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Should college athletes be allowed to make money off their name?

By Alex Russ | Nov. 22, 2019, 9:04 p.m. | In Opinions »

The NCAA made a new rule that will allow athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023. California was the first to pass this law, leading the NCAA in the right direction.


Snack on this: New vending machines promote health but have downfalls

By Shifra Dayak | Nov. 18, 2019, 4:01 p.m. | In Opinions »

The healthier options are just one step in the right direction


Equal pay for equal play

By Shruti Chauhan | Nov. 11, 2019, 10:53 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Female athletes should be paid equal to their male counterparts


Tobacco 21 tackles toxic nicotine epidemic among teens

By Shruti Chauhan | Nov. 5, 2019, 2:27 p.m. | In Opinions »

New law effectively prevents anyone under 21 from getting their hands on tobacco products, but increased reinforcement is necessary


Active shooter drills are not a step in the right direction

By Joy Xu | Nov. 4, 2019, 7:42 a.m. | In Opinions »

The sensitivity of mass shootings renders the new lockdown largely ineffective


Early AP registration misses the mark

By Shifra Dayak | Oct. 27, 2019, 7:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The College Board's new test policies inconvenience both staff and students


New ACT options will help students improve their scores

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Oct. 22, 2019, 5:27 p.m. | In Opinions »

Starting in September 2020, students will have new options when taking the ACT and reporting their scores


New dress code at Albert Einstein Highschool sparks controversy among students

By Sophia Lucarelli | Oct. 15, 2019, 7 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Students concerned about bias in the dress code and its enforcement


MCPS' new wellness initiative, while commendable, has its faults

By Mercedes Pierce | Oct. 15, 2019, 2:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The county’s initiative aims to address the mental and physical health of K-12 students


Sixty college credits is enough

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Oct. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m. | In Opinions »

MCPS' new policy on substitute teacher requirements will benefit all parties involved.


Buses seem overcrowded, but there are solutions

By Shruti Chauhan | Oct. 1, 2019, 1:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

At the start of a school year, there are a million things Blazers anticipate, likely including classes, teachers, the new one lunch, or homework. But for some it’s high capacity buses that are at the top of their list of things to worry about.


One lunch, many benefits

By Yuri Kim | Sept. 20, 2019, 2 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blair's new lunch schedule solves logistical and academic problems


The SAT is designed to benefit the rich

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Aug. 31, 2019, 10:07 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The College Board's attempts to address testing inequity haven't been enough.


How many mass shootings in the U.S. must we see before action is taken?

By Billy Scott | Aug. 26, 2019, 4:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Red flag laws, universal background checks, bans on assault weapons and large magazines are necessary to decrease gun violence


Champions on and off the field

By Mercedes Pierce | Aug. 15, 2019, 11:51 p.m. | In Opinions »

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has done more than win the World Cup


Reuse is the new recycle

By Vivian Li | Aug. 15, 2019, 10:02 a.m. | In Opinions »

Don't be fooled. The plastic bottle you recycled this morning is sitting in the dumpster


Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services: Because we care

By Boaz Yoo | Aug. 12, 2019, 7:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) misleads the people of Montgomery County by masquerading as a benevolent organization. The concern is with ABS' intentions, and to recognize their hypocrisy, we must first know who they are.


Celebrity influence: too much or too little?

By Shruti Chauhan | Aug. 9, 2019, 5:56 p.m. | In Opinions »

The constant spotlight placed on celebrities gives them endless opportunities to advocate for what they believe and to have an impact on their fans. Influencers regularly promote all sorts of brands in: food, fashion, skincare, technology, etc. But conflict arises when these same celebrities start to work towards social reform.


Addicted to a deadly drug: a teenage crisis

By Joy Xu | July 24, 2019, 4:37 p.m. | In Opinions »

JUULs and e-cigarettes are fueling a teenage nicotine epidemic.


Decorate gate

By Reethi Padmanabhan | May 31, 2019, 2:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Cap decorations would serve as an outlet for expression and individuality


College Board asks for too much

By Jasmine Ali Emmy Song | April 17, 2019, 7:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Overpriced exam fees contribute to College Board's one billion dollar profit


A new Northwood with the same problems

By Eric Feigen | March 17, 2019, 1:55 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery County appropriated 123.36 million dollars to expand Northwood High School


Was the Super Bowl really that bad?

By Sam Kulp | Feb. 15, 2019, 1:42 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Only 16 points were scored but the championship still had some incredible moments


A problematic trend: “Blackfishing”

By Arthi Thyagarajan | Feb. 2, 2019, 6:37 p.m. | In Opinions »

White girls on social media must stop reinventing themselves as women of color


Why colleges should scrap the SAT

By Shifra Dayak | Feb. 2, 2019, 6:05 p.m. | In Opinions »

Postsecondary institutions should make test score submissions optional

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