The Black and White

Women in Texas have just lost their right to choose. A war against American women is underway, and it is our responsibility to fight back.

Let’s talk about women’s rights: the Texas abortion restrictions affect us all

By Sophie Hummel September 13, 2021

On September 1, Texas passed the strictest anti-abortion law since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to reproductive choice. The new legislation, which took effect...

Songwriting allows me to express sentiments that would otherwise remain trapped in my mind.

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...

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...

Netiquette is a simple but essential skill to learn

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...

In politics — as well as life itself — representation is both gratifying and necessary.

A face like our own: what Kamala Harris’ election means to me

By Iman Ilias April 25, 2021

On Inauguration Day, my family and I huddled in front of our TV, eager to witness a new administration take their rightful place in the White House. In the sea of white faces and blond hair on my screen,...

This past Lent, rather than completely stepping away from social media as I usually do, I constricted my social media use to weekends.

Allowing myself to be lenient with my pandemic-era Lenten promises

By Kendall Headley April 23, 2021

I’m going to be honest: I didn't pay much attention in my K-8 weekly Confraternity of the Christian Doctrine classes, which were priest-run lectures about Catholicism to prepare us students for our Confirmation....

Its important to embrace happiness, sadness and your love of the Jonas Brothers.

Apologies to the Jonas Brothers: It can’t be “Like It’s Christmas” every day

By Lily Freeman April 15, 2021

The uplifting holiday hit “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers is, in my view, the most iconic song ever produced — and that’s coming from a proud Hebrew school graduate (‘18). It’s...

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

By Jaclyn Morgan April 13, 2021

At the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, I struggled to find ways to stay active. I felt overwhelmed with schoolwork and rarely set aside time to focus on my own wellbeing. A few months into the first...

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