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Editorial: Generation Z, we’re disappointed in you

According to The New York Times, there are currently 11.8 million COVID-19 cases and over 250,000 deaths reported in the United States alone. This virus is too dangerous to be ignoring the science; wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.
November 19, 2020

From stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer to binge-watching "Tiger King" and doing Chloe Ting workout videos on YouTube, do you remember what quarantine was like in March?  In the beginning,...

Op-Ed: A breath of freedom and hope

Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a health care rally in 2017.
November 15, 2020

A chance to breathe. A chance to feel free and accepted for who I am as a person instead of the color of my skin. On Nov. 7. Senator Kamala Harris became the first-ever female and female of color vice...

Editorial: The debates of disappointment

Democratic Presidential Candidate, Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally on March 1 in Norfolk, Virginia, at Booker T. Washington High School. Remember to register or pre-register to vote at
October 28, 2020

Picture this: your history teacher assigned watching the first presidential debate between candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump as your homework for tonight. Your class is going to discuss their policies...

Op-Ed: Can journalism truly be objective?

The Wall Street Journal cover page of Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS confirmation hearing. The Wall Street Journal is owned by Robert Murdoch, who also owns The New York Post and The Times of London and was the previous CEO of Fox News.
October 25, 2020

There are a few of important pillars for successful journalism: honesty within practices, seeking an accurate story and telling it truthfully, acting independently, working for the interest of the public...

Letter from the Editor

Senior Lola Lamberg poses for a photo. Lamberg is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 academic year.
October 21, 2020

Hello, Archer! I hope everyone is having a good start to the year and a festive October — spooky season is admittedly my favorite. My name is Lola Lamberg, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of the...

Op-Ed: Holocaust education should be mandatory in schools

One of the many railroads that led to the largest concentration camp in World War II, Auschwitz in Poland. As emerging generations are becoming more distanced from the events of the Holocaust, education of this genocide should be mandatory throughout the United States.
October 3, 2020

When I tell my peers that my great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, I usually receive a response along the lines of, "That is so sad I am so sorry" or "It is so crazy that something like that could...

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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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...

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.
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,...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.”
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...

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