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  • This Thursday: Come to the writing center during both lunches for a seminar on theses and supporting arguments.

  • Rehearsals for the International Night Fashion show are right after school today.

  • Anyone interested in corollary sports softball should attend the interest meeting in C-213 on Feb. 27 after school.

An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu
February 27
Filed under Blogs, Showcase

It’s been a month since you were my First Lady. It’s been a month since your last speech on television, your last presidential photo-op, your last wave and smile into the crowds. It’s been a month since you’ve graced America with your presence and wisdom—and I miss it.

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What it was like to march on Washington

What it was like to march on Washington

By Michelle Silver
February 2
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As I stood on the National Mall, waiting to march and fight to protect human rights, a current of people flooded toward me, sweeping me to the White House.

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More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

By Camille Caldera
January 21
Filed under Blogs

For many students, being accepted into college is a validation of hard work and dedication throughout high school. But my sisters had a different experience after they were accepted to Harvard; each heard others claim that she had “only gotten in because she’s Latina.” Around the country, other minor...

Power to the people: moving forward

Power to the people: moving forward

By Celia Hoffman
January 20
Filed under Blogs

As the sun set on election day, we raced against the creeping darkness, running from house to house, increasingly desperate for responses to our incessant knocking. At 5:40 p.m., my canvassing squad drove a woman to her polling location. Voting in Virginia ended at 7, but she thought that she’d already...

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

By Scott Singer, Online managing editor of The Black & White Volume 53
January 20
Filed under Blogs

Dear President Obama, To be honest with you, it's a really weird feeling that you're not going to be the president. My president. The president who moved to Washington the same year that I too finally settled in the District--you from Chicago and me from Seattle. We had so much in common: we were ...

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

By Jason Grill
January 19
Filed under Blogs

I can’t wait for inauguration day. I can barely hold back my excitement. But my excitement is hard to express in a school of liberals even as an outspoken conservative. A November 2016 Black & White survey would put me in the 13 percent of conservative students in Whitman's population. Read ...

Cheering for Cheerleading

Cheering for Cheerleading

By Emma Sorkin
January 12
Filed under Blogs

At Whitman, we promote acceptance and diversity, and we frequently—albeit subconsciously—encourage stereotypes. Read More »...

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

By Lily Friedman
January 10
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For years, my dad filled the long drives to soccer tournaments in his Ford Explorer with the Beatles, Aerosmith or old Nelly. Although I don’t drive a truck, live in the woods or wear camo, I now flood my car with country music. Read More »...

Be aware of what you’re listening to

Be aware of what you’re listening to

By Elea Levin
December 7
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“Came in with two girls, look like strippers in their real clothes / A broke h-- can only point me to a rich h--.” Read More »...

The no fun league

The no fun league

By Sam Shiffman
December 2
Filed under Blogs, Sports, Sports Showcase

After Giants safety Landon Collins returned an interception for a touchdown nearly 50 yards to tie a close game against the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 23, making multiple defenders miss, his teammates celebrated in the endzone while defensive end Owa Odighizuwa pretended to take a picture. Read More &r...

The hypocrisy of Melania Trump

The hypocrisy of Melania Trump

By Emma Sorkin
November 29
Filed under Blogs

Melania Trump will be a major role model for people worldwide once she assumes the position of first lady of the United States. The fact that she will acquire this position is inevitable, but her qualifications and behavior make her future as a role model questionable. Read More »...

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