The Black and White

Tired of awkward parking lot encounters

By Rachel Nussbaum March 21, 2010

Not to sound condescending or anything, but driving to school every morning is absolutely spectacular. I laugh at those forced to ride the bus. Hah. So maybe that was a little bit condescending....

Icicles: dangerous weapons and excuses for stalking

By Rachel Nussbaum February 22, 2010

Usually when friends talk about swords, sabers and extreme pain in the same conversation, they’re planning their next big trip to a “Star Wars” fan festival. However, with the arrival of Snowmaggedon,...

No report cards, just a graduation cap that determines your future

By Rachel Nussbaum February 21, 2010

Report cards are just bad. There’s no other way around it. Who likes seeing all of their effort and lost hours laid out in thick, dark, final print? Sycophants—that’s who. Really, no one...

Disney diamonds among the duds

By Rachel Nussbaum February 6, 2010

It’s an undisputed fact that “High School Musical” launched a genuine Disney craze in 2006.  Suddenly, it wasn’t dorky to go along with the cheese and believe in the highly stylized, beautifully...

Spin-offs not ‘Googla,’ but close

By Rachel Nussbaum January 13, 2010

Google is a hallmark of the Internet, with its iconic logo and familiar interface. But as “Prado” bags and “MiPhones” prove, icons don’t last long before inspiring imitations. In fact, it...

Looking Ahead: What’s in and out for 2010

By Rachel Nussbaum January 9, 2010

*Also by Stephanie Haven* As many have noticed, the year 2010 is now upon us. Though we’re nowhere near where we should be in order to reach the standards that “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century”...

Whitman bathrooms, like never before

By Rachel Nussbaum January 8, 2010

Imagine the worst place you’ve ever been. Worse than the Bethesda tunnel.  Worse than the Express line at Safeway when someone has 20 items. More along the lines of the Chokey in “Matilda,”...

List serv allows digital neighborly talk

By Rachel Nussbaum December 12, 2009

The annoyingly cheerful neighbor sticking her head over the fence to “chat” is an antiquated stereotype that’s usually found more on television than in backyards.   But in some neighborhoods...

Drowsy days

By Rachel Nussbaum December 7, 2009

The other day, I spent a good five to 10 minutes giggling over a pun I put into an English presentation. In class, no one laughed. Yes, times are tough in the life of this junior, and it turns out,...

Bethesda named “hottest guy city,” but is it true?

By Rachel Nussbaum November 8, 2009

Boys, take a bow. As if Bethesda needed another reason for being the Greatest Place On Earth (move over, Orlando), it’s official that we’ve got the hottest guys. Yes, Totalbeauty.com has just...

Hallway etiquette for dummies

By Rachel Nussbaum October 22, 2009

Dun-nuh-nun-uh. Coming up fast on my right, girl-who-sits-in-front-of-me-in-science-class. Duh-nuh-nun-uh. Do I make an awkward half-wave? Do I avert my eyes? Do I creepily smile and hope against...

Music to my tears

By Rachel Nussbaum October 5, 2009

Call it Restless Leg Syndrome (that’s believable). Call it unrealized musical ability. Whatever it is, it has to stop tapping on my chair. Every day, a light tap, tap, tap on my chair rack, as...

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