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Op-Ed: One should have been enough

In Manhattan, New York City, lies a Black Lives Matter sticker in the subway for people to see.
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By Nyah Fernandez, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions as I see one after another black person's life be taken like it was nothing. History has continuously...

Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters

Victims of the Japanese Internment gather for an anniversary picnic. These men were interned in a camp in Kooskia, Idaho, and were forced to construct a highway. This story is one of many untold Asian/Pacific Islander narratives which must be recognized during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month." I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American, I had never once heard of or even thought about having a designated time to celebrate my herita...

Letter from the Editor: A final thank you

Mementos from my time at Archer, including the wreath I wore to weave the Maypole, a rock I painted on my first Fall Outing, my sixth grade OneCard and a photo of my friends on our last day of in-person classes.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2020

When I joined the Oracle in ninth grade, I knew I was in for the long haul. I always pictured what it would be like to write my final piece. I would compose it in the short stretch of time between prom dress shopping and the fountain jump, and I would express how surreal it was to finally be experiencing...

Editorial: There’s a reason for social distancing

Due to the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is necessary to slow the development of the virus. Although it may be difficult, the Editorial board encourages practicing social distancing at all times during this pandemic.

By Oracle Editorial Board and Molly Goldberg

April 12, 2020

Instead of beaches, skiing and relaxing with friends, this year’s spring break has been full of sleeping, hand sanitizer and most importantly, social distancing. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak causing people to remain quarantined and distanced from others, there will be lost time with friends and p...

Op-Ed: Spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) reinforces need for hygienic practices

Hands are a place that COVID-19 can latch on to. One of the steps people can take to help avoid getting COVID-19 is to thoroughly wash hands for 20 seconds.

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2020

COVID-19, known to many as the coronavirus, originated in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. While the exact cause is unknown at this time, it is believed to have been transmitted from bats. Infants and the elderly are the most susceptible to the disease. The term "coronavirus," which is often used to describe...

Op-Ed: West Los Angeles — the land of fame and low self-esteem

Societal expectations produced by the modeling and film industries in Los Angeles have detrimental effects on young people's self perception. For a photography project, Drew Kretchmer '20 showcased the way her physical Illnesses have impacted her body and self image. “As I started going through puberty my metabolism slowed down, I began to gain weight, and I also have a condition called endometriosis that can make you look bloated,” Kretchmer said. “Being that I live in Los Angeles, I am constantly surrounded by skinny girls in school and on social media, and I began to become very self-conscious to the point where I didn’t even go to some birthday parties or family dinners because I couldn’t find something that I felt my body looked good in.”

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

March 8, 2020

Amazing schools, delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches and access to some of the most successful people in the world are only a few of the benefits of growing up in West Los Angeles. Although these are things many people have access to as an Angeleno on the Westside, the media’s idealistic portrayal...

Commentary: Goodbye, Elizabeth Warren

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren holds a rally in Oakland in May 2019. Warren was the final major female candidate left standing in the 2020 Democratic primary but dropped out of the race Thursday morning.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2020

When I got the New York Times push notification Thursday morning that Senator Elizabeth Warren had decided to suspend her campaign, I wasn't surprised. After disappointing levels of support in the early primaries in Super Tuesday including a third-place finish in her home state of Massachusetts, her e...

Commentary: Galentine’s Day is superior to Valentine’s Day

This an example of an activity the Oracle staff were able to take part in on Valentine's day. Oracle students were able to write appreciation notes to their peers and receive a small note from Ms.Taylor with some Oracle humor too.

By Jessica Jimenez, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

When it comes to Valentine's Day, no one is more excited or nervous than teens, especially when it comes to their relationship status. But what is the difference between girls at a co-ed school and girls at an all-girls school? As someone who went to co-ed schools up until eighth grade, Valentine's...

Op-Ed: Why didn’t anyone talk about local anti-Semitic vandalism?

On Temple Ahavat Shalom's welcome sign, the phrase

By Chloe Fidler, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

I woke up on Dec. 18 to my parents discussing three instances of anti-Semitic vandalism in Los Angeles Jewish schools. According to the Haaretz, the schools were tagged in swastikas and phrases such as "time to pay." When I came to school the day after the graffiti surfaced, no one was talking about it despite the fact t...

Op-Ed: Presidents Day provides opportunity for nuanced reflection on nation’s leaders

Washington, Lincoln and Jackson are three of the presidents featured on US currency. Presidents Day is a time to consider the complex legacy of past presidents.

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

In the week leading up to Presidents Day, I heard multiple people commenting on how excited they were to get a three day weekend in the middle of February because of Presidents Day. Ready to sleep in, go skiing or hang out with their friends, most didn't think twice about why this federal holiday is s...

Commentary: SoFi Stadium changes culture of Inglewood

The vision for the Morningside Park area of Inglewood features a new stadium, the new Forum and a new shopping mall. The Los Angeles Clippers are also set to open a new stadium in the area. This artistic rendering of the stadium is on Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor of the Second District's government website.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2020

For the past couple of years, whenever I told someone that I live in Inglewood, they usually say "Inglewood always up to no good," referencing a lyric from Tupac Shakur's 1996 rap hit "California Love."  Now, when I tell someone that I live in Inglewood, they ask about the SoFi Stadium. Residents ...

Op-Ed: Removing Instagram likes would boost girls’ self esteem

Freshman Annabelle Terner sits alone while scrolling through Instagram. Instagram creates pressure to appear a certain way; however, removing likes would help alleviate some of the stress teenage girls can feel surrounding the app.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2020

Scrolling through my Instagram explore page on day in November, my friends and I were looking at  photos of our favorite celebrities and cute puppies jumping through hoops. We were all glued to our screens. Out of nowhere, we all got a notification from CNN that Instagram likes could start disappearing from posts, in an experiment that had be...

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