Vicky Lai

Name: Vicky Lai
Position: Managing Op-Ed and Design Editor
Graduation Year: 2010

Stories (10)

Reporters to the rescue

By Lily Alexander, Vicky Lai | April 22, 2010, 7:50 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

They live right next door to Blair, but we only see them in the case of an occasional third-floor fire or a false alarm. We, Lily Alexander and Vicky Lai, two valiant Silver Chips staffers, decided to pay a visit to our friendly next-door neighbors at Silver Spring fire station 16 and, instead of asking for a cup of sugar, ask for a ride on the big red trucks.

Pro/Con: Is Obama's blueprint for education reform the path toward improving our schools?

By Sarah Schwartz, Vicky Lai | April 22, 2010, 7:36 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965 to create education standards and accountability for schools and establish state-administered, federally funded programs. The George W. Bush administration amended and reauthorized the ESEA with the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, and on March 13, the Obama administration released its blueprint for ESEA reauthorization. The blueprint emphasizes the adoption of college- and career-ready standards and proposes rewards and incentives for schools that demonstrate student growth.

Facebook network reads like an open book

By Vicky Lai | Feb. 5, 2010, 8:19 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

If your friends can see your most private information on Facebook, who else can? You wouldn't post your name and picture on a public wall for everyone to see. Yet that's what Facebook is doing with user data in its latest privacy modifications.

Pro/Con: Is online post-secondary education the more viable option in today's job market?

By Natalie Rutsch, Vicky Lai | Feb. 5, 2010, 7:42 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

With the recession and rising college tuition costs, more and more people are turning to cheaper education venues, particularly online ones. But educational experts have questioned the quality of online postsecondary education since it first began, and students must decide whether they are willing to give up a traditional education for a cheaper online alternative.

Obsessing over obesity won't tip the scales in our favor

By Vicky Lai | Dec. 17, 2009, midnight | In Print Opinions »

The numbers on teens' scales are gaining more weight on the minds of Americans - and for good reason. Across the nation, more teens are becoming obese, and Maryland is no exception. In 1976-1980, five percent of Maryland teens were obese, and in 2003-2004, that percent was up to 17, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Alumni aiming for the stars

By Lily Alexander, Vicky Lai | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

She hadn't intended to go out this way. With three beautiful bouquets in hand and a wide, elated grin across her face, she ran across the stage, waving to the audience as she left. But while making her dramatic exit, she tripped, showering the audience with roses.

Pro/Con: Are the new lunchtime policies effective?

By Jess Miller, Vicky Lai | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print Opinions »

In May of last year, the school administration implemented a new lunchtime policy that restricted students to the Student Activity Center, courtyards and Blair Boulevard up to the media center during 5A and 5B lunches. Students can only go to other locations in the school if they have a pass signed by a teacher or administrator that they can show to members of the security staff.

A spirited approach to Blair

By Vicky Lai | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

Like a typical media assistant, she handles overdue books, checks materials in and out, orders new books and magazines and scans IDs for student computer use. But hidden away in the back of the media center is a collection of "Blair paraphernalia" that students and staff have given her over the years, a reminder of her presence at Blair as the Spirit Lady.

The young, the broke and the jobless

By Vicky Lai, Rebecca Novello | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

Being young has its perks, but when it comes to searching for jobs in a bleak economic climate, Peter Pan's outlook on life may not be so fitting.

Summit held to discuss community safety

By Vicky Lai | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The Safe Silver Spring Summit, for residents and community leaders to propose solutions for making neighborhoods safer, was held at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College on May 16, according to Tony Hausner, the chairman of the steering committee.

Images (16)

Photo: teacher transfers

By Vicky Lai | April 27, 2010, 11:13 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: language enrollment maps

By Vicky Lai | March 11, 2010, 7:51 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: guyana graphic

By Vicky Lai | March 11, 2010, 12:18 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: metro

By Vicky Lai | March 10, 2010, 12:04 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Gang graphic

By Vicky Lai | Feb. 26, 2010, 11:54 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: hot chocolate map

By Vicky Lai | Feb. 25, 2010, 8:01 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: facebook privacy

By Vicky Lai | Feb. 19, 2010, 8:19 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Purple Line map

By Vicky Lai | Jan. 6, 2010, 3:38 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: obesity

By Vicky Lai | Dec. 18, 2009, 12:13 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Blazer spirit

By Vicky Lai | Nov. 23, 2009, 11:40 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Vegan Graphic 2

By Vicky Lai | Nov. 17, 2009, 3:21 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Afghanistan troops increase graphic

By Vicky Lai | Nov. 17, 2009, 10:18 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Teachers union

By Vicky Lai | Nov. 16, 2009, 11:38 a.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: health care spending

By Vicky Lai | Oct. 8, 2009, 8:13 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Poverty health care

By Vicky Lai | Oct. 8, 2009, 8:10 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Uninsured people

By Vicky Lai | Oct. 8, 2009, 8:06 p.m. | In ‎Latest »