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‘Not adequate enough’: Los Angeles residents reflect on city’s beauty standards

In this photo staged by junior Emily Eshel, a girl stands on a scale that reads

By Chloe Fidler, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

From flashy cars to green juices, West Los Angeles can seem like the perfect place to live. The Santa Monica beach always bustles with people because it is basically sunny year-round, and Rodeo drive is full of tourists and luxury shops. According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, Los Angeles is the ...

Do uniforms really create socioeconomic equity?: Designer items while in uniform

One of the most prominent brands on campus is Gucci. This Archer student is wearing Gucci Ace leather sneakers, which are listed on the Gucci site for $590.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 21, 2020

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of all high school students wear a school uniform. Uniforms have grown in popularity annually since 1996, when then-president Bill Clinton said that school uniforms would give students the opportunity to "evaluate themselves by what they...

Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Addison Lee

Seniors Norah Adler and Addison Lee at the Global Climate Strike earlier this school year.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

This photo essay is a part of the Oracle photo essay series called “Through the eyes of.” This series features students, faculty and staff at Archer and uses photo, audio and video to depict their individual experience at Archer. This particular photo essay uses text, images and video.  Last year, ju...

ACTing in a pandemic: COVID-19 causes ACT, SAT cancellations, impacting juniors’ college process

Junior Lola Lamberg's various SAT practice books stack on top of each other, along with her calculator. Lamberg used these practice books as a study resource for the SAT exam that was supposed to take place this month but has been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

By Vaughan Anoa'i and Nyah Fernandez

May 19, 2020

On the evening of Friday, March 13, junior Gaby Ayala received a surprising and frustrating notification — one that would change her entire college process as she knew it. "I was notified the night before that I couldn't take my SAT exam," Ayala said. "It’s frustrating how I was practicing for a ...

Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service

A seven year old listens to junior Ava Thompson read Dr. Seuss'

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2020

Inspiration comes in many forms — and for junior Ava Thompson, it came from a meeting with a teacher and a bag of childhood books from her garage. At the end of March, Thompson had the idea to found FaceTime Storytime, a volunteer service in which teenagers read to younger children over video chat....

Heightism affects athletics, media portrayal, romantic relationships in contemporary society

This illustration depicts the effects and various stages of heightism that members of the Archer community and beyond can experience. Additionally, this image demonstrates the greater effect that heightism has within our society, considering it doesn't only affect one group or type of people. This illustration was created by graphic design artist and sophomore Molly Solowitz.

By Vaughan Anoa'i, Staff Reporter

May 11, 2020

In our society, the effects of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia have become prevalent topics of discussion, whether that be in Twitter threads or break room conversations. However, according to 5 foot 11 sophomore Shaun Milton, one form of discrimination is often "overlooked" and "pushed aside": height...

Cash, Community, COVID-19: Is Archer economically impacted by the novel coronavirus?

A liquor store in Sheffield, UK posts a sign reminding customers to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although businesses that provide essential services like food or healthcare are permitted to stay open, millions of people, including members of the Archer community, face financial uncertainty and job insecurity.

By Rio Hundley and Vaughan Anoa'i

May 7, 2020

Although students switched to remote learning on Tuesday, March 17, quarantine could not protect all members of the Archer community from the spreading influence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Along with a downturn in the stock market and nationwide grocery shortages, individuals, families and organizati...

Students of color, mentors reflect on Archer’s admissions process, diversity

An artistic illustration by Leslie Castaneda. The graphic represents students of color standing in front of the entrance of Archer.

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

In the interest of full disclosure, Lizette Gonzalez is a part of Young Eisner Scholars, one of the non-profit organizations mentioned in the piece. When freshman Helen Solis began going to informational meetings about a non-profit organization called "A Better Chance," she hoped she would be accepted into th...

Cancellations, separations: COVID-19 interrupts travel, divides families

In hopes of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus, governments across the world have implemented various travel bans. The United States has raised the travel ban to a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning.

By Nicki Rosenberg and Molly Goldberg

May 7, 2020

Separating families, canceling college tours and keeping students from participating in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are some ways COVID-19 has impacted the Archer community beyond quarantine. Due to COVID-19 , the pandemic that is forcing millions to stay inside their homes this spring, travel restrictions are in action for national and intern...

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign emphasized core values, closeness to issues

Pete Buttigieg delivers his final campaign remarks in South Bend, Indiana, following a poor showing in the South Carolina primary. Buttigieg's campaign surpassed expectations considering his relative youth and inexperience.

By Grace Doyle, Staff Writer

April 26, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Afghanistan veteran and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, differentiated himself from the expansive presidential field using his millennial relatability and closeness to issues. Though Joe Biden, the candidate Buttigieg eventually endors...

Community members reflect on implementation of remote learning practices

A sophomore English class taught by Stephanie Nicolard virtually touches hands on Zoom. Sophomore Marley Mills said that it was only one of the many fun activities they had done in class.

By Chloe Fidler and Anna Brodsky

April 23, 2020

Before mid-March, the school day took place in the hallways, classrooms and courtyards of Archer. Now, however, school has shifted to bedrooms, backyards and kitchen tables. Sweatpants and t-shirts have replaced polos and skirts as the "uniform" of most students, who enter class through digital waiting...

Photo gallery: COVID-19 closures

The Santa Monica Pier has fencing for 18 blocks along Ocean Avenue, and there are signs at the entrances of the paths saying that nobody can pass. The pier was built in 1909 and has never been fully closed. Many businesses that Archer girls frequent are closed during this time.

By Sabrina Kim

April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shuttered many businesses around the country, including those near Archer. The signs that businesses have posted to announce their closures had various ways of sharing the changes to their businesses. They all had similar messages wishing their customers safety ...

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