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Little Mix falls flat with latest album

Little Mix falls flat with latest album

By Elyssa Seltzer

January 4, 2019


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Despite the high ranking, the album was far from impressive. Many of the tracks sound forced and cliché.

Humans of Whitman

Humans of Whitman

By Isabel Hoffman

January 3, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Photographer Brandon Stanton started the Humans of New York project in 2010. Traveling around New York taking photos of strangers on the streets and interviewing them to gather their stories, Stanton compiled his photojournalism in a book titled "Humans of New York," published in October 2013. This art...

Chorus instructor of 34 years teaches to the tune of success

Chorus instructor of 34 years teaches to the tune of success

By Yiyang Zhang

December 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Davidson has taught at Whitman for 34 years and influenced thousands of Whitman students and graduates on their music journeys.

Students and teachers wrap up year with homemade holiday gifts

Students and teachers wrap up year with homemade holiday gifts

By Anna Labarca

December 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

As Junior Solene Aubert pours melted hot wax into a plastic mold, the smell of fresh juniper fills the room. When hardened, the candle is a bright pine green and Aubert tops it off with a red ribbon to add holiday cheer to her homemade gift. Aubert places the candle with dozens of others and prepares t...

Winter break photo contest!

Winter break photo contest!

December 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The Black & White is holding another photo contest! Similar to the Halloween photo contest (see the winning photos here!), submissions should be sent to The Black & White via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Take a picture of your winter break activities or best holiday decorations and send it in with your name. The deadline to sub...

Review: Anything Goes at Arena Stage is spectacular

Review: Anything Goes at Arena Stage is spectacular

By Isabel Hoffman

December 19, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Trumpets sound off; jazzy piano riffs ring out. The show’s first song, “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” resonates off the walls of Arena Stage, filling the room with a sense of romanticism and grandeur that only old-timey musicals can deliver. Dancers rhythmically tap and swing across the stage. Are...

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 17, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

In seventh grade, junior Caroline Muir said she began feeling a “constant, dull ache” in her stomach. Doctor after doctor told her the symptoms were nothing to worry about. Some even accused her of having “middle child syndrome,” suggesting she was making up her pain to get attention. But her ...

Leveling the scale: how MCPS is narrowing the opportunity gap

Leveling the scale: how MCPS is narrowing the opportunity gap

By Meera Dahiya

December 17, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

In 1970, almost 92 percent of MCPS students were white, according to a University of Denver graduate student project. But by the 2016-2017 school year, that number had dropped to around 28 percent, according to the MCPS At-A-Glance report. The county is a microcosm of the nation as a whole: by 2045,...

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

By Jessica Buxbaum, Eric Neugeboren, and Eva Herscowitz

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Sam, a sophomore, didn’t used to smoke marijuana regularly, he said. Before this summer, he had smoked no more than five times; but ever since his friends introduced him to dab pens, he has been high nearly every weekend and some weeknights. If...

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

By Alex Robinson

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. In addition to learning multiplication and cursive, Liz Kleinrock’s third grade students at the Citizens of The World Charter School in Los Angeles, California, are learning about a more abstract concept: consent. Kleinrock’s class def...

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

By Shehrez Chaudhri

December 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney takes his listeners on a musical trip with his latest album, “Egypt Station,” released Sept. 7. The album features McCartney’s first new music since his 2013 hit album, “NEW.”

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

By Emma Shaffer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Junior Ananyaa Malhotra closes her SAT prep tab on her computer and picks up her phone. She scrolls through Instagram ready to think about anything else. Unfortunately, she’s not in luck; the first sponsored ad on her feed is from the College Board, telling her the date of the next SAT. It’s no ...