Compromising on controversy

Compromising on controversy

T he 2020 presidential election will most certainly be divisive.Liberals have already demonstrated a lack of unity for this upcoming election, with 19 Democratic candidates in the running. Beyond the Democratic Party, President Donald Trump’s controversial first term has generated a new wave of political polarization throughout the entire nation. The end result of these […]

Cracking the Epstein Case

Cracking the Epstein Case

“Woah,” Haley Levin ’20 said in disbelief when she read the news of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death Aug. 10. Epstein had been awaiting prosecution on charges of assaulting minors and sex trafficking while in a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in the time leading up to his death, according to CNN. […]

Abort Mission: Newest Abortion Laws

Abort Mission: Newest Abortion Laws

After realizing that the guy she had just had sex with didn’t use a condom, Piper* ’20 had to take Plan B One-Step. The emergency contraception kept Piper from facing an unwanted pregnancy, but under the anti-abortion bills that are being passed in states throughout the country, Piper would not have the ability to have […]

FaceTime: a virtual classroom

FaceTime: a virtual classroom

Attending Harvard-Westlake while managing a disability is difficult, but the school can make the lives of these students easier in establishing a FaceTime program for students to attend class remotely. Although the Upper School takes pride in maintaining an academically rigorous environment, as it should, this intellectual rigor can often become too competitive or overbearing. […]

Remembering Liz Resnick

Remembering Liz Resnick

Known for her dedication to education, memorable catchphrases and the heart she brought to every interaction, Associate Head of School Liz Resnick will be a deeply missed presence on campus. Her spirit and passion for both the well-being and learning experience of students and teachers catalyzed important and meaningful changes that will be felt for […]

Alumna speaks to history, journalism classes about political crises

Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Former Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to history and journalism classes about the nature of contemporary political crises March 19 and 20. Kayyem said that there were four main national security threats that the United States should address, including pandemics, climate […]

Calling out call-out culture

Calling out call-out culture

Rosetta Lee, educator and diversity consultant, made a resounding political statement in her speech to the Upper School: in addressing micro-aggressions, students ought to maintain respect for the person with whom they are engaging in dialogue. Lee’s speech came at a time of heightened political division under “call-out culture” across the American political spectrum. While […]

Tidying Up: Marie Kondo Inspired Organization

Tidying Up: Marie Kondo Inspired Organization

Smiling widely, Haley Levin ’20 opened up her planner, revealing brightly-colored illustrations alongside her well-organized notes. “I really like to doodle, so [my planner] is mostly just a vehicle for those,” Levin said. “Doodling lets me get organized in my own way. I know what I have to do, and I can manage my time, […]

Don’t parade your grades

Don’t parade your grades

Students should remain civil rather than cutthroat following the release of semester grades. Harvard-Westlake is a community that thrives thanks to its academically rigorous environment. After all, our Honor Code, the doctrine establishing Harvard-Westlake’s fundamental values, states that our community is “united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence.” Although some level of competition is […]