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Column: Battling Bigotry

Column: Battling Bigotry

By Audrey Koh, Columnist

February 14, 2017


Filed under COLUMNISTS, VOICES

During the Diversity Conference, I had the honor of participating in the Upper School microaggressions panel, where I spoke about my personal experience with racist behaviors and remarks and discussed ways to combat them. Hearing from other panelists, who were mostly girls of color, was especi...

Column: An Exploration of Valentine’s Day

Column: An Exploration of Valentine’s Day

By Stella Gage, Columnist

February 7, 2017


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Growing up, Valentine’s Day has meant a number of different thing to me. When I was younger, the holiday was a day for everyone to exchange candy grams, spend time with friends and maybe even finally tell your crush that you liked them with an overly cheesy card. Over the years, however, the inno...

Column: How to Keep Your New Year’s Food Resolutions

Column: How to Keep Your New Year’s Food Resolutions

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

January 31, 2017


Filed under COLUMNISTS, FOOD, VOICES

As the end of January approaches, for many, so does regret season. Memories of New Year's Eve flash back, of resolutions written down in notebooks, shared with friends or perhaps drilled into your mind over and over so that all you can think is "I will never drink caffeine again." And now? Your New...

Column: Ode to January

Column: Ode to January

By Isabel Adler, Columnist

January 20, 2017


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Centuries ago, I was an eleven year old embarking on my first year at Archer as a sixth grader. Okay. That’s an exaggeration -- it was only seven years ago -- but times have changed! Back then, Obama was our president, Instagram wasn’t popular among Archer students, teens all watched “Glee,” a...

Column: America’s Economy is Hanging on Loose Hinges

Column: America’s Economy is Hanging on Loose Hinges

By Ciel Torres, Columnist

January 20, 2017


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There are four departments in a president's cabinet that hold great economic responsibility: the Department of State, the Treasury, Commerce and Labor. The people that President Donald Trump has nominated as the heads of these departments are Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Steven Mnuchin, for...

Column: Archer, It’s Cold Outside

Column: Archer, It’s Cold Outside

By Isabel Adler, Columnist

December 6, 2016


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Ah, holidays at Archer! The biggest difference between December and all the other months of the year is that during December, Archer upper schoolers stress-eat even more than their normal snack load.  When I was in middle school, I loved winter. Having Secret Snowflakes in advisory, looking forward to w...

Column: The Life of Pie

Column: The Life of Pie

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

December 1, 2016


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The holidays. Whether you're arguing about politics, wildly searching for grandma’s favorite Frank Sinatra CD or frantically cramming for finals while decorating the Christmas tree, you’re sure to be a little stressed out at some point. Now, I’m not saying that food is the answer to all of your...

Column: State of The Union Address

Column: State of The Union Address

By Ciel Torres, Columnist

November 18, 2016


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On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Donald J. Trump was elected the President of the United States. The most pertinent question I've heard about this is "How?" As I've come to understand it, all that's required is a bit of historical context. A democracy is, in theory, for the people. I'd argue that the first and last...

Column: November Thank-You Note

Column: November Thank-You Note

By Audrey Koh, Columnist

November 3, 2016


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For all the time I’ve been happily involved in Archer’s Ambassadors program and orchestras, for every second I spend laughing in Creative Writing, I sometimes forget that I used to be very, very lonely at school, especially during sixth grade. In fifth grade, my teacher asked my mom which middle...

Column: Rhetoric surrounding terrorism promotes Islamophobia

Column: Rhetoric surrounding terrorism promotes Islamophobia

By Ciel Torres, Columnist

November 3, 2016


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During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, an audience member asked how either candidate would handle Islamophobia in the United States and make Muslim people feel safe in this country. Trump remarked that in order to solve a problem one must be able to name it: "radical Islamic terror." ...

Column: How to Throw a Dinner Party 101

Column: How to Throw a Dinner Party 101

By Anna Allgeyer, Columnist

October 27, 2016


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At some point in life, you will have to host a dinner party. Or co-host or even just help out. I strongly believe that this is an important life skill and something we should all have in our repertoire. However, the most important part of a dinner party is having fun, which is often something the ho...

Column: Nightmare on Chaparal Street

Column: Nightmare on Chaparal Street

By Isabel Adler, Columnist

October 20, 2016


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If you know me at all, you know that I can't stand horror movies. The scariest thing I've ever watched is Indiana Jones. "But Isabel," you say, "Indiana Jones isn't scary at all." Case in point. I just don’t do scary. But it’s October, and you know what that means. It is time for alone-in...

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