The Paw Print

Amid Budget Cuts, High School Athletics Are Suffering

Ilana Desmond, Sports Edtior

November 2, 2015


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Although many people believe that schools are placing a bigger emphasis on athletics than academics, this is not entirely true.  Our school has made many budget cuts over the past few years, but they have affected all aspects of Whitman life.  Yes, the district had to end the nine-period day and ma...

Trick-Or-Cheat: Halloween and Cultural Appropriation

Trick-Or-Cheat: Halloween and Cultural Appropriation

Shayna Greene, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2015


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There comes a time in every trick-or-treater’s life when he or she must learn a very sad and important truth. This truth has been so abused and normalized that it’s hard to detect, especially for this nation’s youth. You see, almost every kid has grown up with Thanksgiving parades or plays at sch...

What’s the Point of Reality TV, and How Genuine Is It?

What’s the Point of Reality TV, and How Genuine Is It?

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

October 29, 2015


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In today’s society, people are engrossed in television, and particularly reality television. There are so many T.V. shows that depict so-called “genuine” representations of people’s lives, but how authentic are they? People constantly fawn over celebrities and their charmed lives full of red...

What Friends Do We Choose and Why?

Rebecca LaManna, Opinion Writer

October 22, 2015


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In this day and age, people base their relationships on status and appearance more than ever. Would you still be friends with the same people if they were geeks, athletes, bookworms or models? As a species, we humans tend to pick and choose certain individuals based on superficial social norms like l...

Common Core: “Divergent Thinking” Through Subtle Brainwash

Common Core: “Divergent Thinking” Through Subtle Brainwash

Jordan Roiland, Politics Writer

October 22, 2015


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Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have already adopted and integrated Common Core standards into their main curriculum. Common Core, the new educational “standard” has been under fire since its introduction. Many teachers feel threatened and undermined by this “one size fits all”...

Books or People: Which is More Stressful?

Ashar Farooq, Opinion Writer

October 22, 2015


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There are two parts to school: the academic and the social. The academic aspect, for many students, is far more stressful than the social one. For example, tests are a colossal reason students feel nervous in school. Studying takes time out of students' days that could be spent seeing friends or resting....

The Femme Taboo

The Femme Taboo

Shayna Greene, Opinion Editor

October 19, 2015


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When did “feminism” become a dirty word? When were man-haters and equality-seekers grouped into one seriously misunderstood category? Unfortunately, what mankind does not understand, mankind condemns. Famous examples include evolution, Crocs, and Jesus Christ. Two out of three times, mankind is ...

What Do Hispanic Students Think of the 2016 Presidential Election?

What Do Hispanic Students Think of the 2016 Presidential Election?

Kevin Vasquez Martinez, News Writer

October 19, 2015


Filed under News, Opinion

Recently, Hispanic students at Walt Whitman High School have struggled over the 2016 Presidential elections in the U.S, and, specifically, some of the nominees running. When surveyed, the majority of students stated their disapproval and worry about who will win the presidency. There is a lot to lose...

Mass Shootings Keep Happening – And We’re Doing Nothing to Stop Them

Mass Shootings Keep Happening – And We’re Doing Nothing to Stop Them

Taylor Fox, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Another nine lives taken. Another community left in grief. Another disturbing manifesto released. Another father weeping for his young daughter, and another mother counting her blessings that it wasn’t her child. Another week of outcry, of anguish, of national mourning. Another tweet posted to social medi...

The Laws of the Land: Archaic or Effective?

The Laws of the Land: Archaic or Effective?

Shayna Greene, Opinion Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion

There are a few basic by-laws that almost every American youth learns in elementary school. These are called the “Kindergarten Commandments”: don’t eat glue, ask before going to use the bathroom, raise your hand. In their simplest forms, these rules provide the basis for what is supposedly ri...

All or Nothing: American Hypocrisy Lives On

All or Nothing: American Hypocrisy Lives On

Shaina Silverman, Opinion Writer

October 8, 2015


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Ahmed Mohamed is a 14-year-old boy from Irving, Texas, who was arrested last month at his high school. Why? For bringing in a homemade clock to show his teachers. Ahmed’s teacher was suspicious that the clock was actually a bomb and called the police. Consequently, the normal protocol for a bomb threat...

Unspoken Crimes of Dress Codes

Unspoken Crimes of Dress Codes

Shaina Silverman, Opinion Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Is a boy’s distracted glance more important than a girl’s education and self-esteem? Is it more unacceptable to see a female’s knees than to deprive her of learning in order to change her clothes? While there are dress code standards imposed on both males and females, it is more often that females ar...

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