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Kyle in Context

By Kyle Edwards, Online Humor Columnist

September 27, 2011

Pools are closing, schools are starting up again, and the new football season has just begun. Summer is over, but planning for next summer's blockbuster season is just beginning. Capitalism is equal to successful manipulation, and blockbuster season screams capitalism—just like the sharing principles...

MLK Memorial Displays Inaccuracies

By Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News Editor

September 23, 2011

After over 20 years of planning, fundraising and building, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened to the public Aug. 22. As visitors enter the memorial, and approach the statue of Dr. King, one side reads “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” a quote attributed to...

The Cook Book

By Charles Cook, Staff Columnist

May 13, 2011

As I near the end of my second semester as a junior and enter the final phase of the upperclassmanship that is senior year, it is interesting to reflect upon my life at CHS over the past few months. In particular, I’m beginning to notice the things around the school that would have previously been...

CHS school spirit reaches all-time low

May 13, 2011

Every year, CHS students are required to go to the fall pep rally. And every year, numerous students seem to be “missing “  from the event, and many of those who actually attend seem eager to leave early. Being in charge of school spirit can be quite a burden at CHS. At the end of this year, social...

SSL needs revamping, current procedures tedious

By Joe Nolan, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

The current process students must undergo to acquire the necessary 75 student service learning (SSL) hours for graduation is complicated, and the policy on acceptable activities is too restrictive.   To obtain SSL hours, students are required to fill out a preapproval form which must be submitted...

Supreme Court case could break the glass ceiling

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Many consider workers’ rights to be an outdated issue considering how much of U.S. history was spent fighting for labor rights. Since the enactment of the eight-hour workday, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the formation of numerous labor unions, many citizens believe that workers’ rights are guaranteed...

The myth of the Ivy: Is reputation overrated?

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-In-Chief

May 13, 2011

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Yale. The Ivy League. To some, they are the most prestigious; they receive the most money, and they are the schools many students spend their high school careers dreaming of. Students believe that if they get into...

D.C. school vouchers hurt lower-income families

By Sarah Reitzes, News Editor

April 11, 2011

MCPS may be considered one of the best school systems in the country, and CHS one of the top 100 high schools, but right next door the D.C. public school system is considered one of the worst. If House of Representatives speaker John Boehner’s bill to revive D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program...

Face off: Cougars on the prowl not welcome at CHS

By Carly Rotter, Staff Writer

April 11, 2011

Looking at a picture of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, something seems wrong. It’s not the fact that I am not the girl holding Justin’s hand. It’s the fact that Selena Gomez looks like his babysitter.   Gomez is what we call a cougar, a woman who prefers the companionship of a younger male,...

Face off: Double standard limits females’ quest for love

By Spencer Levy, Public Relations

April 11, 2011

There’s no denying it, CHS. I am a cougar, and I have taken a lot of heat for it, but I stand by my decision. Despite the hate and opposition, there is nothing wrong with this way of life. The population of cougars at CHS has been on the rise lately, especially in the senior class, and there is nothing...

The Cook Book

By Charles Cook, Columnist

April 11, 2011

Congratulations, lucky reader, you have just turned to the grandest article to ever be printed in the Observer, the first of my new column series: The Cookbook. From here on out, this page will consistently be graced with love, laughter and literary excellence.   Now, seeing as how first impressions...

Nuclear energy effects dramatized by media

April 11, 2011

In the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, less than half of the American public is in favor of nuclear energy. According to a March 22 CBS News poll, only 43 percent of Americans approve of building new nuclear power facilities, a 14 percent decrease from 2008. While the situation in Japan is...

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