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Column: Halloween — too little, too choco-late

Column: Halloween — too little, too choco-late

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

October 28, 2018

Picture six year-old me, walking back to her house with a pillowcase full of freshly acquired Halloween candy. For most kids, the night of Halloween is a time to stuff their faces with all the candy their parents will allow. For me, it is a night full of giving all the candy to my sister. No, it is n...

Column: In praise of Halloween’s spookiest animals

Column: In praise of Halloween’s spookiest animals

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

October 25, 2018

For most people, Halloween is a time of too much candy and chilling thrills. However, often forgotten in the excitement are the animals Halloween has labeled as “spooky.” Although Halloween is not the sole contributor to these animals’ negative stereotypes, it has certainly not boosted their rep...

Column: Serena Williams challenges status quo

Column: Serena Williams challenges status quo

By Caitlin Chen, Columnist

October 19, 2018

Serena Williams, synonymous with the greatest American tennis player in history, has revolutionized professional tennis for women. Her many awards and accolades include being ranked No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions by the Women’s Tennis Association and having the most Grand Slam titles in si...

Column: We don’t all look like that – reinforced Latina beauty standards are harmful and unrealistic

Column: We don’t all look like that – reinforced Latina beauty standards are harmful and unrealistic

By Celeste Ramirez, Columnist

October 16, 2018

If you were to Google the word “Latina,” you would probably quickly notice how similar all the women in the images are. You’d see the dramatic curvy body, the bronzed facial complexion, the red pouty lips, the long voluminous hair and the mysterious stare.  This problematic stereotype has been perpet...

Column: Smells like teen spirit

Column: Smells like teen spirit

By Lauren Evans-Katz and Grace Wilson

October 4, 2018

When we decided to write a column about our lives as teenagers in Los Angeles, we knew we wanted to explore our raw, authentic experiences of growing up in the whirlwind of LA culture. We realized that each of our memories and experiences in Los Angeles indicates a broader truth about the stereotypes a...

5 ways to begin the year organized, stress-free

5 ways to begin the year organized, stress-free

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

October 1, 2018

Here are five ways to head into the school year so you can start off strong and stay organized for the whole year. Stay on top of your work. When you get an assignment, try to get it done as soon as you can so you don’t have to worry about it closer to the due date. Having it done ahead of time al...

Op-Ed: The new generation—young female politicians to watch

Op-Ed: The new generation—young female politicians to watch

By Lola Lamberg, Voices Editor

September 24, 2018

The politicians we know today are becoming threatened by a new wave of young, up-and-coming political candidates with fresh ideas and a hunger for change. A recent sign of this? On the last Tuesday in June, 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez disrupted the 2018 election cycle as she beat top De...

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

Welcome back, Archer community! I hope you all had a fantastic summer and are ready for a great year. I'm Anna Brodsky, the new Editor-in-Chief of the Oracle. I wanted to write to you all to tell you more about myself and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. First, the basics. From the...

Letter to the Editor: Stop Buying Water from Nestle

Letter to the Editor: Stop Buying Water from Nestle

By Sarah Traenkle, Archer Student

June 2, 2018

California had been in a drought emergency for 6 years until Governor Jerry Brown lifted the label in April 2017. Even though the distinction changed, the Californian government and citizens are continuing to do whatever they can to help save water.  However, not everyone in California is part...

Editorial: More than an elective — The necessity of student journalism

Editorial: More than an elective — The necessity of student journalism

By Editorial Board

June 1, 2018

It took six minutes and 20 seconds for 17 students in Parkland, Florida, to be shot and killed by a fellow classmate three months ago. Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in February, thousands of teens have come together to support the March For Our Lives. However, even as many in our natio...

Op-Ed: Reducing carbon emissions one footprint at a time

Op-Ed: Reducing carbon emissions one footprint at a time

By Marley Chaney, Archer Student

June 1, 2018

Did you know that Southern California has the worst air quality in the nation? Every time I drive, sitting hopelessly in countless hours of traffic on the 405 freeway, I can't help but notice the ominous clouds of smog that seem to envelop the entire city of Los Angeles. Smog is a type of air pollution...

Letter to the Editor: Plastic Waste

Letter to the Editor: Plastic Waste

By Ruby Colby, Archer Student

May 31, 2018

As a society, we crave convenience. However, as a byproduct, we have become increasingly reliant on the convenience of plastic. Plastic is in everything and is everywhere. In 1950, an estimated two million tons of plastic was produced; as of 2015, the cumulative tonnage has multiplied by 220 time...

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