The Black and White

Discovering one second of joy every day in 2020

By Lily Freeman December 30, 2020

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were in the middle of a quintessential teen text conversation about our most frequently used apps. There wasn’t much variation; most of us had named Messenger, Spotify...

It's extremely easy to be sucked into a never ending cycle of persuasive, conservative media.

My experience escaping the conservative media rabbit hole

By Alex Schupak December 13, 2020

My childhood was dominated by a one-party political system: the Democratic party. For the first twelve years of my life, my parents, my friends and my friends’ parents were all Democrats, and I didn’t...

How to take full advantage of your wellness break

By Rafe Epstein December 11, 2020

After eight long months of quarantine, I’ve begun to adapt to this “new normal.” Though I’ve learned to adjust my expectations and change the way I approach my daily life, I still miss daily social...

Give period dramas a chance

Give period dramas a chance

By Tara Davoodi December 4, 2020

The man stands silently, eyes cast down and skin blanched white. He shakes slightly from the center of the room, while concerned onlookers line the walls — black hats, black cloaks, black ties. The room...

The entrance to Markoff's Haunted Forest, a popular destination for students looking for a scare.

My experience working at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

By Isabella Brody November 25, 2020

I’ve always had this idealistic image of what working as an actor at Markoff's Haunted Forest would look like. To most teens in the area, Markoff’s is a Halloween tradition, but as someone who lives...

In quarantine, it may often feel like time slips away from us.

Simulating a lost year: an unbalanced quarantine life

By Alex Schupak November 17, 2020

Over the course of the summer, our daily lives stagnated and social interactions dwindled. Staying indoors slowly instilled a fear of the unpredictability that lay outside our doorsteps. This inactivity...

Hey College Board, students deserve better

Hey College Board, students deserve better

By Alex Schupak November 5, 2020

As a rising junior, the fear of standardized tests loomed over my head the entire summer. I spent most of my days completing what felt like an endless pile of practice tests and review books to prepare...

Released in January, 2020,

How “The Social Dilemma” changed my life

By Andrew Audas October 24, 2020

Social media is my gateway to a wealth of information. Every morning, my routine of scrolling through apps remains the same. I check Instagram to stay updated on any sports news from the night before,...

Spikeball provided me and my friends with a safe and fun outlet for our love of sports.

Love at first spike: how a simple net game helped me find normalcy during uncertain times

By Rafe Epstein October 23, 2020

Few things are more thrilling than those decisive moments when the margin between winning and losing becomes razor thin. It’s an undeniably exhilarating experience. I encountered such a situation earlier...

Just because students learn virtually, doesn't mean they must learn without collaboration.

Virtual learning shouldn’t mean the end of collaborative learning

By Felix Leonhardt October 18, 2020

We’ve all been there. The painful silence of a Zoom breakout room where no one turns on their camera or microphone, leaving the room full of blank screens and awkwardness. This has been all too common...

As a progressive, it may not be easy to support Biden, but it should still be done.

Hey, Whitman progressives: support Joe Biden

By Felix Leonhardt October 15, 2020

Like many progressives at Whitman, I supported Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary. I yearn to see our country become more progressive by establishing policies such...

Identity isn’t just a box to check on college applications. It’s a connection to family and culture

I’m not just checking a box, I’m acknowledging my heritage

By Cate Navarrete September 18, 2020

When brought up in conversation, my ethnic background usually gets two different reactions: “Wait, you’re Hispanic? But you look white,” or  “You’re so lucky; it’ll be so easy for you to get...

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