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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...

Editorial: Lack of warning of bus scheduling changes leaves students in the lurch

Editorial: Lack of warning of bus scheduling changes leaves students in the lurch

By Oracle Editorial Board

September 8, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

For Archer students of all ages, the beginning of the year is a time of extracurricular exploration that often requires the use of the "late bus", which leaves at 5:30 in the evening rather than the "early" 3:15 afternoon bus. Girls from all over school participating in arts, sports or other...

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

August 31, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Hello, Archer Community! Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I'm Anika Bhavnani, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of the Oracle for the school year — and I cannot wait for you to see what the Oracle is planning on doing this year. I wanted to let you know a little bit about me, along wit...

Op-ed: Snapchat – back at it again with the offensive lens choices

Op-ed: Snapchat – back at it again with the offensive lens choices

By Shelby Mumford

May 17, 2016


Filed under OPINION, VOICES

Dear Snapchat, It hasn't been long since I've last written you, and I am beyond disappointed that I have to do this yet again. Along with a flower crown and a tomato, one Snapchat's more recent filters was Bob Marley. No, the filter is not just Marley's iconic rastacap and dreadlocks, b...

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