The Black and White

The Ouija Board has fascinated people since its invention in the late 1800s, with roots in divination tools like tarot cards and the I Ching, which both purportedly tap into influence beyond consciousness.

I believe in ghosts. Here’s why.

By Kiara Pearce October 31, 2022

Don’t taunt the dead. If there’s one thing I learned from my paranormal experience, it’s that. As well as the importance of completing thorough research on whether the train tracks you take pictures...

For her third tour, Lorde made a conscious choice to book small, intimate venues. Prioritizing a tight-knit community of fans over profit, she utilized the smaller venues to make the show feel more personal.

Concert review: Lorde illuminates D.C. with Solar Power Tour

By Kate Rodriguez and Natalie Easley September 5, 2022

Four years after her last D.C. performance, Lorde returned to The Anthem’s stage on August 29 on tour for her album “Solar Power.” The 25-year-old artist was originally scheduled to play at the venue...

As the Supreme Court threatens to turn a 50-year-old precedent into a distant memory, how do we teach future generations about decades of progress towards protecting reproductive rights in this nation? 

Roe is gone. How can we help future generations?

By Eliana Joftus June 29, 2022

Content warning: this story contains language that pertains to sexual assault.  On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, paving the way for states to restrict or eliminate the reproductive...

It soon became clear that certain factors were within my control, like how much time I spent studying for a test or the people I chose to become friends with, and that stressing out over things that were out of my control wasn’t productive. Instead, I found peace in accepting the chaos.

How I learned to let go: my experience with the floating rock mentality

By Natalie Easley June 19, 2022

My phone pings with a notification from the Canvas app, alerting me that my Chemistry grade is available to view. After solving practice problems and reviewing terms, I felt as prepared as I could be for...

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a chaotically entertaining film and the directors’ courage to be boldly absurd pays off immensely.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”: weird in all the right ways

By Jacob Cowan June 14, 2022

On paper, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a terrible idea for a movie: a low-budget absurdist film that attempts to tackle the multiverse with slapstick humor. Toss in aggressive visuals, convoluted...

One day, waking up before the crack of dawn may no longer be necessary for me to feel in control of my anxiety. But for now, getting out of bed at 5 a.m. is one of my favorite parts of the day; I’m proud of myself for finding a unique way to improve my well-being.

I wake up at 5:00 a.m. — and I love it

By Simone Meyer June 2, 2022

As my alarm clock rings, I climb out of bed to get ready for the day. I have my routine down: I get dressed, brush my teeth, wash my face, pull my hair into my classic pig-tails, carefully apply mascara...

Whether topped with a soft-boiled egg, chopped scallions, nori or all of the above, ramens versatility makes it impossible not to enjoy. Looking for the perfect slurp of noodles, I ventured out to find the best ramen in the area.

It’s time to slurp: the best ramen around town

By Lucia Gutierrez June 1, 2022

It’s arguably the most comforting meal on a cold, rainy day: Ramen. The Japanese noodle dish — which consists of wheat-based noodles served in a meat-based broth — is the perfect pick-me-up. During...

This ruling matters. It matters for me and for the countless women and girls who have been sexually assaulted.

I’ve always been pro-choice. Life after sexual assault only strengthened my opinion.

By Anonymous May 26, 2022

Content warning: This story contains graphic language that pertains to sexual assault. I felt powerless and fragile. I told him I was tired.  I repeated the words “I need to get home…I need...

While ballet is no longer a part of my life, I still see a ballerina in the mirror.

Slipping into the toxic culture of ballet

By Stephanie Solomon April 7, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to negative body image and eating disorders. The reflection in the mirror wasn’t mine. Staring at this altered image of myself, I placed...

As a child, my parents never cooked dinner for me. So I took matters into my own hands.

A recipe for success: How cooking helped me take control of my life

By Samie Travis February 28, 2022

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. I watch as the numbers on the microwave tick down and hear the three loud beeps that have been ingrained in my mind, signaling that my meal is done. I grab my pesto tortellini,...

Junior Sonya Rashkovan attends a concert in Ukraine for the countrys Independence Day in 2018.

There’s more to Ukraine than an imminent invasion

By Sonya Rashkovan February 20, 2022

“Sonya, how are you doing?”  “Can you stay after class?”  “Can you explain the situation in Ukraine to me?”  As one of the few Ukrainian students at Whitman, my teachers and classmates...

For as popular as “Squid Game” has become in recent months, we need to recognize how its violence impacts viewers and what we can do to ensure that children are protected from this kind of media.

How “Squid Game” is desensitizing us to violence

By Iman Ilias December 6, 2021

The buzz is inescapable. Whether you’re overhearing classmates in the hallways, chatting with friends in the commons or scrolling through your “For You” page on TikTok, one television show seems...

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