Drowned out

By Anya Gosine | April 20, 2010, 2:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Each year, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students attend school in fear. They fear their peers who will bully them because of their sexual orientation and gender expression. And each year, students at schools across the nation support this sound cause with the power of silence.

Pro/Con: Eliminating senior year

By Ava Wallace Rose Wynn | March 31, 2010, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

To cut costs in the Cottonwood Heights education system, Senator Chris Buttars (R - Utah) suggested statewide elimination of senior year in public high school. He dubbed 12th grade a year of "nothing but playing around" and advised lawmakers not to waste their bucks on slacking seniors. While some juniors feel they have completed high school and are ready to engage in bigger and better things come senior year, others feel 12th grade provides essential opportunities and time for mental, social and intellectual development.


By Sophia Deng | March 30, 2010, 6:03 p.m. | In Humor »

It's the culmination of 18 years. The most important day of a girl's life, according to "Seventeen" magazine. No, it's not a college acceptance and it's not the Jonas Brothers concert.

Out of the dark

By Rose Wynn | March 4, 2010, 10:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For 16 years, they've served in silence. They've risked their lives for those who didn't believe in them, for states that denied their right to love and for a country that forced them to conceal their true identity.

snoWatch turns powerWatch

By Deepa Chellappa | Feb. 24, 2010, 8:59 p.m. | In Humor »

Our cohorts at AccuWeather and the Capital Weather Gang are describing the storm coming our way tonight as a "bomb" and a "super storm." We have to say, we're less than impressed - we hardy Montgomery County residents are ready for anything.

snomg: How much more can we take?

By Deepa Chellappa | Feb. 8, 2010, 4:11 p.m. | In Humor »

Here's the latest news - the snow is never going to melt! That's right, we're going to be thrown into a massive snow age and we will never see the grass in our backyards ever again!

snoWatch: Blizzard blues

By Deepa Chellappa | Feb. 7, 2010, 9:57 a.m. | In Humor »

Sorry for leaving you in the dark, Blazers - literally. With power out in many areas of Montgomery County, the "thundersnow" has left many of us (including yours truly!) without heat, TV, computer access and of course - snoWatch. But never fear! We're back with revised predictions for school this week (spoiler alert - there probably won't be much of it).

snoWatch: The quest for milk

By Deepa Chellappa | Feb. 4, 2010, 10:35 p.m. | In Humor »

The air is freezing cold, the wind is making my eyes water, the parking lot is full and the frigid atmosphere is suddenly pierced by a shriek of frustration. I have just walked out of my third grocery store of the day empty-handed, with no carton of milk in hand.

snoWatch: The snow just keeps coming

By Deepa Chellappa | Feb. 2, 2010, 8:08 p.m. | In Humor »

Well, here we are again, already writing another snoWatch column for you to enjoy. We're fresh off a snowy weekend - though we were hoping for a two-hour delay yesterday.

snoWatch: What the flurries?

By Deepa Chellappa | Jan. 30, 2010, 1:31 p.m. | In Humor »

It snowed on a Saturday. Nobody cares. In all seriousness, snow showers during the weekend only keep Blazers cooped up inside staring forlornly out the windows at the slick streets.

Mission possible

By Sophia Deng | Jan. 16, 2010, 9:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What do Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and first-semester seniors have in common? The college craze.

Making the most of the holidays

By Amir Gorjifard | Jan. 8, 2010, 11:43 p.m. | In Humor »

Christmas and Hanukkah are long gone. You didn't get what you wanted this year and are forced to pretend to love your new Santa underwear and pocket protector. Your friend got that cute dress you were eying in the mall or that Wii you always wanted.

snoWatch: Our noses are frozen

By Deepa Chellappa David Tao | Jan. 7, 2010, 9:43 p.m. | In Humor »

In case you didn't get the memo, it's cold out there. Really cold. So cold that, according to AccuWeather, iguanas in Florida are going into hibernation mode and falling off trees (seriously - see for yourself).

SCOperation stardom

By Sophia Deng | Jan. 3, 2010, 9:03 p.m. | In Humor »

2010. Finally, we can kick a not-so-fine 2009 out the door to begin anew. But how? Should we make resolutions to exercise more, eat less or improve study skills? Here at Silver Chips Online, we are tired of resolutions left unresolved year after year.

Pro/Con: Calorie crackdown

By Blake Morgan-Gamber Mandy Xu | Dec. 25, 2009, 2:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery County Council members passed a measure on Nov. 17 requiring some restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. The law, which was passed by an 8-1 vote, requires restaurants in the Maryland county with 20 or more outlets nationwide to post calorie counts alongside food items and provide additional nutritional information to customers upon request.

snoWatch: We could be making history

By Deepa Chellappa David Tao | Dec. 18, 2009, 9:59 p.m. | In Humor »

The news is in from Copenhagen - the nations of the world have decided yet again to "recognize" climate change without committing to emissions reduction. And just like that, Mother Nature responds as vengefully as she can, by dumping a ridiculous amount of snow on the ground over a weekend.

snoWatch: Or should we say floodWatch?

By Deepa Chellappa | Dec. 8, 2009, 11:09 p.m. | In Humor »

Festivus is upon us! This ridiculous holiday popularized by "Seinfeld" kicked off in D.C. this weekend, and we thought Blazers could use a little airing of the grievances themselves. So here goes.

International leaders hold emergency snoWatch meeting

By Deepa Chellappa David Tao | Dec. 5, 2009, midnight | In Humor »

On Saturday morning at 6:37 a.m., Silver Chips Online's panel of snow experts* dragged themselves out of bed to attend an emergency meeting held in the nation's capital to calculate with their usual astonishing accuracy the probability of school delays and cancellations.

A step in the right direction

By Katie Sint | Dec. 2, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

"We're about to embark on an exciting journey here in the city," D.C. Council member David A. Catania said. Addressing city council members in a packed room, Catania gave a voice to the hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian Americans living in the District. And now, with one piece of legislation, Catania is giving them all hope.

Managing medical marijuana

By Anya Gosine | Nov. 23, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The federal government's past policies on medical marijuana produced the following side effects: distorted perception, issues with logic and problem-solving and delusion. The amount of illegal drug users and dealers in the country shows the government's War on Drugs has been in vain. But at last, a new policy from the Obama administration will provide sanity in the long-drawn conflict.

A Rhee-evaluation

By Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 8, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The D.C. public school system (DCPS) faces a long list of obstacles standing in the way of improvement, chief among them $40 million in budget cuts. This financial deficit has led to the mass firing of more than 200 schoolteachers, according to the Washington Post.

An Ig-Nobel choice

By Sophia Deng | Oct. 21, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

"Wow." That was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's email message upon learning that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's right-hand man wasn't the only one in shock - the president himself admitted to being "very surprised" and "deeply humbled."

The tweet life

By Rose Wynn | Oct. 20, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

On June 23 at 8:35 p.m., the tweeting world was abuzz. Bruce Manley, the official "King of H.O.R.S.E. Trick Shots," had just been offered $1,000 to defend his title. But it wasn't just any audacious ballplayer who offered Manley a large allowance for a little friendly competition.

A taste of zing

By Anya Gosine | Aug. 26, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The opponents: the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the White House family. The source: the Healthy School Campaign's posters advocating a healthier lifestyle for the youth of America. It's not your typical food fight.

From blue and gold to black

By Anya Gosine | July 30, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

In any sport, the job of the referee is to call out fouls and resolve disputes. But every so often the referee makes a bad call, and every so often it is not unintentional. Such is the situation in the case of People v. Eric Frimpong.

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