The Black & White

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 17, 2018


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In seventh grade, junior Caroline Muir said she began feeling a “constant, dull ache” in her stomach. Doctor after doctor told her the symptoms were nothing to worry about. Some even accused her of having “middle child syndrome,” suggesting she was making up her pain to get attention. But her ...

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

By Jessica Buxbaum, Eric Neugeboren, and Eva Herscowitz

December 14, 2018


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Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Sam, a sophomore, didn’t used to smoke marijuana regularly, he said. Before this summer, he had smoked no more than five times; but ever since his friends introduced him to dab pens, he has been high nearly every weekend and some weeknights. If...

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

By Alex Robinson

December 14, 2018


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Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. In addition to learning multiplication and cursive, Liz Kleinrock’s third grade students at the Citizens of The World Charter School in Los Angeles, California, are learning about a more abstract concept: consent. Kleinrock’s class def...

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

By Anna Yuan

October 11, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

This fall, Whitman welcomed two new assistant principals, former MCPS supervisor of student online learning Michelle Lipson and former Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School assistant principal Phillip Yarborough, along with new principal Robert Dodd. Lipson and Yarborough replaced Kathy McHale and Jerom...

Summer photo contest winners

Summer photo contest winners

October 10, 2018


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The Black & White held a photo contest this fall, asking students to submit photos they captured during the summer. These are the top three entries. Junior Cameron Darnell: "Feeding Time" Darnell took this picture of this Least Tern chick in Cape Cod, Mass. this July. Darnell was at ...

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

June 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Music

The Black & White reviews four spring albums: "Cosmic" by Bazzi, "Die Lit" by Playboi Carti, "KOD" by J. Cole and "beerbongs & bentleys" by Post Malone.

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

By Mira Dwyer

June 13, 2018


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As students visit and commit to universities, Greek life has influenced some seniors’ decisions.

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

By Staff Editorial

May 31, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion, Showcase

Two years ago, MCPS eliminated final exams, making it easier for students to maintain their higher grades by making quarter grades trend upward. Since then, the county has faced complaints from students and teachers alike who believe that the system doesn’t prepare students for higher education. This s...

Student voices on mental health

Student voices on mental health

May 31, 2018


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Editor's note: Over the course of the past year, Whitman students and administrators have made efforts to address mental health issues among students, from scheduling mental health awareness presentations to promoting an SGA-sponsored app. Staff members wrote the two student opinions below, and t...

Cold War codebreaker shares stories after 60 years

Cold War codebreaker shares stories after 60 years

By Zoe Kaufmann

May 30, 2018


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For privacy reasons, Joan requested that the Black & White use only her first name in reporting this story. On a cold winter morning in 1953, the early days of the Cold War, Joan and her co-workers waited for the bus, like many others across the country. The unmarked vehicle picked them up in a...

Alaskan students learn in close-knit, culturally aware classes

Alaskan students learn in close-knit, culturally aware classes

By Sydney Miller

May 30, 2018


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I sit down and look out the window at an entirely white landscape. Kids shuffle in wearing just T-shirts, while I’m shivering with three layers of shirts and long underwear under my jeans— the average high in March up here is just 8 degrees Fahrenheit. The clock hits 9 a.m., and the students begin ...

MCPS continues principal search process

MCPS continues principal search process

By Mira Dwyer

May 20, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

The county is currently in the process of selecting the next Whitman principal after principal Alan Goodwin announced March 19 that he will retire at the end of this school year. The time frame for applicants to submit resumés for the position closed April 10. Of those who submitted resumés, MCP...