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

Youtube sensation Lilly Singh and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra collaborated on a video for Singh's channel called, 'How to be a good Wing-woman.' Chopra is one of the many stars in Singh's celebrity series. Image source: Lilly Singh's public Facebook page

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

January 12, 2017

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?

Editor-in-Chief Anika Bhavnani poses with holiday themed decorations. Bhavnani is going into her last semester of her Archer career.

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2016

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?

Recent magazine covers about the 2016 presidential election. Politics have become a constant topic of discussion for news outlets and citizens alike.

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

December 7, 2016

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

A protector speaks out against the Dakota Access Pipeline while camping on the Standing Rock Reservation. Supporters of the Stand with Standing Rock movement hope President Barack Obama will halt the construction of the pipeline. Image source: <a href=''>Stand with Standing Rock</a>.

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor

December 3, 2016

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

This is me, wearing my black Pasadena shirt on the far left, working the polls on election day in Pasadena, California, at the Assistance League. In the photo, I am working as the precinct ballot reader machine clerk. My tasks in this position included inserting ballots into the reader and handing out stickers.

By Cat Oriel, Staff Writer

November 29, 2016

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

These lab coats are a staple of Archer's science classrooms and were introduced for the 2015 STEM Symposium.  Focus on STEM-centered education  can often leave students interested in other disciplines feeling overlooked.

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

October 25, 2016

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

An image of Michelle Obama from the official White House website. The First Lady's friendship with George W. Bush has made headlines after an impromptu hug at the opening of the African American Museum of History and Culture. Image source: <a href=''>The White House</a>.

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

October 3, 2016

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

The bus chart, which sits on the outside veranda, directs students to their buses. It's gotten more complicated for students to find their buses this year, as some stops have been unexpectedly switched or canceled.

By Oracle Editorial Board

September 8, 2016

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

Anika Bhavnani '17 poses in front of The Archer School for Girls. Bhavnani is Editor-In-Chief of The Oracle for the 2016-2017 school year.

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2016

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

Students Ella Tollman and Chloe Davenport (both '19) are shocked to see the recent updates that the phone application, Snapchat has added. Recent additions include a baby for Mother's Day and a Taco for Cinco de Mayo.

By Shelby Mumford

May 17, 2016

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...

Op-Ed: Someone save the teen comedy film — before it’s too late

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By Eloise Rollins-Fife

April 16, 2016

We are living in an era filled with suffering, discontent and injustice, but amidst all of these human hardships, there's one tragedy we've neglected to acknowledge: the death of the teenage comedy. Read More »...

Op-Ed: In defense of Lands’ End

Archer seniors pose for a picture in their formal uniforms designed by Lands' End. The company is under fire by both conservatives and liberals after publishing a feature on Gloria Steinem in their catalogue. Photo courtesy of Syd Stone '16.

By Ciel Torres

March 6, 2016

The intention of this article is not a representation of my personal beliefs on the issue, but rather a suggestion for our community to consider both sides of a controversial issue. Let's at least consider the implications before #BoycottLandsEnd starts trending. In an attempt to appeal to its f...

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