Students violate trip policy

Roughly half a dozen students violated the Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking Policy on school trips over spring break, President Rick Commons said. The school’s policy as written in the Student Parent Handbook states “it is forbidden to use, sell, or possess drugs or alcohol on campus, when traveling to or from campus, or at any […]

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

On March 13, 2007, the administration suspended two sophomores who sent an email with a “diss tape” they had made that threatened violence and aimed homosexual slurs at other students. Ten years later, the conversation about students using offensive language on campus and on the Internet remains, most recently seen in the hiring of an […]

A Test of Honor: Skipping School on Test Days

A Test of Honor: Skipping School on Test Days

When Greg* ’17 got home from Peer Support on a Monday night, the last thing he wanted to do was pull an all-nighter to finish his English essay.   He’d had to pull them before, and the grueling effects of working all night deterred him from ever doing it again. The memories of trudging through […]

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

School administrators and faculty are discussing placing a limit on the number of AP classes students are able to take throughout their high school careers as part of their ongoing discussion about the happiness and wellness of students. Currently, they have not decided if honors classes would be included in any future limits. “For lots […]

Third Party Or No Party: Third Party Candidates in the Presidential Election

Third Party Or No Party: Third Party Candidates in the Presidential Election

When Asher Low ’17 found out that his favorite presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, did not win the Democratic nomination, he knew that he could not support either major party candidate. “I’m looking for a candidate and a party that has the best interests of the average American and isn’t looking out for the best interests […]

Scene Monkeys acts out skits

Scene Monkeys acts out skits

Members of the Scene Monkeys improvisation group performed two shows in the Rugby Auditorium May 13. “There was just so much adrenaline and energy on stage, and it felt like all the monkeys were on the same page,” Talia Leftkowitz ’17 said. The experience of performing in front of an audience was very different from […]

Some students suppress their politics on campus

Some students suppress their politics on campus

Amid controversial political statements from presidential candidates this election season, conservative and liberal students say they feel pressured to suppress their opinions for fear of retaliation, with some feeling that Harvard-Westlake is not an open space to fully express opinions. “I think people are worried that, if they don’t [self-censor], they will be attacked,” Harry […]

Ensembles to collaborate in Europe

Chamber Singers will tour Poland and Germany March 29 to April 9. “I’m super excited,” Elizabeth Gaba said. “I feel like we’re such a tight-knit group already, and I’m really looking forward to getting even closer and experiencing Germany and Poland together.” While they are in Poland and Germany, Chamber Singers will be performing and […]

Actors present winter play ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Actors present winter play ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Twenty-four actors performed in the winter play, “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Feb. 5, 6 and 7. The show focuses on the story of Madame Aurelia, played by Natalie Musicant ’17, who attempts to work with her friends to rid the world of evil. “The whole cast clicked on opening night,” said Talia Lefkowitz ’17, who […]

Actors perform play ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Actors perform play ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Twenty-four actors performed in the winter play, “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Feb. 5, 6 and 7. The show focuses on the story of Madame Aurelia, played by Natalie Musicant ’17, who attempts to work with her friends to rid the world of evil. “The whole cast clicked on opening night,” said Talia Lefkowitz ’17, who […]

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