The Black & White

Sorry to Burst Your Bubble. . . (Extended)

February 12, 2020

In a shining $81 million dollar building with new furniture and facilities, housing approximately 1,800 students each with personal iPads, privilege lurks around every purple and gold corner. As students within a facility with incredible resources, the privileges we have are an inescapable part of how ...

The Problem with Holidays

The Problem with Holidays

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Holidays are great. They are a time to celebrate and revel in the festivities occurring all around. By definition, no work is done on a holiday and to a high school student, virtually nothing could be better than having permission from the United States of America to be unproductive.  It was this ...

Higher Education at Smaller Universities

A scale weighing the pros and cons of an Ivy League universty with an Iowa university.

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

May 23, 2019

Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale. Nearly every student knows these universities to be some of the most elite schools in the United States, if not the world. The universities are defined by their exclusive status, extremely selective acceptance rates, and renowned campuses. In comparison, local ...

The How and Why of Required Classes

A list of all classes divided into required and electives.

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

May 23, 2019

For Mariana Arnold '20, taking Health was just a repeat of previous health classes. "We've been learning Health since 5th grade. Everything we've learned is just a recap of what we've already learned," Arnold said. However, Health class, while repetitive in nature, continues to be a required course for...

Not Quite Bilingual

1.5 speech bubbles in two different languages.

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

I was born in India. I grew up with a cacophony of noise surrounding me; from the noise of pots and pans clanging when my mother cooked to the boisterous shouts of my brother and cousin when they ran around the house to the audible thrum of the city of Chennai itself. Among all those noises, the mos...

French students celebrate April Fool’s Day

A poisson d'avril was stuck on the back of an unsuspecting student.

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Typically April 1st, or April Fool's Day, is commemorated by playing practical jokes on others. French students celebrated the holiday in an international way. The students followed a typical French tradition: "poisson d'avril" (translated as "fish of April"). It has existed in France since 1564, but...