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Column: 2020 — The year, the myth, the legend

Column: 2020 — The year, the myth, the legend

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

January 15, 2020

Happy new year, ladies and gentlemen! After much toil and hard work, it seems we have finally made it to the year 2020. To some of us, the start of a new year is an exciting excuse to draft a list of resolutions never to be completed, and to others, it is an arbitrary celebration that a certain amount of time has pa...

Column: It’s beginning to feel a lot like senior year

Column: It’s beginning to feel a lot like senior year

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

December 18, 2019

Why hello there, loyal Oracle readers! Gracie Wilson here, reporting live from the end of the first semester of my senior year. I’ve decided recently that for the remainder of the school year, I will be documenting month-by-month my goings-on and feelings of high school seniorhood.  Let me tell yo...

Column: Figeater beetles cause chaos at Archer

Column: Figeater beetles cause chaos at Archer

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

December 11, 2019

It’s a quiet afternoon at the Archer School for Girls. Suddenly, shrieks echo through the halls. Terror and chaos spread across campus like wildfire. Students run and teachers cower in fear. A shiny green figeater beetle has struck again. I’d like to quickly clear up some beetle identity issues. Gre...

Column: The immigration crisis is not just topic for political discussion

Column: The immigration crisis is not just topic for political discussion

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

December 11, 2019

I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram on a typical summer afternoon when I found out about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. In the past year alone, I had heard about countless tragedies like this one. Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were found dead while ...

Column: On healing, spirituality and slaying dragons

Column: On healing, spirituality and slaying dragons

By Lena Jones, Columnist

December 6, 2019

“Symptoms?” Painful pressure on the right side of my face. Forehead, temples, down my neck. “Does it hurt now?” Only if I take off the sunglasses. “So there’s light sensitivity?” Yes, definitely. “You’re having migraines.” At that moment, I honestly tried to ...

Column: Cultural complexities of sustainability

Column: Cultural complexities of sustainability

By Abigale Lischak, Columnist

December 4, 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 in a community service project. The goal was to converse with locals about plastic bag usage and try ...

Column: Farewell, Swingers

Column: Farewell, Swingers

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

October 16, 2019

Plaid diner booths, vegan flapjacks and an extensive milkshake selection: this was Swingers Diner. Established in Hollywood, Swingers started swingin’ in 1993. Shifting zip codes, it soon found a second home in Santa Monica. On August 31, the late-night eatery served its final basket of french fr...

Column: Yes, I’m ‘Into the Environment’

Column: Yes, I’m ‘Into the Environment’

By Abigale Lischak, Columnist

October 4, 2019

'“Oh, so you’re into the environment.” This is a frequent response I receive when I tell people that I’m vegetarian for sustainability reasons, that I bring my own produce bags to the farmers market and that I want to pursue environmental studies in college. I respond with a short “yeah”...

Column: Flower power — California’s ‘super bloom’ phenomenon

Column: Flower power — California’s ‘super bloom’ phenomenon

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans Katz

June 5, 2019

Spring sprung, meaning it was inevitable that Californians saw flowers somewhere on their social media feed. From the unkempt greens of the bluffs to the bundles of vibrant colors that scattered the coastline, flower power was everywhere. The heavy winter rainfall we all just (barely) fought throu...

Column: IHOP — Not a pancake house, but a pancake home

Column: IHOP — Not a pancake house, but a pancake home

By Lauren Evans-Katz and Grace Wilson

May 29, 2019

I’m sure you all – our beloved, devout readers – have been wondering where exactly it was that the two of us first hung out. After nearly two years of middle school together without an outside-of-school encounter, we opted to eat a hefty meal of mozzarella sticks, pancakes, french toast, hash br...

Column: Stereotypically slimy snails

Column: Stereotypically slimy snails

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

April 15, 2019

Snails: you either love them or hate them. Ask someone their opinion on snails and you will get answers ranging from “They eat my lettuce and are gross and slimy” to “My whole life’s purpose is dedicated to them” (a highly rare but nonetheless valid answer). Personally, I believe snails to be ...

Column: A natural connection

Column: A natural connection

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

April 11, 2019

Maybe it’s my last name, but I’ve always felt a strong connection to plants. At a young age, my ability to feel one-sided empathy for greenery was strong. I have vivid memories of pretending to be a ‘plant doctor’ and placing bandages on the vine in my backyard whenever it secreted milky...

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