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Op-Ed: WWIII Tik Tok memes promote stereotypes, trivialize U.S.-Iran relations

Sophomore Lauren Robson scrolls through TikTok and views a #WWIII video. After the conflict between the U.S. and Iran these videos went viral.

By Chloe Fidler, Staff Writer

February 9, 2020

After Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed by an airstrike on Jan. 5, tensions between the U.S. and Iran rose in the media; many videos and memes infested the internet. People categorized all these videos into one hashtag, #WWIII. One day, I was scrolling through TikTok, as many teenagers do, and I came acro...

Commentary: ‘Mamba Mentality’ — Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles legacy

A screen across the street from the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 paid tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant, along with his 13 year old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash.

By Molly Goldberg, Culture Editor

February 7, 2020

It is difficult to articulate how much Kobe meant to people who grew up in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was on the television screens in living rooms and the posters in bedrooms. We watched him grow up. This city’s unrelenting approach to sports grew with him and ultimately became him. Kobe Bryant...

Op-Ed: #NakedForAustralia campaign revolutionizes fundraising

L.A. based model Kaylen Ward generated a new fundraising platform. For every $10 donated to an organization helping the Australian Wildfires, she would send a personal nude through Instagram's direct message.

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

February 5, 2020

Earlier this month, Australia was ravaged with the worst wildfires seen in decades. More than 3,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, and 33 people had died as of Feb. 1. U.S. firefighters even flew to Australia to help fight the blaze. The fires prompted fundraising efforts around the world, resulting i...

Commentary: The Taal Volcano eruption reignited my pride in being Filipino

The Taal Volcano on a clear day in Tagaytay City in the Philippines. Seeing photos of devastation after the volcano erupted caused me to question my treatment of my Filipino heritage and why people like me and my family are so invisible in America.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

In some sense, I live a double life. During the week, I speak with the standard Angeleno drawl, eat at Brentwood sandwich shops and study U.S. history. On the weekend, I visit my family in Anaheim and try to live the Filipina-American way; I eat at Jollibee, shop at Costco and listen to my grandma cal...

Editorial: Sick students should stay home

A box of tissues sits on a classroom desk. During finals week, students came to school despite being sick.

By Oracle Editorial Board

January 12, 2020

Sniffle. Cough. Sneeze. Sounds of sickness filled exam rooms during fall semester finals week this year. Archer community members received an email midday December 19 that focused on the advent of cold and flu season and revealed several Archer students had recently been diagnosed with the flu. Though ...

Op-Ed: Trigger warnings really do work

Debate around trigger warnings has been a prominent subject on college campuses recently. Studies have not come to a definite conclusion as to whether or not they significantly change the reaction to a triggering subject.

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

December 11, 2019

From the young lovers' suicide in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to graphic violence in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, students encounter disturbing subject matter throughout their years in Archer classrooms. These books are read in high schools throughout America, and each serves a purpose in educating the youth about l...

Op-Ed: Let’s stop normalizing wildfires

The Getty fire, as seen driving on Sepulveda Boulevard, burned 745 acres. As wildfires become more and more common, it is important that we do not normalize the destruction they bring.

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

November 7, 2019

The front door of my house opened. My dog barked as my eyes fluttered and the intense smell of smoke wafted into my nose. As I groggily got up, I learned that my parents’ friends were seeking refuge at our house after the Getty fire forced them to evacuate. I wish I could say this is a rare occurrence. But for m...

Commentary: So you think you can vote?

Students pre-register and register to vote on Monday, Sept. 23. The event was hosted by the Human Rights Watch Club.  Allie Worchell '20 is pictured in the center.

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

October 18, 2019

In June, I turned 18. While this age brings many privileges, it also brings a newfound sense of responsibility. During every family gathering, social event or interaction with an adult, I am asked my least favorite question: "Who will you vote for?”  My face goes blank and my jaw drops to the f...

Editorial: Alabama abortion law threatens women’s autonomy, lives

A photo illustration depicts slogans used by pro-choice protesters in response to an Alabama bill restricting access to legal abortions. The bill limits women's autonomy and has the potential to endanger their lives if they turn to unsafe, illegal alternatives. Photo illustration by Leslie Castaneda.

By Oracle Editorial Board

June 8, 2019

On January 2, 1973, in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled “restrictive state regulation abortion as unconstitutional,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica. This case marked a significant shift in American history, expanding women's rights in America. However, 46 years later, wo...

Op-Ed: How can we pop Archer’s political bubble?

Archer students can help pop our liberal bubble by learning about different political perspectives. With education comes understanding. Graphic illustration by Leslie Castaneda.

By Theadora Leimone, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

Archer is centered in the predominantly liberal area of Los Angeles. As of 2018, more than half of the population of California reported as Democrats. Therefore, it is understandable that the Archer community has more left-leaning political views than other parts of the country. However, since Archer leans towards liberal...

Op-Ed: The case against colorblind casting

Former president Barack Obama greets the racially diverse cast and crew of

By Rio Hundley, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

Growing up, I loved stories with elements of fantasy. I was completely enthralled by worlds that didn't follow the rules and heroes that upheld my principles. However, I didn't think I could be a catalyst for change in my own world because none of them looked like me. I didn't have Hermione's intrig...

Op-Ed: Face to face — not screen to screen

Juniors' Sophie Pollack and Anouk Braun scroll through social media during a free period. Over-use of social media has been linked to an increase in depression in young adults.

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

April 30, 2019

As I was sitting in my room one day after school scrolling through Instagram, as a typical procrastinating 16-year-old does, my mom randomly asked me, “Are you lonely?” I looked at her, puzzled, trying to understand where she was coming from. When I asked what prompted her question, she told me about...

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