The Black and White

You’re not alone

By Anonymous

November 5, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to rape. The questions are always how, why, when, what were you wearing and who. Most of the time, they’re for the benefit of the listener, trying to satiate their curiosity. The questions should be, Are you okay? What can I do to make things b...

Choral director Jeff Davidson retires after 37 years of inspiring students

Choral director Jeff Davidson retires after 37 years of inspiring students

By Jack Gonzalez

June 13, 2019

Choral director Jeff Davidson has a simple philosophy when it comes to teaching: the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires. Students consider Davidson one of the greats. Davidson is retiring at the end of this school year after 37 yea...

Art teacher Nancy Mornini to retire after 20 years at Whitman

Art teacher Nancy Mornini to retire after 20 years at Whitman

By Sara Azimi

June 7, 2019

If someone were to walk into room D-212, they would think art teacher Nancy Mornini has a family of 50. Numerous college stickers like "Arizona State University mom" and "Tufts University mom" completely cover the blackboard next to her desk. Confused parents at back to school night always ask her how...

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

By Anna Yuan

June 5, 2019

Words such as “banana” and “Twinkie” are often used as ethnic slurs toward Asian Americans who are considered to have lost touch with their heritage. The views in this blog are all my own and do not necessarily reflect opinions of the Asian American community. Since freshman year, I’ve been casually called a ...

Roundtable discussion about race

Roundtable discussion about race

By Maddy Frank and Max London

June 5, 2019

Over the past two years, Whitman students have been involved in several serious incidents of racism. Last year, students attended a schoolwide assembly when multiple students experienced racism, and last month, two students were suspended after a photo of them wearing splotches of a black facial mask c...

Student athletes confront unhealthy body standards

Student athletes confront unhealthy body standards

By Ally Navarrete and José Wray

June 3, 2019

Some students’ names have been changed to protect their privacy. During a period of intense training in 2016, American figure skater and Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon would limit himself to only three slices of bread and three cups of coffee a day. Rippon struggled with body image issues a...

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

By Anonymous

June 3, 2019

Imagine the worst nightmare of your life. Imagine the worst nightmare of your life, but this time, it doesn’t end. No matter what you do, you can’t snap out of it. You lose all sense of reality and descend into what seems to be an infinite loop of suffering: your own personal hell. You beg for ...

Sports photographers capture the action in front of the lens

Sports photographers capture the action in front of the lens

By Ally Navarrete

June 2, 2019

You wouldn’t know it, but swim and dive team photographer Adam Hirsh has always been afraid of water. During his four years photographing the team, he routinely bent over the edge of the 10 meter diving platform—12 feet of water below him—to capture a swimmer’s backstroke start or a diver’s...

Wildstrom to retire after 50 years of ‘enthusiasm and passion’

Wildstrom to retire after 50 years of ‘enthusiasm and passion’

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 30, 2019

Math teacher Susan Wildstrom may be small in stature, but in her 50 years teaching, she has made up for it in spunk. Wearing green, dangly earrings, a polka-dotted sweater and socks covered with pictures of cats, she’s quick to mention that she also owns socks with giraffes, cookies and milk, and constellations. “It’s...

SGA sees gender gap in election results, follows national trend

SGA sees gender gap in election results, follows national trend

By Katie Hanson, Alex Robinson

May 30, 2019

After SMOB candidate Zoe Tishaev outlined her platform in a video March 21, both male and female students were quick to remark that she “didn’t know what she was talking about,” “had good ideas but an annoying voice” and “wasn’t likable but said good things.” Tishaev lost to John F. Ken...

ESOL program fosters community, friendships

ESOL program fosters community, friendships

By Clara Koritz Hawkes and Hirari Sato

May 29, 2019

Come fifth and sixth period, when most classrooms empty for lunch periods, the ESOL rooms are filled with commotion. In one corner of A334, students are working away at assignments, while another group sits by the teacher’s desk, chatting with teacher Charles Wang. Students file in and out, some eating...

Walt Whitman: the Overlooked Namesake of our School Turns 200

Walt Whitman: the Overlooked Namesake of our School Turns 200

By Emma Iturregui

May 15, 2019

In Whitman students: in their own words, two hundred of Whitman’s two thousand students reflect on their idiosyncrasies. Together, they comprise Walt Whitman High School. Many of those same students know close to nothing about Walt Whitman, who was not only a pioneer of modern-day poetry, but a propo...