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Seeing through the storm

By Cole Brown | Sept. 17, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Until Aug. 27, things seemed to be going great for Zachary Brown. He had just moved into Loyola University in New Orleans where he planned to study music performance and industry in Loyola's highly praised music program. At the time, no one at Loyola knew that Hurricane Katrina was poised to strike the Gulf Coast. Brown is one of thousands of students forced to evacuate New Orleans because of the hurricane.


Collins and Squeeze Bayou bring stylish Cajun to sweltering Silver Spring

By Merlyn Deng | Aug. 4, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Swimsuit clad toddlers and children prance about in the bubbling water fountain in Downtown Silver Spring as Blair computer science teacher Karen Collins and her Cajun & Zydeco band, Squeeze Bayou, tune up and play a few measures before the beginning of another Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series performance, on Thursday, July 28.


Blair grads focus of Washington Post Magazine cover story

By Alex Hyder | July 31, 2005, midnight | In Features »

The Washington Post Magazine featured Abby Fraeman and Sherri Geng, both 2005 Blair graduates, in its cover story, "Aptitude Aplenty," by Kathy Lally, on July 31, 2005.


Potter party

By Eve Gleichman | July 16, 2005, midnight | In Features »

"Chocolate-covered frogs and Hagrid's Hot Cocoa!" a sign advertised in a very crowded basement. A daunting figure stood behind the counter, dressed in an ominous cloak and a painted white face, serving small children clad as wizards, witches, elves and even…You-Know-Who.


The bleak outlook for summer movies

By Nora Boedecker | June 2, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Whether your summer is characterized by "Romance and Cigarettes" or a trip to a Caribbean "Island," you'll probably find yourself at the movies at least once. But movie watchers beware: This is not a promising season. You may end up being "Bewitched" by these films or you may find yourself caught up in a "War of the Worlds," but it's best to go to the theater knowing what to expect so that you don't find yourself heading out of the movies as fast as your "Traveling Pants" can carry you.


Breaking and entering: the new way to party

By Jody Pollock | Feb. 23, 2005, midnight | In Features »

The front door of a white house in the middle of the block is slightly ajar. Inside, the house looks empty, except for a lonely Christmas tree in the corner. It is 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, and the homeowners have gone on vacation with their teenage son. Little do they know that upstairs in their supposedly empty home, smoke swirls in thick clouds and eight friends of their son are lounging on their furniture, snorting OxyContin off of their CD collection.


Housing at high costs

By Kiran Bhat | Feb. 20, 2005, midnight | In Features »

It wasn't much. In one corner of the tiny apartment was a hidden bedroom door; in the other, the open entrance to a bathroom. Surveying her prospective home, English teacher Pam Bryant was not impressed. But when she learned that her prospective apartment was selling for $80,000 more than it had been only one year before, Bryant knew she couldn't afford it, and gave up hope of purchasing a place in Montgomery County.


Student education lost in translation

By Katy Lafen | Feb. 16, 2005, midnight | In Features »

When senior Jose Kafie lived in El Salvador, his parents were actively involved in his education. They hosted a parent reunion, met with his teachers regularly and made time to talk with Kafie about school. However, once his family moved to Silver Spring in search of more opportunities, everything changed.


Leftist teacher meets right-wing club

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Feb. 15, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Members of the Young Republicans Club have finally found a place to voice their political views. At after-school meetings, students discuss tax reform, Social Security, immigration laws and the war in Iraq. They support flat tax policies and believe that the media has a heavy liberal bias. But social studies teacher Kevin Shindel challenges their opinions. "How do you know what you think you know?” he asks at almost every meeting.


First comes marriage then comes love

By Pria Anand | Feb. 13, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Sixteen-year-old junior Kadiatu Kamara wears a white-gold band on the ring finger of her left hand as a constant reminder - since last year, she has been a married woman.


Billie Holiday

By Emma Zachurski | Feb. 5, 2005, midnight | In Features »

There are many reasons to cherish the legacy of Billie Holiday: her raspy one-of-a-kind voice, her unique spirit that propelled her career and the powerful lyrics that only she could sing make up Holiday's significant role in jazz-music history. In addition, Holiday's songs, such as "Strange Fruit," a dark and realistic narrative of the racism she witnessed in her short lifetime, secure her significant role in Black history.


Abeni's Hot Sheet

By | Jan. 10, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Happy New Year Blazers. The theme for this month's Hot Sheet is New Year's Resolutions. I mean, who doesn't make New Year's Resolutions? Well, Blazers, I say we start this new year off with a bang. So, for the Blazers out there who are just starting to read The Hot Sheet this year, I hope you enjoy. A little background info on The Hot Sheet: well, it's all the HOT information on all the HOT things of today, like movies, fashion, advice, celebrity hook-ups and break-ups, T.V., what's in and what's out and a student fashion panel to give its opinion on today's fashion. Also, Blazers, since this is a New Year, I thought, how about change? Change is good, so I decided to bring in a friend of mine to help out on the article: sophomore Dilsia Menjivar. So, my fellow Blazers, it's time to pop open a bottle of Apple Cider because it's almost time. 5,4,3,2,1...Happy New Hot Sheet!


Silver Chips corresponds with an American soldier in Iraq

By Jody Pollock | Jan. 4, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Chief Warrant Officer Richard Mallick, a 1991 Blair graduate, has spent the last 10 months as an Aero Medical Evacuation Pilot with the 498th Medical Company in Iraq. In the heart of the battlefields, Mallick flies unarmed to transport sick and wounded soldiers to the nearest medical care centers, dodging bullets on the way. He is three months from completing his second tour of the war-torn country.


Blazers' New Year's resolutions

By | Dec. 22, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Silver Chips Online has compiled Blair students' New Years resolutions. Enjoy reading other students' and faculties' comments, and feel free to leave us your own in the comment box below.


Abeni's Hot Sheet

By | Dec. 1, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Howdy Blazers!  "What's that in the sky, it's a bird!" "No, it's a plane!" "No, it's the all new Silver Chips Online Hot Sheet, reporting for duty!"  Blazers, if you thought the last Hot Sheet was loaded, well this one's even better. Blazers, better put on your oven mits, because it's hot!  We don't call it the Hot Sheet for nothing!


Blazers fans continue to "Hail the Redskins" despite subpar seasons and bad breaks

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Nov. 15, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Nearly everybody at FedEx Field stands as Clinton Portis catches a pass from quarterback Mark Brunell. With each step Portis takes towards the goal line, the fans' cheers become louder. His final leap into the end zone after a 43-yard run is met with thunderous applause. With less than three minutes left in the game, Portis has scored the game-winning touchdown, until the referees take the lead away on a penalty.


Blazers question their sexual orientation

By Nora Boedecker | Nov. 15, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Margaret, a senior, flinches when she hears the word bisexual. She hates it. She feels that it makes other people think that you're in love with multiple people at the same time, but that is not the way she sees it. To her, being bisexual just means that she doesn't consciously exclude one sex when beginning a relationship. Her love is gender-blind.


Abeni's Hot Sheet

By | Oct. 26, 2004, midnight | In Features »

BLAZERS...I've got the Hot Sheet and it's loaded. I'm here to give you the heads up on everything, from fashion to movies to celeb hookups and even advice. Better take out your paper and pencils BLAZERS because I'm starting with the most important subject: fashion.


Three Blazers learn the finer side of fashion while on BBC show

By Emma Zachurski | Sept. 20, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Oodles of money, a good chunk of time devoted entirely to shopping, your own stylist and clothing stores of varied types waiting to give you the ultimate chic makeover equals the definitive dream for most aspiring fashionadas. However, in the case of seniors Erinn Johnson-Long, Clarence Turner and Susan Blythe-Goodman, this experience was no dream but rather an exciting opportunity for remodeling their fashion outlook and tastes.


Wisniewski, Anne

By Pria Anand | April 1, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

A young man arrived at a naval hospital in Bethesda during the Vietnam War, comatose after driving a truck into a brick wall. His prognosis was grim: doctors had little hope of recovery. Enter Anne Wisniewski and her fellow nurses. They walked him up and down his ward everyday, two propelling his legs and a third supporting him from behind. After a year, he could walk and talk independently.


Donaldson, Robert

By | April 1, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Cheers filled the air as a person stepped up to the podium to speak. As the person started to speak, it suddenly became deathly still as his voice was carried all the way to the back of the crowd by the microphone. Robert Donaldson stood there in place, entranced, as he listened, his light blue eyes fixed on the speaker. It is August 28, 1963, during the famous March on Washington, the pinnacle of the Civil Rights Movement.


Holmes, Abigail

By | March 31, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Special Ed teacher Abigail Holmes calmly sits in her chair with her legs crossed and a smile on her face. She wears a black dress and a pair of high-heeled shoes and leans onto her desk in a relaxed manner like a cat sitting by a sun-lit window.


Brandt, Karen

By | March 29, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Karen Brandt politely asks the students in her room to turn the volume down on the television. The music video becomes less noisy as one of the ten or fifteen students presses a button on the remote.


Clay, Adam

By | March 17, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Sitting behind his classroom's overhead projector, ninth grade English teacher Adam Clay twiddles his fingers. His eyes are tense as he realizes something important, and puts his hands on his knees.


Ivey, Sandra

By | March 16, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Sandra Ivey sits down after deciding how long to heat her lunch in the English department's microwave. She has a welcoming smile that encourages friendlyconversations. In fact, her whole manner reflects her friendly personality, from her casual blue jeans to her face that is always accompanied by a grin.

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