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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


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.

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