The Black and White

Call me old fashioned, but I love the radio

Give radio a chance; it's not old fashioned and provides many benefits, like allowing for multitasking.
December 7, 2019

A few years ago, my mom planted a mini-radio in the corner of our kitchen so that she could listen to National Public Radio while she cooked. I couldn’t stand it.  I was never allowed to switch it...

All I want for Christmas is predictable media center closing times

December 6, 2019

We’ve all been there. It’s your period lunch, your Lang essay is next period, and all you have on the page is a flimsy work cited page. It’s time to grind. You run to the library, looking for a safe...

The NFL has little respect for women; increasing female leadership could change that

The NFL has little respect for women; increasing female leadership could change that
December 5, 2019

When I first opened the Bleacher Report app to read a headline of the Antonio Brown allegations, my stomach dropped. A former New England Patriots wide receiver had been accused of sexual assault, but...

Kansas isn’t just buffalo and rolling hills

Kansas isn’t just buffalo and rolling hills
December 4, 2019

When I tell people I lived in a small rural town in Kansas for most of my childhood, I get a lot of different reactions. Some people repeat my statement in the form of a question; some wonder if I’m...

In defense of student government: an elected perspective

I used to bash the SGA as I've heard a lot of Whitman students do. It wasn't until I joined that I learned about everything we on the SGA can do to make our school a better place.
December 3, 2019

I may not wear a pin of a miniature American flag, but I still consider myself a politician. For two years, I’ve served as a member of the Whitman SGA, first as sophomore class officer and now as student...

MCPS: Stop building more turf fields like ours

The turf field under construction last year. The field has proven to be a dangerous surface for athletes to play on.
November 28, 2019

“And the field takes another victim!”  For my soccer teammates and me, this joke has become all too colloquial at every home game. But as we waited two months for Whitman’s new turf field to...

Why I’m in love with Kristoff and the writers of Frozen 2

Why I’m in love with Kristoff and the writers of Frozen 2
How Frozen 2 combats toxic masculinity
November 27, 2019

I am in love with Kristoff from Frozen 2. No, that’s not fair; after all, Kristoff is just a collection of pixels on a screen. Instead, I’m in love with the writers of Frozen 2, who created Kristoff...

Don’t alienate students: keep SMOB nonpartisan

SMOB Nate Tinbite posted this on his Twitter Nov. 15. Some MCPS students feel alienated as a result of Tinbite's political posts on social media.
November 26, 2019

Montgomery County is considered one of the most liberal areas of the country. In the 2016 Presidential Election, Democrat Hilary Clinton received 74.7% of the vote in the County while Republican Donald...

Don’t be afraid to serve politics at Thanksgiving

At the dinner table, discussions of politics are frequently taboo. But respectful conversations about differing perspectives can help us learn and grow.
November 25, 2019

My home life revolves around the news: my family’s radio is always on, we still receive print newspapers daily and our dinners are stuffed to the brim with discussions about current issues. So when Thanksgiving...

Clubs Night should take place during lunch

Clubs Night should take place during lunch
November 21, 2019

Whitman can be a lot to take in as a new student; there’s more work, harder classes and a higher degree of independence than middle school. To better adjust, it’s crucial that students form connections...

The American identity crisis

The American identity crisis
Reconciling my Chinese-German ethnicity with my American nationality
November 18, 2019

I’ve never shopped at a Walmart. I’ve never been to an amusement park or ridden a roller coaster. I had my first milkshake and snow cone last summer. I’ve only watched one Super Bowl, and the first...

Forget blockbusters, start watching independent movies

November 15, 2019

According to author and journalist Alexandra Robbins, Whitman students really are overachievers; she even wrote a best-selling book about it. Whitman students tend to carry this reputation inside the classroom,...

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