Allegra Caldera

Q&A with Mark Eaton of political comedy group Capitol Steps

By Allegra Caldera, March 8, 2013

The Black & White interviewed Mark Eaton, who writes and performs for the Capitol Steps. The musical and political humor group will perform at Whitman March 10, with proceeds benefiting Post Prom.

Thanksgiving: Time to give back

By Allegra Caldera, November 20, 2012

Oh, Thanksgiving. Turkey, cranberry sauce – and the worst traffic of the year. Ever been stuck at LAX on Thanksgiving weekend? Believe me, it’s not fun.

On Sundays, cafeteria becomes Hispanic church

By Allegra Caldera, May 1, 2012

On Sundays, student chatter and cafeteria clatter are absent from the area around Whitman’s lunchroom, the halls filled instead by crooning Spanish songs. It’s 10:30 a.m. and the cafeteria’s weekday student occupants have been replaced by another group: Ministerios El Shaddai, a Spanish-language Evangelical congregation.

Identification measures won’t stop cheating on the SAT

By Allegra Caldera, April 27, 2012

After students in a cheating ring in Long Island paid other teens thousands of dollars to take tests for them over the last few years, SAT and ACT test-makers created more stringent testing identification policies that will begin next fall. Though these measures will prevent most students from cheating, they still might not be strict enough to deter determined cheaters.

Apple responsible for shocking conditions in Chinese factories, consumers should take heed

By Allegra Caldera, March 6, 2012

Apple has a reputation for being clean: clean designs, clean computers, and up until now, a relatively clean reputation. But the company’s recent reports have exposed its suppliers’ failure to adhere to Apple’s standards for working conditions.

Developers should curb construction, preserve Bethesda’s open spaces

By Allegra Caldera, January 23, 2012

Longtime Bethesda resident Mary Giere can remember when downtown Bethesda consisted of little more than a row of rundown shops, a church, a school and a theater. Today, she says, there isn’t an inch left to develop.

Student Nick Gallagher passes away, remembered for his personality

By Allegra Caldera, January 13, 2012

Known for his bright smile, readiness to learn and love of the color red, student Nick Gallagher passed away Jan. 10 of natural causes. He was 17.

SMOB should have right to vote on budget

By Allegra Caldera, January 3, 2012

State legislators should extend the Student Member of the Board of Education's rights to include issues like union negotiations and the budget because, as a student, the SMOB provides a different perspective.

Local family celebrates Christmas with dozens of lawn decorations

By Allegra Caldera, December 25, 2011

A six-foot inflatable snow globe rests in the center of the lawn, flanked by massive inflatable snowmen that loom over assorted seasonal knick-knacks.

Aebleskiver, risalamande and McDonalds: an exchange trip to Denmark

By Allegra Caldera, November 30, 2011

Twelve students traveled to Denmark Nov. 18 to 26 during the first Whitman exchange trip to Denmark. I wanted to attend to learn more about Denmark for my European history class and to experience another country.