The Black & White

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


Filed under Blogs, Showcase, Uncategorized

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.

Boys: don’t let activism become a ‘girl thing’

Boys: don’t let activism become a ‘girl thing’

By Thomas Mande

April 12, 2018


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We live in a very inspiring time for high schoolers, with students across the country rising up in force to fight for the issues they care about. At Whitman, though, there’s a glaring disparity in those who participate in this movement: boys are extremely underrepresented.

Female authors need more recognition

Female authors need more recognition

By Brooke McLeod

April 8, 2018


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The numerous important and influential works that women author, however, still don’t receive the same literary appreciation as those published by their male counterparts. MCPS should add more female perspectives in the English curriculum in order to promote gender equality in literature and facilitate the exploration of diverse perspectives.

Letter to my sister: Parkland

Letter to my sister: Parkland

By Ivy Xun

April 8, 2018


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I’m angry and scared that this is the world that your generation, our generation, is growing up in. Schools are scrambling to play defense at a game we never chose to play.

Reading for fun: not an oxymoron

Reading for fun: not an oxymoron

By Katherine Sylvester

March 20, 2018


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Nowadays, reading “for fun” is a chore more than anything else. It’s an activity to be endured rather than enjoyed. And to make matters worse, the case for reading for fun has become almost as tired as the act itself. But we shouldn’t let ourselves forget the huge range of benefits that it has.  

In the midst of the revolution: a Florida student speaks out

In the midst of the revolution: a Florida student speaks out

By Frankie Gaynor

March 8, 2018


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The events of Feb. 14 haunt the worst of nightmares. People across the nation hear about the horrific shootings that occur in schools, such as the Columbine Massacre in 1999 or the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. You never think it can happen to you—until it does.

Why gerrymandering is the biggest threat to democracy

Why gerrymandering is the biggest threat to democracy

By Ella Atsavapranee

March 7, 2018


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Gerrymandering allows the majority party to either dilute opposition across many districts or concentrate it in one district, reducing the opposing party’s political power. As a result, gerrymandering prioritizes partisan interests while subjecting minority political groups to unfair rule.

Don’t separate acting awards by gender

Don’t separate acting awards by gender

By Hannah Feuer

March 6, 2018


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But newsflash: it’s not 1929 anymore, and 89 years later, the award categories are in desperate need of a revamping. In 2011, the Grammys recognized this and eliminated gender separation for awards, and MTV followed suit in 2017. Now, all entertainment awards shows—such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes—should do the same.

Rape culture: a national problem, and a Whitman problem

Rape culture: a national problem, and a Whitman problem

By Maddy Frank

March 3, 2018


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The nationwide #MeToo movement has recently gained enough momentum to take down some of the most powerful Hollywood figures. We’ve let a related, smaller-scale issue slip out of focus—the rape culture culture in our own hallways.

Where are the female CEOs?

Where are the female CEOs?

By Ella Atsavapranee

February 28, 2018


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Women are greatly underrepresented in CEO positions. Of the current Fortune 500, Fortune Magazine’s list of the top 500 U.S. companies based on revenues, only 32 companies are run by female CEOs, or 6.4 percent. Even though the number of women CEOs on this list has increased in recent years and is at an all-time high, this percentage is still extremely low.