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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, SHOWCASE, 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, SHOWCASE, 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...

Column: Learn from rodents — leave tree chopping to beavers

Column: Learn from rodents — leave tree chopping to beavers

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

November 18, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, SHOWCASE, VOICES

Beavers are the environmentalists we all should aspire to be. Even though they’re known for cutting down trees, they transform forests and tailor them to their exact needs, all while making sure not a single tree gets wasted. By the time beavers are completely done with tree cutting, the surround...

LA lifestyle: Where food and social scenes mix deliciously

LA lifestyle: Where food and social scenes mix deliciously

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

November 15, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, SHOWCASE, VOICES

“I’ll have an Effervescent,” you may hear someone say while ordering at the trendy, plant-based restaurant by the name of Cafe Gratitude. Venice, the heart of veganism, is home to this fashionable café known for its vegan delicacies. To top off its healthy, self-care aesthetic, the cafe lists its menu item...

Column: Halloween — too little, too choco-late

Column: Halloween — too little, too choco-late

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

October 28, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, SHOWCASE, VOICES

Picture six year-old me, walking back to her house with a pillowcase full of freshly acquired Halloween candy. For most kids, the night of Halloween is a time to stuff their faces with all the candy their parents will allow. For me, it is a night full of giving all the candy to my sister. No, it is n...

Column: In praise of Halloween’s spookiest animals

Column: In praise of Halloween’s spookiest animals

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

October 25, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

For most people, Halloween is a time of too much candy and chilling thrills. However, often forgotten in the excitement are the animals Halloween has labeled as “spooky.” Although Halloween is not the sole contributor to these animals’ negative stereotypes, it has certainly not boosted their rep...

Column: Serena Williams challenges status quo

Column: Serena Williams challenges status quo

By Caitlin Chen, Columnist

October 19, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

Serena Williams, synonymous with the greatest American tennis player in history, has revolutionized professional tennis for women. Her many awards and accolades include being ranked No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions by the Women’s Tennis Association and having the most Grand Slam titles in si...

Column: We don’t all look like that – reinforced Latina beauty standards are harmful and unrealistic

Column: We don’t all look like that – reinforced Latina beauty standards are harmful and unrealistic

By Celeste Ramirez, Columnist

October 16, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

If you were to Google the word “Latina,” you would probably quickly notice how similar all the women in the images are. You’d see the dramatic curvy body, the bronzed facial complexion, the red pouty lips, the long voluminous hair and the mysterious stare.  This problematic stereotype has been perpet...

Column: Smells like teen spirit

Column: Smells like teen spirit

By Lauren Evans-Katz and Grace Wilson

October 4, 2018


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

When we decided to write a column about our lives as teenagers in Los Angeles, we knew we wanted to explore our raw, authentic experiences of growing up in the whirlwind of LA culture. We realized that each of our memories and experiences in Los Angeles indicates a broader truth about the stereotypes a...

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, 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...

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