Laura Mirviss


Name: Laura Mirviss
Position: Managing News Editor
Graduation Year: 2008
Laura Mirviss is far more excited than she should be about being on the Chips staff this year. She loves field hockey, lacrosse, The New Yorker, and Ben and Jerry's. When trying to keep things in perspective, Laura likes to remember the words of Ferris Bueller: "It's a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school."


Stories (8)


Hell in a half-shell

By Laura Mirviss | April 22, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

Say you're a four-year-old boy and you love action figures, Power Rangers and spitting on grown-ups. Farting is funny, girls have cooties. For you, turtle power is pretty cool. For the rest of us, the turtle team should have extended their 14-year hiatus.

College Board audits AP teachers

By Laura Mirviss | April 19, 2007, midnight

All advanced placement (AP) teachers must submit a course syllabus to College Board before June 1 in order to continue teaching an AP course next year. Classes that are not approved may submit revised documentation up to three times before being rejected.

MCPS failed to enact lead plans

By Laura Mirviss | Feb. 1, 2007, midnight | In Local »

MCPS has failed to follow through on plans to reduce lead levels in Blair's water sources two years after Facilities Management found that 237 water sources exceeded the federal limit of 20 parts per billion (ppb), with an average lead level of 58 ppb.

Good riddance to "Good German"

By Laura Mirviss | Jan. 7, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

Suppose you're a director and your name is Steven Soderbergh. You've directed "Oceans" 11 and 12, "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich." You've proven your prowess, and are bestowed with complete artistic license on an independent movie starring three bodacious heavyweights: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire. You have the talent, cinematography and screenplay — and you flop. You shoot for avant-garde black-and-white 1940's film noir, but you try too hard and forget the basics — like plot construction. Unfortunately, "The Good German" cannot be sustained on artsy-fartsy camera work alone, when the plot is rife with inconsistencies.

Under the weather, on top of their schoolwork

By Laura Mirviss | Jan. 1, 2007, midnight

As she lay awake in bed, junior Kät Wurzbacher's body began shaking out of control. The muscle contractions - a side effect of her medication - often lasted for hours, leaving her exhausted by the time they finally passed. All she could do was wait for the spasms to end. The contractions had been occurring for the past month, making it impossible for her to do her homework or attend school for weeks. In addition to the body spasms, the medications she was taking to treat her illness had weakened her immune system. She was always tired, and she slept most of the day. As her health deteriorated, Wurzbacher realized that school was no longer an option. Her family began to explore alternative teaching methods, turning to the Home and Hospital Teaching program (HHT) to help Wurzbacher earn high school credit from home while she recuperated.

New sex-ed video

By Laura Mirviss | Oct. 6, 2006, midnight

In an effort to resolve last year's controversy over the new sex-education curriculum, MCPS released a more clinical condom video that received preliminary approval from prior litigants.

Blair's beauty queen

By Laura Mirviss | Oct. 5, 2006, midnight

Chauna Lawson, a 2005 Blair graduate, always thought of herself as a tomboy. In high school, she managed the track and football teams and was a die-hard Redskins fan. Consequently, Lawson paid little attention to her beauty pageant application, sending it in on a whim. A few months later, she was shocked when she received a congratulatory phone call from the pageant committee offering her a chance to compete in the 2007 Miss Maryland competition.

Don't expect peace from "The Quiet"

By Laura Mirviss | Sept. 6, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Nina Deer (Elisha Cuthbert) appears to lead the perfect life. She is a popular, gorgeous blond on her high school cheerleading team. But Nina has a secret, so explosive and so personal, that only her father knows its depths. Because each night, it is Nina's father (Martin Donovan) who slips into her bedroom to have sex with her. It is around this jarring premise that director Jamie Babbit molds her film. Reminiscent of 1999's "American Beauty," "The Quiet" details the horror and tragedy of child molestation.