The Black & White

Whitman students are complicit in the climate crisis—that needs to change

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion

Sitting behind me in English, two people are sharing Oreos out of a plastic bag, and next to me, a friend is sipping iced coffee through a plastic straw in a plastic cup. When the bell rings, they all toss their plastic into the trash, where it lies with paper rubrics and several cans marked "recyclable." Thei...

Why you should be thankful for a homework free break

Why you should be thankful for a homework free break

By Hannah Feuer

December 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Dodd should be commended for his efforts to make break stress-free, and a homework free holiday break and President’s Day weekend should be implemented again next year.

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 15, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

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...

“Where are you really from?”

“Where are you really from?”

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

 “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...

We need more speaking in language classes

We need more speaking in language classes

By David Villani

December 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I opened my mouth to ask the little old lady for directions, but before I was even able to finish my sentence, she stormed off in disgust. I was left feeling a bit disappointed and painfully touristy. My coarse American accent evidently didn’t meet her standards. This problem is a little embarrassing. I’v...

MCPS: Go Back to the Old Math Requirement

MCPS: Go Back to the Old Math Requirement

By Ted Rock

November 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

For as long as the subject has been taught, math students have asked their teachers the same question: “When will I ever need to use this?” For early math courses, there’s an easy answer. We use arithmetic every day, and algebra and geometry often apply to science. But as math gets more com...

Whitman needs to be better adjusted to international colleges

Whitman needs to be better adjusted to international colleges

By Hirari Sato

November 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

High tuition, unnecessary degree requirements and annoying roommates are among the most common complaints about higher education. Yet schools with tuition as low as $5000, no course requirements outside your major and dorms without roommates exist—they’re just outside the U.S. Considering tuition...

MCPS: show more sensitivity, include trigger warnings in teacher training

MCPS: show more sensitivity, include trigger warnings in teacher training

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

November 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When Whitman and MCPS set out to educate students on mental health last April with the Signs of Suicide video, they did so with the best intentions. But instead of providing comfort or closure, the video forced some students to look back on a time they weren’t ready to remember yet. “Because...

Excused absences for student activism are good, but we want more

Excused absences for student activism are good, but we want more

By David Villani

October 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

During the seventeen minutes of silence, the only sounds heard in front of the White House north lawn was the shutter of cameras and the murmuring of reporters. For MCPS students attending post-Parkland March 14 school walkouts, this act of civic defiance was exciting and powerful. For principals and admi...

The Democratic party is shifting to the left: we should embrace that

The Democratic party is shifting to the left: we should embrace that

By David Villani

July 31, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's June 26 victory shook the country, and made it clear to all that in the Trump era, everything is changing. Embracing socialism is the best way to fight president Donald Trump and the new far-right.

Stop neglecting the humanities

Stop neglecting the humanities

By David Villani

June 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We should shift our focus away from only STEM and towards a more balanced education. Skills learned from the humanities make us autonomous and anti-conformist, which help us think outside the box. They help us adopt creative, innovative solutions to complex problems.

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

By Staff Editorial

June 12, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Editorials, Opinion

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.