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Staff editorial: Nobody is entitled to ignore the pandemic

Staff editorial: Nobody is entitled to ignore the pandemic
January 13, 2021

It's been close to 300 days since March 13, when MCPS decided to send students home for what we thought would be a two-week break. Nobody expected that short disruption to extend into seven months of remote...

Normalize saying “I don’t know”

normalize saying
January 11, 2021

“What do you want for dinner?” Each time my parents ask me this question, my mind plunges into a frenzy of indecision and my eyes adopt a vacant stare. It’s such an open-ended query; there are...

MCPS: Stop the hypocrisy, save the Edson Lane Forest

Helping save the Earth, especially forests such as the Edson Lane Forest, can curb the devastating effects of climate change.
January 10, 2021

Linda Miller watched in awe as a snowy owl perched itself on a tree in the Edson Lane Forest. This bird-of-prey, which migrated from Canada, seemed straight from the magical land of Hogwarts.  Throughout...

Whitman: support LGBTQ+ students inside the classroom, too

At Whitman, LGTBQ+ students face harassments in a variety of forms, from microaggressions to death threats.
January 9, 2021

Harassment, dead-naming and misgendering are just a few of the countless issues LGBTQ+ students encounter in the classroom. Despite Whitman’s progressive exterior, its failure to address the concerns...

A letter to the next generation

Two Black & White staff writers pen a response to the attack on Capitol Hill.
In response to the insurrection at the Capitol, as well as America's troubling past.
January 8, 2021

To the next generation: Of all the emotions we felt on January 6, 2021, perhaps the most prevalent was exhaustion. We felt drained; we felt numb. Few were prepared to see our Capitol, the nation’s...

Watching culture come to life; my experience with foreign media

One of my favorite Pakistani TV shows,
January 6, 2021

Curry and lentils steamed on the stove, my father sat with his feet up on the couch while my mother and grandmother quietly talked with one another. An intense Pakistani drama played out on the TV, with...

Keep teachers in mind while school is online

As we partake in virtual learning, we must keep in mind that our teachers are working extremely hard.
January 5, 2021

Let’s face it: at one point or another this year, every Whitman student has been confused, worried, or even stressed out by virtual instruction. We’re all learning new content on a new platform while...

Trying out a quarantine routine: running every day

Trying out a quarantine routine: running every day
January 1, 2021

As my iPhone alarm blares on, I reach over to my bedside table to hit the snooze button. It's already 8:56 a.m., four minutes before the start of my first period. Oops. I lumber to my desk, a mere two...

Looking back on 2020: what to take away from a difficult year

Despite being an unprecedented year filled with suffering and hardships, 2020 has yielded some benefits.
December 31, 2020

Most people see the new year as an opportunity for a fresh start; it provides us with a “rewinding the clock” mindset. The collective excitement for 2020 was just the same, if not more. We were starting...

Discovering one second of joy every day in 2020

December 30, 2020

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were in the middle of a quintessential teen text conversation about our most frequently used apps. There wasn’t much variation; most of us had named Messenger, Spotify...

You don’t need to know anything about chess to love The Queen’s Gambit

And that's what makes it great television
December 26, 2020

I’m not a fan of board games. I’m too impatient to wait for everyone to take their turn, and my attention span is too short for me to care about or comprehend what’s happening on the board. Though...

The MLB postseason bubble is unfair

December 24, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, professional sports leagues including the NBA, MLB and NHL created so-called “bubble” leagues: isolated areas where leagues can monitor and test players while they...

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