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Ten days of silence: Allison Hayes retreats to Thailand, practices meditation

Last summer, science teacher Allison Hayes practiced meditation for 10 days in Thailand. She had to remain silent the entire time.
October 10, 2019

It’s 4 a.m. in the remote forests of Southern Thailand. A bell rings and science teacher Allison Hayes wakes up for a session of early morning meditation. After, she heads to a sun-rise yoga session,...

The climate strike in photos

Students hold up a banner while chanting. The strike was filled with colorful signs with catchy but solemn slogans, mostly being held up by high school students.
September 23, 2019

Thousands of students from across the D.C. area gathered at the Capitol for the youth-led global climate strike Sept. 20. Protesters striking in front of the Capitol Building heard various speakers, including...

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting
September 20, 2019

On Monday, two announcements told us to stay in our classrooms regardless of any bells. Then, a fire alarm sounded. Eventually, the events were reconciled—but in the meantime, students exchanged details...

Roundtable discussion about race

Roundtable discussion about race
June 5, 2019

Over the past two years, Whitman students have been involved in several serious incidents of racism. Last year, students attended a schoolwide assembly when multiple students experienced racism, and last...

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education
Funding includes $255 million to begin implementing Kirwan Commission recommendations
May 7, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly passed a $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year March 26. The budget includes $7 billion in funding for Maryland public schools, a 400 million increase from the $6.6...

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

May 6, 2019

The Washington Post reported that a group of male students made a list ranking teenage girls in the International Baccalaureate program at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School March 26, upsetting Whitman...

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

Two students posted a photo on social media wearing splotches of a black facial mask captioned with the N-word. Police officials are investigating the photo as a hate-bias incident.
Students post on social media in what appears to be blackface
April 30, 2019

Two Whitman students posted an image of themselves wearing splotches of a black facial mask on a private social media account last weekend, captioning the photo with the N-word. The picture was widely...

Students discuss the Rep. Ilhan Omar controversy

April 4, 2019

My opinion: why criticisms of Israel aren't anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has had an eventful first term in Congress. Since her election, the freshman congresswoman has been under near-constant...

Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

Fifty people were charged March 12 in an alleged college admissions bribery scheme. Many students in the midst of the college process said they felt cheated.
March 18, 2019

When senior Evin McDonald, who is committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, found out that his college coach was set to be prosecuted for accepting an approximately $100,000 bribe...

College early applicant rates spike

College early applicant rates spike
March 12, 2019

While early applicants to colleges across the United States have steadily increased over the past few years, many universities saw an unusually large spike this year. Of 32 highly ranked universities and...

What I learned from writing about affirmative action

We're not as open-minded as we think — but we can be
March 12, 2019

In the last Black & White magazine, I wrote a story on the community’s reaction to Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit involving an anti-affirmative action group who accused Harvard...

Behind the scenes of Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony

How Lindenberger became vaccinated in an anti-vax household, what it was like to testify and what comes next
March 9, 2019

Ethan Lindenberger, a senior at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio, is known in his hometown as the “vaccine kid.” Strangers have written him death threats, friends have called him a government pawn...

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