The Black and White

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.

By Holly Adams

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, and then a traditional vegetarian Thai breakfast. Aside from meals, Hayes meditates until 9:30 p.m....

Roundtable discussion about race

Roundtable discussion about race

By Maddy Frank and Max London

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 month, two students were suspended after a photo of them wearing splotches of a black facial mask c...

‘This is outright erasure’: backlash ensues after Trump proposes to erase ‘transgender’ from existence

By Max London

November 14, 2018

Moving to Maryland from Brazil made a world of a difference for senior Ana Sampaio, who is genderqueer and uses the they/them pronoun. For 16 years, they lived in Brazil—a country where a federal judge ruled that homosexuality is a disease in 2017. There, Sampaio said they felt unsafe and unwelcome ...