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Op-ed: Decline in bee population causes negative impacts

Op-ed: Decline in bee population causes negative impacts

By Sara Weitz, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017
Filed under OPINION, SHOWCASE, VOICES

Approximately one third of every bite of food that humans consume has been pollinated by a bee. Bees are the most effective pollinators on earth, but alarmingly populations have been decreasing rapidly. In 2015-2016, farmers saw a 44 percent decrease in the bee population, dropping 3.5 percent greater than pr...

Op-Ed: Government budget cuts threaten preservation of federal land, diversity of species

Op-Ed: Government budget cuts threaten preservation of federal land, diversity of species

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief
May 17, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Last month, Donald Trump received his first paycheck as President of the United States. Rather than collecting the $78,333 first installment of his salary, Trump pledged to donate the sum — the recipient, The National Park Service. But the action seems contradictory. Simultaneously, Trump is prop...

Op-Ed: Plastic water bottles are destroying our health, planet

Op-Ed: Plastic water bottles are destroying our health, planet

By Maya Wernick, Voices Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Last year, it was estimated that the United States consumed 50 billion plastic water bottles. This is a staggering amount, since the United States only makes up about 4.5 percent of the global population. Besides simply being wasteful, there are many negative aspects to using plastic water bottles,...

Letter from the Editor: Wrapping up the year

Letter from the Editor: Wrapping up the year

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief
May 16, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Hi, Archer community! Where has the year gone? It feels like we just started the year yesterday, and here we are at the end. I must admit, as a senior, my time at Archer has gone by within a blink of an eye. I still remember my first day as an awkward seventh grader, to my first day of high school...

Op-Ed: Native American mascotry creates detrimental atmosphere for all races

Op-Ed: Native American mascotry creates detrimental atmosphere for all races

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor
May 6, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but little did we know the repercussions that would follow. Explorers like him may have laid the groundwork for new civilizations, but they simultaneously set in place racist oppression, which persists into modern day. Native Americans have ...

Op-ed: 16 percent — Why having more faculty of color matters

Op-ed: 16 percent — Why having more faculty of color matters

By Ella Frey, Staff Writer
April 13, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

The population: 3,971,896 — 49 percent Latino or Latina, 28 percent white, 11 percent Asian, nine percent Black and three percent other. According to the Census Reporter, that is the racial composition of Los Angeles. With an increasingly diverse population in the United States, education should be a place wh...

Editorial: Feminism must be inclusive to be effective

Editorial: Feminism must be inclusive to be effective

By Oracle Editorial Board
March 24, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

What makes a woman? Is it her body? Her appearance? Her profession? Her opportunities, or lack thereof? Is it the color of her skin, or the genitalia she possesses? Around the world, this is a question that is still being grappled with, and progress is only just beginning to be made. On Marc...

Op-Ed: Animals should not be used for testing

Op-Ed: Animals should not be used for testing

By Liz Haltrecht, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

What does Kat Von D Beauty, Lush Cosmetics, Clean Well and The Body Shop all have in common? According to their respective websites, they refrain from testing products on animals.   Those who are opposed to animal testing believe it is cruel, while those who support it argue that it helps lead to many new discoveries. According to ProCon.org, around 26 m...

Op-Ed: Accessibility: You can never have too much

Op-Ed: Accessibility: You can never have too much

By Cat Oriel, Voices Editor
March 12, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Squeezing through crowded hallways, running out of breath after climbing three flights of stairs, walking while texting and accidentally swinging a door open, hitting a helpless middle schooler (sorry!). These are a few daily occurrences during an Archer passing period. But how much more challenging...

Op-Ed: Trump’s travel ban is breaking apart my family

Op-Ed: Trump’s travel ban is breaking apart my family

By Nelly Rouzroch, Multimedia Editor
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Anger. Sadness. Shock. Heartbreak. These are some emotions I felt when I saw that President Donald Trump signed the January executive order that suspended entry to the United States for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. I am an ...

Op-ed: #AdoptDontShop to save animals’ lives

Op-ed: #AdoptDontShop to save animals’ lives

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. It’s a cringe-worthy statistic, but is also illuminating, as it allows insight into the direct effects of being an irresponsible pet ...

Op-ed: What the heck is an ‘alpha female?’

Op-ed: What the heck is an ‘alpha female?’

By Maya Wernick, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under OPINION, VOICES

I woke up on Saturday morning, checked my phone, scrolled through Instagram, opened some Snapchats, the usual. The unusual part of the morning was when I saw a column by Suzanne Venker, adapted from her book "The Alpha Female's Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works," which outlines how "socie...

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