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I don't want to talk about it

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 5, 2016, 2:03 p.m. | In Features »

The biggest issue with commonly accepted depression statistics is that our current definition of depression itself tends to write off symptoms more prevalent in males, leaving unaccounted the societal trends that make men less likely to seek help or admit to having a mental disorder.


Blair's Trump train

By Brian Le | April 25, 2016, 3:06 p.m. | In Features »

Polls show that Trump's support among younger Americans is far from robust. At Blair, public opinion skews against Trump, but there is a sizable minority that support him.


A passion for Shakespeare

By Ellie Struewing | April 9, 2016, 12:17 p.m. | In Features »

It is her passion for Shakespeare and acting that has carried junior Ronee Goldman to the final round of the English Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition.


Talking about time

By Divya Rajagopal | April 5, 2016, 1:28 p.m. | In Features »

Daylight Savings has nascent roots in ancient civilizations, and has developed into what it is today through practicality. However, whether we should keep DST around in this electronic age is a question that can only be addressed by the current members of society.


Reason enough

By Maniza Habib | March 20, 2016, 9:31 p.m. | In Features »

By the end of the drive, Blair collected enough pints of blood to save 220 lives. But it's not the incentives, like the t-shirts or the chance to get out of class that convinced Blazers to give their blood.


A month of reflection and unification

By Randima Herath | March 17, 2016, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

It wasn't an ordinary February because this year, Black History Month was about more than just commemorating and celebrating. It was about learning, bonding and furthering the awareness and understanding of the anti-racist movement "Black Lives Matter."


Behind the counter

By Zewde Ingram | March 9, 2016, 1:35 p.m. | In Features »

What makes the school store unique is that while its students who purchase from the store, it is also students who run it. From ordering merchandise to providing customer service, Blair students are the ones in charge behind the counter.


"High"er education

By Benjamin Yokoyama | March 7, 2016, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

When Justin has down time after doing schoolwork, he likes to wind down by smoking a joint. This is one way Justin relieves his own stress in a tumultuous junior year that is filled with long essays and difficult math problems.


Simple acts of selflessness

By Randima Herath | Feb. 15, 2016, 2:30 p.m. | In Features »

Think back to sitting by a toasty crackling fire, and snuggling under a fuzzy blanket while the sounds of friends and family fill up the room. Now imagine trying to sleep on the cold hard pavement of a street, shuddering from the freezing temperatures while pulling your only coat tighter around you.


Got text?

By Maniza Habib | Feb. 11, 2016, 1:56 p.m. | In Features »

Text messaging has grown to be one of the most popular forms of communication since it's start 22 years ago. Yet the rule book for texting is drastically different than any form of face-to-face communication.


Nine semifinalists from Blair in Intel Science Talent Search

By Brian Le | Feb. 10, 2016, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

Nine Blazers were named semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, the most of any school in the country. Seniors Josephine Yu and Arnold Mong were also announced as finalists and will receive $7,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging.


A whole new world

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 8, 2016, 8:08 p.m. | In Features »

ESOL classes are an important part of helping students adapt to their new country and succeed academically but, above all, they are made up of hard-working students and teachers.


"Habari Gani" from our Blazers to you

By Zewde Ingram | Jan. 21, 2016, 10:54 a.m. | In Features »

Kwanzaa is a vibrant and soulful sibling in the holiday triumvirate consisting of Hanukkah and Christmas that runs through late December. Although celebrated by a minority of people, it holds a major importance the mix of wintry festivities.


Answering the call

By Charles Lott | Jan. 17, 2016, 7:32 p.m. | In Features »

Could someone at Blair help stop the people that mean to do harm? And what convinces Blazers to risk their own lives in the defense of others? These dedicated students explain what drives them.


Condoning consumption

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 12, 2016, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

In the light of a recent fatal drunk driving accident, students and parents reflect on what happens when parents allow underage drinking in their house.


Humans of Blair: A balance of passions

By Randima Herath | Jan. 6, 2016, 1:51 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Isabel Hernandez-Cata, the choral and general music teacher at Blair, grew up with music-loving parents who come from different cultural backgrounds. As a result, Hernandez-Cata has devoted almost all of her life to music and teaching.


The art of grafitti

By Ellie Struewing | Dec. 22, 2015, 2:19 p.m. | In Features »

We all want to feel in control of our own lives, and for some that means following the rules, while for others it means breaking them. Graffiti artists do that by adding a burst of color and their personal mark on the world around them.


To attend or not attend, that is the question

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 19, 2015, 5:38 p.m. | In Features »

In recent years, many black students have faced the decision between attending an HBCU or a predominantly white institution (PWI). That decision has become increasingly difficult due to the turbulent financial situations at many HBCUs and sometimes hostile environments at some PWIs.


Much Ado for Blair theater as show time neared

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 16, 2015, 1:30 p.m. | In Features »

As the first drawing of the curtain nears, nerves abound backstage. And after the final drawing of the curtain, pride and oftentimes tears are apparent in the days after performance week.


Cheering for a win

By Eleanor Cook | Dec. 8, 2015, 1:13 p.m. | In Features »

From the summer before the season through Nov. 13, the day before their competition, the cheer team practices every day, growing as a team and as individual athletes. This year they finished on top, winning first place in Division Two for the first time since 2007, and the Spirit Award for the 11th year in a row.


At the intersection

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Dec. 7, 2015, 7:18 p.m. | In Features »

LGBTQ+ youth of color exist at a curious intersection of two communities that don't seem to fully accept or understand them.


The Blair community responds to the tragedies in France and Lebanon

By Brian Le | Dec. 3, 2015, 3:29 p.m. | In Features »

Blazers have shown their sympathy through news of the attacks. More than anything, we became unified.


What student athletes don't know about their coaches

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 18, 2015, 1:35 p.m. | In Features »

Some teachers have already been out of the building for hours, doing their second jobs at the school. They are the coaches of Blair's sports teams.


Combating hunger and feeding hope

By Randima Herath | Nov. 16, 2015, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

We've all felt it before. The pangs of hunger as our stomachs become disgruntled from the lack of sustenance. Even worse, it can happen in the middle of class or during a test when all is quiet and suddenly, the lion that is your stomach unleashes its mighty roar.


After September 11

By Maniza Habib | Nov. 10, 2015, 1:09 p.m. | In Features »

The media has played a large role in influencing Islamophobic perspectives. An automatic fear has been instilled in Americans by mainstream media, which impacts the lives of Muslims every single day.

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