Lingfeng Li

Name: Lingfeng Li
Position: Print Managing Features Editor
Graduation Year: 2008
Some say that Amy, girlie-girl of the first degree, tennis extraordinaire (not really), bearer of the feared and revered pink pen, should switch to an editing color of greater intimidation and formality. She thinks these people are stupid. Whoever said that orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed. When not shooting formidable glares with her "occasionally" sleepy eyes, Amy can usually be found ranting about how Avril Lavigne, the authoress of such profound lyrics as "I don't like your girlfriend, you should get a new one," is in possession of Christian Louboutin shoes while she, who slaves over wordy mannerisms such as "wordy mannerisms," is stuck with her oh-so-fetch black ballet flats. And if not engaging in friendly celebrity bashing (Paris Hilton is a frequent victim), Amy is probably mourning her inability to grow a mere five or six inches so that she can become the next Kate Moss, her role model. Amy also likes to make bad puns.

Stories (26)

MCPS enrollment to rise for upcoming school year

By Lingfeng Li | Dec. 3, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The number of MCPS students is predicted to increase in the next few years, after unexpected hikes in kindergarten enrollment this fall. Concurrent decreases in middle and high school populations will result in budget shifts, according to recommendations presented by Superintendent Jerry Weast on Oct. 29.

Madrid and Shanghai: year-end championships 2007 preview

By Lingfeng Li | Nov. 4, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

After the U.S. Open every year, tennis begins a twilight period on the fast, indoor courts. With no Grand Slams remaining, most top players are either mentally or physically unavailable for tournaments. It's a time when players like David Nalbandian and Tatiana Golovin can sweep events and boost their rankings.

Favorites triumph at Flushing Meadow

By Lingfeng Li | Sept. 10, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

Amid a generation of unimaginative players accustomed to only power tennis, it was a pair of iconoclasts who claimed the crowns at the U.S. Open. Roger Federer and Justine Henin, both ranked No. 1 in the world, rolled into the final Grand Slam of the season as under-the-radar favorites. During the fortnight, they proved that if executed correctly, style, variety and footwork can still match raw power.

Wimbledon gets washed out

By Lingfeng Li | July 8, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

This really was the Grand Slam of upsets after all, not that tournament organizers will much relish that title this year, as mutterings of "worst Wimbledon ever" ran amok.

Seeds stay strong at Wimbledon

By Lingfeng Li | July 1, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

The fact that Wimbledon's consumption of strawberries and cream is skyscraper-high says quite a bit about its culture. For the longest time, Wimbledon has been the epitome of conservative values: they have refused to pay men and women equally, favored human judgment over technological accuracy, required an all-white dress code and even outfitted the ball boys and girls in Ralph Lauren. But this year, Wimbledon turned its back on times long past as the All England Club boosted prize money, sliced the payouts uniformly and installed instant replay. The Ralph Lauren polos and dress code, superficially enough, will stay.

The pretenders will fight, but the veterans will win

By Lingfeng Li | June 24, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

The Grand Slams this year have played out much like an episode of "American Idol" " dead dull and dreadfully melodramatic. Moreover, the drama at Wimbledon this year, much like "American Idol" again, seems to have been cryogenically collected from this time last year and defrosted.

They're French Open champions - again

By Lingfeng Li | June 10, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

For a moment, the girl who had grown up playing tennis in an empty swimming pool in her war-stricken hometown of Belgrade seemed poised to complete her rags to riches tale. During Saturday's final, Ana Ivanovic, the 19-year-old upstart from Serbia, was up a break and 40-0 in the second game against top seed Justine Henin.

Anything but "Open" at Roland Garros

By Lingfeng Li | June 1, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

The middle weekend of a Grand Slam tournament is always entertaining, if only to survey the damage of week one. On the men's side, the seeds have been dropping like flies, many of them ousted by little-known clay court specialists. The women, on the other hand, have kept matches routine and predictable. But the main players are all still here after fairly straightforward wins, which should lead to some mouth-watering showdowns in the next week.

A fortnight in Paris

By Lingfeng Li | May 26, 2007, midnight | In Professional »

For the tennis world, the end of May is dedicated to the French Open, the culmination of the clay season: a tumultuous globe-trotting, two-month span where winning is more about patience than power, topspin than pace and fitness than flamboyance.

"Spider-man 3" gets tangled up

By Lingfeng Li | May 7, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is back — in black. Spidey's patriotic red-blue suit gets a dirty makeover, courtesy of an ominous, extraterrestrial symbiotic goo that has a strange effect on its host, and suddenly, Peter is not-so-nice.

Blair breezes by Einstein

By Lingfeng Li | May 1, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair boys' tennis team ended their season with a 7-0 win against Einstein to finish the season with a record of 9-3. The Division III Einstein team was outplayed by a Blair team that dropped a total of only two games out of the seven matches.

Blazers outclass Gladiators

By Lingfeng Li | April 14, 2007, midnight | In Blair »


Blazers break through against Wootton

By Lingfeng Li | April 13, 2007, midnight | In Blair »


Blazers fail to close out Churchill

By Lingfeng Li | March 23, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair boys' tennis team was sorely disappointed as they failed to end a long streak of losses to Churchill, losing 3-4. The team was, according to Coach David Ngbea, set back by their poor mental game.

Exposing lawbreakers

By Lingfeng Li | March 14, 2007, midnight | In Features »

Where only first names appear, names have been changed to protect the identities of the sources. In the Blair network on Facebook, 22 people have alcohol, smoke or an ambiguous plastic cup in their profile pictures, visible to anyone who searches for them. In March 2006, a Maryland high school freshman was suspended for online photos, and colleges have reportedly denied admission after reading applicants' online profiles.

A "Zodiac" of many colors

By Lingfeng Li | March 7, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

The most intriguing thing about a film dominated by a few men obsessing over a murderer is how decidedly unmorbid it is.

Photo program goes digital

By Lingfeng Li | Feb. 4, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The photography curriculum will discontinue film instruction and will focus exclusively on digital technology beginning next year because of difficulty acquiring film supplies. Blair is the first school in the county to update its photography equipment and curriculum, said photography teacher Robert Stallings.

Board reverses Jericho decision

By Lingfeng Li | Jan. 25, 2007, midnight | In Local »

In a closed-session decision this evening, the Board of Education voted 5-3 to restore Jericho City of Praise as Blair's graduation venue.

An intoxicating "Perfume"

By Lingfeng Li | Jan. 12, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

For Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), the protagonist in the European import film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," scent is the meaning of life itself. It does not merely interest him, it enraptures him. His unusual sensitivity to all things olfactory takes him out of poverty, but it also makes him obsess single-mindedly about preserving scent. Bottling smell is Jean-Baptiste's sole purpose, his only respite from an otherwise empty life.

A novel approach to fiction

By Lingfeng Li | Dec. 14, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Chapter One: The contest begins John Paterson is having a bad day. So far, he has been late to work, shot and sent to hell. But just when he is about to lose hope, an angel named Floyd appears. "It was a clerical error. These kinds of things are very rare, mind you, but they do happen." Floyd sighed, preparing himself to say the inevitable. "You were accidentally sent to hell," he said bluntly. But before Paterson can begin his mission to gain rightful entry into heaven, he must wait for senior John Conroy to stop pacing and start typing.

"Bobby" bores

By Lingfeng Li | Dec. 4, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

"Bobby" is the title of the film. The tagline for the film is entirely about Bobby. Historical footage of Bobby begin and end the film. The film was marketed as coverage of Bobby's assassination. But instead of focusing on Robert F. Kennedy — "Bobby" — director-screenwriter Emilio Estevez centers his Faulkner-esque mosaic on the perspectives of 22 different people, and none of them are named Bobby.

All teachers should be compensated for sponsoring extracurriculars

By Lingfeng Li | Nov. 11, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Any teachers who consider sponsoring a sports team either already know or can easily find out the exact amount that they should be compensated by the county for their extra time and effort. The varsity girls' volleyball coach earns $3,416, while the head football coach makes $5,712. But Youth and Government sponsor Marc Grossman didn't know that club sponsors were compensated at all.

Blair students held back and left behind

By Lingfeng Li | Nov. 10, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Every day, Tamara Chavez wears a constant reminder of her mistakes around her neck. Though Chavez is in her third year at Blair, her freshman ID is no printing error. She has been held back - twice.

BSA to bridge gaps

By Lingfeng Li | Oct. 10, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Sports Academy (BSA) will strengthen academic support programs and offer new programs to attract more female students in its first full school year in session, according to MCPS recreation specialist Jose Segura.

"All the King's Men" loses the crown

By Lingfeng Li | Sept. 26, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

"Time brings all things to light," says idealistic crusader Willie Stark (Sean Penn) in one of the year's earliest Oscar-contenders, "All the King's Men." But even the Academy Award-winning Penn and a slew of other Oscar nominated costars can't bring this film to life.

A forgettable "Last Kiss"

By Lingfeng Li | Sept. 20, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Everything seems to be getting smaller these days: MP3 players, waistlines—the age at which a person is expected to have a midlife crisis. In "The Last Kiss," Michael (Zach Braff) is an almost thirty-something with a ubiquitous crisis, crises if you will. He has a beautiful girlfriend, Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), a promising career in architecture and loyal friends he's known since childhood.