The Black and White

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

By Sam Mulford

March 26, 2020

When my brother was in middle school, he loved solving Rubik’s Cubes — he’d spend hours on the computer watching videos about how to manipulate the colorful squares. At his fastest, he could complete one in under a minute.  Sometimes, when I was bored, I’d try my hand, but thirteen-year-old me never ha...

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

By Holly Adams

March 18, 2020

Prince blasted through my earbuds and my heart pounded in anticipation and anxiety as I sat on the bus to a cross country meet last September. I’ve always had extreme pre-race nerves but I’d put extra pressure on this race because I knew it was a flat course, and I was finally feeling ready to get...

My experiences with Dyslexia

My experiences with Dyslexia

By Ella Adams

March 17, 2020

When I tell people I’m dyslexic, they expect that when I see an “m,” it flips into “w,” and that “b’s” swirl into “d”s.” But, when I open a book, I see the same letters as you. There are seven different types of dyslexia. I have the type of dyslexia where I can encode information,...

A Viking in France, part 2

A Viking in France, part 2

By Audrey Feledy

March 13, 2020

It’s been about six months since my plane from the U.S. took off. Forty other students and I have traveled together, studied for the same tests together and eaten lunch together every day. It’s a change coming from Whitman, where it might have been days before I saw the same person twice. One of t...

OK, Gen Z: It’s time to save our Boomers.

OK, Gen Z: It’s time to save our Boomers.

By Editorial Staff

March 12, 2020

Today, our newspaper’s adviser pulled us aside. He said he understands that we have a magazine coming out soon. He said he’s aware of our commitment to student journalism. But he also said that, with the COVID-19 pandemic, those things don’t quite matter anymore, not for now. He said we need...

Can I steal for you a sec?

Can I steal for you a sec?

By Bella Grumet

March 11, 2020

When I asked my parents if I could watch “The Bachelor” during my freshman year, their answer was an immediate and definitive no. They believed the show promoted promiscuity and toxic masculinity; they wanted to shelter me from that kind of negative influence. Little did they know, I didn't need to...

A blog about my dog

A blog about my dog

By Ethan Wagner

March 5, 2020

I’ve been used to having only one dog in my house. I knew my dog’s daily routine like the back of my hand; I knew down to the detail of what time she likes to sleep at night. But when my family introduced a second dog into our life, everything changed. About a month ago, my family decided to fost...

MCPS: Bring back in-school Driver’s Ed

MCPS: Bring back in-school Driver’s Ed

By Bella Learn

February 28, 2020

Sophomore Adam Erdman embarked on his 30-hour journey in Driver’s Education to obtain his license last summer, and while he’s now nearly done, he said the process hasn’t always been easy. Every weekend, Erdman wakes up at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday to prepare for his three hour Driver’s E...

Small acts make a big difference in mental health

Small acts make a big difference in mental health

By Bella Grumet

February 24, 2020

My heart drops every time I hear the PA system come on at school. I get nauseous at the sound of sirens at night. I can’t listen to “Party in the USA” without being flooded with memories. Some days I can’t even walk down certain hallways without feeling like something, or someone, is missing. Two ...

Whitman should offer an AP Capstone course

Whitman should offer an AP Capstone course

By Sam Mulford

February 20, 2020

Jess Berman, a junior at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, has always had an interest in health and nutrition. After learning that the Mediterranean diet — a diet that emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts — is linked to increased mental processes, Berman wanted t...

Staff editorial: Give OneWhitman a chance

Staff editorial: Give OneWhitman a chance

February 19, 2020

OneWhitman, a new initiative this year intended to encourage inclusion, celebrating diversity and togetherness in the Whitman community, has gotten off to a rough start. The student body does have more than one holistic opinion about OneWhitman — but most of the feedback is negative. Instead of fos...

Nineties sitcoms are outdated — that’s no reason to “cancel” them

Nineties sitcoms are outdated — that’s no reason to “cancel” them

By Holly Adams

February 13, 2020

Whether I’m complimenting someone’s Rachel Green-esque outfit or giving my friends Ron Swanson life advice to fix their problems, I constantly reference sitcoms in my daily conversations. Sometimes, my friends don’t understand my references, but since Netflix added “Friends” to its lengthy...