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Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under COLUMNISTS, SHOWCASE, VOICES

“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, at a debrief of "The Hate U Give" at Archer's Diversity Conference or when setting classroom norms for our race unit in hi...

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

February 12, 2019


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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 pop culture films in a variety of outdoor venues across Los Angeles, while also offering gourmet street food and live music. ...

Column: Let them eat…pretzels?

Column: Let them eat…pretzels?

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

February 10, 2019


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I have never lived by the famous Marie Antionette phrase "Let them eat cake!" The "cake" part has always been substituted with some other food. Imagine 6-year-old me at my best friend’s birthday party. This is a typically momentous event for a little kid, especially when the frosting-filled cake ma...

Column: Killing two birds with one stoner — marijuana industry affects native wildlife

Column: Killing two birds with one stoner — marijuana industry affects native wildlife

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

January 22, 2019


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California’s beautiful forests are ridden with poison. The culprit? Recreational marijuana. It’s not the cannabis plant itself that is fatal, however — it is the chemicals that the illegal growers leave behind. Safe permitted marijuana cultivation is not the problem. Legally, a Californian over 21 is al...

Column: Why would I mispronounce my name?

Column: Why would I mispronounce my name?

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

January 21, 2019


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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 say, “I don’t care” or “Whatever is easiest for you.” As I've gotten older, es...

Thrifting and sifting: An insight into Melrose Trading Post

Thrifting and sifting: An insight into Melrose Trading Post

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

January 14, 2019


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At the corner of Melrose and Fairfax lies a hub of Los Angeles teenage obsession: the Melrose Trading Post. Each Sunday, Fairfax High houses a flea market in its main parking lot that boasts a diverse array of vendors and attendees. Though the majority of these attendees are self-proclaimed art connoisseurs looki...

Column: What’s all this squawk about? Parrots flock to Los Angeles

Column: What’s all this squawk about? Parrots flock to Los Angeles

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

January 10, 2019


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Picture this: It’s a hot day in Los Angeles, the sun is shining and the roar of the highway is lulling you to sleep around noon. Suddenly, the cry of a bright green parrot wakes you. "Why," you may wonder, "is there a parrot in Los Angeles? And why did it have to wake me up on a weekend?" If ...

Column: Inter(new)tional eats — Picky eating in a foreign country

Column: Inter(new)tional eats — Picky eating in a foreign country

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

January 9, 2019


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Traveling, especially to where a different language is spoken, is tricky. Adventuring to different parts of the world always forces me to step out of my comfort zone — literally and mentally. For example, last winter break, my family went on a trip to Italy. We explored multiple cities and had...

Ball’s in the wrong court: NCAA abuses student-athletes

Ball’s in the wrong court: NCAA abuses student-athletes

By Caitlin Chen, Columnist

December 19, 2018


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Every year when March rolls around, there’s a certain excitement in the air. Basketball fanatics fill out their brackets, despite the knowledge that obtaining a perfect bracket is nearly impossible— 1 in 9.2 quintillion, to be precise. It’s March Madness, and everyone is ready to watch the college athletes play with an all-or-nothing attitude or root for a ...

Column: Rocky Horror — A time warp during The Time Warp

Column: Rocky Horror — A time warp during The Time Warp

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

December 19, 2018


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Disclaimer: This show is R-rated and may not be appropriate for younger students.  We applied thick, dark eyeliner, put on our torn fishnet stockings and frizzed our hair. Now finally, we were ready to do the Time Warp. The cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” tracks lovebirds Brad and Janet as they wind u...

Column: Complexity of colorism in Latinx community

Column: Complexity of colorism in Latinx community

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

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 have a lighter skin color when compared to the rest of the Latinx community. Am I allowed to write about thi...

Column: The tur-key to a picky Thanksgiving

Column: The tur-key to a picky Thanksgiving

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

November 23, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

Thanksgiving: the classic American holiday filled with hand turkeys, orange decorations and most importantly, food. Every year, there are internet memes and jokes about everyone stuffing their stomachs until there is no room left. Sure, Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday for me due to our annual family...

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