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Are New Year’s Resolutions Even a Big Trend Nowadays?

Are New Year’s Resolutions Even a Big Trend Nowadays?

Ashar Farooq, Managing Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

New Year’s 2018 has come and gone, and the air is filled with hope — specifically the hopes of those who wish to finally achieve their long-standing goals of improving themselves, to shed those last few pounds or get their acts together in school. This time of year often brings promises of change...

Editors on the Issues: Midterms

Editors on the Issues: Midterms

Rachel Vaughan, Joseph VanGostein, Meghan Italo, Ashar Farooq, Josh Joseph, and Kayla Sakayan

January 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

This week, Whitman students will sit for the inaugural administration of midterms. The ambiguity and suddenness of these exams have proven to be controversial among students and teachers. To fairly preface this editorial, two formal  communications were sent out to parents within the first two quarters o...

The “Thirteen Reasons Why” Controversy

The “Thirteen Reasons Why” Controversy

Kayla Sakayan/Natalie Ugenti, Opinion Writers

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The new Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” has brought up the need for discussion in the teenage and adult communities. If you are one of the many who have watched this empowering, yet controversial hit show, you are aware of the strong emotional impact of the show’s content. By addressing multiple...

Why Being Deep Is Hard

Why Being Deep Is Hard

Sean Duclay, Contributing Writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Since the very first communities have been established by humans, societies have formed their own ideologies and culture. From the social pyramid of Egypt, the Indian caste system, and the hierarchical social classes of Rome, to the modern day social classes in the United States, societies have been for...

The Truth About Common Core

The Truth About Common Core

Kayla Sakayan/Natalie Ugenti

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The topic of Common Core standards has been a prominent issue in schools all across America since it was introduced. Many students, no matter how young they may be, have had to use this approach to solving mathematics and reading comprehension questions. With such rigid standards being implemented int...

La La Land vs. Moonlight: Another Award Show Mixup

La La Land vs. Moonlight: Another Award Show Mixup

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Editor

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After the countless racist accusations directed at the 2016 Oscars, this year’s annual awards night was certainly a hot topic. Many movies that showcased people of color, as well as the actors and actresses who starred in them, were nominated numerous times at the 2017 Oscars. Some of the movies showcasing...

Social Media: Friend or Faux?

Social Media: Friend or Faux?

Kayla Sakayan and Natalie Ugenti

February 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Wikipedia defines social media as “Computer-mediated technologies that allow the creating and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.” It has become a worldwide phenomenon, with many different platforms existing to fulfill...

Are Art and Music Unappreciated at Walt Whitman?

Are Art and Music Unappreciated at Walt Whitman?

Jasmine Haug, Opinion Writer

January 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Do high schools offer enough support for art and music? Everyone at school has his or her own niche and talent, whether it be in music, drawing, athletics or theater. However, there is debate over whether or not the arts and the athletic programs receive equal amounts of funding and representation in the district.

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

Kayla Sakayan and Natalie Ugenti

January 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The 2016 presidential election has definitely been one to remember. Supporters of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump have been unable to fully comprehend the results of this election. Opposing views, especially moral ones, have driven the controversy behind it all, creating even more tension in an already politically divided nation. With all the accusations made this year, some voters were overwhelmed and did not know who they could trust to be the next president, others were extremely supportive of their parties. These two forces clashed this election year, causing a major struggle in the fight for the White House.

Students Grading Teachers?

Students Grading Teachers?

Jasmine Haug, Opinion Writer

January 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

How would you feel if you could grade your science or math teacher? Teachers today grade their students on homework assignments and tests, but what if students were able to take a survey to grade their teachers? The quality of educators varies from state to state; therefore, by having these student evaluations it can help ensure that they are getting the education they deserve. Giving students the opportunity to evaluate their own teachers will provide constructive criticism on classroom instruction.

High School Foreign Language Classes: Are They Worth it?

High School Foreign Language Classes: Are They Worth it?

Meghan Italo, Opinion Writer

January 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I have heard many students say their foreign language classes are not important. Some say it is unnecessary and does not do enough to help them learn another language; they would rather focus on the classes that really matter. How true are these statements? Are language classes more beneficial than these Whitman students think?

Halloween Costumes: Appropriate for School?

Halloween Costumes: Appropriate for School?

Meghan Italo, Opinion Writer

November 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Dressing up for Halloween can be a lot of fun since it is the one day of the year when people can wear ridiculous costumes and not be judged for it. With the recent clown scares happening across the country, many schools have considered banning Halloween costumes all together. Are the schools justified in banning the outfits? Is there a limit to what should be banned?

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