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Letter From the Editors: May 2020

Clockwise from top left: Managing editor Anna Yuan, managing editor Ally Navarrete and editor-in-chief Dana Herrnstadt.

By Dana Herrnstadt, Ally Navarrete, and Anna Yuan

May 18, 2020

On March 11, we drafted the following: We published a staff editorial a year ago: Forget Whitman’s reputation; Let’s talk about racism. It was our way of responding to an incident where Whitman students posted a photo on social media in what appeared to be blackface, captioning the photo with the ...

Letter from the Online Editors: February 2020

Top to bottom: Managing Editor Ally Navarrete,  Managing Editor Anna Yuan and Editor-in-Chief Dana Herrnstadt

By Dana Herrnstadt, Ally Navarrete, and Anna Yuan

February 12, 2020

When we decided to write a Letter from the Editors about community, we had trouble honing in on one specific definition of the word. “Community” can mean almost anything, whether it’s the Whitman community, the broader Bethesda community, the community of a specific club or organization. And it ca...

Letter from the Online Editors: December 2019

Left to right: Managing Editor Ally Navarrete,  Editor-in-Chief Dana Herrnstadt and Managing Editor Anna Yuan

By Dana Herrnstadt, Ally Navarrete, and Anna Yuan

December 22, 2019

Sherlock Holmes may be one of the most famous detectives of the century, but not all investigators come with trench coats, British accents and plucky sidekicks named Watson. At Whitman, students flock to room B212 rather than 221b Baker Street. Our reporters aren’t well-known crime solvers; they’re hardwo...

Letter from the Online Editors: November 2019

Left to right: Managing Editor Anna Yuan, Managing Editor Ally Navarrete and Editor-in-Chief Dana Herrnstadt.

By Dana Herrnstadt, Ally Navarrete, and Anna Yuan

November 9, 2019

It seems cliché to begin our letter with the phrase “In the digital age.” It’s not unique or creative. It’s not sparkling writing. But “in the digital age” has become synonymous with “living in 2019.” The phrase has become a staple of our generation. In 2017, psychologist Jean Twenge...