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Op-Ed: It’s time to start paying collegiate athletes

I attended the 2017 NCAA championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga. The atmosphere was something I have never felt at a sport's venue; it was ecstatic.

By Gracie Marx, Staff Writer

January 28, 2018

Going to school for free to play the sport you love seems like a dream, right?  Then why are multiple athletes reporting going to bed hungry every year? Playing collegiate sports is a dream that only six percent of high school athletes are able to carry out. Many male athletes dreams of playing in March Madness or the College Football Playoff, which are considered t...

Op-Ed: No-prah 2020

A woman holds a sign of Oprah Winfrey above her head, while listening to a speaker at the 2018 women's march in Los Angeles.  An estimated 500,000 people attended the march in Downtown LA.

By Grace Dieveney, Staff Writer

January 25, 2018

The United States is not ready for another celebrity president, which is why it is so surprising that fans are pressuring Oprah Winfrey to run for the presidency in 2020. Winfrey is a television personality, billionaire and philanthropist, who has made valuable contributions to the worlds of film ...

Letter from the Editor: Farewell to a big 2017

Grace Dieveney '21, adviser Kristin Taylor, Cybele Zhang '18, Maya Wernick '18 and Nelly Rouzroch '18 collect our fourth place award at the JEA/NSPA conference. This year's convention was held in Dallas and had the theme

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2018

Happy new year, Archer community! As second semester commences, I thought it fitting to reflect back on an eventful first semester. In November, publications staff traveled to the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas, Texas. The convention's theme was "Go Big," and, for ...

Op-Ed: Money Burns Too

A Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter battles the Creek Fire on Tuesday. This week's fires have been especially bad due to extreme Santa Ana winds. Image source: <a href=LA County Fire Department." />

By Erica Dick, Contributor

December 11, 2017

I can’t stop thinking this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. Yet, maybe at the same time, it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. I’ve lived in Los Angeles all my life, a city founded on the dangerously hierarchical entertainment industry — where people earn random titles and badges of glory eithe...

Editorial: Archer moves forward, so do we

A bridge connects the historic building to the new academic village. All students will have at least some classes in this new section of the school.

By Oracle Editorial Board

December 1, 2017

In the past weeks, the normally white walls of Archer's north wings have exploded into bursts of color. Scribbled names, quotes and doodles fill classrooms, signaling the nostalgic end of an era. Its the students' farewell to the spaces and memories they hold dear. As first semester comes to a close,...

Editorial: A Year after Trump

Protestors gather in front of the Indiana State Capitol on Nov. 12, 2016 — immediately following the election of Donald Trump. Almost a year later, the country is more divided than ever and unity among all is needed to prevent further tragedy.

By Oracle Editorial Board

November 1, 2017

“The people united will never be divided.” This was the chant heard ‘round the world for weeks following the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Immediately after votes poured in, protests, counter-protests and impeachment efforts erupted all around the country. But no matter how many times tha...

Editorial: Local sexual misconduct cases illuminate Archer’s continued efforts, call for more education

In order to make Archer as safe as possible, students must stand together to prevent sexual misconduct. Archer's prevention protocol is forward thinking, but students need to know more about it. Illustration by Kisa Rozenbaoum.

By Oracle Editorial Board

October 1, 2017

This editorial was published in response to a feature article on the same topic. In the past year, sexual misconduct cases at Los Angeles area schools, including Brentwood and Marlborough, have made the front page of major publications — shedding light on issues that are far too often ignored. In 2015, Carina Oriel reported on professional development trai...

Letter from the Editor

Cybele Zhang '18 poses in front of The Archer School for Girls. Zhang is Editor-in-Chief of The Oracle for the 2017-2018 school year.

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2017

Welcome back, Archer Community! I hope you've had a great summer and are excited for the 2017-2018 school year to begin. I'm Cybele Zhang and will be serving as Editor-in-Chief this year. I hope this letter will help you get to know me a little better as I explain more about myself and what I hope...

Op-ed: Decline in bee population causes negative impacts

A bee pollinates a flower. With the bee population in decline, it is important that humans make an effort to save the important species.  Image source: <a href=U.S. Department of Agriculture" />

By Sara Weitz, Staff Writer

May 24, 2017

Approximately one third of every bite of food that humans consume has been pollinated by a bee. Bees are the most effective pollinators on earth, but alarmingly populations have been decreasing rapidly. In 2015-2016, farmers saw a 44 percent decrease in the bee population, dropping 3.5 percent greater than pr...

Op-Ed: Government budget cuts threaten preservation of federal land, diversity of species

Juniors hike through Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on Arrow Week. National forests like this  support large, diverse ecosystems and create clean air and water needed by humans.

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2017

Last month, Donald Trump received his first paycheck as President of the United States. Rather than collecting the $78,333 first installment of his salary, Trump pledged to donate the sum — the recipient, The National Park Service. But the action seems contradictory. Simultaneously, Trump is prop...

Op-Ed: Plastic water bottles are destroying our health, planet

As much as I hate to admit it, pictured here is a bag of plastic water bottles that my family consumed in just a week. Action needs to be taken to limit our usage of plastic bottles, and if my family can do it, then anyone can.

By Maya Wernick, Voices Editor

May 17, 2017

Last year, it was estimated that the United States consumed 50 billion plastic water bottles. This is a staggering amount, since the United States only makes up about 4.5 percent of the global population. Besides simply being wasteful, there are many negative aspects to using plastic water bottles,...

Letter from the Editor: Wrapping up the year

Editor-in-Chief Anika Bhavnani's photo collage of her major milestones at Archer: from beginning to end. Bhavnani was at Archer for six years. Photo courtesy: Anika Bhavnani

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2017

Hi, Archer community! Where has the year gone? It feels like we just started the year yesterday, and here we are at the end. I must admit, as a senior, my time at Archer has gone by within a blink of an eye. I still remember my first day as an awkward seventh grader, to my first day of high school...

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