The Black and White

How I stopped worrying and learned to love ‘The Hog’

Maryland Governor Larry

By Jack McGuire

June 13, 2020

All great politicians have nicknames. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sported the name “The Milk Snatcher” thanks to her decision to remove free school milk (which has contributed to higher rates of osteoporosis in Britain today). Former President Martin Van Buren’s short stature and cunni...

My experiences with the college process during COVID-19

College test prep books sit on a shelf in the CIC.

By Eve Titlebaum

June 9, 2020

Junior year is infamous for AP classes and tests, SATs and ACTs, homework and college visits — or at least it’s supposed to be. When doctors reported the first case of COVID-19 in the US in January, I didn’t think much of it. But then, everything changed so quickly. Our first sign was when the Col...

Seven for seven: My quarantine journey of waking up early

A picture I took on one of my walks. After I started waking up early, I tried to find more activities to make each day seem “normal” again, and going outside was one of them.

By James Marzolf-Miller

June 1, 2020

“Honey, it’s time to get up!”  My mom entered my room and casually opened my windows Tuesday morning in early April. Although she had been awake for a few hours she was still her energetic and vibrant self. I, on the other hand, had just barely opened my eyes when she walked in. My disoriente...

Last week, my grandfather passed away from COVID-19. This is my story.

My grandfather reads me a picture book.

By Maeve Hagerty

May 28, 2020

“There’s always a time to say goodbye, and this is that time,” he said to us as we huddled around the phone on our kitchen table. He was leaving us, possibly forever, and yet it was the first peace that I had felt in weeks. When my grandfather was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early May, my family was...

Reteaching myself to play the recorder ends on a high note

My recorder from third grade, still adorned with the colorful belts I earned in elementary school.

By Emily London

May 17, 2020

I hit the peak of my musical career playing the recorder in third grade music class. I practiced tirelessly, annoying my dog nightly with the instrument’s high-pitched squeaks and eventually mastering my performance of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for the school’s end-of-year showcase. Unfortunately, my rec...

On my own terms: my experience dealing with pregnancy and abortion as a teenager

On my own terms: my experience dealing with pregnancy and abortion as a teenager

By Anonymous

May 12, 2020

Alone in my closet, I was afraid of what was going to happen tomorrow. I couldn’t hold back the gushing stream of tears, knowing that the moment I walked inside, that would be my decision. There was no going back. I was scared: not for my own safety, but because I was going to lose something tomorro...

The dangers of schadenfreude in the era of COVID-19

Schadenfreude is the enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. During this pandemic, it can be dangerous.

By Jack McGuire

May 4, 2020

A few weeks ago, a text from one of my friends interrupted my daily quarantine routine of watching Netflix and playing Xbox: “Harvey Weinstein got Corona. That’s good news.” Immediately, other people in the group chat began to celebrate Weinstein’s diagnosis.  This wasn’t the first time I’d seen peop...

My story of workplace harassment

My story of workplace harassment

By Anonymous

April 9, 2020

The names used in this article have been changed to maintain privacy. Feeling uncomfortable around coworkers, receiving invitations to bars and clubs and having superiors constantly offering alcohol and marijuana aren’t things any teenager should have to deal with, especially in the workplace. Bu...

My experience becoming a “gamer”

My experience becoming a

By Jaclyn Morgan

April 8, 2020

As I’m sitting on the couch playing Fortnite, I question what I’m doing and if I’m even invested in the game at all. I’ve been playing for at least two hours a couple of times a week, trying to get into the groove. The next thing I know, I’m looking up to check the time, and I realize that ho...

Rape in pop culture isn’t always reality

The media portrays sexual assault in way that caused me to feel like my experience wasn't valid.

By Anonymous

April 6, 2020

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to rape. I had always known the textbook definition of rape — “an act in which a person sexually engages another person without that person’s consent” — but lately it’s become a dramatic, violent plotline to garner views, likes ...

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

I tried solving a Rubik's cube in one week, but it was harder than it looks.

By Sam Mulford

March 26, 2020

When my brother was in middle school, he loved solving Rubik’s Cubes — he’d spend hours on the computer watching videos about how to manipulate the colorful squares. At his fastest, he could complete one in under a minute.  Sometimes, when I was bored, I’d try my hand, but thirteen-year-old me never ha...

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

After having to miss out on cross country and gymnastics because of an injury, I managed to find new hobbies while still remaining a part of my teams.

By Holly Adams

March 18, 2020

Prince blasted through my earbuds and my heart pounded in anticipation and anxiety as I sat on the bus to a cross country meet last September. I’ve always had extreme pre-race nerves but I’d put extra pressure on this race because I knew it was a flat course, and I was finally feeling ready to get...