Justin Vlasits


Name: Justin Vlasits
Position: Design Team
Graduation Year: 2007
Justin Vlasits is a CAP senior who enjoys It's Academic, baseball, guitar and frisbee in addition to watching weird movies and contemplating the meaning of life. Justin is also a revolutionary member of SGR and will someday overthrow oppressive capitalism all over the world.


Stories (13)


iGadgets: quirky computer accessories

By Justin Vlasits | March 10, 2007, midnight

Most Americans now spend more time with their computers than with their spouses, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Research. As your 17-inch flat-panel LCD monitor hogs more and more of your face time, you might as well get comfortable. Luckily, merchandising and accessorizing is what Silicon Valley does best. So that you aren't deceived by subpar gizmos, Silver Chips has compiled a guide to the finest frivolities of the electronic world.

Blair, county shine in AP test scores

By Justin Vlasits | March 10, 2007, midnight

More Blair and MCPS students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and are scoring higher than state and national averages, according to data released by the College Board this year.

The Downcounty Consortium: Down and out

By Justin Vlasits | Feb. 4, 2007, midnight

In 2004, MCPS created the Downcounty Consortium (DCC) in order to offer students various academy programs based on students' interests and to "bring real-world relevance to students' education," according to the MCPS web site. Students in any of the DCC feeder schools can now choose which high school to enroll in. The DCC's effects on Blair's demographics reveal its limited success in achieving this goal.

Con: Should teachers use Turnitin.com?

By Justin Vlasits | Nov. 14, 2006, midnight

Cheating happens. Whether it is the renowned historian stealing research from his graduate students for his bestselling books or the high schooler trying to get ahead in his or her Honors English class, plagiarism has increased drastically due to the availability of free information on the Internet. In 1999, 10 percent of students admitted to copying information from the Internet without attribution, according to a Duke University study. In 2005, the number had skyrocketed to 37 percent.

"The Guardian" heralds Costner's triumphant return

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 5, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Everyone thought Kevin Costner was done. Now 51 years old, he cannot pretend to be Robin Hood, Tin Cup or Ray from "Field of Dreams" anymore. He is no longer the stud with rugged good looks, but he is still an amazing actor. And just like his character Ben Randall passes the torch of the Coast Guard rescue swimmer to his protégé Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), Costner has passed the torch of silver screen stardom to Kutcher in "The Guardian," a film that shows both subtle character development and intense action.

Eliminate preferential treatment

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 5, 2006, midnight

In 2004, four Blair athletes failed breathalyzer tests at the Homecoming dance. At a time when Montgomery County was experiencing a spike in teen drunk driving deaths, Principal Phillip Gainous decided that the 45-day athletic suspension, mandated in the drug and alcohol contract that the students signed, would not set a strong enough example for the Blair community. Instead, he barred the students from participating in athletics for the entire school year.

Council considers homeless aid bill

By Justin Vlasits | May 25, 2006, midnight

County Council members introduced a bill on March 28 calling for a $1 million spending increase in rent subsidies and medical programs to combat rising homelessness in Montgomery County.

Council wants budget oversight

By Justin Vlasits | April 6, 2006, midnight

County Council members are calling for more oversight of the MCPS budget in response to controversy over the relocation of Seven Locks Elementary School.

"Date Movie": Eight thumbs down

By Justin Vlasits | Feb. 22, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Lil' Jon making a toast at a wedding reception has propelled the art form of parody into Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell. Sadly, this scene was the high-point for "Date Movie," a film that could easily have been made by a lobotomized monkey with a pair of scissors, glue and film reels from Hollywood's last 70 romantic comedies.

An unexpected "Ringer"

By Justin Vlasits | Jan. 3, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

The foundation of "The Ringer" was almost enough to encourage the audience to leave after the previews. But between the blatant stereotyping and clichéd love story, the Farrelly brothers manage to pull off yet another politically incorrect premise and make it a sentimental sensation. While the film generally lacks the crass, South Park-esque humor that one expects from the notorious producers of "Shallow Hal" and "Stuck on You," it is impossible not to feel awe and admiration for the Special Olympians working side-by-side with professional actors.

"Innocent Voices" gives hope in face of tragedy

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 17, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Chava is a little boy growing up in a world of machine guns and hand grenades. He lives in a leaky house made of corrugated iron and watches his friends being recruited into the army or joining the peasant guerrilla group Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN). Chava is fast approaching his 12th birthday, the age at which boys are forcibly recruited to the army, and his life hangs in the balance between his family and the army of his country, El Salvador.

Fighting devastation with open wallets and open arms

By Justin Vlasits Clair Briggs | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In Print »

When Caroline Kuttner, a 2004 Blair graduate and current sophomore at Tulane University, grabbed a backpack full of clothes and road-tripped to Houston with a few friends on her school's orders, she thought it was just a precautionary measure for Hurricane Katrina. "We get evacuated at least every other year because of threats from hurricanes," she explains. "No one thought that this was any different."

Dramatically real "Funny Ha Ha"

By Justin Vlasits | Sept. 7, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Andrew Bujalski's directorial debut brought an easy world of free love and free beer into a light that reflects raw emotion and simplicity. "Funny Ha Ha" is a snapshot of the life of Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer), a Bostonian who is looking for a permanent job and a real love. She is depressed with the way her life revolves around drinking and partying, but does not know what to do instead.



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Photo: PRINT - Challenge Index

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 9, 2006, midnight

Photo: PRINT - Population Decrease

By Justin Vlasits | Oct. 9, 2006, midnight