The Black & White

Smart speakers to take over homes

Smart speakers to take over homes

By Elyssa Seltzer

March 8, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

After Amazon, Google, and Apple all released smart speakers with voice command, hands-free phone calls and internet access, the market for smart home technology has continued to grow. In tandem, though, privacy concerns about the speakers’ household control and “listening” features have also arisen.

Does Whitman prepare you for College? Graduates weigh in

Does Whitman prepare you for College? Graduates weigh in

By Mira Dwyer

March 5, 2018


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Learning to manage the college workload can be challenging, as most colleges offer a different style of education compared to the traditional high school setting. Members of the Whitman class of 2017 have recently gained new perspectives on the transition between high school and college.

Getting a good workout—without breaking the bank

Getting a good workout—without breaking the bank

By Ariana Faghani

March 5, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Whitman students often try and do as much as they can in order to stand out in their college applications. With grades, extracurriculars, clubs or jobs, students rarely have a second of free time for recreational activities, exercise, and sleep. What if students could consolidate their day in order to exercise, but still have interesting clubs to put on their resumes?

Seniors change Facebook names for fun, privacy despite colleges not checking

Seniors change Facebook names for fun, privacy despite colleges not checking

By Rebecca Hirsh

March 3, 2018


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Every year, high school seniors change their names on social media—most commonly Facebook—in part to avoid colleges reviewing their profiles during the application process. About ten percent of the 393 members of the Facebook group changed their names, usually swapping in their middle name for their last name or creating a pun.

Q&A: SMOB Matt Post talks mental health

Q&A: SMOB Matt Post talks mental health

By Rebecca Hirsh

March 1, 2018


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Student Member of the Board Matt Post hosted a Mental Health Forum Feb. 6 at MCPS headquarters in Rockville. Director of Psychological Services Christina Conolly spoke about the signs of mental health issues and offered helpful resources. Students then shared personal stories regarding their experiences with the inadequacies in the county’s mental health care system. After the forum, the Black & White spoke with Post on his dedication to mental health reform and his experience as SMOB.

Hallucinating is hip again; psychedelics make a comeback

Hallucinating is hip again; psychedelics make a comeback

By Hannah Feuer

March 1, 2018


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Psychedelics, including mushrooms, LSD and salvia, are a class of drugs which alter users’ senses. These drugs rose to popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s, embodying the counterculture of the era; the “magic pills” became trademarks of hippies who wanted to experience a hallucination-filled journey. Today, these drugs are making a comeback, with many of them as popular now as they were in the 60s, Medical Daily, a health information and news website reports.

Setting the stage: ‘Curious Incident’ to showcase character development, elaborate set design

Setting the stage: ‘Curious Incident’ to showcase character development, elaborate set design

By Eva Herscowitz

February 28, 2018


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Whitman Drama’s spring play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, will debut this Thursday and continue through Saturday. The play follows 15-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone’s journey to investigate the death of his neighbor's dog. Along the way, Boone discovers information about himself and his family.

SAT II, too? Subject tests overwhelm students

SAT II, too? Subject tests overwhelm students

By Camerynn Hawke, Camerynn Hawke

February 23, 2018


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Only a few colleges, such as MIT, Harvard University and Georgetown University, still require that applicants take two or three subject tests. Recently though, many students and colleges alike seem to be opposed to these tests as they aren’t always an accurate measure of students’ abilities; participation in the tests has fallen by 13.5 percent in the past decade.

Album Reviews: Camila Cabello and First Aid Kit release new music

Album Reviews: Camila Cabello and First Aid Kit release new music

By Aaron Titlebaum

February 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Former standout member of girl group Fifth Harmony Camila Cabello released her self-titled debut album Jan. 12. Folk-Americana duo First Aid Kit released their fourth album “Ruins” Jan. 19.

Mass shootings evoke trauma among victims, fear in students

Mass shootings evoke trauma among victims, fear in students

By Eva Herscowitz

February 15, 2018


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For some students, the Las Vegas shooting has confirmed their worst fears about safety at outdoor concerts: that a DMV concert may be the next target of a mass shooting. Some apprehensive students who frequent concerts now face an important decision: attend and risk the event of a mass shooting, or avoid them altogether.

Teachers married to teachers: an inside look

Teachers married to teachers: an inside look

By Thomas Mande

February 14, 2018


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When English teachers Elizabeth Keating and Todd Michaels met in 2003, they didn’t like each other at all. Michaels thought that Keating was a bit cold and distant, and Keating thought Michaels was full of himself and overly confident. They never even really talked, Keating said. Yet over a shared planning period, the two gradually became friends, got closer and eventually started dating. Two years later, on March 21, 2007, they got married in Washington D.C.

Entertainment industry widens disabled representation

Entertainment industry widens disabled representation

By Julia McGowan

February 9, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The movie “Wonder,” based on the book of the same title, does just this. Released Nov. 17, the film follows 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, a boy whose facial disfigurements—caused by a genetic mutation—leave him a victim of bullying and stereotypes.