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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...

(Chinese) New Year, New Me: Celebrating the year of the fire rooster

(Chinese) New Year, New Me: Celebrating the year of the fire rooster

By Cat Oriel, Voices Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Dancing with dragons, lighting lanterns, receiving red envelopes and feasting with your family. What’s not to love about the Chinese New Year? For many, their new year starts on Jan. 1, the first day on the Gregorian calendar. However, many people also celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. In Asia, it’s typically enjoyed in ...

Op-Ed: Alternative facts? Or a threat to democracy?

Op-Ed: Alternative facts? Or a threat to democracy?

By Anna Brodsky, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Let’s talk about the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. In the past few weeks, this has been a major focus, both in the media and in day-to-day conversations. And, to be very clear, the actual crowd size is not the issue here. It’s the White House’s reaction that makes the entire situation...

Op-Ed: China bans ivory trade, huge step toward ending elephant slaughter

Op-Ed: China bans ivory trade, huge step toward ending elephant slaughter

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Last month, China announced that it will ban all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. China is the world's largest ivory market, and this decision comes after years of global pressure to take action. It represents a giant step toward reducing the slaughter of elephants. While it will take continue...

The Present is Female: thoughts from the Los Angeles Women’s March

The Present is Female: thoughts from the Los Angeles Women’s March

By Eloise Rollins-Fife, Managing/News & Features Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

On Jan. 21, I marched in the largest protest United States history. This is my story. Thought One: It's too freaking early for this. After a long week of waking up at 6 a.m. for school, I'm not exactly jumping for joy at the thought of giving up my Saturday morning to do the same. I had been so e...

Finally, a role-model: Indian celebrities giving me hope

Finally, a role-model: Indian celebrities giving me hope

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

January 12, 2017


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Growing up as an Indian girl, I have not had many celebrity influences who I could relate to. In the rare instance that an Indian actor showed up on TV, they played a common stereotype rather than a real person. According to Complex Magazine, Indians are usually portrayed as "a super nerd, a cab driver, or a store owner who speaks surprisingly good English." In my experien...

Letter from the Editor: Where did first semester go?

Letter from the Editor: Where did first semester go?

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Hello, Archer Community! It feels like I just sat down to write a letter to you at the beginning of the school year. Now, first semester is coming to a close and we are moving on to second semester. Where has all the time gone? As we get ready to ring in the new year (shoutout to to my team, ...

Op-Ed: Liberals – Are We Less Tolerant than We Think?

Op-Ed: Liberals – Are We Less Tolerant than We Think?

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

One of the things I admire most about Americans is our willingness and ability to accept different perspectives on just about everything — social issues, political ideals and even favorite TV shows. We are known for being tolerant and welcoming. Yet this past election has shown that many Americans ...

Op-Ed: Standing Rock sheds light on persisting discrimination in America

Op-Ed: Standing Rock sheds light on persisting discrimination in America

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor

December 3, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

To many, the words "Native American" conjure up an image of ancient savages clothed in loin cloths and feather headdresses, wielding spears and running into battle. This stereotype is created and perpetuated by media that teaches viewers to equate Native American nationalities with Disney's Pocahontas...

Democracy at play: What I learned from being a poll worker on Election Day

Democracy at play: What I learned from being a poll worker on Election Day

By Cat Oriel, Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

It is 6:59 a.m. on a special Tuesday morning. I stare at the clock across the room, waiting enthusiastically. When the clock strikes at exactly 7:00 a.m., the supervisor opens the doors and says, “The polls are now open!” He greets everyone waiting outside the voting room at the Assistance League of California in Pasadena to a lon...

Op-Ed: STEM-centered education risks alienating arts and humanities students

Op-Ed: STEM-centered education risks alienating arts and humanities students

By Eloise Rollins-Fife, Managing Editor/News & Features Editor

October 25, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

If, like me, you've spent your life immersed in the 'soft' disciplines, a term commonly applied to the arts and humanities, you might have been (justifiably) upset by Wells Fargo's September ads. The print ads, which I'll forgive but never forget, showed presumably teenaged models tinkering with microscopes, test tubes and other scientific tools.  On ...

Op-Ed: Squad Goals — Michelle Obama and George W. Bush model friendship beyond politics

Op-Ed: Squad Goals — Michelle Obama and George W. Bush model friendship beyond politics

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

In Barnes and Noble, there is always a featured book about an unlikely friendship — normally referring to a relationship between two animals that you’d never expect: a monkey and a pigeon, a leopard and a cow.  However, as common as these books are, they never focus on human relationships. Ov...

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