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Op-Ed: Diverse presidential candidates bode well for America’s future

18 people have announced their presidential bid for 2020. Out of the Democratic candidates, there is a record breaking four women running, and seven out of eight of the candidates are racial minorities.

By Emma London and Chloe Richards

April 30, 2019

Though the next presidential election will take place over a year from now, enthusiastic politicians have already announced their presidential bids. While well-known politicians such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both announced their campaigns, there are new faces on the campaign trail. A tota...

Op-Ed: Arts programs belong in our classrooms

Maintaining arts education in schools is crucial for fostering well-being among youth. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 63% of eighth-graders nationally take a music course.

By Emma London, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019

English, science, history, math and…orchestra? This is the way all schedules should look. At Archer, music and arts education begins in sixth grade. Throughout four quarters of the year, students rotate between electives that include visual arts, theatre and strings. In seventh grade, students c...

Editorial: It’s time to tackle religious hate crimes

Women leave flowers near the Al Noor mosque as a symbol of shared grief for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings. People of all ages have an obligation to combat religious hate.

By Oracle Editorial Board, Editorial Board

April 11, 2019

A month ago, images surfaced on social media of high school students at a party displaying cups in the form of a swastika and imitating the Nazi salute. The students in the images were from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Less than a week later, 50 people were killed and 50 more were injured in ...

Op-Ed: Recognize introverted leaders

When we equate extroversion with leadership, we miss out on a chance to incorporate a diversity of personality types into major decisions. It is often harder for us to see that quiet people also have traits, such as listening skills, that make them well-suited to leadership. Photo illustration by Leslie Castaneda '20.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2019

In the hit musical "Matilda," based on the wildly popular book by Roald Dahl, the spirited protagonist, Matilda, leads her classmates to defeat a tyrannical principal. Though it may seem natural to attribute her success to charisma or boldness, the title of the song in which she discovers her superpo...

Editorial: Student voices matter

The Oracle Editorial Board is comprised of students from 10th to 12th grade. Because Archer student media are designated forums for student expression, the Editorial Board makes all final content decisions.

By Oracle Editorial Board

February 22, 2019

Today, Archer was one of twelve schools to receive the First Amendment Press Freedom award for the fourth consecutive year from the Journalism Education Association. This award is presented annually to schools across the country that safeguard student media's freedoms of speech. Archer has designated both the Oracle and Archer's yearbook, Hestia's Fla...

Op-Ed: #PelosiClap — Nancy Pelosi’s sarcastic clapping just stole Trump’s show

Speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi claps after one of Trump's remarks with Mike Pence to her left at the State of the Union Address  in Washington D.C. on Feb. 5. At another point in the speech, Pelosi clapped in a way that many interpreted as sarcastic. Trump has not responded to the virality of Pelosi's gesture.

By Lola Lamberg, Voices Editor

February 18, 2019

Speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi made Trump’s Feb. 5 State of the Union Address a little more bearable after she managed to undermine Trump with just a few seconds of sarcastic clapping.   Trump confidently called for the rejection of “politics of revenge, resistance and retribution" and ...

Op-Ed: Why is R.B.G. so notorious?

At 85 years old, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been serving as a Supreme Court Justice for 13 years. “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will stay here,

By Ella Frey, News & Features Editor

January 27, 2019

R.B.G. is notorious, but not for being B.I.G. People don't refer to her as a "big poppa" or expect her to throw her hands in the air like a true player. Affectionately anointed with the moniker "the Notorious R.B.G," she is the first Chief Justice to capture the zeitgeist with movies, documentaries ...

Editorial: Passing of former statesman indicates importance of political discourse

Bush's coffin lies in the Capitol rotunda. During his life, he exemplified a bipartisan spirit that we can learn from at Archer.

By Oracle Editorial Board

January 9, 2019

On Dec. 5, the Washington National Cathedral was filled with tears, celebration of life and heartbreak as America said goodbye to 41st president George H.W. Bush. When Bush passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, America lost one of the last public figures who truly emulated a bipartisan spirit. As we start ...

Editorial: Midterm elections offer opportunity for increased political engagement

The California Capitol building stands as a physical representation of the power of state-level politics. The Editorial Board encourages students to use the midterm elections as an opportunity to become more politically aware. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

By Oracle Editorial Board

November 2, 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, it’s easy to feel disconnected from politics if, like the majority of Archer students, you are unable to vote. Watching the rest of Generation Z preparing to make meaningful change in society can be inspiring, but it can also be incredibly frustrating...

Op-Ed: The new generation—young female politicians to watch

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez posing for a campaign image. Cortez is a community activist, author and now a representative for New York’s fourteenth congressional district. Photo source: Ocasio 2018

By Lola Lamberg, Voices Editor

September 24, 2018

The politicians we know today are becoming threatened by a new wave of young, up-and-coming political candidates with fresh ideas and a hunger for change. A recent sign of this? On the last Tuesday in June, 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez disrupted the 2018 election cycle as she beat top De...

Letter from the Editor

Anna Brodsky poses in the courtyard. Brodsky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oracle for the 2018-2019 school year.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

Welcome back, Archer community! I hope you all had a fantastic summer and are ready for a great year. I'm Anna Brodsky, the new Editor-in-Chief of the Oracle. I wanted to write to you all to tell you more about myself and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. First, the basics. From the...

Editorial: More than an elective — The necessity of student journalism

Oracle staff members' press passes. Each student wears a press pass when covering events to separate themselves as student reporters.

By Editorial Board

June 1, 2018

It took six minutes and 20 seconds for 17 students in Parkland, Florida, to be shot and killed by a fellow classmate three months ago. Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, thousands of teens have come together to support the March For Our Lives. However, even as many in our natio...

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