Jason Meer

Name: Jason Meer
Position: Print Managing Op/Ed Editor
Graduation Year: 2007
Jason Meer is a RISING SENIOR who needs to get more sleep. When awake, he finds time to facebook, watch SportsCenter and World Poker Tour, and listen to varied musicians from Chamillionaire to Sigur Ros to Kelly Clarkson. If you see a red-haired guy walking down the hall in a multicolored polo, you've got your man. Just tap him on the shoulder and wake him up. He'll really appreciate the support, especially if you can explain the meaning of life. Garn.

Stories (12)

Court: Don't be wrong on 'Bong'

By Jason Meer | April 25, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Five years ago, Joseph Frederick, in what was surely one of the most controversial senior pranks in history, held up a banner bearing the slogan "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as a TV crew tracking the Olympic torch passed by his high school in Juneau, Alaska. But Mr. Frederick never made it on TV, as Principal Deborah Morse crossed the street to the site where students had been released to watch the torch, confiscated Mr. Frederick's sign and suspended him for 10 days.

Pro-Should MCPS allow AP testing in churches?

By Jason Meer | March 9, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Jason Meer says YES: Church environment is non-religious Rows of aging desks fill this artificially lit basement. The room is nondescript, with colorless tiles lining the floor. Just a few blocks down Colesville Road, the site is a convenient place to hold Blazers’ AP exams in May, except for one hitch â€" it's in the basement of a church.

Area programs compete for NCAA bids

By Jason Meer | March 9, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

It's that time of year when some surprise everyone, some outperform their capabilities and some break down and cry. No, not finals week — it's almost time for March Madness, also known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament.

Give DeStefano a (jump) shot

By Jason Meer | Dec. 14, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary," said new boys' varsity basketball coach Mark DeStefano, quoting NCAA coaching legend John Wooden.

Three strikes, "Everyone's Hero" is out

By Jason Meer | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

The story behind "Everyone's Hero" is hard to top. Directed by the late Christopher Reeve, the film was originally planned to be an animated pet project for his son Will, with wife Dana Reeve at the helm as a prominent voice actress. But with the deaths of both of parents in the past two years, it is too bad that the last Reeve family project has so little to offer. Uneven animation and a ridiculous storyline unfortunately bring down this potential home run of a movie at the warning track.

No thanks to Hanks, "The Da Vinci Code" works

By Jason Meer | June 1, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

With the recent blockbuster release "The Da Vinci Code," director Ron Howard has created something completely unprecedented in recent Hollywood circles: He has eschewed the opportunity to pump an action film full of unnecessary innuendo and arbitrary love stories. For this alone, Howard deserves applause. His film is much more about religious themes than the relationship between Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), but in his efforts to remain true to the plot, Howard has cut character development, something all too common in movie adaptations. The results are superficial characters and an unevenly paced plot that fall short of the standard established by Dan Brown's wonderfully crafted novel.

Springbrook junior elected new SMOB

By Jason Meer | May 25, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Springbrook junior Sarah Horvitz was elected on April 27 to succeed Blair senior Sebastian Johnson as the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB).

Letter grades leave students in the numbers game

By Jason Meer | March 2, 2006, midnight | In Op/Ed »

A student brings home a perfect report card. It is an ideal situation: Parents and child are happy, and MCPS is patting itself on the back for successfully educating another pupil. But, this situation also illustrates one of the main tools MCPS uses to maintain its reputation for stellar academics: grade inflation through letter grading.

A visit to the family lost-and-found

By Jason Meer | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

His parents met doing drugs. They separated for the same reason.

Workshops for magnets held

By Jason Meer | Dec. 15, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Two Magnet application workshops were held last month as part of an ongoing effort by MCPS to increase diversity in the county's Magnet programs.

MCPS should explore economic integration

By Jason Meer | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Since 2000, officials in Wake County, North Carolina, have limited the proportion of children below the poverty line at each public school to 40 percent. The results are unquestionable: Black students in Wake County have doubled their state test passing rates, increasing proficiency from 40 percent of students a decade ago to 80 percent last spring, according to a Sept. 25 feature in The New York Times.

Packing the line

By Jason Meer | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Thomas Herrion was a player looking to fulfill his NFL dream. A former University of Utah offensive lineman, Herrion joined the San Francisco 49ers in December. But on the night of Aug. 20, Herrion's life took a turn for the worse.