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Studying: one thing teachers don’t teach

Studying: one thing teachers don’t teach

By Ethan Wagner

June 10, 2019

We’ve all been there: all-nighters, cramming the night before and then worst-case-scenario of “winging” a test. Maybe you forgot about your chemistry test until late the night before, or maybe you put off studying for your Spanish vocab quiz until lunch that day. Whether it’s forgetfulness or...

Embracing failure? I’d call that success

Embracing failure? I’d call that success

By Taylor Haber

June 10, 2019

French has always been, and will continue to be, the bane of my existence. During my four years in the class, I’ve learned around eight verb tenses—only three of which I can use to varying degrees. I’ve also memorized and forgotten close to thirty sheets of vocabulary and watched my fair share of in...

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

By Ella Adams

June 7, 2019

I’m not someone you would consider an athlete. I don’t play on a sports team, and I certainly don’t know what it feels like when a 200 pound hockey player checks you into the boards. But even though I have no interest in actually throwing a ball or running a mile, I’ve always loved watching sp...

MCPS: Qualify school sports as P.E. credits

MCPS: Qualify school sports as P.E. credits

By Mia Friedman

June 7, 2019

When the Board of Education crafts our curriculum, their goal is to prepare students for life after high school. While most of what we learn is useful on some level, the BOE needs improvement in one area: they require that everyone, even student athletes, take at least one credit of physical educatio...

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

By Anna Yuan

June 5, 2019

Words such as “banana” and “Twinkie” are often used as ethnic slurs toward Asian Americans who are considered to have lost touch with their heritage. The views in this blog are all my own and do not necessarily reflect opinions of the Asian American community. Since freshman year, I’ve been casually called a ...

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

By Anonymous

June 3, 2019

Imagine the worst nightmare of your life. Imagine the worst nightmare of your life, but this time, it doesn’t end. No matter what you do, you can’t snap out of it. You lose all sense of reality and descend into what seems to be an infinite loop of suffering: your own personal hell. You beg for ...

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

By Eleanor Taylor

May 31, 2019

When I tell people that I take Italian, I’m met with the same response every time: a shocked expression, followed by a baffled, “Italian? Why?”   For me, the answer is simple: although one side of my family is Italian, I never picked up the language myself, making me feel disconnected from ...

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

By Chloe Lesser

May 29, 2019

Along with Juuls, Birkenstocks and James Charles’ drama with Tati Westbrook, social activism has become hip and trendy with us Gen-Z teens. After the Women’s March last January, my Instagram feed was cluttered with VSCO-filtered photos of my peers smiling and holding up block-lettered protest signs with ca...

Our review of the most unique local ice cream spots

Our review of the most unique local ice cream spots

By Jenny Lu, Katherine Sylvester, Ella Atsavapranee, and Yiyang Zhang

May 25, 2019

Four Black & White editors went hunting for the tastiest and most Instagram-able ice cream joints nearby. They went to four stores—Alpaca Dessert, The Baked Bear, Class 520 and Dolcezza Gelato—and asked for one of their most popular orders. Meet your critics: Jenny: She loves ice cream, ...

Bored over the summer? Here are some books!

Bored over the summer? Here are some books!

By Will Brown

May 22, 2019

We all experience extreme boredom over summer break, usually around the time when we start to forget which day of the week it is in mid-July. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: reading. No, not for a school assignment—for fun. If you like sci-fi and fantasy, here are five great book suggestions...

End tax breaks to country clubs

End tax breaks to country clubs

By David Villani

May 18, 2019

Reanne Townsend has been standing in the freezing February cold outside the Columbia Country Club for eight hours. She’s here with the Democratic Socialists of America, protesting a decades-old policy that taxes country clubs at only $1,000 per acre, substantially less than market price. Townsend...

Life lessons from my dog

Life lessons from my dog

By Emma Iturregui

May 14, 2019

Sometimes in life, we find our best teachers in the places we would least expect. I found one of mine at a breeders farm in Cooksville, Maryland—my dog Calvin. Calvin is a labradoodle with curly brown hair and a tail that never seems to hit the floor—it literally rests on his back for some unkno...