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E-Books devalue reading

By Dina Khatib Online Observations Editor

March 2, 2010

Everyone remembers the first time he or she read through an entire book from start to finish. The book was probably five pages long and filled with more colorful doodles than actual words, but nonetheless, it was like an invitation to the big kid world, giving us something worthwhile to brag about to...

The Gospel According to Gloger

By Ben Glolger Staff Columnist

March 2, 2010

Churchill, something is wrong. Hideously, horribly wrong. I don’t know what’s happening to me. My teachers no longer make any sense, emitting a babble that not even Charlie Brown himself could understand. The school building, a place I once cherished so dearly that I often found it impossible to...

County should place priority on teachers

By Maya Montayne Opinions Editor

March 2, 2010

In a county known for the academic strength and dedication of its students, a budget plan for the coming year has been created that favors the priorities of MCPS executives and non-student related groups rather than those of teachers and students. It is far from surprising that CHS and other Montgomery...

Students should reconsider UMDCP

By Bobby Hirsh Observations Editor Brett Mead Sports Editor and Brett Mead, Sports Editor

January 5, 2010

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Airbrushed models send girls the wrong message

By Dina Khatib Online Observations

January 5, 2010

Warning: do not expect to pick up a magazine to see a real, natural face on the cover. Due to a new trend sweeping the media, fake, plastic-looking, wrinkle- and blemish-free faces are gracing magazine covers with the help of so much airbrushing that the individuals look borderline alien. Rather...

America must improve Muslim world relations

By Justin Rheingold Online Breaking News Editor

January 5, 2010

It has now been a year, a month and 18 days since Barack Obama was elected president and took the reins of our country into his own hands. Over the previous months, speeches have been made to Congress, to leaders of the Muslim world, to West Point cadets and to the Nobel Committee—all laying out the...

The Gospel According to Gloger

By Ben Glogler Staff Columnist

January 5, 2010

The song comes on and immediately you recognize the booming voice as the one and only Notorious B.I.G. The words pulsate through your gut with the consistency of a snare drum as Cristopher George Wallace A.K.A. Biggie Smalls assails you with the haunting story of his youth in the classic song “Party...

D.C must stand firm in fight for gay rights

By Maya Montayne Opinions Editor

January 5, 2010

What are the first words that come to mind at the thought of church? Charity, holiness, purity, and good will to all. But blackmail? Due to a gay marriage law being proposed in Washington D.C., the archdiocese of Washington has put the district in an unfair, difficult position. In an immature attempt...

How to make hallways peaceful between classes

By Dina Khatib Online Observations Editor

November 24, 2009

Next class: 140 feet away. Turn left out of previous classroom, walk approximately 100 feet forward, turn right, walk 40 feet, approach final destination on the left. These directions sound simple, right? Well, when considering all of the hallway foot traffic and pushing and shoving that lay ahead, walking...

There must be an end to swiping school lunches

By Alec Fanaroff Staff Writer

November 24, 2009

A serious problem plagues CHS. To make things worse, it goes unspoken by students and administrators. You could even say it has been swept under the rug, like crumbs from a sandwich. The problem I speak of is the stealing of lunches—a crime comparable to a felony in my opinion. Before you start...

Maryland must reform its medical marijuana laws

By Vasant Joseph Editor-in-Chief

November 24, 2009

Although the street corners of Montgomery County are hardly rife with drug dealers, recreational marijuana use is still prevalent among teens and young adults, and according to a 2005 Monitoring the Future study, cited by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), 44.7 percent of high school seniors have tried...

College recruiters stalk students into applying

By Eric Levin Staff Writer

November 24, 2009

There are two mediums that colleges will employ to convince you to apply to them: letters and e-mails. They may seem similar at first glance, but close observation will reveal two very different purposes. While the letters are sent out to get your attention, the e-mails are tasked with getting you in...

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