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Staff editorial: Give OneWhitman a chance

Staff editorial: Give OneWhitman a chance

February 19, 2020

OneWhitman, a new initiative this year intended to encourage inclusion, celebrating diversity and togetherness in the Whitman community, has gotten off to a rough start. The student body does have more than one holistic opinion about OneWhitman — but most of the feedback is negative. Instead of fos...

Journalism requires sensitivity in tragic events

Journalism requires sensitivity in tragic events

By Jesse Rider

February 4, 2020

Just like they do dozens of other times every day, people around the world checked their phones Jan. 26 at 2:32 pm. But what they saw this time was different: a notification from TMZ with the headline, “BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash.” TMZ was the first media outlet to break the ...

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

By Editorial Board

September 20, 2019

On Monday, two announcements told us to stay in our classrooms regardless of any bells. Then, a fire alarm sounded. Eventually, the events were reconciled—but in the meantime, students exchanged details and speculation. While false information and even jokes spread throughout the school, the fact remained...

Forget Whitman’s reputation: Let’s talk about racism

Forget Whitman’s reputation: Let’s talk about racism

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2019

Two headlines, nearly back-to-back, appeared on the Bethesda Magazine website Tuesday morning: “Whitman Ranks in Top 100 High Schools Nationwide” and “Blackface Photo Posted by Whitman Students Prompts Hate-Bias Investigation.” The juxtaposition was jarring, but indicative of where Whitman is today: while we have a lot to be...

Don’t let an unexcused absence stop you from making your voice heard

Don’t let an unexcused absence stop you from making your voice heard

By Staff Editorial

March 13, 2019

Tomorrow, students across MCPS will walk out of classes to demonstrate their support for stronger gun control legislation. The walkout continues a movement invigorated by an upswell of activism, especially from teenagers, after the Parkland shooting last year. MoCo Students for Change, a local student a...

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

By Editorial Board

February 2, 2019

During the first few weeks of November, students noticed an inconvenient phenomenon: while it had been difficult to access personal Google accounts on Chromebooks in the past, it became completely impossible overnight. While MCPS accounts are useful for purely academic purposes, most students use per...

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

By Staff Editorial

June 12, 2018

The recent developments in our county and state should be commended. Immigrants are an essential part of our community, and the government should protect families from separation.

Google education: increase transparency

Google education: increase transparency

By Editorial Board

March 30, 2017

Each day, over 50 million students use Google’s G Suite for Education (GSFE), a set of educational tools including Classroom, Drive and Docs.

Students deserve mental health screenings

Students deserve mental health screenings

By Editorial Board

February 9, 2017

In first and eighth grade, students undergo mandatory hearing and vision screenings; public schools often take action to ensure students’ physical health. Mental health, however, is rarely addressed.

Maryland, end the drunk-driving epidemic: pass Noah’s Law

Maryland, end the drunk-driving epidemic: pass Noah’s Law

By Editorial Board

April 8, 2016

Officer Noah Leotta had a bright future, but everything changed the night of Dec. 3, his father Rich Leotta said. “No more laughs, no more walks, no more talks, no more future.” Read More »...

Governor Hogan, don’t shut the door on refugees

Governor Hogan, don’t shut the door on refugees

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2015

This afternoon, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan requested that the federal government cease any resettlement of Syrian refugees in Maryland on the grounds that resettlement would jeopardize “the safety and security of Marylanders.” Read More »...

Governor Hogan, reverse the cuts to MCPS

Governor Hogan, reverse the cuts to MCPS

By Editorial Board

May 17, 2015

Last Thursday, MCPS was hit with a pair of blistering blows: a $17 million budget cut issued by Gov. Larry Hogan on top of the $53 million already hacked away by the revenue-bereft County Council the very same day. Read More »...