Former Upper School English teacher publishes fiction

Former Upper School English teacher publishes fiction

After retiring last June, former Harvard-Westlake English teacher Jeff Kwitny released his first book, “Desolation Lake.” “It’s a small press and it’s a first start and I feel very proud of the book,” Kwitny said. “I realize that the book is going to be controversial because it has to do with a scandal in a […]

Music in the making

As Ben Beckman ’19 sat down to film a last-minute audition tape for one of the most prestigious music programs in the country, he made sure to position the camera so his pajama pants would not be seen. At that moment, Beckman had no idea that this last minute video would get him the opportunity […]

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

As Lauren Mc Gee ’20, the only African-American girl in her 6th-grade class, sat at her desk having a conversation with a friend, a classmate came up to her and called her the n-word out of nowhere. In that moment, McGee said she felt both shocked and hurt. “I’ve always heard the word in movies […]

Ryan Wixen’19 performs in honor bands

Ryan Wixen’19 performs in honor bands

After auditioning, Ryan Wixen ’19 performed in the honor bands ofthe California All-State jazz band (CBDA) and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).  Both the CBDA and the SCSBOA are organizations for music educators, and the honor bands, which are composed of student musicians from different schools, get the opportunity to perform at […]

Best Of Both Worlds

Best Of Both Worlds

At 11 p.m., when Tyler Ganus ’20 was eating dinner, he had already finished a lift session that began 5:30 that morning, a four-and-a-half hour long television shoot for Disney XD’s “Walk The Prank,” four hours of school, three hours of Varsity Baseball practice, rehearsal for the school play and a piano lesson. “[That was] […]

White Christmas

White Christmas

When Angie Vasquez ’19 was a child, she became used to Santa Claus, the holiday figure she loved, as only being white. However, she said her perception of the jolly man in the red suit changed as she got older when she realized that Christmas focused only on white culture leading her to feel as […]

Shake-spirit of Equality

Shake-spirit of Equality

The United States midterm elections marked a historical moment for LGBTQ people, with record numbers of LGBTQ candidates taking office. As the government begins to reflect the diversity within the country, the Performing Arts Department will similarly mirror the increasing representation of LGBTQ people in the winter play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” During the Elizabethan […]

Passion for Fashion

Passion for Fashion

Fashion is not only about beauty and design, but it has a deeper meaning and impact for Bianca Garfinkle ’20, Jakob Adler ’20, and Juliet Colitre ’21. Acting as a means of self-expression, it can provide the ability to outwardly express their personality and feelings. The students said fashion helps to better their lives on […]

ASMR You Satisfied?

ASMR You Satisfied?

The crunch of an apple. The tapping of a pencil. The whisper that “everything will be okay.” While these sounds are seemingly random, they have one thing in common: they are all a part of one of the Internet’s newest crazes, autonomous sensory meridian response, or more commonly known as ASMR. Although only more recently […]

BLACC hosts panel on youth activism

BLACC hosted a panel on youth activism and social justice in the Trump era on Martin Luther King Day, featuring Bakari Kitwana, Yusef Salaam, Jasiri X, And Gaye Theresa Johnson. Kitwana, an author and activist led the discussion by talking about the affect that segregation and racism has had on youth activism. He also praised […]