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Op-Ed: Native American mascotry creates detrimental atmosphere for all races

Collage of Native American mascots currently used by professional sports teams. The NFL's Redskins (top left) and Chiefs (top right), the MLB's Braves (bottom left) and Indians (center) and the NHL's Blackhawks (bottom right) all use harmful Native American logos. Image source <a href=NFL, MLB and NHL." />

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor

May 6, 2017

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but little did we know the repercussions that would follow. Explorers like him may have laid the groundwork for new civilizations, but they simultaneously set in place racist oppression, which persists into modern day. Native Americans have ...

Op-ed: 16 percent — Why having more faculty of color matters

Three of the Archer faculty pages from recent yearbooks reveal a majority of white faculty and staff. According the school website, 16 percent of the faculty and state identify as people of color.

By Ella Frey, Staff Writer

April 13, 2017

The population: 3,971,896 — 49 percent Latino or Latina, 28 percent white, 11 percent Asian, nine percent Black and three percent other. According to the Census Reporter, that is the racial composition of Los Angeles. With an increasingly diverse population in the United States, education should be a place wh...

Editorial: Feminism must be inclusive to be effective

A marcher at the Los Angeles Women's March in January carries a

By Oracle Editorial Board

March 24, 2017

What makes a woman? Is it her body? Her appearance? Her profession? Her opportunities, or lack thereof? Is it the color of her skin, or the genitalia she possesses? Around the world, this is a question that is still being grappled with, and progress is only just beginning to be made. On Marc...

Op-Ed: Animals should not be used for testing

Products from ELF cosmetics, Burt's Bees, Colourpop Cosmetics and LUSH cosmetics. All of these companies are cruelty free.

By Liz Haltrecht, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017

What does Kat Von D Beauty, Lush Cosmetics, Clean Well and The Body Shop all have in common? According to their respective websites, they refrain from testing products on animals.   Those who are opposed to animal testing believe it is cruel, while those who support it argue that it helps lead to many new discoveries. According to ProCon.org, around 26 m...

Op-Ed: Accessibility: You can never have too much

Junior Natalie Goldstein's scooter sits in the hallway while Goldstein is in class. During her injury, Goldstein had to use a scooter to get around the school.

By Cat Oriel, Voices Editor

March 12, 2017

Squeezing through crowded hallways, running out of breath after climbing three flights of stairs, walking while texting and accidentally swinging a door open, hitting a helpless middle schooler (sorry!). These are a few daily occurrences during an Archer passing period. But how much more challenging...

Op-Ed: Trump’s travel ban is breaking apart my family

President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order that prevents citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Image Source: Whitehouse.org/facebook

By Nelly Rouzroch, Multimedia Editor

March 9, 2017

Anger. Sadness. Shock. Heartbreak. These are some emotions I felt when I saw that President Donald Trump signed the January executive order that suspended entry to the United States for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. I am an ...

Op-ed: #AdoptDontShop to save animals’ lives

My dog, Marty, the day we rescued her (top) and then two months after bringing her into my family (bottom). Shelters wouldn't take her in since she was in bad health and close to death — however, my family and I brought her in.

By Harley Quinn Smith, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. It’s a cringe-worthy statistic, but is also illuminating, as it allows insight into the direct effects of being an irresponsible pet ...

Op-ed: What the heck is an ‘alpha female?’

Pictured here is the cover of

By Maya Wernick, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017

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

This is me, wearing red, eating noodles from Din Tai Fung and holding my hongbao at The Americana's Chinese New Year Celebration in 2016. Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays. 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster; since I was born in 2000, I am a Golden Dragon.

By Cat Oriel, Voices Editor

February 9, 2017

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?

President Donald Trump sits for a portrait. He, along with members of his staff, promoted false information about the crowd size at his inauguration. Image source:  whitehouse.gov

By Anna Brodsky, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

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

Chinese officials guard a massive amount of confiscated ivory. Last month, the Chinese government announced that it will officially ban all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. Image source: <a href=“https://share.america.gov/elephant-ivory-prices-plummet/“>Share America.gov</a>.

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

February 7, 2017

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

Some of the hundreds of thousands of protest signs at the Los Angeles Women's March are held high by Archer girls. Signs at the march ranged from humorous to somber and touched on a variety of social, economic and environmental justice-related issues.

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

January 31, 2017

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...

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