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snoWatch

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

We've come across yet another week of school that just might have a snow day in store for us. As was the case in the last edition of snoWatch, the chances of cancelled school are slim, but then again, we're talking about meteorology, not an exact science. . .


Spirit at a standstill

By Sally Colwell | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

"Do we have to go?” one of my classmates asked a few weeks ago.  I begrudgingly got my books together and left class to attend yet another mandatory assembly dreamed up by Blair's administration, an event otherwise known as a pep rally.


Coloring in the Lines

By Lily Hamburger | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


When teachers (verbally) attack

By Samantha Henig | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


Pep Rally Approaching

By Shewit Woldu | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Pep rally will be on Wednesday, March 31 and will be a combination of winter and spring sports.


snoWatch

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

No one saw it coming but there it was. When Blazers got up on Tuesday they found snow on the ground and ice on their car windows. However, with the exception of a burst pipe, the school day went as planned. Now there's a prediction of more to come. Are the weather people on target this time? Stay tuned to find out . . .


Minority Report: the best movie everyone will see this summer

By Griff Rees | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Most summer movies are designed for one thing, money making. Mile high hype equals even higher profits, especially when coupled with expensive eye-candy (Triple X being the most recent and stereotypical offender). Minority Report, however, like many Spielberg films, encompasses not only the cash-cow ethics of summer salivation but also the legitimate respectability associated with the director of Schindler's List and The Color Purple. Minority Report joins the accessibility of Jurassic Park, the dystopian sci-fi future of A. I., and an as of yet untouched (by Spielberg) element: film noir.



No end in sight

By Rocky Hadadi | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

"Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there.” On March 20, 2003, Lieutenant Tim Collins gave this advice to his battle group, the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish at Fort Blair Mayne desert camp, 20 miles from the Iraqi border. Collins' words of advice to his troops could not be more correct—our involvement in Iraq should have been done with care, finesse and expertise. Instead, we refused to "tread lightly” and have tried to force our democratic ideals on a nation that continues to staunchly refuse them. In fact, the use of guerrilla warfare now by insurgents threatens to turn Iraq into another Vietnam.


Blazers can't heat up against WJ

By Luke Bostian Zach Mellman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

With the clock winding down in the girls' basketball team's game against the Walter Johnson (WJ) Wildcats, the Blazers were forced to foul in order to stop the clock. This is a common technique, but Blair failed to grasp one key aspect of the strategy: Foul the other team's worst free-throw shooter. Blair, instead, fouled Wildcat star Alex Porter four times late in the game. She hit all her shots to keep the lead for the Wildcats. So despite a valiant effort from the Blazers, WJ proved to be too strong, and Blair lost, 47-38.


Bomb threats empty school

By Julia Kay | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


Mr. Gainous caught without ID

By Shewit Woldu | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Mr. Gainous was caught without wearing his ID by a student, who then received a five-dollar credit towards her obligations for observing that he was not following the school policy.


snoWatch

By KC Costanzo Jeremy Hoffman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Check out the Silver Chips Online snoWatch for all school-related snow information!


Fall play replaced by two smaller plays

By Griff Rees | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Breaking with longtime tradition, Kelly Newman, Blair's theater director, has decided to perform two small plays, "Charlie's Aunt" and "The Rivals," in the fall and winter respectively, instead of the customary single fall play.



Elementary school's long gone, but we've still got recess

By Laurel Jefferson | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Senior traditions include harassing freshman, loud spirit at pep rallies, and… whiffle ball? A bit unusual, but the 2003 senior class has indeed begun a new Blair senior ritual: lunch whiffleball games.


Ice Hockey drops debut to B-CC

By Julia Gabriel | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The Ice Hockey team suffered an unexpected 6-3 loss in its debut against B-CC at the Wheaton Inline on Dec 3. Extensive penalty time and a shortage of players contributed to Blair's loss.


AFI comes to Silver Theater

By Griff Rees | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center will open in downtown Silver Spring next to City Place in April of next year. In addition to its commitment to showing quality films, the theater is intended to provide a cultural and educational resource for the whole Silver Spring community.



The piercing truth

By Alexa Scott | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The adventure I've been through since the day I went under the needle has made my life a lot more complicated than I was betting on.



Colleges selling out

By Annie Peirce | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

With students across America spending hundreds of dollars on admissions and preparation classes for SAT tests and writing favorable college essays, it is comforting to know that colleges are spending even more than the students are in selling themselves.


Interview with a Peruvian teacher

By Zach Mellman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Sandra Gutierrez is in her third year at Blair and teaches ESOL 4 and bilingual science, moved from Peru's capital of Lima to the United States when she was 15.


Hispanic Heritage Month special feature

By Jeremy Hoffman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Silver Chips Online special on Hispanic Heritage Month.


Former nun inspires student success

By Sreela Namboodiri | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Dressed modestly in black, Sister Phillip Mary arranges her 68 students into two separate lines as they enter class for their first day of second grade at St. Margaret's Grade School in Bel-Air, Maryland. Once they are settled, the nun leads her students in prayer as their little voices chime together, heads bowed and palms crossed.

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