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Column: Why I Cry at the Movies

Column: Why I Cry at the Movies

By Steven Jacobson, Guest Columnist

May 19, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, COLUMNISTS, SHOWCASE, VOICES

Yes, I cry at the movies. And a movie theater is an ideal place to cry. Even when surrounded by hundreds of strangers, the comforting blanket of darkness protects against judgment, while the immersive surround sound offers camouflage for sniffles and sobs. While I have been known to shed tears at hom...

Column: What food means to me

Column: What food means to me

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

May 11, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, FOOD

I think most people would agree that they love food.  Most Archer girls, in particular, have an affinity for advisory food, courtyard picnics and going across to pick up a quick bite across the street.  (Hint: your answer to the “what do I get?” question can always be solved by a Belwood Walnut T...

Column: An Invitation to Radical Quiet

Column: An Invitation to Radical Quiet

By Wendy Deming, Guest Columnist

May 6, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

This column is part of a series written by teacher guest writers on a topic they are interested in exploring. This was submitted to The Oracle for review by the Editorial Board.  I often fantasize about slapping the iPhones out of upper schoolers’ hands during passing periods. I wilt a bit...

Column: Tweet this! Why I don’t have social media

Column: Tweet this! Why I don’t have social media

By Scarlet Levin, Columnist

May 2, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

One of the most popular forms of communication these days is social media. One can surf the waves of Hawaii in their pajamas or celebrate an old friend from college’s wedding thousands of miles away. With platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, physical interaction is barely needed, which is why so...

Column: American youth is craving justice more than ever

Column: American youth is craving justice more than ever

By Lola Lamberg, Columnist

April 27, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

The survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida are demanding change and more laws against gun violence by campaigning against the NRA and organizing marches, including the March for Our Lives. All of these survivors that desire a better future are all teenagers. Generation Z ...

Column: East L.A. Walkouts 50 Years Later

Column: East L.A. Walkouts 50 Years Later

By Celeste Ramirez, Columnist

April 21, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

As I have grown up, I’ve only heard bits and pieces about what high schoolers did during the Chicano Movement. Like most people, I’ve always heard about the more well-known parts of the movement such as Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union — but I never heard of the walkouts that took ...

Column: The Power of Mindfulness

Column: The Power of Mindfulness

By Catie Chase, Guest Columnist

April 18, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

This column is part of a series written by teacher guest writers on a topic they are interested in exploring. This was submitted to The Oracle for review by the Editorial Board.  I was holding a bookmark that said “If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable. - Unknown....

Column: A Date with Caramel

Column: A Date with Caramel

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

April 11, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, FOOD, VOICES

When’s the last time you caught yourself in a Pinterest rabbit hole?  One second, you’re looking for pretty appetizer plates for your mom’s birthday. And the next it’s 45 minutes later, and you’ve clicked yourself to DIY planting boxes. I detest these rabbit holes, but occasionally, they ...

Column: What does it mean to be safe?

Column: What does it mean to be safe?

By Leila Kirby Chakravarty, Guest Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

This column is part of a series written by teacher guest writers on a topic they are interested in exploring. This was submitted to The Oracle for review by the Editorial Board.  It was pitch black and cold. Christmas was so close; we could all taste it. My students and I were joking around waiti...

Column: The police rape loophole everyone should know about

Column: The police rape loophole everyone should know about

By Lola Lamberg, Columnist

March 15, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS

Two of my expectations for America are as follows: strong and secure laws and law enforcement that protects us, not harms us. This past October, two policemen were charged with the kidnapping and rape of an eighteen year old girl in New York. This young woman accused both policemen of taking turns brutally raping her in the backs...

Column: Be the backcountry cook your tentmates want you to be

Column: Be the backcountry cook your tentmates want you to be

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

March 10, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, FOOD, VOICES

If you know me at all, you know that I love the outdoors and backpacking. If you’ve read my column, you know that I love cooking. While these things don’t usually mesh well (see: burned, bland and otherwise bleh food), I’ve had a pretty amazing experience cooking on my Archer Arrow Weeks as wel...

Column: Changing Chapters — A response to literary adaptations

Column: Changing Chapters — A response to literary adaptations

By Scarlet Levin, Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

When I was little, I, alongside the rest of the world, was obsessed with Disney movies. Although I had my favorites — "Lady and the Tramp," "Pinocchio" and "Bambi" to name a few — I always came back to a classic: "Cinderella." It wasn’t until years later that I discovered "Grimms' Fairy Tal...

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