The Black and White

Shakespeare Fest: to be or not to be? That shouldn’t be a question.

By Nuria Marquez

November 3, 2010

This April, students won’t dress up in velvet robes and colorful tights, catapults won’t line the softball field and Walt Whitman High School won’t travel back in time to the Renaissance. Read More »...

Cell phone use in car should be primary, not secondary, offense

By Lauren Levy

October 29, 2010

Maryland recently became the eighth state to prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving. But unlike every other state with this law, Maryland’s new handheld ban is a secondary offense: drivers can’t be fined for using a handheld cell phone unless they are simultaneously committing a moving...

To motivate students to clean up after lunch, SGA should reconsider ‘adopt-a-hallway’ plan

By Sarah Cutler

October 28, 2010

The announcement has become routine: several times a year, principal Alan Goodwin gets on the P.A. system and asks students to pick up their trash after lunch. It always seems like a simple request; after all, most students do pick up after themselves at home. Why, then, should he even have to ...

Race to the Top requirements too rigid, unreasonable

By Lauren Levy

October 27, 2010

MCPS recently declined a $12 million grant from the federal government because accepting the funds would require the county to change its teacher pay policy.  This forced choice between keeping current policy and receiving money reflects a major fault in the guidelines of the Department of Education’s...

So, about that senioritis…

By Hailey Siller

October 21, 2010

Everyone said junior year was the hardest. Boy, were they wrong. Read More »

Library work area needed for quiet lunchtime study

By Hannah Stahl

October 20, 2010

The media center is so noisy and crowded at lunchtime that it has basically become a second cafeteria without the food. Since so many students go to the media center to catch up on homework without cafeteria distractions, there should be one section of work tables dedicated to students who want to work...

John Lennon, forever

John Lennon, forever

By Hannah Hoffman

October 12, 2010

John Lennon was my first musical crush. He was the Walrus, the unequivocal leader of the best pop band in the history of rock and roll. He was the Nowhere Man. He was a father, a loving husband and a man who only wanted us to “give peace a chance.” Read More »...

Glutton for gluten

By Hailey Siller

October 8, 2010

I stand in the gluten-free supermarket aisle, scanning my options. Pamela’s chocolate chip cookies replace Chips Ahoy snack-packs, Puffins’ cereal substitutes for Lucky Charms and Nature’s Path waffles stand in for good ol' Eggo. I don’t have many choices, but I resist a detour down the junk...

Walker’s ed

By Molly Kaplowitz

September 28, 2010

Every morning, I immerse myself in a heavy stream of traffic. It’s not cars I’m dealing with. I’m navigating my way through the crowded halls of Whitman. Read More »...

Provide petitioners with info they need for valid signatures

By Lauren Levy

September 28, 2010

Americans have the right to petition the government and thus the right to sign any petition, according to the First Amendment.  But that right is infringed upon when signatures are deemed “invalid” because they don’t match the signatures on the Maryland voter registration lists.  A middle name...

Class sizes are bigger, but could be worse

By Lauren Levy

September 24, 2010

When you walk into class just before the bell rings and every seat is already taken, you groan and grudgingly sit in the extra chair that’s missing the desk.   You complain that the enormous number of students in the class forces you to forego a desk. You’re annoyed with the increase in school...

Parking lot optimization strategem

By Jeff Gruen

September 23, 2010

The tangled parking lot is a knot easily fixed. I admit that I don’t have a formal education or qualifications whatsoever in understanding traffic flow dynamics, but the obnoxiously long wait to enter the lot every morning drove me to do some research. Read More »...