The Black and White

Reality tv teaches more than street smarts

By Melanie Goldberg March 24, 2011

The morning of the March 12 SAT, I woke up after nine hours of sleep, ate a healthy, balanced breakfast and double-checked my bag for pencils, snacks, a calculator and, of course, spare batteries.But nothing...

Senior superlatives are anything but super

By Melanie Goldberg March 3, 2011

It’s that time of year again, when seniors hoping to score a superlative begin eyeing each other suspiciously in the halls, sizing up their competition.Students put a lot of stock in senior superlatives,...

Members of the GSA participated in a Day of Silence last year to bring attention to LGBT bullying. Photo courtesy Clara McCreery.

Gay-Straight Alliance reemerges at Whitman with strong support

By Melanie Goldberg January 21, 2011

For teens struggling with their sexuality, the Gay Straight Alliance is committed to creating a supportive and sympathetic environment. Under the leadership of senior co-presidents Clara McCreery...

Ryan Bennett: the man with the movies

By Melanie Goldberg January 5, 2011

The video opens on a dark room where a single bright light illuminates a young man crouched over a letter. “It’s been about three months since I’ve killed Sam,” the letter reads. “Sector 69...

Last minute, savvy spending for Christmas

By Melanie Goldberg December 24, 2010

Every year, I blow all my babysitting cash buying gifts for the holidays. Christmas is my ultimate kryptonite; the anticipation and surprise that await Christmas morning are enough to make me break any...

FDA bans further production of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko

By Melanie Goldberg December 20, 2010

"All I remember is waking up the next morning," one junior said. Parties are about to get a lot less loko. Following recent studies by the Food and Drug Administration, which showed that...

215,000 rally for sanity, fear, laughs at polarized politics

By Melanie Goldberg November 8, 2010

**Also by Jacob Rasch** For a brief moment, a sea of some 215,000 people, who stretched from the east end of the Capitol to the Washington Monument, became silent with anticipation.  In the next instant,...

The band Hotspur. Photo credit to

Q&A with Hotspur

By Melanie Goldberg September 21, 2010

The Black & White interviewed alum Dave Cooper (’05) from the critically acclaimed band Hotspur, who returned to the 9:30 Club on Sept. 3. Hotspur recently won the New Music Seminar’s “Artist...

Underclassmen dominate Model UN leadership

By Melanie Goldberg June 12, 2010

The Model UN meeting at the end of the year appeared distinctly different than previous years. The new executive board is unique: the club appointed underclassmen to leadership positions in hopes...

PDA: Keep it personal

By Melanie Goldberg May 20, 2010

There are all sorts of familiar, awkward encounters in the hallways: when the door to the stairwell won’t open and you’re forced to struggle for ten seconds before admitting defeat and trying the...

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