The Black and White

Staff editorial: Nobody is entitled to ignore the pandemic

Staff editorial: Nobody is entitled to ignore the pandemic
January 13, 2021

It's been close to 300 days since March 13, when MCPS decided to send students home for what we thought would be a two-week break. Nobody expected that short disruption to extend into seven months of remote...

Reading the local book scene

Reading the local book scene
The best independent bookstores in the area
May 23, 2020

Since the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda Row — a staple of the Bethesda downtown area — closed its doors in Jan. 2018, many community members have missed having a local bookstore. To replace these...

I was a top-secret, paid meme expert for Facebook

One of the many memes my group members made surrounding group owner, Severin.
May 23, 2020

Working for Facebook would be a career highlight for most. For me, it was a side hustle.  Every week for three months, Facebook paid me to tell a data researcher whether or not the memes he shared...

FAIR Girls fights to end human trafficking, supports survivors

May 23, 2020

“Human trafficking” and “modern day slavery” aren’t words you hear every day in Bethesda —  we often think they’re concentrated in international communities. But the reality is more grim...

First-time African American history, literature classes no longer offered due to lack of enrollment

May 23, 2020

Mary McLeod Bethune was one of the most influential African American educators and political activists of the 1900s. She was a successful businesswoman, a political advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt,...

Students need to be more politically involved in choosing their SMOB

Students need to be more politically involved in choosing their SMOB
May 23, 2020

If you ask any MCPS student to name the current Student Member of the Board of Education, they will probably give you the correct answer. Ask them to explain how the SMOB is chosen, though, and they’ll...

Controlling the narrative: The evolution of birth control in teenage users

May 23, 2020

Some students’ names have been changed to protect their privacy.   The day after President Trump’s inauguration, the phones at Potomac Family Planning Center were ringing off the hook. People...

Roundtable discussion about mental health

May 23, 2020

Mental health programs at Whitman have expanded significantly over the last decade. In 2014, former Principal Alan Goodwin created Stressbusters, a council of parents focused on reducing student stress....

Whitman students go “all-in” on sports gambling

May 23, 2020

Students’ names have been changed to protect their privacy.   The first time junior Colin placed an online bet, it was before British Youtube celebrity Olajide Olatunji, more commonly known...

How being an EMT burst the “Bethesda Bubble”

May 23, 2020

Everyone knows about the “Bethesda Bubble,” that invisible barrier that separates Bethesda from the “real world.” It distances residents from the opportunity gap and diversity that exist elsewhere....

Q&A with Microsoft Director of Sustainability Michelle Patron

Q&A with Microsoft Director of Sustainability Michelle Patron
May 23, 2020

In January, Microsoft announced that it would become carbon-negative by 2030, meaning that annually, they plan to absorb more carbon than they emit. In the same plan, the company announced that it aims...

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