The Black and White

I'll admit it: I love pop quizzes. Regardless of their almost exclusively negative reputation, the incentive they provide me to stay on top of my schoolwork is unparalleled.

For that extra “pop” in school, bring back pop quizzes

By William Hallward-Driemeier June 11, 2021

“Everyone clear your desk,” the teacher announces. “We have a pop quiz.” In a predictable fashion, the entire class groans. One lone student, however, stands out from the rest: me. I whisper,...

Increase inclusivity: Keep national extracurricular competitions virtual

Increase inclusivity: Keep national extracurricular competitions virtual

By William Hallward-Driemeier June 5, 2021

“It’s just too expensive.” Last year, when I discussed national debate tournaments with my Public Forum teammates, they would often admit that the high cost of each event limited the number of...

Songwriting like Taylor Swift will never go out of style

By Norah Rothman June 2, 2021

On September 8, 2013 — my 9th birthday — I was given a bright red CD player and, coincidentally, Taylor Swift’s album “Red.” Immediately after receiving the gifts, I spent hours dancing and singing...

The current SMOB election system doesn't represent all of MCPS fairly. To help fix this, a primary should be held by each high school to encourage a wider variety of students to participate.

MCPS: Reform the SMOB election process

By Marko Freund May 29, 2021

On April 22, I clicked on an unassuming link on Canvas. My SMOB election ballot flashed onto the screen — and instantly left me in shock. Why did both candidates come from Richard Montgomery High School?...

This is the pandemic reality of living with parents who are doctors. Until vaccinations became available, anxiety surrounding contracting coronavirus consumed me.

How I coped with living as a child of two doctors during the pandemic

By Norah Rothman May 22, 2021

At 5:30 p.m. — right on cue — I hear the crank of the garage door open from my bedroom; my parents are home from work. Before March of 2020, I would run downstairs and embrace each of them in a hug...

While moving away is a necessary decision for me to make, it is still painful. It hurts to see someone I had admired greatly — the creator of something I once loved so much — represent something I hate so much.

Why I’m letting go of Harry Potter

By Maya Goelman May 20, 2021

From the ages of nine to 13, I based my bedroom decorations on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hogwarts house decals covered my walls, and a platform 9 ¾ sign hung on my door. My magic wand from...

I’m not a sports lover, but I love my sport

I’m not a sports lover, but I love my sport

By Iman Ilias May 19, 2021

I am not a sports buff, to say the very least. My peers always chose me last for scrimmages in gym class. I didn’t grow up watching sports, and even today I don’t tune into football or baseball games...

Reactionary movements such as #NotAllMen serve to both invalidate survivors' experiences and divert attention from the real issue.

Why #NotAllMen is unproductive

By Defne Aslan May 16, 2021

Sarah Everard did everything right. She let her partner know where she was, wore bright clothes and walked on well-lit main roads. Yet, on March 3, she disappeared and was later found dead in a far-off...

Staff editorial: The SGA Executive Board is all-male. It's time to reflect.

Staff editorial: The SGA Executive Board is all-male. It’s time to reflect.

May 13, 2021

SGA sponsor Kathleen Bartels released the 2021–2022 student government election results in an email to the Whitman community on Monday. Bartels’ message listed the highest-ranking SGA positions: President,...

Netiquette is a simple but essential skill to learn
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A student’s guide to ‘netiquette’

By Nada Fadul May 9, 2021

Communication is evolving and, over the last year, our relationship with technology has vastly changed. We’re all trying to stay close — from a distance. While we’re all grasping for a sense of normalcy...

More than just happy: why toxic positivity is an invalidating mindset

More than just happy: why toxic positivity is an invalidating mindset

By Cate Navarrete and Sasha Blake April 29, 2021

Monty Python said it best: “Always look on the bright side of life.” Throughout our lives, we are taught to think positively as well as spread and breathe optimism. We are told that everything can...

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, vision boards have allowed me to lay out all types of aspirations.

What I see in vision boards

By Defne Aslan April 28, 2021

Recently, I reached the pinnacle of my high school career: I became a second-semester senior. Though I had anticipated this moment since first starting at Whitman as a freshman, I didn’t anticipate the...

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