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The activist power of TV

By Neva Taylor | Nov. 30, 2016, 8:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The national conversation about how to fix the racism, sexism and homophobia in our nation is an ongoing debate and over the past couple of decades, the people of Hollywood, the ones who "make the big bucks," and producers of popular TV shows, have joined the conversation.


Trump selects a motley crew of cabinet members

By Charles Lott | Nov. 30, 2016, 5:20 p.m. | In Humor »

President-elect Donald Trump has spent the first month after the election sorting out who will be the chief officers during his time in the Oval Office. Trump's selections have been so outlandish, that the next position could be filled by any one of the following infamous celebrity icons.


Are you game?

By Charles Lott Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 2, 2016, 1:02 p.m. | In Humor »

Most of the time, class is fun and engaging. But when you're just not feeling it, a much-needed break can pay dividends. If you're done with your assignment and looking to kill some time, here are some ideas for how you can turn a boring hour and a half into a fun one.


I am not a costume

By Maniza Habib | Oct. 31, 2016, 1:10 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

With Halloween just a few days away, expect fall themed lattes, spooky decorations, horror movie marathons and terrifying displays of cultural appropriation.


The mystery behind the cover

By Charles Lott | Sept. 22, 2016, 2:12 p.m. | In Humor »

Each year, the agenda books distributed to the students of Blair on the first day of school feature a new design. Check your booklet; if you have the one with all the squares and triangles, look closely in the bottom left corner, and you'll find two words, one name: Scott Gahart.


More than just a team

By Zoe Friedman | Aug. 27, 2016, noon | In Op/Ed »

The presence of refugees at the Games proves that the Olympics are not just a stage for friendly international competition. The Games offer the perfect opportunity to make some noise while the world watches. These refugee Olympians represent a wakeup call to their country's political leaders who have contributed to the refugee crisis.


Never forget

By Ryan Handel | July 22, 2016, 8:57 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Each day, the number of remaining Holocaust survivors trickles down towards zero. This came into the international spotlight on July 2nd, when Holocaust survivor and acclaimed author Elie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87.


Rent-a-prom-date

By Charles Lott | May 30, 2016, 4:20 p.m. | In Humor »

"This is strictly a platonic Friendship website. This is NOT a dating website, and NOT an escort agency. Services on this website are strictly for FRIENDSHIP purposes only." These guidelines are plastered across the various pages, headlines, and banners of website RentAFriend.com, where you can hire somebody to spend time with you for between ten and forty dollars an hour. Prostitution is illegal in forty nine out of fifty states, but paying someone to be your friend isn't illegal in any. Should it be?


Is nothing sacred?

By Charles Lott | May 26, 2016, 1:21 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Aliens, Lebron James, and Bugs Bunny definitely make my top ten list of things I enjoy watching on TV, but is it a good idea to combine the three? Warner Bros. certainly thinks so, and the final product will be a summer release of a sequel to the famous live action/animation movie, Space Jam.


Welcome to the Blair witch trials

By Charles Lott | May 9, 2016, 12:48 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What would it be like if the Salem witch trials happened in 2016? Or even at Montgomery Blair High School?


When patience isn't enough

By Zewde Ingram | April 25, 2016, 9:41 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Long lines are more than a pet peeve to American voters; a functioning democracy is at stake. Not only are long lines the issue, but so are the demographics of people who typically fall victim to them: low-income, black and Latino voters.


Picking a bone with David Trone

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 18, 2016, 10:44 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Campaigning extensively and aggressively over the past few months, 60-year old multimillionaire David Trone has entered the race to become the Democratic nominee for Maryland's eighth Congressional District.


A SCO guide to locker use at Blair

By Charles Lott | March 29, 2016, 10:40 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In a school of almost 3,000 students, with three stories and tens of hallways, it's hard to get from one end of the building to the other in eight minutes. When you add a stop at a locker to that commute, you're almost guaranteed to be late.


The case for graduation

By Lauren Frost | March 16, 2016, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The County Council needs to approve the proposed budget increase in order to give students the graduation they deserve.


Divination station

By Neida Mbuia Joao | March 14, 2016, 5:47 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

New Age is a movement that gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s as an alternative approach to traditional Western methods of spirituality. In my experience and in that of some fellow Blazers, New Age spirituality can be both fun and serious.


A problem of the present

By Zewde Ingram | March 13, 2016, 12:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Montgomery Blair prides itself on its diversity. However, Blair is a rarity in an age when schools are more segregated than in 1971.


How a single inch of snow can shut down the county's schools

By Charles Lott | March 12, 2016, 10:25 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While it might be easy for schools to reopen quickly in the northernmost tundra of Minnesota or Wisconsin, the DC metropolitan area has good reason to wait out the storm.


The pen is mightier than the keyboard

By Maniza Habib | March 11, 2016, 9 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Writing by hand is slowly becoming an old-fashioned way of learning, and this is detrimental to the education of our students. In an age of rapid technological development, the value of pen and paper should not be forgotten.


Everything you need to know about college financial woes

By Neida Mbuia Joao | March 7, 2016, 1:54 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In order for students to enter the college decision process informed, they must be aware of the ways in which the institutions to whom they are entrusting thousands of dollars are making financial decisions.


Ooh ah, you wish you were a Blazer!

By Eleanor Cook | March 3, 2016, 1:45 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In basketball, and all sports, female athletes work just as hard as their male counterparts, and should therefore be given the same respect. Girls' sports teams should be referred to without the preceding "Lady."


Donald Trump and the rise and fall of white nationalism

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Feb. 17, 2016, 2:35 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

There's plenty to fear about Donald J. Trump. He's a bully, a sexist and a narcissist. But what's even scarier is the rising movement he represents: white nationalism--a movement defined by white identity and opposed to forces of economic and demographic change.


#aesthetic vs. art (Video)

By Ellie Struewing | Feb. 13, 2016, 10:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the past few months, pictures of the Renwick have appeared on Instagram and Snapchat or Tumblr nearly every day, and to see so many enjoying art isn't discouraging, it's exciting.


More computer science means more opportunities

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 3, 2016, 7:40 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The advances in computer science education in the county should be lauded, but need also be pushed further. Computer science should be made a graduation requirement.


What's happening with the Democratic presidential race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:50 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While not as flashy or entertaining as the GOP campaign, the Democratic primary has been plenty contentious and raises interesting questions about the Democratic Party, liberalism in America and the appeal of pragmatism.


What's going on with the 2016 GOP race?

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Jan. 29, 2016, 9:30 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The 2016 presidential campaign has been the most unpredictable and entertaining race in recent memory. In the Republican race, a reality TV star and a senator widely despised in his own party lead in the polls.

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