The Black and White

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

By Danny Donoso and Mateo Gutierrez

April 8, 2019

The fact that we have a combined total of zero Irish ancestry in our respective family trees didn’t stop us from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We decided to explore the buzz surrounding the Shamrock Festival on March 23 to see if it lived up to its hype. The annual music festival attracts hordes of...

Why I took a break from social media

Why I took a break from social media

By Aditi Gujaran

April 7, 2019

On New Year’s Eve of sixth grade, I decided to put my new Instagram account to use: @xoxosoccerluver2002. With steady hands and dim lighting, I posted a pixelated photo of my giant Albert Einstein poster. The grain made his hair look like a palm tree fresh off of Florida’s finest beach. I didn’t care. ...

Parents: teach girls to get angry

Parents: teach girls to get angry

By Meera Dahiya

April 6, 2019

Most parents teach their daughters the same values: be polite, kind and patient. But I wasn’t raised that way. My parents encouraged me to be demanding and to get angry. More importantly, they taught me the right way to channel these emotions. For girls, anger is often dismissed as catty behavior, bossiness...

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

The kazoo: more than a mediocre plastic instrument

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 26, 2019

A few weeks ago, I’d succumbed to typing an article pitch about digitizing report cards. After nearly boring myself to tears, I glanced up from my keyboard and saw a Secret Santa gift—an eight pack of kazoos from Rite Aid—that I’d received in December. It sat on my desk, dusty and neglected, p...

Socrates didn’t die for this

Socrates didn’t die for this

By Will Brown

March 25, 2019

Seeing it on the calendar inspires dread from students; its predictable use by teachers is only matched by the inevitable awkward silences it produces. The Socratic seminar—which at Whitman generally refers to a method of class discussions where students share ideas about a reading or topic—is u...

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

Why I’m a proud “choirboy”

By Joseph Ferrari

March 22, 2019

“Listen, I might not have the words to ‘Vive l'Amour’ down straight, but I know damn well what I’m about to say to you today,” a Whitman senior said to the reception of rousing applause and laughter. A chorus of 50 boys wearing black suits and Carolina blue ties listened giddily as the sen...

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

Why I didn’t quit my sport when it got tough—and why you shouldn’t either

By Ally Navarrete

March 21, 2019

I used to repeatedly go through the school day only able to think about how much I didn’t want to go to afternoon swim practice. Every Saturday night I would go to bed with a pit in my stomach, thinking about my three-hour practice the next morning. My sport, which was supposed to be something I enjo...

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible

By Jack Middleton

March 17, 2019

Just like any other school day, I brushed my teeth, showered, reluctantly got dressed and sluggishly trudged downstairs. But instead of stumbling straight out the door as usual, I spent the next 15 minutes sitting on my couch doing nothing. I pulled out my phone to check the time: not even 5:00 a.m. ...

Embrace the effort, not the outcome

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 12, 2019

A few weeks ago, I got myself into a pickle. I had a math test coming up, and like any self-proclaimed optimist, I visualized myself finally—finally!—getting that A. I searched tirelessly for silver linings and found some false hope in the fact that I had gotten a whopping three out of six answers right on our...

What I learned from writing about affirmative action

By Anna Yuan

March 12, 2019

In the last Black & White magazine, I wrote a story on the community’s reaction to Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit involving an anti-affirmative action group who accused Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-Americans in college admissions. I’d been following ...

Dear Delphi: Epic Gamer

March 12, 2019

Dear Delphi, I can't stop gaming. I need some alternative activities. Any ideas? -Epic Gamer   Dear Epic Gamer, Oh, Epic Gamer. I have so many ideas. Bake a cake. Ride a bike. Build a snowman. Read a book. Make something on iMovie. Learn to knit. Take a nap. Write a song. Learn an instrument....

Dear Delphi: Student protests

March 12, 2019

Dear Delphi, Our school is fairly politically active; a large proportion of our student body will participate in a rally or sign a petition. But after that, we don't actually seem to do anything. Why won't anyone sustain a political or social campaign? Why won't anyone do more after going to a rally? I...