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Dinner at your doorstep

By Abednego Togas | May 16, 2020, 7:07 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

In only a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly damaged many of America’s central industries. The food industry, in particular, has been forced to climb a steep learning curve as it races to adapt to a reality in which hungry customers are not allowed to step through the front doors. Fortunately, there is a solution for both businesses and consumers, even as most states have ordered stay-at-home orders: food delivery services such as Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

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.

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.

Inspirational epics

By Claire Sleigh, Claire Koenig | March 13, 2012, 2:28 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Second semester seniors can smell the end of the school year from months away. It's the light at the end of the tunnel; a carrot dangling from a very, very long stick. And sometimes the tantalizing taste of oh-so-close freedom can be a little…distracting. We lose the drive, the focus. We loaf.

Go beyond the counter with new cold remedies

By Peter McNally | Feb. 2, 2012, 10:40 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

As we enter the icy heart of the winter months, Blazers continue to succumb to the perilous symptoms of the common cold. Although many head to the pharmacies to stock up on Ricola and NyQuil, there is a whole universe of alternative remedies that you won't find at CVS.

Time's running out. What should you do before its too late?

By Zoe Waldrop | Feb. 2, 2012, 10:28 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

As seniors receive admission decisions and start planning for next year, they start to look around the hallowed walls of Blair and begin to wonder what they will miss most about high school. But this December seniors aren't the only ones who have cause to look at Blair with a sense of impending nostalgia. Be it in plague, explosion, pollution or flood, it's pretty much a fact that the end of the world is coming in 2012… Maybe. It's time to look at all the things that are still left to be accomplished and create a plan of action. The internet is riddled with suggestions of things that are simply necessary to experience before you kick the bucket. But these ideas are lacking in creativity, and might, perhaps, devastate the rest of your life just in case the Mayans were off in their calculations. So! We set off on a perilous journey through school rules and policies into a Pandora's Box of rebellious deeds to do before we die. Let's begin at Blair.

Where's the beef: local Jamaican eateries reviewed

By Eliza Wapner | Dec. 14, 2011, 12:01 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Blazers recall the legendary "Beef Patty Man,” the elusive entrepreneur who brought a little taste of the Caribbean to Blair in the form of beef patties. The Beef Patty Man would sell his goods at prices that would fly up to fifteen dollars a patty, but Blazers would empty their wallets for this exotic lunch. But now that the Beef Patty Man is gone, it's up to Blazers to find their own patty paradise at a much cheaper cost.

Streaming floods the net

By Puck Bregstone | Nov. 17, 2011, 11:05 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Two acts of danger, daggers and desire

By Simrin Gupta | Nov. 10, 2011, 11:22 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Blair's production of the classic 'The Three Musketeers' is chock-full of sword fighting, swashbuckling and surrender. The play is an action-packed masterpiece featuring plenty of pranks and riotous banter. The production has a lot to live up to, seeing as director Paul Anderson released a major motion picture adaptation only two weeks ago, but then again, it's not being performed by your average high school theatre group.

The Secret Life of the Average Blazer

By Simrin Gupta | Oct. 26, 2011, 11:10 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Teen pregnancy, coming out stories, fashionistas, relationship drama, crazy parents and bullying. Though it may not seem like they have much in common, they're part of the secret formula writers use when they pitch the average high school TV show. Now there's no denying that every high school has its fair share of drama so in a school as diverse as Blair, one would think that we would be able to relate to all of this, right? I think we can all agree that Blair may get a little crazy at times, but we can consider ourselves lucky that it's not as crazy as some shows make it out to be.

Restaurant Olympics

By Hannah Weintraub | Oct. 7, 2011, 11:19 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

When walking along Georgia Avenue in Downtown Silver Spring, it's easy to do a double take. Camouflaged in the patchwork of restaurants and shops are two nearly identical Greek restaurants. The two popular restaurants, The Greek Place and The Big Greek Café, share a complicated history that begins at the Greek Place. The owners of local restaurants partnered together and founded The Big Greek Café in March of 2008. In 2009, according to Daniel Centeno the chef at the current Big Greek Café, the partners split and the original Big Greek Café closed down briefly. When it reopened a few weeks later, it was renamed as The Greek Place. One partner moved right down the street and opened his own Greek restaurant. The new restaurant opened in July of 2009 as The (Original) Big Greek Café. Confused yet? Jose Garcia, the manager of The Greek Place, has a different take on the story. "We came first, then they opened down the street when they saw a lot of business here," he says. Despite the proximity and confusing history, Centeno and Garcia both attest that there is no competition between the two restaurants; there are enough Greek-food lovers to go around. For any Blazer, the choice between the two Greek eateries can be tricky. As a homage to the restaurants' Greek roots, Silver Chips is pitting these two restaurants against each other in the Olympic Games of Greek Restaurants. In order to win, the restaurant must impress in three categories: appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Ultimately, only one restaurant will go home with the gold.

Chips Trip: Zumba

By Sarah Wilson, Helen Bowers | Oct. 7, 2011, 11:07 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

The last time I danced, I performed a solo interpretation of The Ugly Duckling at age seven. I admit now that my smug self-satisfaction over my feathered boa and ambitious decision to portray a bird may have hurt my ability to gauge the audience's reaction. I can now only imagine the parents' shocked horror in what surely appeared to be a disappointing plot twist: I transitioned from awkward duckling to graceful swan but the terrible dancing continued without change. I quit shortly after that.

A Hidden D.C. Treasure is Unearthed

By Zoe Waldrop | Oct. 7, 2011, 9:53 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Passing by the White House and the grandeur of Washington D.C.'s public buildings and monuments sets up many expectations. But when entering the back door of the Department of Commerce building, these expectations are immediately replaced with the set of plastic hammerhead shark models hanging above the security check. The stairs lead down to the basement where natural light and marble trim disappear. The brown, six-foot long sharks are there to guard one of D.C.'s best-kept secrets - the oldest aquarium in the United States.

Off the wall at Walmart

By Helen Bowers, Simrin Gupta | June 7, 2011, 11:40 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Whether you're a fan of the low prices and vast selection or if you greatly oppose the environmental impact and harsh mistreatment of their workers, there is no denying that Walmart is one thing and one thing only: a playground. With vast, unattended spaces and a labyrinth of shelves of objects to be misused, it is almost impossible to resist temptation. And how better to prepare ourselves for the incoming Walmart branches in the DC area (one on Georgia, New York, New Jersey Avenues and another on East Capitol Street) than to try out some of the online tips for having fun at Walmart. So your two daring, brave Silver Chips star reporters decided to breech the rules of consumer etiquette and wreak havoc at Walmart.

Summer Sounds

By Simrin Gupta | June 2, 2011, 10:57 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

With school finally winding down and summer right around the corner, some of the hottest artists are busy prepping for some sweet summer shows. If you're sticking around this summer, quit looking for ways to beat the heat - listen to some great beats instead. Some scorching tours are happening close to home.

Blair Pair - Hip-hop, Hugh Hefner and no teapots make for the perfect marriage

By Jewel Galbraith, Helen Bowers | March 10, 2011, 12:10 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Ah springtime, the season of love. In high school, finding that special someone requires more than just instinct; it requires time, money and patience. But Silver Chips has a solution for your stale love life: Blair Pair, where we pair prospective soulmates on dates!

Blair Pair - Food for thought: Senior Blazers bond over aspirations for the future

By Helen Bowers | March 10, 2011, 11:50 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Ah springtime, the season of love. In high school, finding that special someone requires more than just instinct; it requires time, money and patience. But Silver Chips has a solution for your stale love life: Blair Pair, where we pair prospective soulmates on dates!

Braving the boulevard

By Eli Okun, Natalie Rutsch | March 10, 2011, 11:43 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

T-5 minutes. You leap from a moving vehicle, slam the door shut and join the herd making its way toward the entrance. Once inside, you confront a new set of obstacles: From the slick floors to the confusing maze of halls, the journey promises to be difficult. But before you reach your destination, a chime overhead seals your fate. It's 7:25 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and another day at Montgomery Blair High School has begun.

Cruisin' cuisine

By Claire Koenig | March 10, 2011, 11:35 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Washington, D.C., is quickly becoming one of the food truck capitals of the country, with over 30 trucks roaming the city streets today and at least seven more getting ready to open up shop in the next year or so. The culinary concept behind each of the trucks is unique and tasty; ranging from Canadian poutine on hot dogs to gourmet french fries and milkshakes, the trucks' interesting choices span several continents. So next time you're looking for a fast, satisfying bite to eat downtown, spring for these quirky alternatives.

Celebrate a mad March, Chips-style

By Jialin Quinlan, Natalie Rutsch | March 10, 2011, 11:29 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

It's March: The temperatures are finally rising, the Mardi Gras king cake is long gone and the only holiday to look forward to is St. Patrick's Day, right? Wrong. March offers a slew of holidays and observances so wacky you won't even have time to ask, "What exactly is the Great American Meat Out (March 20)?" Starting with Pig Day (March 1) and ending with Bunsen Burner Day (March 31), the third month really does have it all. Here are a few Chips-tested ideas on how to celebrate our favorite March observances.

From late bells to wedding bells

By Natalie Rutsch | Feb. 9, 2011, 12:19 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Ah, Montgomery Blair High School. What's more romantic than the overcrowded halls, the disappointing football games or the sweaty homecoming dances? It doesn't get much more picturesque than meeting "the one" at a table in the SAC littered with styrofoam Cup O'Noodles.

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