The Black & White

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.

Can’t decide? Maybe you shouldn’t

Can’t decide? Maybe you shouldn’t

By Katherine Sylvester

February 26, 2018


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But I’ve recently realized that indecisiveness has its own charm and importance. Making decisions is necessary, but every once in a while we just need to throw up our hands and say, “I don’t know!” Being able to admit that is more important than you might think.

Breaking free from the high school stereotypes

Breaking free from the high school stereotypes

By Rebecca Hirsh

February 22, 2018


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High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Gossip Girl depicted an idealized and exaggerated version of what the coveted four years of high school would be like. But it didn’t take me long to figure out how different high school is from that image, both for better and for worse.

Don’t ask me about my grades

Don’t ask me about my grades

By Hannah Feuer

February 21, 2018


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Prying for information about other people’s grades or standardized test scores is not only insensitive and nosy: it’s one of the driving factors behind Whitman’s cutthroat image.

The upside of not getting a parking permit: carpooling

The upside of not getting a parking permit: carpooling

By Thomas Mande

February 19, 2018


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I’ve come to learn that not getting a parking permit has actually done me a huge favor—it has forced me to carpool. After not getting a permit, I worked out an agreement for a friend to drive my brother and me to and from school most days. A few days later, another friend also joined the carpool.

Why we should never use the R-word

Why we should never use the R-word

By Camerynn Hawke

February 16, 2018


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We need to stop using to R-word, or standing by as others use it, to end the societal alienation of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities and work towards one cohesive community free of hatred.

Why we should use our lockers again

Why we should use our lockers again

By Maddy Frank

February 16, 2018


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Back injuries from heavy backpacks are the result of a lack of locker space and an ever-increasing amount of homework and textbooks, Time Magazine reports. At Whitman, we certainly face the latter issue: there’s definitely a large homework and textbook load. But we’re lucky enough not to have to face the former. By actively avoiding using the lockers that line our halls, we choose to face it.

Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

Mass shootings: yes, we still need to treat them as tragedies

By Elea Levin

February 15, 2018


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To be clear, I’m not claiming that my friends or teachers are ignorant or unsympathetic. I simply find it disturbing that we as a society now accept mass shootings as a day-to-day reality, unworthy of mention.