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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...

‘Twilight’ preaches backward, anti-feminist values

By Lauren Pires Arts Editor

November 24, 2009

What’s undead, anti-feminist and sparkly all over? Edward Cullen, of course. Since Stephenie Meyer released her best-selling series Twilight in 2005, the series has had nothing but success. From its crazed tween girl fans, to its older more mature audience, it seems that nobody can resist Edward...

The Gospel According to Gloger

By Ben Gloger Staff Columnist

November 24, 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 recently came out, and to be frank, I’m as happy as your girlfriend was at the premiere of Twilight: New Moon. While much of the joy over the arrival of this video game stems from how it will provide me with a medium to finally satiate my long festering, almost...

Play’s censorship sets frightening precedent

November 24, 2009

Chicago, a famous musical about sex and murder, lit up the stage this month. After months of preparation, the hardworking cast and crew were excitedly awaiting opening night to showcase their hard work and talent. That is, until an appointed panel of staff members was chosen to cut out some lines, a...

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