The Black and White

A photo of my great-grandparents Krikor and Astrid Papasian. Krikor married Astrid in Belgium after leaving behind his friends and family in order to survive the Armenian Genocide.

The lasting impact of the Armenian Genocide

By Jack McGuire February 6, 2020

For most of my life, I saw my Armenian background as a trivial part of my family history. My family and I often joked about how our very white family technically originated from Asia, and we loosely connected...

Mister Rogers' sayings like “Won’t you be my neighbor?” and “It’s you I like” reminded me of how Mister Rogers’ words had shaped my childhood.

52 years after “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired, we still remember its message

By Eleanor Taylor February 3, 2020

When I was little, lunch at my grandma’s house was nearly always the same: the smell of pasta cooking on her gas stove, the glowing screen of her 10-by-10 inch antenna TV and Mister Rogers’ timeless...

High school books, ranked

High school books, ranked

By Jesse Rider January 23, 2020

It’s no secret that many high school students find reading to be a nuisance, but when teachers force them to read a book, that nuisance turns into an outright dislike for reading. Even if it’s a good...

My classmates and I walked for three hours in quicksand to Mont St. Michel.

A viking in France

By Audrey Feledy January 22, 2020

When I stepped off of the plane on September 4, I couldn’t believe where I was. After all those months of telling people I would be living in France for a year, I was finally here — albeit in the airport,...

I'm Jewish, but my family and I still celebrate Christmas every year.

Christmas is more than just a holiday

By Matt Mande December 24, 2019

I’m Jewish. I’ve spent countless hours in Hebrew school, and countless more at three-hour long holiday services. I’ve read from the Torah and Haftorah, I’ve had a Bar Mitzvah and I’ve attended...

I spent the month of November trying to write a novel — and it wasn't easy.

I tried to write a 50,000-word novel in one month — and it wasn’t easy

By Meera Shroff December 18, 2019

On the first day of November, I wrote 800 words. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It wasn’t even half of my daily goal. Every night of November, I planned on writing 1,667 words a day. For someone...

Depersonalization and Derealization: A common symptom of anxiety or PTSD

Depersonalization and Derealization: A common symptom of anxiety or PTSD

By Anonymous December 16, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to mental health and suicide.   My mind keeps jumping to different places right now, and I don’t feel normal. I tried to search...

Fiction novels sit on the shelves of the media center.

In the media center, don’t just look, take a book!

By Taylor Haber December 9, 2019

I’m genuinely surprised when I see someone check out a book from the media center. I’ve only checked out two books in my time at Whitman, and I’ve never had to wait in line. In fact, the books seem...

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...

Give radio a chance; it's not old fashioned and provides many benefits, like allowing for multitasking.

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...

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...

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...

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