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Students take action, spread importance of voting with When We All Vote
News

Nyah Fernandez | October 12, 2020

As the presidential election looms, youth have taken action by spreading awareness of the importance of voting through an organization called  When We All Vote created by former first lady Michelle Obama….

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Op-Ed: Holocaust education should be mandatory in schools
Opinions

Chloe Fidler | October 5, 2020

When I tell my peers that my great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, I usually receive a response along the lines of, “That is so sad I am so sorry” or “It is so crazy that something like that could…

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‘Cobra Kai Never Dies:’ Netflix’s ‘Karate Kid’ spinoff revives classic story for new generation
Arts & Entertainment

Rio Hundley | September 29, 2020

I still remember the first time I saw “The Karate Kid.” I always felt a deep connection to the story and what it said about the true purposes of fighting and ideals of honor. It was the first classic 80s…

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College during COVID: Class of 2020 experience freshman year in university in a “multiplicity” of ways
Features

Rio Hundley | September 10, 2020

After an unorthodox end to their senior year due to COVID-19, Archer’s class of 2020 is beginning an equally unprecedented college experience. Between gap years, going abroad and staying home on Zoom,…

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Column: How a diehard Democrat joined a Republican group
Opinions

Charlotte Tragos | September 3, 2020

The past four years have challenged the idea that the United States is a great country. Our once admirable foundation of diversity is being destroyed by the divisive rhetoric of our president. Coming from…

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Op-Ed: One should have been enough
Opinions

Nyah Fernandez | June 2, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions…

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Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory
Opinions

Lena Jones | June 2, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,…

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Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service
Coronavirus

Anna Brodsky | May 26, 2020

Inspiration comes in many forms — and for junior Ava Thompson, it came from a meeting with a teacher and a bag of childhood books from her garage.

At the end of March, Thompson had the idea to found…

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Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters
Opinions

Rio Hundley | May 22, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.” I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American,…

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‘Not adequate enough’: Los Angeles residents reflect on city’s beauty standards
Features

Chloe Fidler | May 22, 2020

From flashy cars to green juices, West Los Angeles can seem like the perfect place to live. The Santa Monica beach always bustles with people because it is basically sunny year-round, and Rodeo drive is…

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Do uniforms really create socioeconomic equity?: Designer items while in uniform
Features

Cydney Johnson | May 22, 2020

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of all high school students wear a school uniform. Uniforms have grown in popularity annually since 1996, when then-president Bill…

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Heightism affects athletics, media portrayal, romantic relationships in contemporary society
Features

Vaughan Anoa'i | May 13, 2020

In our society, the effects of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia have become prevalent topics of discussion, whether that be in Twitter threads or break room conversations….

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Cash, Community, COVID-19: Is Archer economically impacted by the novel coronavirus?
Coronavirus

Rio Hundley | May 8, 2020

Although students switched to remote learning on Tuesday, March 17, quarantine could not protect all members of the Archer community from the spreading influence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Along…

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Students of color, mentors reflect on Archer’s admissions process, diversity
Features

Lizette Gonzalez | May 8, 2020

In the interest of full disclosure, Lizette Gonzalez is a part of Young Eisner Scholars, one of the non-profit organizations mentioned in the piece.

When freshman Helen Solis began going to informational…

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Pete Buttigieg’s campaign emphasized core values, closeness to issues
Opinions

Grace Doyle | April 27, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Afghanistan veteran and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, differentiated himself from the expansive presidential field using his millennial…

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Community members reflect on implementation of remote learning practices
Coronavirus

Chloe Fidler | April 24, 2020

Before mid-March, the school day took place in the hallways, classrooms and courtyards of Archer. Now, however, school has shifted to bedrooms, backyards and kitchen tables. Sweatpants and t-shirts have…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) postpones annual Coachella music festival
Coronavirus

Cydney Johnson | April 16, 2020

With over 99,000 daily festival-goers annually, Coachella is one of the most popular music festivals in the world. Tickets to the event, which began in 1999, sell out within minutes. According to the…

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Athletes, coaches adjust to remote learning during outbreak of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Lizette Gonzalez | April 10, 2020

Middle school tennis athletes show up to practice with rackets in hand, smiling and ready to work. But this time practices are different: they’re held through Zoom, an online conferencing platform.

Archer…

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Column: Being a high school senior in the time of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Gracie Wilson | March 19, 2020

This past week, LAUSD and the majority of Los Angeles independent schools canceled classes for at least two weeks to allay COVID-19 apprehension and prevent virus spread. In these upcoming weeks of remote…

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Archer Abroad trips to France, Belgium, Mexico cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns
Coronavirus

Molly Goldberg | March 18, 2020

All Archer abroad trips planned for the upcoming weeks have been canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes the trip to France and Belgium, which was intended to take place from March 28 to…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) live updates: Archer
Coronavirus

Lola Lamberg | March 13, 2020

COVID-19, also known as the novel Coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that originated from the Hubei province in China in 2019 and has spread to over 100 countries including the United States which has…

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BREAKING: School to transition to online learning starting next week
Coronavirus

Anna Brodsky | March 13, 2020

Students will not come to campus starting next week due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, according to an email from Head of School Elizabeth English sent Thursday afternoon. Instead, classes will…

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Commentary: Goodbye, Elizabeth Warren
Opinions

Anna Brodsky | March 10, 2020

When I got the New York Times push notification Thursday morning that Senator Elizabeth Warren had decided to suspend her campaign, I wasn’t surprised. After disappointing levels of support in the early…

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Coronavirus outbreak causes ‘panic’ among public
Coronavirus

Cydney Johnson | March 3, 2020

On January 26, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed its first cases of the 2019 coronavirus in Los Angeles County. Today there are six confirmed cases of coronavirus in California….

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#OurNeighborhood: Facilities staff members reflect on work, personal life
Features

Lola Lamberg | February 27, 2020

As the buses and carpools arrive every morning, students of all grade levels pour into the Archer campus through the main two glass doors on the veranda on their way to their first-period class. But who…

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Commentary: ‘Mamba Mentality’ — Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles legacy
Sports

Molly Goldberg | February 20, 2020

It is difficult to articulate how much Kobe meant to people who grew up in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was on the television screens in living rooms and the posters in bedrooms. We watched him grow up….

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Column: What even is a ‘race card’?
Opinions

Celeste Ramirez | February 10, 2020

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about our futures and what successful people of color look like. Over the course of the conversation, we began to discuss whether we believed their race played…

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Op-Ed: ‘Rich sports’ withhold opportunities from lower class students
Opinions

Cydney Johnson | February 4, 2020

When I picked volleyball as my sport, I knew I wanted to be on a top team. In 2014, I joined Actyve Volleyball club. Ever since then, I have had access to the best coaches, best facilities and best opportunities…

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Commentary: The Taal Volcano eruption reignited my pride in being Filipino
Opinions

Rio Hundley | January 31, 2020

In some sense, I live a double life. During the week, I speak with the standard Angeleno drawl, eat at Brentwood sandwich shops and study U.S. history. On the weekend, I visit my family in Anaheim and…

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World War III memes prompt discussion about inclusion, coping mechanisms
Features

Anna Brodsky | January 28, 2020

Alizeh Davis Jarrahy was scrolling through Instagram at the end winter break when she saw a meme proclaiming that World War III was coming. As she continued looking at her feed, she saw more and more images…

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Op-Ed: Trigger warnings really do work
Opinions

Nicki Rosenberg | December 13, 2019

From the young lovers’ suicide in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to graphic violence in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, students encounter disturbing subject matter throughout their years in Archer…

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Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ holds nothing back
Arts & Entertainment

Celeste Ramirez | December 5, 2019

“When They See Us” is rated TV-MA on Netflix and may not be suitable for children under 17. Common Sense Media recommends the series for children ages 15 and up.

“When They See Us,” the four-episode…

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Column: Cultural complexities of sustainability
Opinions

Abigale Lischak | December 5, 2019

The summer after ninth grade, I traveled to Zhuhai, China with the U.S. government program National Language Security Initiative for Youth. While I was there, the other 20 U.S. students and I took part…

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Getty fire ignites ‘panic’ in seniors submitting college applications
News

Molly Goldberg | November 19, 2019

College Guidance Counselor Gabrielle Dorsey’s inbox flooded with “concerned” emails when the Archer community was alerted of the school closures due to the Getty fire on the morning of Oct. 28. This…

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Getty fire impacts athletes’ practice, game schedules
Sports

Lizette Gonzalez | November 15, 2019

Archer remained closed and in the evacuation zone from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 due to the Getty fire. This impacted multiple sports teams’ practice and game schedules. The Oracle sat down with the six sports…

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‘We had to live with the unknown’: Students reflect on Getty fire impacts
News

Anna Brodsky | November 8, 2019

When senior Stella Gregg’s mother shook her awake at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, she glimpsed her bedside clock and thought she had slept through the school day. Instead, her mother said she had to evacuate…

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Commentary: So you think you can vote?
Opinions

Allie Worchell | October 22, 2019

In June, I turned 18. While this age brings many privileges, it also brings a newfound sense of responsibility. During every family gathering, social event or interaction with an adult, I am asked my least…

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‘Our future matters’: Global Climate Strike calls for governmental action, ’empowers’ youth
News

Anna Brodsky | September 23, 2019

If there’s a protest, Susan Millman and Steve Clare are probably there. The two retirees, both in their early 70s, have been political activists for 50 years, fighting for causes ranging from civil rights…

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Record resurgence: Vinyl records offer nostalgia, new experience
Arts & Entertainment

Amelia Stone | May 31, 2019

If you find yourself sorting through albums of various music genres as the faded sound of classic rock music plays in the background, you may be at a record shop.

While the phonograph, the first version…

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‘It’s a 21st century learning skill’: Media literacy education ‘critical’
Features

Emma London | May 29, 2019

Headlines like, “Spanish man builds 60-foot spaceship to visit planet from his novels,” “President Obama Bans the Pledge of Allegiance From Schools” and “Miami-Dade to Create Freeway ‘Texting Lane’ to…

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Harmony Project: Music education program ‘changes the lives’ of underserved children
Arts & Entertainment

Nicki Rosenberg | May 21, 2019

Margaret Martin had a life-changing experience when a group of Los Angeles gang members approached her 5-year-old son, who was playing his violin at the Hollywood Farmers Market. When the “dangerous-looking”…

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Behind ‘Brave’: Music video promotes new Academic Center
News

Allie Worchell | May 15, 2019

“Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out” echoed through the halls of the new Academic Center at the Grand Opening on April 13. Upper School students saw a music video celebrating the opening…

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Grace Kerner sculpts her ‘Simple Love’ of ceramics in senior art show
Arts & Entertainment

Lola Lamberg | May 1, 2019

The title of Archer senior Grace Kerner’s April 11 senior show, “A Simple Love,” was inspired by Kerner’s passion for the art of ceramics. She has been working with clay for over 10 years.

“I called…

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Researcher Gail Dines presents about porn culture, sparks controversy
News

Allie Worchell | April 2, 2019

Eleventh and twelfth-grade students filed into the Dining Hall during X-block on Thursday, February 21 to hear Gail Dines, a sociology professor and researcher, speak about porn and hypersexualization…

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‘I honestly wasn’t surprised’: Archer reacts to college admissions scheme
Admissions Scandal

Emma London | March 26, 2019

In an affidavit released on March 12, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI] indicted 50 people of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The FBI titled this case “Operation…

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Admissions supports multilingual families, introduces new programs
News

Emma London | February 26, 2019

When admissions season rolls around and Archer opens its doors to prospective students, tours, interviews and campus previews take place on any given day. As one of Archer’s initiatives to be more inclusive…

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Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom
Opinions

Celeste Ramirez | February 21, 2019

“Are Latinas responsible for teaching their peers about their race?” This is a question that has popped up in my life multiple times recently. Whether it comes up at an Hermanas Unidas affinity meeting,…

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Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common
Showcase

Nicki Rosenberg | February 21, 2019

After 15 years of exploring the red planet, the Mars Opportunity rover died Feb. 12. After the rover team’s attempt to contact it on Tuesday was unanswered, NASA shut down Opportunity’s mission.

This,…

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The Big Chill: Members of Archer’s class of 2018 acclimate to Midwest winter, record-breaking temperatures
Features

Molly Goldberg | February 20, 2019

Two weeks ago, more than 680 temperature records were broken or tied as a tremendous cold settled in over the American Midwest. In some areas, temperatures dropped below minus-50 degrees and were responsible…

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Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies
Opinions

Grace Wilson | February 15, 2019

Street Food Cinema has revamped the classic movie-going experience. With the same vibe as the popular Cinespia and Rooftop Cinema Club, Street Food Cinema is a production company that projects classic…

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