky Davis, Wally Szczerbiak and Peja Stojakovic are sporting new colors, while LeBron and his Cavaliers look poised to make a playoff run. So with so much to look forward to in the season's second half, we present our midseason analysis of the glorious game of basketball, composed by our sharpest NBA experts.
The cheese steak is an American classic. A native of Philadelphia, this greasy but delicious sub is often the staple of delicatessens, sandwich shops and restaurants across the nation. While the Philly cheese steak has transcended the Philadelphia city limits and can now be found nearly everywhere, is it possible for a steak and cheese to possess the same flavor, succulence and aura outside its Philly home?
The Grammy Awards are more than just hardware. The Music Industry's Oscars aren't about taking home the mini record player trophies. The Grammys are about respect. Artists put their hearts and souls into their works and this is when they get recognized for it. On a night when every major musical artists holds their breath hoping to hear their name, SCO offers its very own guide to the 48th annual Grammy Awards, complete with nominations for selected categories and our predictions.
In an era where families watch "the big game" for the "big commercials," where corporations are willing to throw down as much as $2.5 million for ad space, and where a 30-second timeslot can make or break an upstart company, one can no longer mosey over to the bathroom during a commercial break. Super Bowl ads have become an entity, and watching them is almost as important as watching the game itself. In case you were one of those people who missed the commercials because you were too busy calculating Ben Roethlisberger's passer rating, or changing the mood music to forty-year-old Rolling Stones albums, here's a recap of Super Bowl XL's good, bad and just plain ugly.
After school or before a movie, uninformed diners may flock to the new establishments on glitzy Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring. Little do they know that one of the most colorful restaurants, with some of the best barbecue in the D.C. area is tucked a mere block away. The Half Moon Bar-B-Que on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring is one of the few authentic barbecue restaurants in the region.
School Superintendent Jerry Weast snuck one by the Board of Education earlier this semester by imposing a regulation that prevents teachers from showing movies rated R and PG-13 to high school and middle school students. Between this and the "sex-ed video" debacle, Montgomery County Public Schools seem to be headed down a path in the wrong direction.
What ever happened to the golden days of professionalism in sports? Gone is the era when the NBA's Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were heroes to young athletes. In today's money-centered sporting world, kids have more bad role models than good role models to look up to.
The first pizza arrived in the United States in New York City in 1905 and immediately attracted a following within the Big Apple. The city of Chicago later emerged as a pizza- lover's haven; home of the deep-dish, a pizza with a flaky crust that rises an inch or more above the plate and surrounds deep piles of toppings. Down South, the cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin have also developed a distinct style of pizza that blends spicy chorizo sausage with hot peppers and flatbread crust. In recent years, a new style of pie has emerged on the West Cost; a pizza that is highlighted by fresh vegetable toppings, pesto sauce and goat cheese.
The SGA discussed the Homecoming Dance and passed two measures in a Senate meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The measures included two amendments, the first of which would establish a new cabinet position for an ESOL representative and the second of which would limit the authority the administration has in removing SGA officers.
"Jarhead" is based on a strange concept for a self-proclaimed action-drama: boredom. Sam Mendes' vivid and riveting film based on author Anthony Swofford's personal account of fighting in the Persian Gulf War sheds light on the not-so-romantic and not-so-provocative aspects of modern-day warfare.
Blair's boys' varsity soccer team defeated the Damascus Swarming Hornets 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.
Last week, the NBA announced that it would be implementing a league-wide dress code for all players and personnel, effective at the start of the 2005-2006 season, which tips off on Tuesday. The dress code- stressed as "business casual"- states that players should dress in professional attire during all team and league activities and publicity-related events. The dress code forbids the wearing of hats, "do-rags," chains, medallions, jeans, sneakers and jerseys while players are on the team bench, at press conferences or on team trips.
It's only a week until the NBA begins the 2005-2006 basketball season and for the past 6 months teams have been making moves to get the upper hand in their respective divisions. Remember last year? If you've learned one thing, it's to never completely trust any predictions (Everyone scoffed at the thought of the Wizards making the playoffs). If that means taking these picks with a grain of salt, so be it. Still, teams have changed and talent has shifted from division to division. In order to inform and maybe spark some controversy we have compiled an analysis of all 15 Eastern conference teams, their projected record and rank. Enjoy.
Warning: do not go into "Waiting" expecting a classy comedy with philosophical undertones, deep themes and subtle humor that takes thought to appreciate. In fact, do not even walk into "Waiting" expecting fart jokes. Walk into "Waiting" expecting to laugh hard for 93 minutes at some of the sickest humor Hollywood has to offer.
Last year marked the emergence of a new era in the Eastern Conference. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat rebounded from years of stagnancy with sudden playoff appearances and a promising future ahead of them. As players' contracts expired and organizations looked at the market for new talent, these teams, along with numerous other organizations around the league, shuffled their lineups in preparation for the 05-06 season. Here before you, are the top three offseason transactions in the NBA:
Before rappers rhymed about life in the projects, social injustice and getting that green, reggae artists in the 70's and 80's were some of the most vocal icons in poor black communities. Artists like Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Lee Perry countered pop music in the 70's with songs about racism and brotherhood, good and evil and the sins of capitalist society. Today the voice of rising reggae presence Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, reverberates through city speakers, echoing the same message that pioneers of his genre sang about 30 years ago.
The game had just begun, and only ten minutes had passed, but the Blair boys' varsity soccer team had already left Kennedy in the dust thanks to stellar offensive play, backing it up with impenetrable defense and solid goal keeping to complete a dominant win. Goals in the third, fifth and eighth minutes of the first half gave Blair a 3-0 lead, which they would maintain for the entire game. The team showed great promise, all but erasing memories of last year's disappointing 3-8-1 record.
Lindon Tobias Maldonado and his family scratch out a living by farming beans and corn in the high altitudes of El Salvador's Cuscatalan Department. Maldonado is a self-sustenance farmer — the crops he grows turn into the food that he and his family eat every night. The crops that are left over are sold in larger towns for a small, yet significant amount of money — money that will be used to pay for medical treatment, new tools and maybe even a plane ticket that could send his nephew to study in America.