School to continue using Zoom despite nationwide Zoom bombing episodes

New York City schools suspended the use of Zoom last week over security concerns, according to an article from the U.S. News & World Report, days after an FBI Public Service Announcement cited a recent increase in cyber actors exploiting virtual environments. School President Rick Commons said that the school is investigating the reported security […]

School provides financial support for all faculty, staff members in midst of pandemic

School President Rick Commons announced in an email that the school will continue to support all staff and faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic after members of the community expressed concern for employees’ wellbeing. “I am proud to say that Harvard-Westlake is not only providing extra assistance to our employees and school families who are […]

Deadline for community service requirement extended

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Upper School Counselor Michelle Bracken and Upper School Dean of Students Jordan Church said in an email March 23  the deadline for the community service requirement has been extended to the end of the summer and no longer requires that a student directly interact with others. Bracken and Church […]

The primary narrative

The primary narrative

I could not help but feel energized as I pushed my way through dozens of supporters, all committed to making their way to the front of the line. At the doorway of Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang’s brimming conference room, I slipped past the security guards fighting to hold back the growing crowd. Inside, the […]

Addicted to As

Addicted to As

Clarification, March 5th: According to a Chronicle poll of 155 respondents, more than 4 percent of students reported using a study drug. A second poll with 154 respondents, showed that more than 52 percent of students reported knowing someone who abused a study drug.  According to a study published by New York University in 2017, […]

World War Meme

World War Meme

Teenagers and young adults are creating memes to deal with the stress of global conflicts. Mitchell Schwartz (Zack ’20, Michael ’22), former Communications Director at the State Department, grew distressed when his son approached him and asked if the United States had started another world war. Iranian General Qasem Soleimani had just been assassinated by […]

Prefects implement new minimum price

Prefect Council implemented a new $5 minimum charge on Didax, lowered from $10, on Jan. 15. The change allows students to purchase items from fundraisers and other events at a lower price. Junior Prefect Jonathan Cosgrove ’21 said that Prefect Council revised the minimum after receiving numerous complaints that the $10 was too high. “We […]

Environmental Club supports climate strikes

Environmental Club supports climate strikes

The Environmental Club hosted a fundraiser on the quad in conjunction with the Los Angeles Global Climate Strike downtown and the United Nations Climate Conference in Madrid on Dec. 6. Students purchase items from Bake Sale and Vegan Burger Cookout During the event, students were able to purchase items from a student-run bake sale and […]

Double Tap

Double Tap

  Emma Topp, an Instagram influencer with over fifty thousand followers, scrolled through her morning feed to discover Instagram will be hiding likes from other users. Topp began to wonder how her career would change, particularly how she would gain sponsored content, if Instagram’s policy were to be implemented. “I think it’ll affect the influencer […]

On the Edge

On the Edge

As Sierra* ’21 sat on the cold, unwelcoming linoleum floor of a residential treatment center, she said she felt alone and misunderstood, isolated by a mental illness that was misrepresented by both her real surroundings and the media. Sierra’s struggle with serious depression began in winter of 2017, soon after she switched anxiety medications and […]