The Black and White

Sparkling water isn’t worth the hype

Sparkling water isn’t worth the hype

By Sam Mulford

December 8, 2019

It has to be said: sparkling water isn’t worth the hype. Over the last few years, sparkling water has blown up. Americans spent about $2 billion on sparkling water at restaurants in 2018, a proportionate amount compared with the $15 billion spent on all soft drinks combined.  America is obsessively enamored with the fizzy bev...

Call me old fashioned, but I love the radio

Call me old fashioned, but I love the radio

By Eva Levy

December 7, 2019

A few years ago, my mom planted a mini-radio in the corner of our kitchen so that she could listen to National Public Radio while she cooked. I couldn’t stand it.  I was never allowed to switch it off or turn down the volume, so the news was constantly on. And I mean constantly — I’d come do...

All I want for Christmas is predictable media center closing times

By Jocie Mintz

December 6, 2019

We’ve all been there. It’s your period lunch, your Lang essay is next period, and all you have on the page is a flimsy work cited page. It’s time to grind. You run to the library, looking for a safe refuge — a critical computer on which to craft your paper — only to find that horrible sign...

The NFL has little respect for women; increasing female leadership could change that

The NFL has little respect for women; increasing female leadership could change that

By Meera Dahiya

December 5, 2019

When I first opened the Bleacher Report app to read a headline of the Antonio Brown allegations, my stomach dropped. A former New England Patriots wide receiver had been accused of sexual assault, but he continued to play without consequence until the Patriots organization released him. When I found out ...

Kansas isn’t just buffalo and rolling hills

Kansas isn’t just buffalo and rolling hills

By Zara Ali

December 4, 2019

When I tell people I lived in a small rural town in Kansas for most of my childhood, I get a lot of different reactions. Some people repeat my statement in the form of a question; some wonder if I’m joking. They ask if I lived on a farm, if there were any other Asians and if everyone there was the s...

In defense of student government: an elected perspective

In defense of student government: an elected perspective

By Taylor Haber

December 3, 2019

I may not wear a pin of a miniature American flag, but I still consider myself a politician. For two years, I’ve served as a member of the Whitman SGA, first as sophomore class officer and now as student body secretary. Both positions have taught me what a significant role the organization plays in ...

MCPS: Stop building more turf fields like ours

MCPS: Stop building more turf fields like ours

By Ben Stricker

November 28, 2019

“And the field takes another victim!”  For my soccer teammates and me, this joke has become all too colloquial at every home game. But as we waited two months for Whitman’s new turf field to open last fall, did we expect to be cracking that joke multiple times per game? Definitely not. ...

Why I’m in love with Kristoff and the writers of Frozen 2

Why I’m in love with Kristoff and the writers of Frozen 2

By Dana Herrnstadt

November 27, 2019

I am in love with Kristoff from Frozen 2. No, that’s not fair; after all, Kristoff is just a collection of pixels on a screen. Instead, I’m in love with the writers of Frozen 2, who created Kristoff so that his persona subtly shouts “toxic masculinity, who?” and destroys the status quo with...

Don’t be afraid to serve politics at Thanksgiving

Don’t be afraid to serve politics at Thanksgiving

By Eva Levy

November 25, 2019

My home life revolves around the news: my family’s radio is always on, we still receive print newspapers daily and our dinners are stuffed to the brim with discussions about current issues. So when Thanksgiving rolls around, I find it strange that current events — which often include a hearty he...

The American identity crisis

The American identity crisis

By Celina Fratzscher

November 18, 2019

I’ve never shopped at a Walmart. I’ve never been to an amusement park or ridden a roller coaster. I had my first milkshake and snow cone last summer. I’ve only watched one Super Bowl, and the first football game I went to was the homecoming game my freshman year. Instead, my family shops at H Mart and Rotmu...

Forget blockbusters, start watching independent movies

Forget blockbusters, start watching independent movies

By Jesse Rider

November 15, 2019

According to author and journalist Alexandra Robbins, Whitman students really are overachievers; she even wrote a best-selling book about it. Whitman students tend to carry this reputation inside the classroom, but when it comes to the movie theater, the reality is the opposite. Whenever teenagers...

The uncertain fate of the National Philharmonic: why we should care

The uncertain fate of the National Philharmonic: why we should care

By Eleanor Taylor

November 13, 2019

It was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Drums boomed, violins raced and cannons exploded. It was electric; everything within the warm wooden walls of Strathmore's grand theater seemed to be vibrating with life.  In that moment, I thought to myself, Wow. This is something I could really do. My f...