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Diving into diversity: faculty of color in independent schools

Diving into diversity: faculty of color in independent schools

By Ella Frey, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA, SHOWCASE

In the interest of full disclosure, this writer previously published an op-ed on diversity at Archer. During the 2016 Oscar awards season, there was a loud and public outcry when, for the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated for the Academy's major awards although t...

Archer Maypole tradition weaves together past, present

Archer Maypole tradition weaves together past, present

By Eden Motzkin, Staff Writer
May 23, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA, SHOWCASE

Archer's annual Moving Up Day marks the final day of the school year, welcomes summer and celebrates rising students. This year's annual event will occur on Friday, May 26. The day begins with the final advisory of the year and ends with the faculty and staff waving goodbye to students as the buses...

Alumnae share Archer’s impact on college experience

Alumnae share Archer’s impact on college experience

By Alice Grainge, Staff Writer
May 16, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Inspired by the Class of 2017 celebrating their college decisions and hanging their pennants, the Oracle interviewed four alumnae to find out how well Archer prepared them for college and impacted their experiences. A recent alum, Erika Kort '16 attended her first choice school, Tulane University. Although she be...

Food and the self: Changing attitudes towards eating disorders

Food and the self: Changing attitudes towards eating disorders

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Teenagers fear the stigma of being overweight, yet this pressure can lead to eating disorders, which have their own stigma. Archer's human development program is trying to fix this pressure and teach students how they can overcome this. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Assoc...

Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

By Eloise Rollins-Fife, Managing/News & Features Editor
May 10, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

One in five. Twenty percent. Theoretically, nearly 100 Archer students. That's how many adolescents, ages 13 to 18, currently live with or will develop a serious mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Eleven percent of youth have a mood disorder, 10 percent...

Maria Chavez’s journey to Archer

Maria Chavez’s journey to Archer

By Ella Frey and Eden Motzkin
May 9, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Right now, Maria Chavez is hard at work somewhere on the Archer campus. Chavez has been described as a vital part of the Archer community, but unbeknownst to most students, it took a long and difficult journey to get here. Journey to the United States Chavez was born in Guatemala and said that wor...

‘Writing was my salvation’: InsideOUT Writers brings creative writing to juvenile halls, changes lives

‘Writing was my salvation’: InsideOUT Writers brings creative writing to juvenile halls, changes lives

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Imagine being imprisoned and confined to a single room. Imagine living in an oppressive environment filled with violence and brutality. According to the ACLU, 60,000 children experience these circumstances on any given day in the United States in juvenile detention facilities. InsideOUT Writers...

Archer girls ‘follow their passions’ in science honors research class

Archer girls ‘follow their passions’ in science honors research class

By Sara Weitz, Staff Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Stem cells. Chlamydia. Manure. These are just a few of the topics being studied in Archer's year-long honors research course for upper school students. The students develop and conduct a research project of their choosing in the science and engineering fields. The class is extremely independent,...

Lost Years: Remembering the Japanese Internment’s 75th anniversary

Lost Years: Remembering the Japanese Internment’s 75th anniversary

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Feb. 19, 1942, began like any other day, but what Japanese-Americans did not realize was that the day's occurrences would change the rest of their lives forever. That morning, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, declaring parts of the United States to be designated military regions "from...

‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’: how the rise of hate crimes is bonding Jews, Muslims

‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’: how the rise of hate crimes is bonding Jews, Muslims

By Maya Wernick, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Shots fired, cemeteries desecrated, hatred fueled. This has become the reality for thousands of Jewish and Muslim people around the country in recent months, with anti-Semitic and Islamophobic crimes on the rise. But less covered by the media is the unity of minority groups in the midst of all of the...

Despite challenges, BFA theater applicants put ‘heart and soul’ into college process

Despite challenges, BFA theater applicants put ‘heart and soul’ into college process

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Pacing, deep breaths and paper crane making are just some of the anxiety-relievers you're bound to find at an audition for a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in theater, as told by seniors Gabby Weltman, Anika Ramlo and Hollis Dohr. Although it may be ultimately rewarding, auditioning for a BFA program...

Slime trend encourages creativity, entrepreneurship

Slime trend encourages creativity, entrepreneurship

By Cat Oriel, Voices Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

As trends come and go, it can be difficult to keep up with the current most popular hobbies and pastimes for kids. Tweens used to bond over caring for their Tamagotchis and Bratz, trading Pokémon cards or playing on Club Penguin, and the newest favorite toy or game is constantly changing. Now, an obsession unlike any oth...

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