The Oracle

Column: 2020 is the year of the climate

The presidential election will be held Nov. 3 this year. Remember to pre-register to vote and vote early in order to make a difference for our nation and for our climate.

By Norah Adler, Columnist

October 25, 2020

Climate change is finally being taken seriously and acting as a focal point of this year's 2020 presidential election along with other issues, but allow me to clarify the importance of this election specifically in regards to the vital issue of climate change.  Let’s start with the good news: people are...

Op-Ed: Can journalism truly be objective?

The Wall Street Journal cover page of Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS confirmation hearing. The Wall Street Journal is owned by Robert Murdoch, who also owns The New York Post and The Times of London and was the previous CEO of Fox News.

By Thea Leimone, Culture Editor

October 25, 2020

There are a few of important pillars for successful journalism: honesty within practices, seeking an accurate story and telling it truthfully, acting independently, working for the interest of the public and maintaining objectivity in news and feature reporting. A successful journalist should uphold these sta...

Letter from the Editor

Senior Lola Lamberg poses for a photo. Lamberg is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 academic year.

By Lola Lamberg, Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2020

Hello, Archer! I hope everyone is having a good start to the year and a festive October — spooky season is admittedly my favorite. My name is Lola Lamberg, and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of the Oracle. I wanted to write this letter to introduce myself, even though I am privileged enough to already...

Column: The unpresidential debate

Donald Trump and Mike Pence take the stage at an event in Washington D.C. Trump was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and therefore cancelled the second debate on Oct. 15.

By Charlotte Tragos, Columnist

October 18, 2020

Presidential debates are a staple in the run-up to an election, but there was something decidedly different about the first and so far only Donald Trump vs Joe Biden debate that took place Sept. 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. I couldn’t have described the debate better than Chief Washington Correspondent ...

Op-Ed: Holocaust education should be mandatory in schools

One of the many railroads that led to the largest concentration camp in World War II, Auschwitz in Poland. As emerging generations are becoming more distanced from the events of the Holocaust, education of this genocide should be mandatory throughout the United States.

By Chloe Fidler, Voices Editor

October 3, 2020

When I tell my peers that my great-grandparents were Holocaust survivors, I usually receive a response along the lines of, "That is so sad I am so sorry" or "It is so crazy that something like that could ever even happen." So picture this: I am scrolling through The Guardian's website this past week and I ...

Column: ‘WAP’ really stands for women and power

The album cover for WAP features rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. The song was released through Atlantic Records on Aug. 7, 2020, and quickly gained popularity on multiple platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

By Alejandra Ayala, Columnist

September 29, 2020

In our patriarchal society it is no surprise that in male dominated industries women are held to a double standard. In academia and especially politics women are expected to never make a mistake, showing they are unfit for the job if they do. Here in trendy Los Angeles with the entertainment industry...

Column: On multiracial students and belonging in affinity spaces

This image is of a divided mind. The left half is grey and filled with equations and numbers whereas the right half is covered in vivid splashes of colors representing the division between a mixed person’s identity.

By Marissa Gendy, Columnist

September 20, 2020

As young adults, it’s natural for us to hide parts of ourselves in an effort to experience a sense of belonging within a community. We adjust our language (terminology), our attitudes, beliefs, morals and more to dilute our own sense of authenticity. We choose to hide behind a facade to mask any dif...

Column: How a diehard Democrat joined a Republican group

The statue of sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Project was founded by eight individuals including a Washington Post contributing columnist, George Conway and New York Times best selling author, Rick Wilson.

By Charlotte Tragos, Columnist

August 25, 2020

The past four years have challenged the idea that the United States is a great country. Our once admirable foundation of diversity is being destroyed by the divisive rhetoric of our president. Coming from a Gold Star family with roots in Missouri, my background is that of an old-school Democrat. My c...

Column: I’m not that sustainable

Sophomore Eliza Tiles and seniors Norah Adler and Sophia Stevens socially distance backpack in the John Muir Wilderness in California. Tiles says backpacking is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but she urges hikers to follow Leave No Trace principles.

By Norah Adler, Columnist

August 24, 2020

So you thought because I’m on the Archer Council for Sustainability my column will tell you all about how sustainable I am, right? How I carry reusable utensils with me while I bike in order to reduce my environmental impact and all that? Meanwhile you’re at home irritated because you’re thinking “wh...

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...

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