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Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

Reflections on my mediocre “No Shave November”

By Matthew van Bastelaer

December 16, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

November was tough. Despite having very little skill at growing facial hair, I decided to embark on “No Shave November.” For 30 days, I didn’t shave, persevering through constant shaming and mockery from my peers, refusing to give in. Now having completed the challenge, I can say it was both a confide...

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

Give space exploration the gravity it deserves

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 15, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

When Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 4:18 p.m., America rejoiced. My mom watched from her tiny black-and-white television, too young to understand the magnitude of the feat, but excited nonetheless. Twenty years later, on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:55 a.m, s...

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

By Jessica Buxbaum, Eric Neugeboren, and Eva Herscowitz

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Sam, a sophomore, didn’t used to smoke marijuana regularly, he said. Before this summer, he had smoked no more than five times; but ever since his friends introduced him to dab pens, he has been high nearly every weekend and some weeknights. If...

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

By Alex Robinson

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. In addition to learning multiplication and cursive, Liz Kleinrock’s third grade students at the Citizens of The World Charter School in Los Angeles, California, are learning about a more abstract concept: consent. Kleinrock’s class def...

Teachers present on new active assailant procedure “lockdown with options”

Teachers present on new active assailant procedure “lockdown with options”

By Matthew Proestel

December 13, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Teachers gave a presentation to their second period classes Dec. 11 outlining what students and staff should do in the event of an armed assailant entering the building. The presentation, provided by the county, explained the new “lockdown with options” procedure. Teachers discussed differen...

How to help a friend with a panic attack

How to help a friend with a panic attack

By Hirari Sato

December 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

When I’m having a panic attack, most people around me don’t know what to do. They either stand there awkwardly and whisper, “I hope you feel better,” or give a small wave and leave me alone. But without help, I can’t calm myself down. I rock myself back and forth for what feels like hours, wait...

River speed limit changed to 35

River speed limit changed to 35

By Anna Yuan

December 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The speed limit on the segment of River Road extending from the Beltway to just west of Springfield Drive has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. New speed limit signs were installed early last week. The reduction was the result of decades of advocacy from community members for a safer Braeburn Par...

“Where are you really from?”

“Where are you really from?”

By Ella Atsavapranee

December 12, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

 “Where are you from?” “Bethesda, Maryland.” “No, but where are you really from?” As a racial minority, I often face this question. Although I was born in Maryland and have lived here all my life, many people don’t believe my response. Instead, they keep repeating the question, with inc...

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

By Shehrez Chaudhri

December 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney takes his listeners on a musical trip with his latest album, “Egypt Station,” released Sept. 7. The album features McCartney’s first new music since his 2013 hit album, “NEW.”

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

By Emma Shaffer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Junior Ananyaa Malhotra closes her SAT prep tab on her computer and picks up her phone. She scrolls through Instagram ready to think about anything else. Unfortunately, she’s not in luck; the first sponsored ad on her feed is from the College Board, telling her the date of the next SAT. It’s no ...

My struggle with depression—and why it does get better

My struggle with depression—and why it does get better

December 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The author is a male senior at Whitman. Warning: this article deals with sensitive topics including self-harm and suicide.   I’m “normal,” at least on paper. I have plenty of friends, am in a couple clubs and try to keep my grades up. I’m one of the people you pass in the halls or si...

NCAA basketball preview: Who will leave as champion?

NCAA basketball preview: Who will leave as champion?

By Harry Kaplan and Bennett Solomon

December 7, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The 2018-2019 NCAA Basketball Season has tipped off. With Villanova––the reigning national champs––losing many key players, which up and coming team will dethrone last year’s champions?