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Renovations Spring into action

By Tina Peng Eliot Stein | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The Discovery Communications building's warmly lit main lobby smells of plastic, Windex and fresh paint. A cheerfully dinging mechanical contraption pushes and shakes rainbow-colored balls down a series of tracks. Outside, as a family passes by on the sidewalk, its wide-eyed toddler glances back five times at "Stan,” a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil replica that glares malevolently through the glass wall.


The downside of lighting up

By Jennie Breads | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Two before first period. Another on the walk home. A few more throughout the evening, and by the time she goes to bed, junior Kimberly Montgomery will finish a half pack of cigarettes. "I am an addict,” she admits with a shrug. "It's as simple as that. I need to smoke.”


Amazing Blazers

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

Blair may have seen years of bad luck in the sports department, but if history teaches anything, it is that Blair is capable, every now and again, of producing a truly stellar athlete. These ten are the greatest Blazers in the sports history of Silver Spring and Takoma Park.


Who will the winners be in 2003?

By Abigail Graber | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

When Meryl Streep makes the nightly news and the Mighty Miramax Publicity Machine is once again a-churnin', the Academy Awards must be just around the corner. So sit back, relax and read on to find out which bright stars should win Oscars and which thieving upstarts will take them away.


Drug abuse more common in females

By Colby Chapman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


Teenage diabetes on the rise

By Colby Chapman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


Homework piles cramp blazers' styles

By Beth Gula | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


Chips hits the SAC for a slice of life

By Margaret Cassedy-Blum | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

It's no secret that at Blair the lunch bell signals the start of hundreds of off-the-wall conversations. On the week of Feb 24, Chips reporter Meg Cassedy-Blum overheard some unusual and hilarious dialogue.


Safety committee enforces new lunchtime hallway restrictions

By Edward Chan | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The Safety Committee has begun patrolling hallways and stairwells during lunch, keeping out students without passes. Blair's administration is also more aggressively enforcing school policy in the hallways and might restrict students to the SAC during lunch.



Summaries stunt students' studies

By Gabriel Morden-Snipper | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

We said, ‘we're gonna make books about books for people who like reading, and to help people enjoy reading.' And that's exactly what we've done,” said Justin Kestler, editorial director of SparkNotes, in an Aug 1 interview for NPR's Talk of the Nation.


High heels bring teenagers down

By Abigail Graber | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

"You can't beat a vampy high glam stiletto for nights on the town,” raves Steven Cojocaru on the People Magazine website, where he serves as resident fashion guru. What Cojocaru fails to mention is the hefty price tag on vamp: Strapping on stilettos, platforms and pumps to follow in J. Lo's bone-crunching footsteps can mean a lifetime of pain for teenage girls.


Crazy for cocoa

By Jennie Breads | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »



Is it cool to be dumb?

By Amina Baird | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

There are five minutes left in sophomore Rocky Hadadi's Algebra II class, just enough time for the students to look over their grades on the last test. "Oh my God,” one of the students says, "I bombed that test so hard!” "Yeah?” one of the others challenges, "Well I got an E; how do you like that?” Two freshmen standing in the circle look sheepishly down at their A's and, in a split-second decision, cast the truth aside to join in on the bragging.



Diversity at Blair after 50 years of Brown v. Board

By Karima Tawfik | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Combs in hand, two black girls work diligently and delicately to finish cornrowing their friends' hair amidst the bustle of 5A lunch. Next to them, three Latino boys are sprawled out among the benches talking, and a few feet away, two white students finish their lunches before the whole group rises and joins the student body of the most diverse school in Montgomery County—a school that 50 years ago accepted only white students.


WUSA folds

By Ellie Blalock | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

The Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) announced its closure on Monday, September 15, due to low attendance and poor sponsorship, according to CNN.com. WUSA's announcement came days before the Women's World Cup began on September 20.


Going pro

By Kent Anderson | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

When I was a lad you stayed in school. Back in my day you served your four years and then signed your contract. My how things have changed.


Hispanic Club Performance

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

The Hispanic club will be performing dances and beautiful messages for their parents and the Blair community in the SAC, on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 PM. All are invited to view this presentation of Hispanic traditions and culture.



Seeing Through the Haze

By Emma Norvell | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Hazing is almost everywhere. Whether it's for a fraternity or a sports team, people always seem to feel the need to initiate new members of any organization with series of practical jokes.



snoWatch

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

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


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