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Op-Ed: Reducing carbon emissions one footprint at a time

Vehicles drive on a freeway. Greenhouse gas emissions from cars contribute to air pollution and detrimental health. Photo courtesy of California Air Resources Board.

By Marley Chaney, Archer Student

June 1, 2018

Did you know that Southern California has the worst air quality in the nation? Every time I drive, sitting hopelessly in countless hours of traffic on the 405 freeway, I can't help but notice the ominous clouds of smog that seem to envelop the entire city of Los Angeles. Smog is a type of air pollution...

Op-Ed: Panther Pride? — Archer’s mascot needs an update

Archer's mascot, the Panther, demonstrates its team spirit during the game. Leyla Namazie '17 and Kaia Turowski '17 each took turns in the Panther suit for the night. Photo by Meghan Marshall '17.

By Cat Oriel and Cybele Zhang

May 24, 2018

From the NFL's Carolina Panthers to the 2018 blockbuster movie "Black Panther," there have been a lot of panthers in the media recently. But does this large cat really encapsulate what it means to be an Archer girl? You've probably seen the mascot posing in the Winter Wonderland photo booth or...

Letter from the Editor: A Final Farewell

An eight-year-old me poses behind the podium of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. My first taste of journalism came on that trip, where my parents and I visited a family friend, who was a former White House correspondent.

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2018

"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means" - Joan Didion, “Why I Write” in The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 5, 1976 I never thought the day would come where I publish my final article on the Oracle. But somehow, that moment is upon us. It...

Editorial: Where do we go from here?

Jayla Brown '18 holds a sign that says

By Oracle Editorial Board

April 10, 2018

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Archer's AP English Language ...

Commentary: Why I walked out of our “walkout”

Middle school students watch from the front gates of Archer as the older students sped off of campus to protest in the streets. The protest interrupted Archer's planned ceremony.

By Maya Wernick, Voices Editor

March 14, 2018

To me, sitting in rows of strategically placed white folding chairs in the middle of our courtyard listening to a speaker is not a protest, nor a walk out. The assembly was planned by a group of Archer upper schoolers as a way to "shed light onto some incredible student voices and exercise our right to stand up f...

Editorial: Enough is Enough – Lawmakers must act now to end mass shootings

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By Oracle Editorial Board

March 10, 2018

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Parkland. Our generation has lived through the worst school mass shootings in history. We have become accustomed to saying, "I love you," to our friends and families. We hug one another in the mornings when we get on the bus, and we wave to our parents before we leave home. Why? We are scared. We're scared t...

Op-Ed: Are standardized tests ACTually effective?

My older sister's SAT prep books. There are many problems that exist within the standardized testing process.

By Molly Goldberg, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018

As the second semester of sophomore year begins, I can’t stop thinking about the impending standardized tests that I will take next year. These will help determine my future. I can’t stop thinking about the hours of rigorous tutoring, studying and testing I will undergo in order to hopefully get into ...

Op-Ed: ‘Put some respect on it’ – H&M misses the mark with new hoodie

H&M featured this sweatshirt with the tag line

By Kamryn Bellamy, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

H&M, 2018 has barely started, and y’all are already trying us. On Jan. 8, a photo of a black boy modeling a hoodie with the words “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” appeared on H&M’s website. The other young models for the collection were white, and the choice to put the black boy in t...

Op-Ed: Democracy for Iran

Los Angeles protesters in Persian Square, a part of Westwood. I went to the protest for a few hours with my whole family.

By Nelly Rouzroch, Multimedia Editor

February 4, 2018

دموکراسی برای ایران. Democracy for Iran. پایین با دیکتاتور. Down with the dictator. These are some of the slogans for the protest movement that have been on the rise in Iran since the beginning of January because of anger over the economy. According to CNN, protests in Iran have become the largest since the 2009 Green Movement. Coming...

Editorial: Dear Grammys, Time’s Up

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By Oracle Editorial Board

February 1, 2018

The award show season allows us to reflect on the year's best TV shows, films and songs. We look back on what has made us dance, laugh and cry and, we can celebrate the accomplishments of our favorite artists and actors. But the purpose of these ceremonies has changed drastically in recent years. From ...

Op-Ed: Times up, for everyone

Artwork emphasizing the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo movement was created to support survivors of sexual violence. Illustration by Arianna Miller '20.

By Nicki Rosenberg, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018

As I  watched actresses and activists parade down the Golden Globes' red carpet dressed in various forms of black gowns, dresses and suits in solidarity for those affected by sexual harassment, I was empowered. Yet I still wondered, how will this statement make a change?  At the 75th Golden Globe aw...

Op-Ed: Give social media a like

Molly Goldberg '20 shows her phone. Her most recently used apps include Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

By Allie Worchell, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018

Last summer, I spent three weeks at Yale's Explo program. There, I met Gigi Soltero, a girl from Puerto Rico. We instantly became friends, so when the program ended, it was hard to say goodbye. The only thing that gave me some consolation was the prospect of being friends on Snapchat. Even 3,345 mi...

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