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Life lessons from my dog

Life lessons from my dog

By Emma Iturregui

May 14, 2019


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Sometimes in life, we find our best teachers in the places we would least expect. I found one of mine at a breeders farm in Cooksville, Maryland—my dog Calvin. Calvin is a labradoodle with curly brown hair and a tail that never seems to hit the floor—it literally rests on his back for some unkno...

Ode to the clementine

Ode to the clementine

By Jeremy Wenick

April 17, 2019


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Eating a regular orange is far from a pleasant affair. Sure, the taste is delicious in the end, but at what cost? The action of peeling such an oddly large fruit, separating the sections of flesh and attempting to consume them is positively dreadful. Luckily, for those of us wilting in the shadow of ...

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

By Emma Iturregui

April 16, 2019


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If you’ve spent months filling out worksheets in a language class, only to attempt to speak in said language and realize how inarticulate you sound, you’re not alone. In fact, a random survey of 35 upperclassmen found that nearly 95 percent feel that Whitman language classes prepare them only somewhat or...

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

By Alex Robinson

April 13, 2019


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To my family and the rest of the world, I’ve always been a “humanities person.” When I was younger, I’d spend the entire day devouring book after book. I dreamed of being an author like my idol J.K. Rowling, and I started skimming the front page of the newspaper every morning before my feet co...

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

By Danny Donoso and Mateo Gutierrez

April 8, 2019


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The fact that we have a combined total of zero Irish ancestry in our respective family trees didn’t stop us from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We decided to explore the buzz surrounding the Shamrock Festival on March 23 to see if it lived up to its hype. The annual music festival attracts hordes of...

Why I took a break from social media

Why I took a break from social media

By Aditi Gujaran

April 7, 2019


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On New Year’s Eve of sixth grade, I decided to put my new Instagram account to use: @xoxosoccerluver2002. With steady hands and dim lighting, I posted a pixelated photo of my giant Albert Einstein poster. The grain made his hair look like a palm tree fresh off of Florida’s finest beach. I didn’t care. ...

Parents: teach girls to get angry

Parents: teach girls to get angry

By Meera Dahiya

April 6, 2019


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Most parents teach their daughters the same values: be polite, kind and patient. But I wasn’t raised that way. My parents encouraged me to be demanding and to get angry. More importantly, they taught me the right way to channel these emotions. For girls, anger is often dismissed as catty behavior, bossiness...

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 26, 2019


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A few weeks ago, I’d succumbed to typing an article pitch about digitizing report cards. After nearly boring myself to tears, I glanced up from my keyboard and saw a Secret Santa gift—an eight pack of kazoos from Rite Aid—that I’d received in December. It sat on my desk, dusty and neglected, p...

Socrates didn’t die for this

Socrates didn’t die for this

By Will Brown

March 25, 2019


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Seeing it on the calendar inspires dread from students; its predictable use by teachers is only matched by the inevitable awkward silences it produces. The Socratic seminar—which at Whitman generally refers to a method of class discussions where students share ideas about a reading or topic—is u...

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

By Joseph Ferrari

March 22, 2019


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“Listen, I might not have the words to ‘Vive l'Amour’ down straight, but I know damn well what I’m about to say to you today,” a Whitman senior said to the reception of rousing applause and laughter. A chorus of 50 boys wearing black suits and Carolina blue ties listened giddily as the sen...

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

By Ally Navarrete

March 21, 2019


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I used to repeatedly go through the school day only able to think about how much I didn’t want to go to afternoon swim practice. Every Saturday night I would go to bed with a pit in my stomach, thinking about my three-hour practice the next morning. My sport, which was supposed to be something I enjo...

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

By Jack Middleton

March 17, 2019


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Just like any other school day, I brushed my teeth, showered, reluctantly got dressed and sluggishly trudged downstairs. But instead of stumbling straight out the door as usual, I spent the next 15 minutes sitting on my couch doing nothing. I pulled out my phone to check the time: not even 5:00 a.m. ...