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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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Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students
Arts & Entertainment

Thea Leimone | February 12, 2019

Twelve million Instagram followers. Eighteen songs. Six songs on Billboard’s Top 100. This is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, a 16-year-old singer and songwriter. Eilish is ‘breaking stereotypes’…

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Mobile Science Camp strives to make STEM inclusive, accessible
Features

Celeste Ramirez | February 12, 2019

Junior Hannah Kim was cleaning up after a Mobile Science Camp club visit to the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library when the working librarian approached her.

“Please come again, like, all the time,…

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‘I have never experienced anything like this’: Archer Abroad travels to India
Features

Nicki Rosenberg | February 5, 2019

This Thanksgiving, 13 Archer students and two faculty members swapped their turkey and stuffing for rice and dal as they traveled to India for Archer’s annual Abroad Trip.

From Nov. 18 to Nov. 30,…

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Column: Why would I mispronounce my name?
Opinions

Celeste Ramirez | January 27, 2019

At school, my name is pronounced Celeste (suh-lest). At home, it’s pronounced Celeste (seh-lehs-tay). 

When most people meet me, they ask how I prefer to pronounce my name. In the past, I would instinctively…

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Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health
Arts & Entertainment

Emma London | January 10, 2019

Growing up in a society that has the tendency to sweep mental health issues under the rug, Sasha Sloan’s extended player [EP] “Loser” is a refreshing reminder that we are not alone in our sadness.

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On the water: Junior Charley Griffiths participates in crew as coxswain, learns life lessons
Sports

Molly Goldberg | December 20, 2018

After school each day, while other Archer athletes head to the courts and the fields for hours of sports practice, junior Charley Griffiths heads to Marina del Rey.

Griffiths is a coxswain on The Marina…

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Column: Complexity of colorism in Latinx community
Opinions

Celeste Ramirez | December 20, 2018

As I sat down to write this column, I only had the broad idea that it would be about colorism, and I found myself feeling hesitant, even guilty. I mean, just take one look at me and you can tell that I…

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Head of School Elizabeth English announces upcoming departure, reflects upon time at Archer
Features

Anna Brodsky | October 16, 2018

An email arrived in every Archer community member’s inbox on August 27 bearing the news that Head of School Elizabeth English will conclude her tenure at Archer and become Head of School at the National…

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Review: King Princess’ ‘Make My Bed’ reveals musical voice for future
Arts & Entertainment

Lola Lamberg | October 15, 2018

From Elton John coming out as gay in 1988 to George Michael publicly acknowledging his sexuality in the 1980s, musicians have made positive strides in the representation of the LGBTQ+ community for decades….

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No NOLS for now: 11th Grade Arrow Week rescheduled due to Pacific Northwest fires
News

Ella Frey | October 5, 2018

With summer break nearing an end, 11th grade students planned to trade flip flops and towels for hiking boots and warm layers. However, fires in the Pacific Northwest [PNW] prevented students from embarking…

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