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Embracing failure? I’d call that success

Embracing failure? I’d call that success

By Taylor Haber

June 10, 2019

French has always been, and will continue to be, the bane of my existence. During my four years in the class, I’ve learned around eight verb tenses—only three of which I can use to varying degrees. I’ve also memorized and forgotten close to thirty sheets of vocabulary and watched my fair share of in...

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

By Ella Adams

June 7, 2019

I’m not someone you would consider an athlete. I don’t play on a sports team, and I certainly don’t know what it feels like when a 200 pound hockey player checks you into the boards. But even though I have no interest in actually throwing a ball or running a mile, I’ve always loved watching sp...

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

By Anna Yuan

June 5, 2019

Words such as “banana” and “Twinkie” are often used as ethnic slurs toward Asian Americans who are considered to have lost touch with their heritage. The views in this blog are all my own and do not necessarily reflect opinions of the Asian American community. Since freshman year, I’ve been casually called a ...

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

By Anonymous

June 3, 2019

Imagine the worst nightmare of your life. Imagine the worst nightmare of your life, but this time, it doesn’t end. No matter what you do, you can’t snap out of it. You lose all sense of reality and descend into what seems to be an infinite loop of suffering: your own personal hell. You beg for ...

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

By Eleanor Taylor

May 31, 2019

When I tell people that I take Italian, I’m met with the same response every time: a shocked expression, followed by a baffled, “Italian? Why?”   For me, the answer is simple: although one side of my family is Italian, I never picked up the language myself, making me feel disconnected from ...

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

By Chloe Lesser

May 29, 2019

Along with Juuls, Birkenstocks and James Charles’ drama with Tati Westbrook, social activism has become hip and trendy with us Gen-Z teens. After the Women’s March last January, my Instagram feed was cluttered with VSCO-filtered photos of my peers smiling and holding up block-lettered protest signs with ca...

Our review of the most unique local ice cream spots

Our review of the most unique local ice cream spots

By Jenny Lu, Katherine Sylvester, Ella Atsavapranee, and Yiyang Zhang

May 25, 2019

Four Black & White editors went hunting for the tastiest and most Instagram-able ice cream joints nearby. They went to four stores—Alpaca Dessert, The Baked Bear, Class 520 and Dolcezza Gelato—and asked for one of their most popular orders. Meet your critics: Jenny: She loves ice cream, ...

Bored over the summer? Here are some books!

Bored over the summer? Here are some books!

By Will Brown

May 22, 2019

We all experience extreme boredom over summer break, usually around the time when we start to forget which day of the week it is in mid-July. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: reading. No, not for a school assignment—for fun. If you like sci-fi and fantasy, here are five great book suggestions...

Life lessons from my dog

Life lessons from my dog

By Emma Iturregui

May 14, 2019

Sometimes in life, we find our best teachers in the places we would least expect. I found one of mine at a breeders farm in Cooksville, Maryland—my dog Calvin. Calvin is a labradoodle with curly brown hair and a tail that never seems to hit the floor—it literally rests on his back for some unkno...

Ode to the clementine

Ode to the clementine

By Jeremy Wenick

April 17, 2019

Eating a regular orange is far from a pleasant affair. Sure, the taste is delicious in the end, but at what cost? The action of peeling such an oddly large fruit, separating the sections of flesh and attempting to consume them is positively dreadful. Luckily, for those of us wilting in the shadow of ...

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

By Emma Iturregui

April 16, 2019

If you’ve spent months filling out worksheets in a language class, only to attempt to speak in said language and realize how inarticulate you sound, you’re not alone. In fact, a random survey of 35 upperclassmen found that nearly 95 percent feel that Whitman language classes prepare them only somewhat or...

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

By Alex Robinson

April 13, 2019

To my family and the rest of the world, I’ve always been a “humanities person.” When I was younger, I’d spend the entire day devouring book after book. I dreamed of being an author like my idol J.K. Rowling, and I started skimming the front page of the newspaper every morning before my feet co...