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New teaching fellow Allison Kays finds Archer girls ‘phenomenal’

New teaching fellow Allison Kays finds Archer girls ‘phenomenal’

By Nelly Rouzroch, Multimedia Editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Meet the newest addition to the Archer faculty and staff: Allison Kays. Kays moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California. She is at USC completing her PhD in accounting but decided to take a break and pursue teaching. "I really wanted to teach," she said...

Club Spotlight: Cakes for Cancer is ‘baking a difference’

Club Spotlight: Cakes for Cancer is ‘baking a difference’

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor
January 19, 2017
Filed under FEATURES

Founded in 2015 by Abby Nathanson, a current senior at Marymount, Cakes for Cancer is a club and organization whose goal is to raise money to help find a cure for lung cancer and spread awareness of the disease. Cakes for Cancer was established when her aunt passed away from an 18-month battle wi...

India through photographer Rose Shulman-Litwin’s eyes

India through photographer Rose Shulman-Litwin’s eyes

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer
December 15, 2016
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Junior Rose Shulman-Litwin says she uses photography to share her unique experiences with the world. She was one of the 12 upper schoolers that went on the Archer abroad trip to India over Thanksgiving break with the program Where There Be Dragons.  "My entire thing, especially when I went to India, is showing people something that they wouldn’t see," Shulman-Litwin s...

‘Bus driving saved me:’ An’twon Colvin’s road to happiness

‘Bus driving saved me:’ An’twon Colvin’s road to happiness

By Cat Oriel, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

On any given school day, Archer bus driver An’twon Colvin sports his shades, Tumbleweed uniform and one of his many baseball caps showcasing his favorite major league sports teams. Colvin, however, is not simply a bus driver. When he’s not working the Archer route, Colvin plays basketball in his ...

From undocumented to citizenship: one immigrant’s hopes, fears after Trump’s election

From undocumented to citizenship: one immigrant’s hopes, fears after Trump’s election

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

Reyna Gomez, who is originally from Guatemala but became a United States citizen six years ago, worries for the safety of undocumented immigrants and fears for America's future once President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. “I wish I could help somebody and tell them, don’t worry, ...

From camping to coaching: new teacher Mary Ellen Avery strives to ‘make fitness fun’

From camping to coaching: new teacher Mary Ellen Avery strives to ‘make fitness fun’

By Anna Brodsky and Sara Weitz
December 12, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

Many Archer students know Mary Ellen Avery as a coach or teacher in the fitness department, but few may know that prior to arriving at Archer, Avery instructed courses at the National Outdoor Leadership School [NOLS]. Though she left her warm winter layers behind, Avery made sure to bring her "posi...

Ahmadi shares passion for social justice, experience as ‘political organizer’

Ahmadi shares passion for social justice, experience as ‘political organizer’

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

Archer hired 15 new teachers this past year — one was a longtime political organizer before turning to education. Math teacher Jason Ahmadi currently teaches ninth and 10th grade classes. He has been active on a number of issues in the past, ranging from pursuing environmental justice to challeng...

Archer seniors seek ‘community’ within politically diverse colleges

Archer seniors seek ‘community’ within politically diverse colleges

By Maya Wernick and Anna Brodsky
December 6, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

At the end of a fiery election season, Archer seniors — who are already anticipating major change within the year — are facing an entirely new set of considerations for college decisions following Donald Trump's victory. Archer has been described as an "extremely liberal community," so for more politically liberal seniors, the possibility of going to a conservative school is daunting...

Diving into diversity clubs at Archer: Exploring civil discourse

Diving into diversity clubs at Archer: Exploring civil discourse

By Ella Frey, Staff Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

What makes Archer unique? Is it the innovative young women participating in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] or the curriculum that teaches girls to #LeaninTogether? Or maybe it is the many diversity clubs that educate students and faculty about important issues on and off campus. According to Archer fast facts, there are 495 students, and 41 percent of the students are of co...

Meet the 2016-2017 middle school class reps, president

Meet the 2016-2017 middle school class reps, president

By Cat Oriel, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

Every year, each grade elects three girls to represent them in student council. The entire middle school votes for a president in the eighth grade. The Oracle asked the elected 2016-2017 middle school representatives and president a few questions about why they wanted to join student council and their...

BSU fosters safe environment for students, faculty of all backgrounds

BSU fosters safe environment for students, faculty of all backgrounds

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer
November 3, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

If there's one thing the Black Student Union [BSU] wants you to know, it's that you don't have to be black to join. Milan Cross '17, Cydney Davis '18, Siena Mills '19, Kristen Mundy '17, April Tate '17, Madison Tyler '19 and Sarah Walston '17 are on the executive board of BSU. Cross, Mundy and...

Annual senior haunted house brings fears to life, carries on tradition

Annual senior haunted house brings fears to life, carries on tradition

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor
October 31, 2016
Filed under FEATURES

For just one day, fear in the Eastern Star Home reaches a high and tales of haunted classrooms and monsters come to life. Halloween at Archer has arrived. For many, the Archer Halloween experience is encapsulated by the annual haunted house, designed and run by the senior class. But in reality, the p...

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