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The fight for the right to pray

The fight for the right to pray

By Celia Hoffman

October 3, 2015


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Hatikvah: the hope. The Israeli national anthem, which was created to remind the world that the hope of a Jewish homeland has become a thriving reality, also represents the hopes of many women to have the chance to pray equally at the holiest Jewish site.   Read More »...

Aliens?

Aliens?

By Josh Feder

September 29, 2015


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It’s been a good year for Mars. For one, Matt Damon is starring in the highly anticipated film "The Martian." Based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, "The Martian" follows an astronaut trying to survive after being stranded on the red planet—it’s an incredible and thrilling fantasy, but back...

Put your phones down and live in the moment

By Justin Baker

September 16, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

We get told all the time to put our phones away and pay attention. Everyone's been there; you’re on your phone when a teacher, a parent or even a friend tells you to turn your iPhone off, pry your eyes away from SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook, and focus on what’s in front of you. But have you ever...

Prior review has no place on Wilson High School’s newspaper

Prior review has no place on Wilson High School’s newspaper

By Staff Editorial

September 7, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

News has been swirling around the nation’s capital lately, but not all about the upcoming presidential election. Woodrow Wilson High School had its share of controversy in recent weeks after new principal Kimberly Martin instituted “prior review” for the school newspaper, requiring her advance...

Exploring lying

By Peter Hoogstraten

June 16, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Did you know that I’ve never told a lie? All my life, I’ve always tried to tell the absolute truth. I’ve never told a lie to benefit myself, or to benefit others. And that’s the truth. Read More »...

I don’t want to “speak white”

I don’t want to “speak white”

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu

May 29, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

At least a few times a week, someone tries to compliment me about how “white” I speak. Is it meant to be a compliment? Read More »...

Gender-neutral pronouns: the next step for today’s progressive world

Gender-neutral pronouns: the next step for today’s progressive world

By Peter Hoogstraten

May 27, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I recently found out that my twenty-four-year-old cousin, born a male and treated as one until now, no longer identifies as either standard gender. My cousin has asked to be referred to as “Holland,” establishing a gender-neutral identity. Read More »...

Outreach programs can reduce crime and police brutality

Outreach programs can reduce crime and police brutality

By Naomi Ravick

May 14, 2015


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Ferguson, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Charlottesville, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. All of these cities have had recent displays of police brutality. These tragedies sweeping our nation have prompted people to look for a solution to the spike in police violence. Read More »...

Buyers beware: some foods aren’t as healthy as they appear

By Emilia Malachowski

April 26, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Over the past decade, the people of Bethesda and the rest of the world have placed more importance on eating healthily. Much of the world has become yoga-obsessed, vegan and salad-loving. Streets are often filled with yoga pants and Nike sneakers, coupled with Naked smoothies and Sweetgreen salads. R...

Promposals: bigger isn’t always better

Promposals: bigger isn’t always better

By Casey Noenickx

April 22, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

As the final five minutes of eighth period tick by, the bell marks more than just the end of the school day in the weeks leading up to prom. At 2:10 the bell rings, seemingly saying, "ready, set, go!" for seniors to race off to the parking lot to witness or take part in “promposals.” Read More »...

Microaggression and racism at Whitman

Microaggression and racism at Whitman

By Naomi Ravick

April 16, 2015


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“You don’t look black.” “But, you’re white.” “I never knew you were black. I’m sorry, does that offend you?” These are but a few instances of microaggression that have been directed at me in the past. Read More »...

A guide to navigating “accepted student” Facebook groups

By Emma Anderson

April 7, 2015


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It’s past April 1, so Facebook is filled with two things—promposals and college decisions. While it’s OK be silly in one of these two, you don’t want to make a bad first impression when it comes to introducing yourself to prospective college friends. Read More »...

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