The Black & White

Rain, nostalgia and worms

By Stewart Longsworth

March 14, 2010


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What a beautiful week!  Five days of straight sun, Monday through Friday.  It looked marvelous from my seat in Psych. Of course, it didn't last long. Read More »...

Perspective: experiencing Chile’s devastating earthquake firsthand

By Surbhi Agrawal

March 6, 2010


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*By Magdalena Carrasco-Roehrs ('08)* On Feb. 27 around 3:30 a.m., I woke up and felt my room shaking. I thought that it was just a tremor, but as it got worse, I realized it was an earthquake, and a very powerful one. Read More »...

Audiences have let go of “American Idol,” and so should Fox

By Julia Weingardt

February 27, 2010


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The screaming, the golden tickets, the crazy wackjobs who think they can sing. It was all pretty entertaining—but come on Fox, it’s getting old. It’s not just the audition madness of "American Idol" that’s getting repetitive. Read More »...

Textbooks as dry as this headline

By Surbhi Agrawal

February 23, 2010


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*By Sarah Cutler* I spent a solid week reading nothing but my history textbook during exams. And of course, I’ve been reading it throughout the school year (or at least I've been assigned to read it…). The main thing I’ve learned, after the countless hours I’ve spent hunched over it, is that this textbook is the most boring textbook in the world. ...

Icicles: dangerous weapons and excuses for stalking

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 22, 2010


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Usually when friends talk about swords, sabers and extreme pain in the same conversation, they’re planning their next big trip to a “Star Wars” fan festival. However, with the arrival of Snowmaggedon, they might be referring to something else. Students, formerly limited to blunt objects for enacting harm...

No report cards, just a graduation cap that determines your future

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 21, 2010


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Report cards are just bad. There’s no other way around it. Who likes seeing all of their effort and lost hours laid out in thick, dark, final print? Sycophants—that’s who. Really, no one in their right mind enjoys receiving any grades, especially right after tests. Read More &ra...

Places to go for your special date

By Parissa Jaseb

February 14, 2010


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The Zoo: Taking the metro down to the zoo provides you and your date with a built-in adventure. Even if you get lost, finding your way back will just allow more time for you and your date to get to know one another. At the zoo, walking from place to place and looking at the different an...

When crazy bored with the snow, try some of these activities

By Stephanie Haven

February 8, 2010


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*Also by Rachel Nussbaum* No more whining texts and Facebook statuses about how bored you are. Even if you absolutely can’t imagine having any fun when your parents are around and your friends and in a faraway land of despair without you, don’t fret! There are always exciting things that you can do alone (no, that’s not meant to be dirty). ...

Disney diamonds among the duds

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 6, 2010


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It’s an undisputed fact that “High School Musical” launched a genuine Disney craze in 2006.  Suddenly, it wasn’t dorky to go along with the cheese and believe in the highly stylized, beautifully lit and well-groomed Disney ideals. Fast forward four years, and whether they openly admit it or not, ...

Groundhog Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter

By Zachary Schloss

February 2, 2010


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Americans are blessed with some spectacular holidays.  There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Heck, there’s even Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day and Independence Day. Yet, Feb. 2 goes unnoticed every year. Did you celebrate?  If you are a typical American, you probably didn’t.  And tha...

New semester resolutions for staff and students

By Josh Lederman

January 28, 2010


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I thought that just setting a goal on New Year’s Eve would magically make it happen.  That was until I resolved to watch an entire “Twilight” trailer without vomiting; unfortunately, I just couldn’t do it. After that, I decided to stick to resolutions that were realistic.  Following tha...

Experiencing one side of India

By Surbhi Agrawal

January 27, 2010


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*By Melanie Goldberg* I never understood the extent of the Bethesda bubble until I went to India.  The Bethesda bubble is a curious phenomenon in which, despite proximity to the nation's capital, the influence of mass media and an excellent educational system, many people in the Whitman area are ...