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Column: On ancient armor, quarantine and certain victory

A piece of armor lays on Lena Jones' bed. Jones uses her final column to explore how one Biblical quote brings her comfort in challenging times.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

May 31, 2020

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the...

Op-Ed: One should have been enough

In Manhattan, New York City, lies a Black Lives Matter sticker in the subway for people to see.
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By Nyah Fernandez, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

How many black people need to be beaten for the system to change for black lives to matter in the world? How many innocent lives need to be lost for this to stop happening? I find myself asking these questions as I see one after another black person's life be taken like it was nothing. History has continuously...

Op-Ed: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month matters

Victims of the Japanese Internment gather for an anniversary picnic. These men were interned in a camp in Kooskia, Idaho, and were forced to construct a highway. This story is one of many untold Asian/Pacific Islander narratives which must be recognized during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

Recently, I was scrolling through Hulu in a bout of quarantine boredom when a stumbled across a promotion for "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month." I was immediately confused. Even as a Filipina American, I had never once heard of or even thought about having a designated time to celebrate my herita...

Column: My complex relationship with Archer

An artistic illustration by senior Leslie Castaneda shows Celeste speaking to her younger self. The image portrays the reflective nature of her column, where she writes about what she has learned about identity during high school. After three years, this is her final addition to the Oracle.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

Before I sat down to write this final column, the last addition to my three years on the Oracle, I went all the way back to read my first ever piece,  “Latina Girl in an Archer World.” In the column, I reflected on my first year at Archer, specifically my transition to Archer and the culture shock I experience...

Letter from the Editor: A final thank you

Mementos from my time at Archer, including the wreath I wore to weave the Maypole, a rock I painted on my first Fall Outing, my sixth grade OneCard and a photo of my friends on our last day of in-person classes.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2020

When I joined the Oracle in ninth grade, I knew I was in for the long haul. I always pictured what it would be like to write my final piece. I would compose it in the short stretch of time between prom dress shopping and the fountain jump, and I would express how surreal it was to finally be experiencing...

Column: Dear seniors

Official senior class photo of the class of 2020 taken on the first day of school this year. The class has taken identical photos for their past seven years at Archer and was supposed to take a final photo in this exact spot on their graduation day.

By Grace Wilson, Columnist

May 12, 2020

Dear Seniors, Like many of you, I’ve spent the better part of high school fantasizing about the second semester of senior year. And as if my own personal expectations of alleviated stress and culminating traditions haven’t been enough, the ravishing rumors and retellings I’ve heard from senior...

Your ultimate guide to navigating news during Covid-19

An iPhone showcasing a Washington Post Snapchat story. The story focused on the new normal after COVID-19.

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

May 7, 2020

Since the spread of COVID-19 began, it seems as if headlines are filled with an overload of bad news, which can be quite overwhelming. Digesting the news is an important part of being an informed citizen, but how do we strike a healthy balance between being informed and not inundating ourselves with co...

Take a walk: Archer community during social distancing

Take a walk: Archer community during social distancing

By Celeste Ramirez and Allie Worchell

April 27, 2020

Since the implementation of mandatory stay-at-home orders through May 15 and Archer's shift to remote learning, many community members are spending more time at home than ever before. Walking outside, which is permitted by city orders, has become one of the main ways that students, faculty and staff ge...

Editorial: There’s a reason for social distancing

Due to the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is necessary to slow the development of the virus. Although it may be difficult, the Editorial board encourages practicing social distancing at all times during this pandemic.

By Oracle Editorial Board and Molly Goldberg

April 12, 2020

Instead of beaches, skiing and relaxing with friends, this year’s spring break has been full of sleeping, hand sanitizer and most importantly, social distancing. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak causing people to remain quarantined and distanced from others, there will be lost time with friends and p...

Column: On science, religion and a faith-filled physician

As a new strain of coronavirus overtakes the world, one doctor leans on both her medical and religious backgrounds to address the situation.

By Lena Jones, Columnist

April 8, 2020

Let’s go back to another time, before social distancing and online learning.   On a breezy January morning, the Archer School for Girls launched its 13th annual Diversity Conference. Through the Archer Interfaith Association (AIA), I presented Faith vs. Fact: The Unfortunate War Between Science and Religion, a Diversity Conference workshop meant to bust the myth that sci...

Mental Health Club: 8 Ways to stay occupied & healthy during social distancing

Mental Health Club: 8 Ways to stay occupied & healthy during social distancing

By Jessica Tuchin and Maggie O'Leary

April 4, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the world has become a stressful, scary place. Now that Archer is on spring break and people likely have more free time due to social distancing, The Mental Health Club wanted to suggest some activities to help you keep busy, active and healthy. 1. Make schedules If you have trouble focusing on tasks without a set schedule, make your own! Before y...

Op-Ed: Spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) reinforces need for hygienic practices

Hands are a place that COVID-19 can latch on to. One of the steps people can take to help avoid getting COVID-19 is to thoroughly wash hands for 20 seconds.

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2020

COVID-19, known to many as the coronavirus, originated in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. While the exact cause is unknown at this time, it is believed to have been transmitted from bats. Infants and the elderly are the most susceptible to the disease. The term "coronavirus," which is often used to describe...

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