• Arts & Entertainment
    Out of Left Field: Dear Tabloids, YOU DON’T KNOW ME. Sincerely, Katie Holmes

    I blame the radiator, really. After all, if the device in my car that controls the temperature gage had not threatened to erupt at speeds over 30 miles an hour, I wouldn’t have ended up on the Metro that day. And I wouldn’t have met her. 00

  • Arts & Entertainment
    The Killers Recover from the Bombastic Sam’s Town

    The Killers are back. Their new album Day & Age is everything that the last album, Sam’s Town, was not. The Las Vegas band took a gamble with their previous collection but in simple words, it was a bust. It lacked true rock n’ roll. Almost every song used a synthesizer, and...

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Calling All 30 Rock Viewers… All Three of You

    Thursday night. To the bulk of WJ students that means one thing: The Office. But while The Office is undeniably awesome, at 30 minutes an episode it always seems to be painfully short. To fill the void left after a half hour of hilarity, it’s time to start sticking around for NBC’s...

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Heartbreak Never Sounded So Good

    Kanye West climbed to the top of the hip-hop universe by beating rappers at their own game, using catchy beats and intelligent lyrics in his first three studio albums to establish himself as the best artist in the rap game. In 808’s & Heartbreak, West strays from the usual and sings, rather...

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Great Films are Made of Milk

    No other word can accurately describe Milk, other than sensational. At a time when homosexuals had to fight tooth and nail to make themselves heard, to have the rights that they deserved, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) was the one man who really gave a damn. The film travels through the last eight...

  • Feature
    When I Was Your Age, Toys Were Life-Threatening

    This holiday season, many lucky teens can expect to unwrap the hottest new gadget, whether it be a top-of-the-line iPod or a new touch-screen cell phone.  Yet there was a time not long ago when toy makers gave “hottest new gadget” a completely different definition.  Whether a toy was considered cool or...

  • Feature
    From South Africa to South Korea: It’s Not Just About Santa

    Adorned with ornaments, tinsel and lights flickering a rainbow-like array of colors is the Christmas tree. Then there is  Old Saint Nick with his full white beard, gleaming blue eyes and red hat with a puffy white ball resting precariously atop his head. These are the sights of Christmas in America. But...

  • Feature
    The Insider’s Guide to the Holidays: Feeling Poor? DIY Gifts!

    With the economy declining, we could all use a few extra dollars in our pockets.  These four gift ideas from the heart will keep your pockets heavy and your friends and family filled with holiday cheer. For Mom and Dad:Peppermint Pretzel RodsPrice Range: around $6 and makes 15-25 pretzelsLevel of difficulty: EasyWhat...

  • Feature
    A Day in the Life Of: The Mall Santa

    Forget college apps, transcript requests and the SAT. Ever since I walked into the plastic log cabin pitched in the middle of Montgomery Mall I’ve been counting down the days until I could be the one sporting a velvet hat, black boots and patent leather belt buckle. Since I was eight, I’ve...

  • Opinion
    Curveball: Ironed Private Pants vs. Public No-Pants

    As many of you already know, outside of WJ there is a whole other world of education, a whole new brand of the purgatory that is high school, a world of collared, button down shirts, pre-frayed hats cocked to one side and most importantly, the bros that fill them. Now most students...

  • Opinion
    Point-Counterpoint: MCPS Pays the Price for New Holiday

    If January 20, 2005 had not fallen on a Saturday, would MCPS have considered shutting down all facilities so that students could witness President Elect George Bush’s inauguration into office?  The 1997 inauguration of President Bill Clinton happened on a Monday and school was not canceled. Whether or not we live in...

  • Opinion
    Point-Counterpoint: Board of Ed. Makes Right Call in Cancelling School

    The Board of Education made the right decision in closing schools on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The significance of this moment in American history coupled with the logistical nightmare it would be to open schools warrants the closing of MCPS. We must make the most of the unique opportunity presented to us...

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