The Black & White

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

By Max London

May 7, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly passed a $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year March 26. The budget includes $7 billion in funding for Maryland public schools, a 400 million increase from the $6.6 billion allotted last year. This is the most the state has ever provided for education funding. As pa...

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

By Meera Dahiya

May 6, 2019

The Washington Post reported that a group of male students made a list ranking teenage girls in the International Baccalaureate program at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School March 26, upsetting Whitman students and sparking discussions about sexual harassment. The boys assigned 18 females scores based on thei...

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 30, 2019

Two Whitman students posted an image of themselves wearing splotches of a black facial mask on a private social media account last weekend, captioning the photo with the N-word. The picture was widely shared online and reported to the Montgomery County Police, who are investigating the matter as a ...

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

By David Villani

April 4, 2019

My opinion: why criticisms of Israel aren't anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has had an eventful first term in Congress. Since her election, the freshman congresswoman has been under near-constant attack for anti-Semitism. After her comments last month questioning the political influence that forces people to side with a foreign country—meaning Israel—critics have accused h...

Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

By Anna Yuan

March 18, 2019

When senior Evin McDonald, who is committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, found out that his college coach was set to be prosecuted for accepting an approximately $100,000 bribe in a college admissions scheme, he was stunned. “I was just in complete shock,” McDonald said. “I talked t...

College early applicant rates spike

College early applicant rates spike

By Anna Yuan

March 12, 2019

While early applicants to colleges across the United States have steadily increased over the past few years, many universities saw an unusually large spike this year. Of 32 highly ranked universities and colleges surveyed by The Washington Post, 26 had more early applicants than last year. Some changes were especially dramatic: New York University experienced a 42 percent increase. Whi...

Behind the scenes of Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony

Behind the scenes of Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony

By Hannah Feuer

March 9, 2019

Ethan Lindenberger, a senior at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio, is known in his hometown as the “vaccine kid.” Strangers have written him death threats, friends have called him a government pawn and his mother publicly renounced his actions as akin to “a slap in the face.” But these atta...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

By Zara Ali

January 21, 2019

The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, according to CNN, including many parents in the Whitman community.

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

By Meera Dahiya

January 17, 2019

Georgetown University freshman Nikita Gupta has broadened her horizons this semester by learning from her international peers. Having foreign classmates encourages her professors to teach from an international point of view, which allows her to consider other perspectives, she said. But in recent yea...

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019

Starting next year, students will register for Advanced Placement exams beginning in late October and continuing to mid-November, instead of in March. Registration after the deadline will cost an extra $40. The College Board decided to move up the registration date after last year’s pilot program inv...

Federal judges order redistricting of 6th District, MD AG appeals

Federal judges order redistricting of 6th District, MD AG appeals

By Max London

December 20, 2018

A panel of three federal judges ruled Nov. 7 that the 2012 Maryland Congressional districting map gave Democrats in the 6th District an unfair demographic advantage in the 2018 midterms, after seven Republican constituents sued the state. In the election, Democratic Congressman-elect David Trone defeated Republican...

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

By Zara Ali

December 1, 2018

Amazon announced Nov. 13 that their two new East Coast headquarters will be in Crystal City, Virginia and Queens, New York. Amazon received 238 bids from cities and regions across the country for the headquarters, including Montgomery County. The new headquarters in Crystal City will bring in more state revenue, but it’ll also increase the population in...