The Black and White

Textbooks as dry as this headline

By Surbhi Agrawal

February 23, 2010

*By Sarah Cutler* I spent a solid week reading nothing but my history textbook during exams. And of course, I’ve been reading it throughout the school year (or at least I've been assigned to read it…). The main thing I’ve learned, after the countless hours I’ve spent hunched over it, is that this textbook is the most boring textbook in the world. ...

Icicles: dangerous weapons and excuses for stalking

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 22, 2010

Usually when friends talk about swords, sabers and extreme pain in the same conversation, they’re planning their next big trip to a “Star Wars” fan festival. However, with the arrival of Snowmaggedon, they might be referring to something else. Students, formerly limited to blunt objects for enacting harm...

No report cards, just a graduation cap that determines your future

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 21, 2010

Report cards are just bad. There’s no other way around it. Who likes seeing all of their effort and lost hours laid out in thick, dark, final print? Sycophants—that’s who. Really, no one in their right mind enjoys receiving any grades, especially right after tests. Read More &ra...

Places to go for your special date

By Parissa Jaseb

February 14, 2010

The Zoo: Taking the metro down to the zoo provides you and your date with a built-in adventure. Even if you get lost, finding your way back will just allow more time for you and your date to get to know one another. At the zoo, walking from place to place and looking at the different an...

When crazy bored with the snow, try some of these activities

By Stephanie Haven

February 8, 2010

*Also by Rachel Nussbaum* No more whining texts and Facebook statuses about how bored you are. Even if you absolutely can’t imagine having any fun when your parents are around and your friends and in a faraway land of despair without you, don’t fret! There are always exciting things that you can do alone (no, that’s not meant to be dirty). ...

Disney diamonds among the duds

By Rachel Nussbaum

February 6, 2010

It’s an undisputed fact that “High School Musical” launched a genuine Disney craze in 2006.  Suddenly, it wasn’t dorky to go along with the cheese and believe in the highly stylized, beautifully lit and well-groomed Disney ideals. Fast forward four years, and whether they openly admit it or not, ...

Groundhog Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter

By Zachary Schloss

February 2, 2010

Americans are blessed with some spectacular holidays.  There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Heck, there’s even Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day and Independence Day. Yet, Feb. 2 goes unnoticed every year. Did you celebrate?  If you are a typical American, you probably didn’t.  And tha...

President Obama delivered a strong bipartisan message

By James Dionne

January 31, 2010

On Jan. 27, President Obama stood before the country and delivered a strong, yet surprisingly bipartisan message to the public. The President’s first State of the Union address focused primarily on the economy, an issue as important to Republicans as it is to Democrats. Read More »...

New semester resolutions for staff and students

By Josh Lederman

January 28, 2010

I thought that just setting a goal on New Year’s Eve would magically make it happen.  That was until I resolved to watch an entire “Twilight” trailer without vomiting; unfortunately, I just couldn’t do it. After that, I decided to stick to resolutions that were realistic.  Following tha...

Experiencing one side of India

By Surbhi Agrawal

January 27, 2010

*By Melanie Goldberg* I never understood the extent of the Bethesda bubble until I went to India.  The Bethesda bubble is a curious phenomenon in which, despite proximity to the nation's capital, the influence of mass media and an excellent educational system, many people in the Whitman area are ...

Follow free sample etiquette

By Julia Weingardt

January 27, 2010

As I walk into Giant, I scan the produce section for them.  I peek down aisles, eyes skimming for crowds and the tops of toothpicks.  Alas, I leave the store with no purchase and the heavy feeling of dejection. All I wanted was a free sample—just a square of cheese or maybe even a piece of sushi.  ...

Get your own pair of spats

By Lindsey Galego

January 26, 2010

Wishing your heels could magically turn into flashy boots?  Spats make this vision possible. They may sound unfamiliar, but popular icons such as Michael Jackson and Babar wore spats! Read More »...