A senior's ID rant

By Anika Manzoor | April 19, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

I would consider myself a pretty compliant student. Okay, compliant may be too strong of a word...but I generally complete all my assignments, maintain a low-key profile in class and I've rarely sought beef with the staff.

BangaLore #19: Why did the Bangalorean cross the road?

By Sonalee Rau | April 17, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

Beats me, but it probably took him half an hour to get to the other side.

The bleeding elephant

By Alisa Lu | April 14, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In the wee hours of Dec. 16, 1773, American colonists disguised as American Indians snuck aboard a British ship and threw overboard crates of tea to protest the new tea taxes.

BangaLore #18: Train of thought

By Sonalee Rau | March 31, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

At a glance, you wouldn't recognize the Metro station in Bangalore as a Metro.

The art of the sport

By Rose Wynn | March 31, 2009, midnight | In Sports Blog »

Kicks fly high. Flyers soar in the air. Girls jump and move across the court with energy, beaming with smiles as wide as the poms they clutch in their hands. Many doubt that girls in skirts and smiles can participate in hard-core athletics, and the job is a lot harder than it looks.

BangaLore #17: In the 'hood

By Sonalee Rau | March 22, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

At midnight if you listen out the window, you can hear the neighbors playing table tennis. During the Olympics, they celebrated every night with their television turned up to maximum volume. They're Chinese immigrants and they live next door in an apartment complex full of Buddhists. There's a statue of a Hindu idol outside the gate.

Bangalore #16: Screen time

By Sonalee Rau | March 16, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

Indians aren't heavily into sports. In Bangalore, it's mainly just cricket, badminton...and surfing. Channel surfing, that is. Indian television is almost like American television, except sans WETA phone-a-thons and with a few twists.

BangaLore #15: Charity case

By Sonalee Rau | March 9, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

Last month I saw a beggar woman sprinting down the street. She had stolen a businessman's laptop, hoping to make a quick buck by selling it - and he was at her heels. But not all lower-class Bangaloreans are thieves. Many are generous and charitable despite their financial situations. Random acts of kindness aren't extinct in Bangalore quite yet.

No fan's land

By Susie Branson | March 5, 2009, midnight | In Sports Blog »

Three, two, one - BEEP. The gym erupts with victorious cheers as the stands struggle under the weight of jumping fans who are supporting their fellow classmates and school. Or at least, it should have.

BangaLore #14: The fundamentals don't apply

By Sonalee Rau | March 1, 2009, 11:02 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

In India, the regular rules of the universe don't seem to be in effect. Take, for example, the laws of time and space. Einstein stated unequivocally that they can't be bent, yet this country proves otherwise. "In a minute" to an Indian can mean anywhere from an hour to two days.

A fun night at the Kodak Theatre

By Anika Manzoor | Feb. 26, 2009, 1:44 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

I never watch Oscar-worthy movies until well after the awards season...which is why I watch the Academy Awards not to see who goes home with the most gold, but to see all the gorgeous dresses and the entertainment. After last year's show of forgettable gowns and a so-so host (love ya, Jon, but stick to "The Daily Show"), the 2009 Oscars celebration was quite a treat for this shallow viewer.

BangaLore #13: What not to wear

By Sonalee Rau | Feb. 23, 2009, 10:35 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

What, really, is the dress code on Bangalorean streets? Well, when in Bangalore, do as the Bangaloreans do. For one thing, wearing "revealing" clothing like shorts above the knee is generally taboo. Yet sandals are a given for both men and women in Bangalore - whether on a walk in the park or at a formal gathering.

Executive pay caps are for the best

By David Tao | Feb. 19, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

You don't have to be a corporate accountant to know that executives make more money than the rest of us. This is the way it's always been - and in a way, it makes sense: as a person climbs up the corporate ladder, their responsibilities increase dramatically and their salaries should reflect that. Then again, the earnings of corporate executives may reflect their positions a little too well.

Twenty-five things I could do without

By Rose Wynn | Feb. 18, 2009, 11:51 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

It has taken the online social networking world by storm. The "25 Random Things" note, which asks Facebook users to list 25 interesting, bizarre, fun and often surprisingly revealing facts about themselves, is part of a new and strangely addicting phenomenon.

Favre: Gone for good

By Anshul Sood | Feb. 18, 2009, 1:20 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

On March 4, 2008, Brett Favre declared his retirement from the NFL. But when the 2008 - 2009 season rolled around, there was Favre in a New York Jets jersey. After an up-and-down season, Favre is calling it quits again. On Feb. 11, Favre announced his retirement from the Jets and the league. And this time, it looks like we won't be seeing Favre in a uniform again.

Wanted: a real hero

By Katie Sint | Feb. 17, 2009, 1:54 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

When I was a kid, my celebrity hero was chef Julia Child. She was a WWII veteran and inspired my love of all cooking shows. She may have been old and her cooking styles may have been simple, but she was my hero.

BangaLore #12: Southern (Indian) hospitality

By Sonalee Rau | Feb. 10, 2009, 1:30 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Bangalorean dinner parties are seriously time consuming. If you've ever been to one, you know what I mean. Here's the basic schedule...

The impossible dream

By Sean Howard | Jan. 27, 2009, 10:25 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

Recently, Fairfax County transportation planners developed a no-cost proposal to deliver high school students to school later in the morning, possibly pushing the starting bell to 8:30 a.m. from 7:20 a.m. Excuse me while I find a suitable outlet for my jealousy.

BangaLore #10: An unnatural limbo

By Sonalee Rau | Jan. 21, 2009, 10:13 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

There are few places so totally in harmony with nature as Bangalore. South Indian parties and "functions" feature meals served on banana leaves, the perfect disposable plates. Cows roam the streets freely and motorists tend to give them the right of way.

Baywatch: one Blazer's efforts to call attention to our troubled waters

By Deepa Chellappa | Jan. 10, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In elementary and middle school, I remember painting huge signs throughout the hallways: "Don't pollute!", "Save the Bay!", "We drink this water too!" We read articles in science classes about attempts to revive the Bay, and took field trips to the estuary to learn about runoff, nitrogen pollution and oyster populations. We were involved in our local environment, deeply invested in a water source a mere hour from our homes.

BangaLore #9: How to talk first class

By Sonalee Rau | Jan. 10, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

Well, since we're finally in 2009 (the year before the year of all years...ONE-OH) here's a little something from SCO to you: the official unofficial guide to talking like an Indian! Practice speaking with these "Indianisms" to be as hip as those "Slumdog Millionaire" characters.

BangaLore #8: Joe the rickshaw driver

By Sonalee Rau | Jan. 8, 2009, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

India is a kaleidoscope, a tapestry woven of 17 languages and a billion people. And it's people who give the country its color: the seemingly ordinary, unsung heroes of everyday life, the blue-collar workers.

Cut Caroline some slack

By Sophia Deng | Jan. 5, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

Caroline Kennedy may not be the most qualified potential appointee for the vacant New York Senate seat, but she's certainly qualified. Despite the media's harping on her lack of intelligence and expertise, Kennedy's resumé has more substance than most critics are acknowledging.

Prices may fall, but keep our awareness up

By Jenna Bushnell | Dec. 27, 2008, midnight | In Lifestyle Blog »

With all of this holiday cheer and flakes of snow comes what seems like another blessing: low gas prices. Sure, maybe not the first thing you think of when you think of the excitement of winter break, but according to CNN, gas prices are at a five-year low at $1.65 per gallon and that is something to be thankful for.

River of water needs a massive plan

By Charles Kong | Dec. 26, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

Shouts of joy rang throughout the SAC during 5A lunch on Tuesday as news of an early release day quickly spread from table to table. Some students exited in a rush to get to their lockers, others remained to hang out one last time with their friends. Getting out two and a half hours early the last day before winter break seemed too good to be true.

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