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Gender-neutral pronouns: the next step for today’s progressive world

Gender-neutral pronouns: the next step for today’s progressive world

By Peter Hoogstraten
May 27, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I recently found out that my twenty-four-year-old cousin, born a male and treated as one until now, no longer identifies as either standard gender. My cousin has asked to be referred to as “Holland,” establishing a gender-neutral identity. Read More »...

Outreach programs can reduce crime and police brutality

Outreach programs can reduce crime and police brutality

By Naomi Ravick
May 14, 2015
Filed under Blogs

Ferguson, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Charlottesville, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. All of these cities have had recent displays of police brutality. These tragedies sweeping our nation have prompted people to look for a solution to the spike in police violence. Read More »...

Buyers beware: some foods aren’t as healthy as they appear

By Emilia Malachowski
April 26, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Over the past decade, the people of Bethesda and the rest of the world have placed more importance on eating healthily. Much of the world has become yoga-obsessed, vegan and salad-loving. Streets are often filled with yoga pants and Nike sneakers, coupled with Naked smoothies and Sweetgreen salads. R...

Promposals: bigger isn’t always better

Promposals: bigger isn’t always better

By Casey Noenickx
April 22, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Opinion

As the final five minutes of eighth period tick by, the bell marks more than just the end of the school day in the weeks leading up to prom. At 2:10 the bell rings, seemingly saying, "ready, set, go!" for seniors to race off to the parking lot to witness or take part in “promposals.” Read More »...

Microaggression and racism at Whitman

Microaggression and racism at Whitman

By Naomi Ravick
April 16, 2015
Filed under Blogs

“You don’t look black.” “But, you’re white.” “I never knew you were black. I’m sorry, does that offend you?” These are but a few instances of microaggression that have been directed at me in the past. Read More »...

A guide to navigating “accepted student” Facebook groups

By Emma Anderson
April 7, 2015
Filed under Blogs

It’s past April 1, so Facebook is filled with two things—promposals and college decisions. While it’s OK be silly in one of these two, you don’t want to make a bad first impression when it comes to introducing yourself to prospective college friends. Read More »...

Baseball needs a salary cap

Baseball needs a salary cap

By William Arnesen
April 1, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Sports

It’s been three weeks since the NFL opened for the season and the dust has finally settled on the whirlwind of trades that gripped the league for the past month: LeSean McCoy to the Bills, DeMarco Murray to the Eagles and so on and so forth. Read More »...

Why I love March Madness

Why I love March Madness

By Ben Katz
March 31, 2015
Filed under Blogs

I won my dad’s March Madness office pool when I was five years old. Who knew a kindergartener could predict that the No. 3 seed Syracuse Orange would win the national championship? Since then, I have been glued to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, witnessing history in the making. Read More »...

What are we listening to?

What are we listening to?

By Leor Rosen
March 30, 2015
Filed under Blogs

I’m jamming out to the newest hit on the radio, singing and dancing along. All of a sudden, I hear something. That cannot be right. Did Meghan Trainor actually just say that? Read More »...

A linguistic epidemic: “like”

By Hayley Segall
March 29, 2015
Filed under Blogs

A linguistic epidemic has spread across our young generation like a wild fire: the “like” atrocity. Read More »...

Why the Internet (and you) just won a major victory

Why the Internet (and you) just won a major victory

By Spencer Adams
March 2, 2015
Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Imagine if the highways operated on a pay-for-speed basis. Companies had a monopoly on the roads, and the faster you wanted to go, the more you had to pay. The rich would rocket past the poor, who would crawl along at tortoise speeds because they couldn’t afford the higher fees. Read More »...

“House of Cards:” starting to collapse?

By Jacob Blitz
March 1, 2015
Filed under Blogs

When I pulled up Netflix as soon as school ended Friday, they appeared with the calculated abruptness of many a Frank Underwood plot. “House of Cards” season three, all 13 episodes. Read More »...

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