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Goddess of Versatility: Sophomore Zahra Umoja dances into the lead

Goddess of Versatility: Sophomore Zahra Umoja dances into the lead

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


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At this year's annual Night of Dance, sophomore Zahra Umoja opened the Medusa-themed number by strutting down center stage in a snakeskin costume. Umoja performed six dances at this year's show, titled "Odyssey." Umoja, who is trained in various dance styles, has been dancing for six years, both at...

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

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

By Lola Lamberg and Ella Frey

April 14, 2019


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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 [the show] 'A Simple Love' because I simply love ceramics," Kerner said. "I've been doing [ceramics]...

Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

By Liz Haltrecht

March 17, 2019


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When Ariana Grande released the album "Sweetener" in August of 2018 about her engagement to Pete Davidson, her fans had no idea that only six months later, Davidson and Grande would break off their engagement, and Grande would release "thank u, next, " an exploration of lost love. Grande is a world-famous pop star who began her career on Broadway at 15 years old in the musical "13."  She the...

Odyssey dance show ‘completely different’ from past performances

Odyssey dance show ‘completely different’ from past performances

By Liz Haltrecht and Ella Frey

March 16, 2019


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The lights dim. On a screen, Greek goddesses like Aphrodite and Nike flash in the background as Archer dancers take to the stage. From Feb. 21-23, students, parents and faculty gathered together at American Jewish University to watch this year's dance show, titled "Odyssey." "Odyssey" focused o...

Review: Take off your blindfold for ‘Bird Box’

Review: Take off your blindfold for ‘Bird Box’

By Emma London, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


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When Bird Box first popped up in my suggested list on Netflix, I ignored it. I have never been one for horror movies, after all. However, the next day the film popped up on Instagram, then Twitter and even on Snapchat. What was this movie everyone was talking about, and what did a blindfold have to do with birds?...

Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students

Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


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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' of the archetypal teen singer and redefining pop music as Gen Z's next big thing. The Oracle sat down with Archer students to hear about their react...

Review: ‘Bandersnatch’ snatches viewers’ attention with new user-focused technology

Review: ‘Bandersnatch’ snatches viewers’ attention with new user-focused technology

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

January 28, 2019


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It's 1984: the year of shoulder pads, neon colors, video games and the setting of Netflix's new film, "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch." The film, written by Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade, follows Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), a British teen who has designed an interactive game called Bandersn...

Rain, rain, go away: TV shows for a gloomy winter day 

Rain, rain, go away: TV shows for a gloomy winter day 

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

January 28, 2019


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With the rainy season upon us, it's time to sit back, relax, light a few candles, grab some popcorn and watch a binge-worthy show nestled in bed. Here are my top recommendations guaranteed to make the best of a rainy day. "You" This Netflix original thriller will keep you on your toes and showcases an eerie...

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is royal tribute to Queen

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is royal tribute to Queen

By Molly Goldberg, Sports Editor

January 21, 2019


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Bohemian Rhapsody: we all know the song, but not the story. The musical biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" is determined to change that. Full of rock and roll as well as heart and soul, movie chronicles the story and music of British rock band Queen and the life of eccentric lead singer Freddie Merc...

Review: Bienvenidos a “Elite” — teen drama pushes boundaries

Review: Bienvenidos a “Elite” — teen drama pushes boundaries

By Allie Worchell and Ella Frey

January 8, 2019


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While this show is a realistic example of life for many teenagers around the world, it does feature substance abuse, drugs, and sex; therefore, it should be watched by students 15 and up.  Blood. A dead body. Police officers and cameras. All within the first five minutes of "Elite", Netflix's newest teen d...

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

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

By Emma London, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


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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. Sloan’s rise to fame is admittedly a rather strange one. In 2014, an image of her family home with the wo...

Snapshots of teen life: Los Angeles photography show exhibits storytelling, social justice

Snapshots of teen life: Los Angeles photography show exhibits storytelling, social justice

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018


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Social justice. Voice. Stories. These are all words the Getty Center uses to describe its new exhibit, titled LA #Unshuttered: Teens Reframing Life in Los Angeles. LA #Unshuttered exhibits the work of 23 teen photographers from Los Angeles. Snapshots line the walls, with each photo representi...

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