The Black & White

Uncovering hidden heroes of human rights

Uncovering hidden heroes of human rights

By Naren Roy

June 15, 2018


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With so many ways to become young activists in a community that fosters advocacy, deviation and progress, it becomes harder to contextualize our actions as being anything other than the supported norm. But it’s important to consider each activist and their individual story.

Passion and grit trump talent

Passion and grit trump talent

By Calli Lipping

June 14, 2018


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We all know that feeling: you study hours for a test, reviewing notes and watching Khan Academy videos. Your friend hangs out with classmates and goes to sleep early. Then they get a higher grade. While that feeling of invalidation may rest uncomfortably in your stomach, know that your work ethic is e...

Being Multiracial: 51 years after Loving v. Virginia

Being Multiracial: 51 years after Loving v. Virginia

By Brooke McLeod

June 12, 2018


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The U.S. Supreme Court historically ruled in the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia to decriminalize miscegenation, or the marriage of two people of different races. But for interracial families to truly be accepted by society, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

End the suffering: adopt pets, don’t buy

End the suffering: adopt pets, don’t buy

By Emma Iturregui

June 11, 2018


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The value our society places on new, “perfect” objects extends past trivial possessions and trends; it fosters our obsession with buying dogs over adopting.

Science fiction and fantasy deserve to be on school reading lists

Science fiction and fantasy deserve to be on school reading lists

By Will Brown

June 9, 2018


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Science fiction bridges that gap. When students are genuinely interested in the setting, plot and characters they’re more likely to actually read the book instead of using SparkNotes to pass the next reading quiz. Speculative fiction engages students in ways that classical literature can’t.

Help students embrace multiple cultures, not just one

Help students embrace multiple cultures, not just one

By Hirari Sato

June 4, 2018


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I’ve lived in eight houses, four countries and two continents, from the cityscapes of Tokyo to the suburbs of Bethesda. Although I’m used to moving, I struggle to balance my family’s Japanese values with my peers’ American ones. Caught between the cultures of two countries, I can’t become ful...

What the gun control movement can learn from the teacher walkouts

What the gun control movement can learn from the teacher walkouts

By Ted Rock

June 4, 2018


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This is a landmark time for student activism. Over the past two years, I’ve been to four marches on issues ranging from women’s rights to climate change to, most recently, gun control. As students growing up 15 minutes from DC, we’re privileged to be able to shout at Congress from its front lawn...

Preparedness still needs to be a priority

Preparedness still needs to be a priority

By Dana Herrnstadt

June 1, 2018


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The MVA is plotting against me. Considering the mounds of documents they required me to bring, the endless lines and the ambiguity of their website, I was sure they had a personal vendetta against me getting my learner’s permit. In fact, it took three separate ventures into the Gaithersburg Motor Vehi...

Dear Delphi: An advice column

Dear Delphi: An advice column

May 29, 2018


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Welcome to the new Black & White advice column! This fall, we’re going to be Whitman seniors, and after three years here, we’re ready to share our knowledge. Our name, Delphi, comes from the Greek oracle with the same name. The last time Delphi gave advice was back in 8th Century BCE, so...

Why the unnecessary fear? Teach students how to defend themselves in schools

Why the unnecessary fear? Teach students how to defend themselves in schools

By Jessie Solomon

April 26, 2018


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While Whitman hasn’t experienced any life-threatening event this year, incidents across the county have prompted a significant increase in drills and awareness. A Clarksburg student was charged Feb. 15 with bringing a loaded gun to school multiple times, according to WTOP.

College Essay prompts should not address life hardships

College Essay prompts should not address life hardships

By Jeremy Wenick

April 26, 2018


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Every year, the application platform poses a variation of this same question to seniors writing college applications. How have your hardships affected you? Though this question seems harmless enough, it ends up promoting a counterproductive mindset of lies and emotional manipulation.

Getting lost in the lost and found

Getting lost in the lost and found

By Hannah Feuer

April 21, 2018


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In order to make the lost and found more accessible, building services and student volunteers should organize the container into sections: clothes, school supplies and food-related items, and students should be responsible for maintaining them.