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Dear Delphi: Friendship troubles

Dear Delphi: Friendship troubles

January 15, 2019

Dear Delphi is an advice column written by an anonymous senior at Whitman. Every few weeks, the author picks one or two questions submitted through a Google Form to anonymously answer. If you want to submit your own question, click here. Questions have been edited for clarity. Dear Delphi, How do I reconcile a friendship that I lost freshman year? I’m a senior, and I...

Alleged sexual assault at Damascus highlights crucial role of coaches

By Max Gersch

January 14, 2019

When I heard about the alleged sexual assault at Damascus High School in November, I thought about coaches. As role models for their players, coaches have a more important role than ever to step up and set a good example for their teams. A coach’s purpose is more than wins and losses. During the sea...

Restaurants need to accommodate dietary restrictions adequately

Restaurants need to accommodate dietary restrictions adequately

By Zara Ali

January 9, 2019

Restaurants that claim to be gluten-free don’t always deliver on their promise.

Don’t be so quick to leave out classical music

Don’t be so quick to leave out classical music

By David Villani

January 7, 2019

Classical music was once the pop music of its day. Mozart had groupies, and performances by Liszt, a talented Hungarian composer, attracted thousands of rabid fans. Today, the story is very different. There’s a general assumption that classical music requires a certain degree of sophistication, and ...

Vegetarianism and veganism aren’t “health fads”

Vegetarianism and veganism aren’t “health fads”

By Emma Iturregui

January 5, 2019

Yes, being vegetarian and vegan is kind to animals—and it’s an arguably healthier diet. But there’s so much more to it than that.

We’re not overachievers

We’re not overachievers

By Camerynn Hawke

January 5, 2019

Here at Whitman, we’re overachievers. At least, according to the book written about us, aptly titled: The Overachievers. It features AP Frank, who took 17 AP classes, superstar Julie—an aspiring triathlete and yearbook editor—and many other “overachieving” Whitman students who took every AP clas...

My culture shock at the dinner table

My culture shock at the dinner table

By David Villani

December 31, 2018

I come from a culture where food is a fundamental part of our identity and where dinner is a shared experience. Every day, my entire family comes together to enjoy a fresh meal and each other’s company.

Top 5 most problematic Christmas songs

Top 5 most problematic Christmas songs

By Alex Robinson

December 23, 2018

Some of these popular holiday songs that have been recycled for decades still reinforce gender stereotypes and include topics like date rape. It’s obvious the industry needs to transition to more progressive music—and these five songs are the biggest offenders.

Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

By Matthew van Bastelaer

December 16, 2018

November was tough. Despite having very little skill at growing facial hair, I decided to embark on “No Shave November.” For 30 days, I didn’t shave, persevering through constant shaming and mockery from my peers, refusing to give in. Now having completed the challenge, I can say it was both a confide...

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 15, 2018

When Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 4:18 p.m., America rejoiced. My mom watched from her tiny black-and-white television, too young to understand the magnitude of the feat, but excited nonetheless. Fifty years later, on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:55 a.m, sh...

How to help a friend with a panic attack

How to help a friend with a panic attack

By Hirari Sato

December 13, 2018

When I’m having a panic attack, most people around me don’t know what to do. They either stand there awkwardly and whisper, “I hope you feel better,” or give a small wave and leave me alone. But without help, I can’t calm myself down. I rock myself back and forth for what feels like hours, wait...

“Where are you really from?”

“Where are you really from?”

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2018

 “Where are you from?” “Bethesda, Maryland.” “No, but where are you really from?” As a racial minority, I often face this question. Although I was born in Maryland and have lived here all my life, many people don’t believe my response. Instead, they keep repeating the question, with inc...