opinions


Leaders in sustainability

By Shifra Dayak | Dec. 12, 2018, 1:12 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

MCPS and Blair's sustainability initiatives are a step in the right direction


Stop celebrating Columbus Day and start celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day

By Sophia Lucarelli | Nov. 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Columbus Day is an excuse to celebrate a white man’s murderous onslaught when we could be mourning the lives he took


Student safety demands change in Maryland sexual abuse policies

By Emmy Song | Oct. 15, 2018, 9:08 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Criminal penalties are necessary to hold mandated reporters of sexual abuse accountable in Maryland


MCPS: Not Lead-ing the way

By Rebecca Wessel | Sept. 19, 2018, 2:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The level of action for lead in water in MCPS must be lowered to prevent lead poisoning.


College football has a problem and it's bigger than UMD

By Sam Kulp | Sept. 17, 2018, 12:58 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Jordan McNair's death raises questions about the handling of college athletes throughout the NCAA.


Dear teachers, stop sucking the fun out of summer

By Shifra Dayak | Sept. 3, 2018, 8:29 p.m. | In Opinions »

Summer reading assignments should cater to all students' strengths and interests


For Muslims, "punish a Muslim day" is basically every day

By Mahnaz Habib | May 8, 2018, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

An anonymous letter brings fear to the UK


Don't be rash when approving medications

By Ryan Handel | May 4, 2018, 2:18 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The FDA's drug approval process must become stricter


Only a fool would extend school

By Eric Feigen Arthi Thyagarajan | May 2, 2018, 7:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Extending school would cause public blowback, monetary problems and learning ineffectiveness


A night to remember

By Mahnaz Habib Madeleine Tilley | April 19, 2018, 2:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Remembering that Asia is more than two countries


My teachers can barely use Canvas. Why on earth would we give them guns?

By Sneha Ojha | April 13, 2018, 1:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

A look into whether teachers should be armed


Football, Friends, Family

By | April 11, 2018, 2:22 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The media has become a revolutionizing force, both in shaping the railways of communication and our everyday lives. But perhaps, it is time to take a step back and reflect on how it has impacted our perception of reality. Yes, and there is no better field to explore this topic than that of youth tackle football, an issue that, regrettably, has been assailed by the media as a detriment to the future of America.


A dive into the wild

By Sneha Ojha | March 13, 2018, 1:17 p.m. | In Humor »

At 2:30 p.m. the "want-to-go homers" flee from the school grounds and into the wild, or as we call it, the student parking lot. In the wild there are no rules - it's every man for himself. The strong ones manage to make it out, but the weak are stuck behind, left to fight it out in the line behind the buses.


Anyone can earn it

By Oreet Zimand | March 12, 2018, 1:09 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

They hang off bulletin boards, sit on shelves or are worn with pride on the front of a jacket. Varsity letters are a symbol of athletic prowess, marking the idea that a student's hard work and achievement has earned them a right to represent their school.


A shameful legacy

By Oreet Zimand | Feb. 15, 2018, 1:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Legacy advantage is a practice used in the college admissions process which gives a boost to the applications of students who are related to alumni of that college or university. It is often claimed by admissions officers that legacy is only taken into consideration when choosing between two equally qualified candidates, as it says on Harvard's admissions website, "Among a group of similarly distinguished applicants, the daughters and sons of Harvard College alumni/ae may receive an additional look."


The Bachelor Week 6 recap and Week 7 Predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Feb. 13, 2018, 7:06 p.m. | In Humor »

This week, the women and Arie travel across the Atlantic to Paris. When the women get to their hotel, which is really a giant boat, they are informed of a two-on-one date, where two girls will go and only one can stay.


Blackout means time's up

By Mahnaz Habib Nene Narh-Mensah | Feb. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Sunday Jan. 7, 19 million people turned the TV on to watch the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. This year, the awards show did more than just announce the winners of "Best Supporting Actress" or "Best Motion Picture." Many viewers may have noticed a common wardrobe color among many the movie stars: black.


Chromebooks should be used to their fullest potential

By Rebecca Wessel | Feb. 6, 2018, 9:03 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As technology becomes a more essential part of our education and lives, certain security precautions taken by MCPS have begun to limit the range of what students can accomplish with the free technology they are provided at school.


Cold days do not mean global warming is a hoax

By Emma Markus | Feb. 1, 2018, 9:11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming…" President Trump tweeted on Dec. 28. Trump's mockery of people who believe that climate change is real is based on the false assumption that one can make generalizations about the climate based on the weather of a few days.


The Bachelor Week 3 recap and Week 4 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Jan. 21, 2018, 12:44 p.m. | In Humor »

Arie planned yet another concussion-inducing date this past week. This time he brought the women to a makeshift wrestling ring where they fake fought one another.


The Bachelor Week 2 recap and Week 3 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Jan. 15, 2018, 2:25 p.m. | In Humor »

This past week on the Bachelor, Arie, our graying, race-car-driving, dad-bod-rocking Bachelor, kicked off the season by officially becoming Becca K.'s sugar daddy. Arie then decided that his date with Krystal would be a good time to fly her all the way to Arizona to meet his entire family.


Students' lack of language learning

By Eric Feigen | Jan. 12, 2018, 2:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For some students, four years of hard work in a language program at Blair can result in a deep and holistic understanding of a foreign language. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.


Resist the violence, end the silence

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 19, 2017, 3:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Nur Jahan, age 85, fled Kuinnyapara village in Myanmar and was forced to find refuge in Bangladesh after witnessing several violent attacks on her village from the Myanmar army. Her son, Abdullah, was killed by the soldiers at age 28. She has seven other children but is unaware of their whereabouts.


The open internet keeps more doors open

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 10, 2017, 2:22 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The fast lane and the slow lane; Netflix versus Hulu; ordering takeout Pizza; modern air travel. All of these have been used as analogies to describe the complex topic of net neutrality, or the open internet. Net Neutrality encompasses a large number of issues such as internet speed, prioritization of some companies over others due to business agreement and ownership and a bundled one-fee plan in comparison to paying for each type of internet content separately.


(Dis)Honor Societies

By Tiara Oldfield | Dec. 5, 2017, 1:06 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization that recognizes students for their academic achievements, dedication to community service and excellence in leadership and character. Blair and the other 13,000 chapters are supposed to help students develop each of these qualities. However, students largely apply for the boost it gives their resumes, not because they care about growing as a person.

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