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The Pandemic and pollution

By Sean Li | Oct. 16, 2020, 10:31 p.m. | In Print Features »

For the past seven months, our world has been one with cleaner air and fewer cars on the road—hallmarks of a sustainable, eco-friendly future that society has imagined for decades.

Going on the record: classrooms on camera

By Samatha Rodriguez | Oct. 16, 2020, 10:02 p.m. | In Print Features »

As schools settle into a routine of online classes, the requirement for teachers to record lessons has caused controversy among teachers, parents, and students over privacy rights.

Q&A with Rahman Culver, Blair's new Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator

By Renata Muñoz | Oct. 16, 2020, 9:48 p.m. | In Print Features »

Why was the Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator position created specifically this year?

For the people or for the privileged?

By Rekha Leonard and Maia Egnal | Oct. 16, 2020, 3:50 p.m. | In Print Features »

While neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night prevents the post office from delivering the mail, the federal government aiming to defund it might. Over the past few months, President Donald Trump has expressed his opposition to funding the United States Postal Service (USPS) on the grounds that he fears voting by mail will increase voter fraud.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... my college application?

By Aviva Bechky | June 18, 2020, 12:33 p.m. | In Print Features »

Cancelled SATs. Pass/incomplete grades. Disrupted extracurriculars. Changes in financial aid status. Interviews moving online. This year’s college admissions have been thrown into uncharted territory because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both students and colleges are navigating a new process, marked by a lack of in-person resources. From testing to financial aid, this year is different, and some students are unsure of how to handle it.

Ventilators, virals, and vaccines

By Clark Zhang | June 1, 2020, 8:52 p.m. | In Print Features »

Ever since the COVID-19 began in China in December 2019, humanity has scrambled to find ways to treat the disease. When a novel disease emerges, treatment often comes in three steps: life support, anti-virals, and vaccines.

Helping seniors in trying times

By Ashley Thommana | May 19, 2020, 11:13 p.m. | In Print Features »

Carrying plastic bags filled to the brim with groceries, a teen volunteer dons protective equipment to drop off groceries at the front door of a neighbor’s house. As a member of “Teens Helping Seniors,” the volunteer is delivering groceries and other essentials to the homes of the elderly and immunocompromised.

Weathering a $2.8 billion shortfall

By Kathryn LaLonde, Oliver Goldman | May 14, 2020, 10:36 p.m. | In Print Features »

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers across the globe have shuttered themselves in their homes, making only occasional public appearances to shop for groceries or go for a socially distanced jog. Once-bustling city streets and storefronts are hauntingly empty. Unemployment levels have skyrocketed with unprecedented speed and magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of beloved small businesses have shut their doors, some temporarily in accordance with government orders, but many for good.

How midwives are supporting pregnant women amidst COVID-19

By Rekha Leonard | May 13, 2020, 2:56 p.m. | In Print Features »

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital visits are bringing greater and greater inherent risks, leaving many pregnant women searching for alternative places to give birth. As a result, many midwives are seeing an increase in clients looking to give birth at home or in birthing centers. According to the National Institute of Health, in the US, only about one percent of babies are born at home, but some prenatal care workers and experts predict that COVID-19 encouraging women to deliver outside of the hospital might cause a spike in the percentage this year.

Blair slam poets move to their own beats

By Emma Bergman | March 14, 2012, 11:18 a.m. | In Print Features »

"Beautiful black women mother of the earth/A skin who's been embraced by the sun but led by a curse." These words begin senior Andy Mbala's poem entitled "Black Women."

On the tip of the tongue

By Puck Bregstone | March 14, 2012, 11:09 a.m. | In Print Features »

At the age of four, junior Tranelle Dodson was sitting in her living room when her aunt collapsed from a stroke. Dodson rushed into the kitchen to warn her mother, but the words just would not come out.

With friends, there's always a home court advantage

By Emma Bergman | March 8, 2012, 11:35 a.m. | In Print Features »

Some friendship roles are universal: the jokester, the listener, the leader. Not so common is a friend group that also has the forwards, the point guard and the captains. For best friends and senior varsity basketball players Morgan Chase, Adrienne Jackson, Johanna Lopez, Olivia Nono and Myla Sapp, friendship and basketball are inseparable.

Country in Profile: Kenya

By Zoe Waldrop | Feb. 17, 2012, 11:45 a.m. | In Print Features »

At her boarding school in the Central Province of Kenya, Eunice Muchemi's English teacher often moved the lesson to a field in the wildlife reserve just outside campus where monkeys, giraffes and antelopes mingled.

Starting their first year at Blair, but also their last

By Katie Pohlman | Feb. 17, 2012, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Features »

Bertha Garcia walked in the door on the first day of school and was shocked by the number of students she saw and intimidated by the size of Blair. Although she tried her hardest, she got lost several times. She took wrong turns here and there, and walked into stairwell hallways instead of real ones. This may sound like a typical first day for freshman Blazers, but Garcia is a transfer student and this is her senior year.

Battling stereotypes in surround sound

By Emma Bergman | Dec. 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. | In Print Features »

The ventures of most third graders end up abandoned with gobs of Elmer's glue and a few bucks to serve as mementos of far flung dreams of greatness. When now freshmen Zeke Wapner, Ben Miller, Michael Untereiner and Ian Askew decided to start a band in the third grade, not much more was expected of them.

Country in profile: Eritrea

By Adam Kadir | Nov. 7, 2011, 1:14 p.m. | In Print Features »

Exchange student compares his time in Eritrea, Germany and the United State

Red dead addiction

By Sarah Wilson | Oct. 28, 2011, 11:41 a.m. | In Print Features »

Link began his quests at Death Mountain in 1986 when he first rescued Princess Zelda from Ganon, the Prince of Darkness, and saved the Kingdom with a Silver Arrow, but most video-gaming Blazers began their quests in a basement with a GameCube ten years ago. It's more or less the same story for junior Fen Kemp and senior Jack Vaughan as they discuss their experiences playing "The Legend of Zelda" over lunch.

Johnson takes a hands-on approach at Blair

By Katie Pohlman | Oct. 7, 2011, 7:06 p.m. | In Print Features »

Those new flowerpots by Blair's front door are not just there to mark a new school year; they are there to announce the coming of a new principal and the changes that she is bringing with her. Principal Renay Johnson has big plans in mind and is putting some in action as she begins to leave her mark on Blair.

Life on the Median

By Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Sept. 20, 2011, 3:17 p.m. | In Print Features »

They come earlier and stay later than any student. They work weekends and summers. While we sit in our climate-controlled school, building our futures, they stand in the heat or cold, begging to maintain their present. Just across the intersection of Colesville Road and University Boulevard, the "panhandlers" pace sidewalks and medians for hours every day, holding cardboard signs and jingling coins in plastic cups. Many different panhandlers visit the intersection, but some "regulars" have been coming to Four Corners for decades. The intersection and small commercial center surrounding Blair attracts many panhandlers, often five in a day.

From handcuffs to hallways

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. | In Print Features »

Conducting blood pattern analyses, chasing suspects on motorbike, and finding bullet trajectories seems more like a day in the life of an actor on CSI, not of the security guard who patrols Blair's back halls. But just a few years ago Maureen Walsh was documenting homicides and dodging bullets for the Washington, D.C., Police Department.

Communicating through creation

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 12:14 p.m. | In Print Features »

Senior Talia Mason stands red-faced and panting with a feeling of satisfaction after performing a series of jumps, leaps and twirls in front of a group of her peers at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. The routine, which she painstakingly arranged herself is more than series of movements — it is an expression of her thoughts and feelings into a kinetic work of art.

Expanding the lunchroom

By Stella Bartholet | June 8, 2011, 11:53 a.m. | In Print Features »

Senior Roxana Treminio used to resort to going hungry during the school day. She did not know that she could qualify for free meals until last year, when her younger sister brought a county-government form home and asked her parents to fill it out. Now that Treminio receives school-provided meals, she is able to eat a full meal without waiting until she gets home.

The student sabbatical

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Features »

Class of 2010 graduate, Gemma Deustachio, lives on her own off of a mere three dollars a day. She gets up at six every morning and works with at-risk fourth graders in Washington D.C., and she loves it.

Spirits ‘flii' at Puzzle Palooza

By Eliza Wapner | June 7, 2011, 11:52 a.m. | In Print Features »

Senior CJ Argue hangs another blue beaded Mardi Gras necklace around his neck. His face and body are already caked with blue and white face paint, giving him the appearance of a retro superhero; a blue and white Israeli flag drapes proudly over his back.

A new school of thought

By Stella Bartholet | June 7, 2011, 11:51 a.m. | In Print Features »

Like any typical Blair student, sophomore Conlan Mayer-Marks grudgingly wakes up at six in the morning, brushes his teeth and gets dressed. But instead of throwing on the standard t-shirt and jeans, Mayer-Marks neatly buttons up a military uniform.

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