The Oracle

Column: 2020 is the year of the climate

The presidential election will be held Nov. 3 this year. Remember to pre-register to vote and vote early in order to make a difference for our nation and for our climate.

By Norah Adler, Columnist

October 25, 2020

Climate change is finally being taken seriously and acting as a focal point of this year's 2020 presidential election along with other issues, but allow me to clarify the importance of this election specifically in regards to the vital issue of climate change.  Let’s start with the good news: people are...

Column: The unpresidential debate

Donald Trump and Mike Pence take the stage at an event in Washington D.C. Trump was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and therefore cancelled the second debate on Oct. 15.

By Charlotte Tragos, Columnist

October 18, 2020

Presidential debates are a staple in the run-up to an election, but there was something decidedly different about the first and so far only Donald Trump vs Joe Biden debate that took place Sept. 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. I couldn’t have described the debate better than Chief Washington Correspondent ...

Column: ‘WAP’ really stands for women and power

The album cover for WAP features rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. The song was released through Atlantic Records on Aug. 7, 2020, and quickly gained popularity on multiple platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

By Alejandra Ayala, Columnist

September 29, 2020

In our patriarchal society it is no surprise that in male dominated industries women are held to a double standard. In academia and especially politics women are expected to never make a mistake, showing they are unfit for the job if they do. Here in trendy Los Angeles with the entertainment industry...

Column: On multiracial students and belonging in affinity spaces

This image is of a divided mind. The left half is grey and filled with equations and numbers whereas the right half is covered in vivid splashes of colors representing the division between a mixed person’s identity.

By Marissa Gendy, Columnist

September 20, 2020

As young adults, it’s natural for us to hide parts of ourselves in an effort to experience a sense of belonging within a community. We adjust our language (terminology), our attitudes, beliefs, morals and more to dilute our own sense of authenticity. We choose to hide behind a facade to mask any dif...

Column: How a diehard Democrat joined a Republican group

The statue of sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Project was founded by eight individuals including a Washington Post contributing columnist, George Conway and New York Times best selling author, Rick Wilson.

By Charlotte Tragos, Columnist

August 25, 2020

The past four years have challenged the idea that the United States is a great country. Our once admirable foundation of diversity is being destroyed by the divisive rhetoric of our president. Coming from a Gold Star family with roots in Missouri, my background is that of an old-school Democrat. My c...

Column: I’m not that sustainable

Sophomore Eliza Tiles and seniors Norah Adler and Sophia Stevens socially distance backpack in the John Muir Wilderness in California. Tiles says backpacking is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but she urges hikers to follow Leave No Trace principles.

By Norah Adler, Columnist

August 24, 2020

So you thought because I’m on the Archer Council for Sustainability my column will tell you all about how sustainable I am, right? How I carry reusable utensils with me while I bike in order to reduce my environmental impact and all that? Meanwhile you’re at home irritated because you’re thinking “wh...

Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory

A piece of armor lays on Lena Jones' bed. Jones uses her final column to explore how one Biblical quote brings her comfort in challenging times.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

May 31, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the...

Column: My complex relationship with Archer

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda shows Celeste speaking to her younger self. The image portrays the reflective nature of her column, where she writes about what she has learned about identity during high school. After three years, this is her final addition to the Oracle.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

Before I sat down to write this final column, the last addition to my three years on the Oracle, I went all the way back to read my first ever piece,  “Latina Girl in an Archer World.” In the column, I reflected on my first year at Archer, specifically my transition to Archer and the culture shock I experience...

Column: Dear seniors

Official senior class photo of the class of 2020 taken on the first day of school this year. The class has taken identical photos for their past seven years at Archer and was supposed to take a final photo in this exact spot on their graduation day.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

May 12, 2020

Dear Seniors, Like many of you, I’ve spent the better part of high school fantasizing about the second semester of senior year. And as if my own personal expectations of alleviated stress and culminating traditions haven’t been enough, the ravishing rumors and retellings I’ve heard from senior...

Column: On science, religion and a faith-filled physician

As a new strain of coronavirus overtakes the world, one doctor leans on both her medical and religious backgrounds to address the situation.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

April 8, 2020

Let’s go back to another time, before social distancing and online learning.   On a breezy January morning, the Archer School for Girls launched its 13th annual Diversity Conference. Through the Archer Interfaith Association (AIA), I presented Faith vs. Fact: The Unfortunate War Between Science and Religion, a Diversity Conference workshop meant to bust the myth that sci...

Column: Being a high school senior in the time of COVID-19

On March 13, Archer’s final day in session on campus for the foreseeable future, the majority of the senior class gathered on the front veranda for lunch to cherish their increasingly limited time together. After eating, laughing and even crying, the girls snapped a picture at the front of campus to commemorate their last day for a while as a group.

By Gracie Wilson, Columnist

March 18, 2020

This past week, LAUSD and the majority of Los Angeles independent schools canceled classes for at least two weeks to allay COVID-19 apprehension and prevent virus spread. In these upcoming weeks of remote learning, I will join thousands of high schoolers citywide in an experiment of social distancing.  In this epoch ...

Column: Anti-blackness in the Latinx community

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda depicts some of the many different skin tones that are present in the Latinx community. This column covers anti-blackness in the Latinx community, specifically after the controversy surrounding this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring JLo and Shakira.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

March 17, 2020

When I first watched the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, I was in awe. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched Shakira and JLo fiercely sing and dance to songs I jammed out to as a kid. I couldn’t believe they were on the Super Bowl stage being watched by millions of people. Later that evening,...

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