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Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

By Aiden Lesley

March 9, 2017


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For many people, music serves as an outlet, a way to tune out everyday distractions.

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The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

By Camille Caldera

March 7, 2017


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Feminism is a movement based on the fundamental equality of the sexes.

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The beauty of language

The beauty of language

By Emma Sorkin

March 1, 2017


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When I was little, my parents would talk to each other across the dinner table in broken Spanish. They were nowhere near fluent, but they knew enough to keep, what I always assumed were, secrets from me and my sister.

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An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu

February 27, 2017


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It’s been a month since you were my First Lady. It’s been a month since your last speech on television, your last presidential photo-op, your last wave and smile into the crowds. It’s been a month since you’ve graced America with your presence and wisdom—and I miss it.

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What it was like to march on Washington

What it was like to march on Washington

By Michelle Silver

February 2, 2017


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As I stood on the National Mall, waiting to march and fight to protect human rights, a current of people flooded toward me, sweeping me to the White House.

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More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

By Camille Caldera

January 21, 2017


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For many students, being accepted into college is a validation of hard work and dedication throughout high school. But my sisters had a different experience after they were accepted to Harvard; each heard others claim that she had “only gotten in because she’s Latina.” Around the country, other minor...

Power to the people: moving forward

Power to the people: moving forward

By Celia Hoffman

January 20, 2017


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As the sun set on election day, we raced against the creeping darkness, running from house to house, increasingly desperate for responses to our incessant knocking. At 5:40 p.m., my canvassing squad drove a woman to her polling location. Voting in Virginia ended at 7, but she thought that she’d already...

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

By Scott Singer, Online managing editor of The Black & White Volume 53

January 20, 2017


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Dear President Obama, To be honest with you, it's a really weird feeling that you're not going to be the president. My president. The president who moved to Washington the same year that I too finally settled in the District--you from Chicago and me from Seattle. We had so much in common: we were ...

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

By Jason Grill

January 19, 2017


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I can’t wait for inauguration day. I can barely hold back my excitement. But my excitement is hard to express in a school of liberals even as an outspoken conservative. A November 2016 Black & White survey would put me in the 13 percent of conservative students in Whitman's population. Read ...

Cheering for Cheerleading

Cheering for Cheerleading

By Emma Sorkin

January 12, 2017


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At Whitman, we promote acceptance and diversity, and we frequently—albeit subconsciously—encourage stereotypes. Read More »...

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

By Lily Friedman

January 10, 2017


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For years, my dad filled the long drives to soccer tournaments in his Ford Explorer with the Beatles, Aerosmith or old Nelly. Although I don’t drive a truck, live in the woods or wear camo, I now flood my car with country music. Read More »...

Be aware of what you’re listening to

Be aware of what you’re listening to

By Elea Levin

December 7, 2016


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“Came in with two girls, look like strippers in their real clothes / A broke h-- can only point me to a rich h--.” Read More »...

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