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CHS likes it in As You Like It

CHS likes it in As You Like It

By Garret Birnbaum, Staff Writer

June 8, 2018

CHS’s advanced theater class put on a modern reenactment of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” May 21 and 22 with the help of drama teacher Naomi Ratz. “As You Like It” is about a women Rosalind (Alex Mamalian) and her sister Celia (Areya Jade), who were banished from their uncle’s court. Th...

Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

March 1, 2013

When senior Shira Racoosin was in the first grade, her parents signed her up for recreational basketball and soccer teams. When she began dribbling the soccer ball with her hands, it became adamantly clear that basketball was her calling. From that point on, Shira dedicated herself to only basketball. S...

Constant repairs on canal disrupt visitors

Constant repairs on canal disrupt visitors

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

October 1, 2012

The C&O Canal provides a respite from suburbia’s relentless traffic and congestion. It is the perfect place to relax and appreciate the beauty of nature. But most people don’t realize how hard government officials and volunteers have to work to maintain this famous landmark. Construction of t...

Students should consider single-sex colleges

Students should consider single-sex colleges

By Emily Birnbaum, Features Editor

May 25, 2012

Barnard College is a sprawling green haven in the middle of New York City. Its alumnae include famous politicians, actors and writers. Despite its impressiveness, few CHS students will even consider Barnard because it is all-female. Only three percent of women in the country attend women’s colleg...

‘Daily Dose’ should apologize for suffrage segment

'Daily Dose' should apologize for suffrage segment

By Emily Birnbaum, Contest Manager

March 26, 2012

A Caucasian reporter points his microphone at an African-American student and asks, "Would you like to sign this petition against African-American suffrage? African-Americans have been suffering for too long." As the student leans down to sign the petition, the Caucasian reporter looks into the camera—and...

Congressional bill putsTumblr, other sites at risk

By By Emily Birnbaum, Contest Manager and Skylar Whitman, Staff Writer

December 20, 2011

There is nothing like threatening to take away Facebook to get teenagers involved in politics. The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT-IP), which is currently pending in Congress, would make it easier for the government to remove cop...

Rape increases in district, decreases in county

By Emily Birnbaum, Contest Manager

November 22, 2011

Washington D.C. suffered a 25 percent increase in the number of forcible rapes in 2010 from 2009, and Maryland suffered a six percent increase, despite a four percent decrease in Montgomery County.   Forcible rape is defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program as sexual intercourse w...

Obama’s education plans calls for sweeping reform

By By Emily Birnbaum, Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

President Obama again made his plans known to overhaul President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, in his Jan. 25 State of the Union address, but the outcome is still in doubt—for Congress and students.  If the president’s proposals make it through Congress, high school students...

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