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Are We Safe?

Are We Safe?

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, 17, and Dylan Klebold, 18, shot and killed 12 fellow students and one teacher, injuring another 21, before they both committed suicide at Columbine High School in Colorado. At the time, it was recorded as the deadliest high school shooting in US history. In the 17 years since this […]

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Veterans Welcome at “First Junior College in the State”

Veterans Welcome at “First Junior College in the State”

Part one of a two-part series celebrating Montgomery College’s 70th Anniversary. “Veterans… included some of the best students I ever had in a class. They were serious about their education. They were older and more mature than those coming straight from high school.… Courses that might prove difficult for them were not evaded or dropped…The […]

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Professor on Patrol

Professor on Patrol

At 6 a.m. on a bitter-cold Saturday morning in February, Ed Riggs ‘69 is behind the wheel of his Honda Civic for the hour-long drive from his home in Maryland to Liberty Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. As a senior member of the ski patrol team, he will spend the day monitoring the mountain, preventing accidents, […]

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Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

As a kid, biology major Michael Parsons told his mother he wanted to play ice hockey. She agreed but insisted he learn to figure skate first so he would have strong skills on the ice. He has not stopped skating since. At the 2016 World Junior Championship, Parsons won the silver medal for ice dancing […]

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Few people are comfortable talking about death—let alone preparing for it. But procrastination doesn’t do any good, says author, speaker, and funeral planning expert Gail Rubin ’78. Through her radio talk shows, books, blogs, and speaking events, Rubin helps people start conversations about the taboo topic. “Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant,” […]

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Downsize and Organize for a Better Life—and a Better Death

Downsize and Organize for a Better Life—and a Better Death

5 Tips on What You Need to Know to Save Money, Time, and Sanity 1. Empty storage units. Did you rent a storage unit to “temporarily” store some must-keep items that didn’t have a place in your home? Take a hard look at what’s in those units. Are those items even worth the rent? Clear […]

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NASA, We Have a Problem

NASA, We Have a Problem

In the small, well-lit corner lab, Lyudmyla Panashchenko ’05 places a capacitor into the Zeiss scanning electron microscope, or SEM, and closes the chamber. When she activates it, the SEM will pump the chamber with the sample down to a vacuum and trace a focused electron beam over the sample and generate a high resolution […]

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Veteran Police Officer Takes Top Security Position

Veteran Police Officer Takes Top Security Position

In August 2015, the College hired Ms. Shawn Harrison as the director of public safety and emergency management. A 35-year veteran of law enforcement, she spent the first 26 years at the Baltimore City Police Department in various capacities including patrol, sexual assault and child abuse investigator, internal affairs, police academy instructor, and executive protection […]

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Cartoonist Richard Thompson Made Us Laugh

Cartoonist Richard Thompson Made Us Laugh

The award-winning cartoonist Richard Thompson, widely known for his syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac and Richard’s Poor Almanac cartoons, died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease on July 27, 2016. This is personal. I knew and loved Richard Thompson long before he became famous. We worked together on the staff of The Spur, the student […]

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Artist in Residence Raj Bunnag

Artist in Residence Raj Bunnag

When Raj Bunnag ’07 was young he doodled constantly—in notebooks, on his school papers, on anything in reach. Later, as an art student at Montgomery College, he honed printmaking skills—drawing, carving, inking, and using various methods to reproduce his doodles, which, by then, were conceptual and elaborate designs. “Raj was one of those students I’d […]

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