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A hairy situation

By Ishaan Shrestha | May 14, 2020, 11:05 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Bangs, buzz cuts, and bleach. Without barbers, Blazers are taking the scissors into their own hands by styling their own hair. Some run the two-guard over their scalps to liberate themselves from the inconvenience of their long locks, while others dye their hair dramatic colors to test out unique styles in a rare time where they don't have to worry about negative judgment.


Reaching the New Horizons of quarantine

By Ishaan Shrestha | May 14, 2020, 10:54 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

In quarantine, there really isn’t much to do. Wake up, tend to your plants, eat some fruit, maybe rearrange your furniture, forge some paintings, or talk to your anthropomorphized Tanuki capitalist overlord, Tom Nook. On March 20, Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the widely-anticipated game in which players do all the aforementioned. The game is a quirky cross between the worldbuilding of The Sims and the community interaction of mayorship, requiring you to build friendships with human-like animals across the island town you manage.


Weathering a $2.8 billion shortfall

By Kathryn LaLonde, Oliver Goldman | May 14, 2020, 10:36 p.m. | In Print Features »

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers across the globe have shuttered themselves in their homes, making only occasional public appearances to shop for groceries or go for a socially distanced jog. Once-bustling city streets and storefronts are hauntingly empty. Unemployment levels have skyrocketed with unprecedented speed and magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of beloved small businesses have shut their doors, some temporarily in accordance with government orders, but many for good.


The lies of the tiger

By Abednego Togas | May 14, 2020, 10:31 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

If you are looking for a major distraction from the global pandemic, look no further than Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. The latest pop cultural sensation has swept the internet, generating endless memes and discussions about the series’ absurd content.


Under Armour to donate medical supplies to Maryland hospitals

By Lilia Wong | May 13, 2020, 3:10 p.m. | In Print Sports »

Under Armour has started to produce face shields, fabric face masks, and “specially equipped fanny packs” to donate to local Maryland hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear company, headquartered in Baltimore, is also exploring the production of hospital gowns and N-95 face masks.


How midwives are supporting pregnant women amidst COVID-19

By Rekha Leonard | May 13, 2020, 2:56 p.m. | In Print Features »

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital visits are bringing greater and greater inherent risks, leaving many pregnant women searching for alternative places to give birth. As a result, many midwives are seeing an increase in clients looking to give birth at home or in birthing centers. According to the National Institute of Health, in the US, only about one percent of babies are born at home, but some prenatal care workers and experts predict that COVID-19 encouraging women to deliver outside of the hospital might cause a spike in the percentage this year.


Students can choose a letter grade one higher than their third quarter mark or a “pass” for their transcript, MCPS announces

By Anika Seth | May 12, 2020, 2:38 p.m. | In Print News »

MCPS will allow high schoolers to choose how their second semester grades appear on their transcript, the Board of Education declared in a 7-1 vote today. Students can opt for their transcript to reflect a “pass” or one letter grade higher than what they received in the third quarter. A COVID-19 marker will also be added to all transcripts for the second semester.


US experiencing a blood shortage

By Rekha Leonard | May 11, 2020, 2:13 p.m. | In Print News »

The United States is experiencing a blood shortage due to mass cancellations of blood drives amidst concerns over large gatherings of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Local COVID-19 testing

By Ashley Thommana | April 30, 2020, 1:54 p.m. | In Print News »

In Maryland and Montgomery County, there are several COVID-19 testing sites. Compiled below is a list of testing sites within a few miles of Blair and the requirements for being tested.


New Montgomery County law limits rent increases

By Anna Fisher Lopez | April 29, 2020, 1:42 p.m. | In Print News »

County Executive Mark Elrich signed the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act on April 24 prohibiting landlords from raising rent more than 2.6 percent during or for the 180 days after Maryland’s state of emergency.


Hogan announces reopening plan, hopes to launch first stage in early May

By Abby Brier | April 24, 2020, midnight | In Print News »

Governor Larry Hogan announced Maryland’s reopening plan for the COVID-19 pandemic today in an afternoon press conference. Hogan said that his administration has been working hard to attain adequate testing, hospital capacity, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff for contact tracing in order to start the process of recovery. Once these criteria are met and doctors begin to see a decline in the rate of hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening plan will begin.


¿Estados Unidos le debería abrir las puertas a los refugiados de Siria?

By Emily Barrero | March 7, 2016, 1:50 p.m. | In La Esquina Latina »

Recientemente, los medios de comunicación han estado llenos de noticias sobre los acontecimientos que están ocurriendo en el medio oriente. A causa de una guerra civil, uno de los países que está siendo más afectado es Siria. Miles de personas están tratando la manera de huir de los enfrentamientos violentos y sangrientos.


Redadas de inmigrantes dividen a hogares hispanos

By Camila Fernandez Andres Perez | March 1, 2016, 1:22 p.m. | In La Esquina Latina »

En los primeros días del 2016, cientos de indocumentados fueron extraditados de sus casas debido a la acción ejecutiva del presidente Barack Obama, la cual tomó el 20 de noviembre del año 2014.


Northwood employee taken into custody

By Michelle Chavez | June 1, 2012, midnight | In Print News »

Northwood High School media services technician Aaron Lamere was arrested on May 7 and charged with over a dozen counts of sex-related crimes, according to police reports. A letter signed by Northwood Principal Henry Johnson was sent home informing students about the situation on the day of the arrest.



Tips and tricks for navigating recruitment

By Claire Sleigh | April 27, 2012, 12:59 p.m. | In Print Sports »

Sports in college operate on a whole different level: the competition is more intense, the training hours are longer and the pressure is much higher. But getting there can be the hardest part.


Tailoring content to our readers

By Claire Sleigh | April 27, 2012, 12:30 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

If you flip through an issue of Silver Chips from the past couple years, you'll find one topic suspiciously missing: what Blazers do once they graduate Blair.


Horticulture club starts gardening

By Ruth Aitken Hannah Weintraub | April 26, 2012, 11:51 a.m. | In Print News »

Blair's Horticulture club broke ground on the school's new water conservation landscape on April 14 with the cooperation of parents and student volunteers.


Math raps engage students

By Srividya Murthy | April 26, 2012, midnight | In Print News »

On March 14, in honor of Pi Day, Superintendent Joshua Starr tweeted a link to math teacher Jacob Scott's music video "Triangle Experts," raising the number of views of the video to nearly 7,000. Scott has gained countywide acclaim for pioneering a new genre of music: math rapping.


Blair staff continues AP push

By Michelle Chavez | April 26, 2012, midnight | In Print News »

Blair is holding its first Advanced Placement (AP) boot camp this year with a grant from the Montgomery County Education Foundation. Media Specialist Andrea Lamphier worked with the social studies department to organize the boot camp for two Saturday sessions and two after-school sessions.


Council evaluates dropout prevention spending

By Srividya Murthy | April 26, 2012, midnight | In Print News »

The Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) released a report on county-funded alternative programs for students at risk of dropping out. The study was sponsored by the County Council to evaluate the success of these programs in preparing at-risk students for college and the workforce.


The other side of Blair sports

By Sarah Wilson | March 29, 2012, 2:05 p.m. | In Print Sports »

"First of all, I don't like Frisbee, I love it. And second of all, 'Frisbee' is a wham-o disc, 'Ultimate' is a lifestyle," jokes junior Devin Rutan, a co-captain of Blair's Ultimate Frisbee team, "Home Cooked." The Ultimate team, along with crew, paddling, running, ice hockey, are Blair's club sports, meaning that they don't receive school funding, their coaches and referees are not paid for by the school and they don't follow country established schedules for competitions.


Restrictions are the driving force behind safe roads

By Puck Bregstone | March 20, 2012, 12:12 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

In a recent study, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recorded and analyzed the deaths of teens in the age range of 16-19 in order to access the effectiveness of the Graduated Licensing System (GLS). According to their findings, after the implementation of the GLS, states have suffered 1,348 fewer fatal automobile accidents with 16-year-olds behind the wheel. But in the same period of time 1,086 more 18-year-olds have been killed behind the wheel.



The place of a parent

By Claire Koenig | March 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

The Latin expression in loco parentis gives schools and institutions the right to speak for their students' best interests in dire instances. Administrations in schools have saved lives in crises and protected students when their parents could not. But although our schools can shoulder that legal burden while we are behind their gates, does it hold that they should keep it with them at all times?

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