Spotify-ing Talent

Spotify-ing Talent

As his Spotify follower count ticked up by the minute, Graham Berger-Sacks ’20 grew increasingly curious about what was happening. Checking his phone anxiously between classes, possibilities began to race through his mind. When the metrics on his Spotify developer account finally updated at 9 p.m., Berger-Sacks said he could not believe his eyes. His […]

Babel invites students to submit language pieces

Babel, the Upper School’s foreign language publication, received a record number of Spanish submissions for its annual issue coming out in early May. The magazine publishes essays, recipes, poems, short stories, song lyrics and photos to publicize different languages on campus. “Babel helps give people a broader perspective of how many different cultures are represented […]

Putting Name* on trial

Putting Name* on trial

Louis, Megan, Lauren, Gordon, Phoebe*. A name and a star, the Chronicle’s method of citing anonymous quotes, can elicit powerful reactions within the school community. When a source who criticizes the school is cloaked in anonymity, backlash often follows. Some question the accuracy of the quote. Others wonder whether it is ethical for students to […]

Unconventional Artists

Unconventional Artists

Guy Hartstein ’20 is an artist, but he rarely touches a paintbrush, molds sculptures or draws on a canvas. Every day, Hartstein comes home to a stack of Japanese washi paper and delves into a world of traditional figures and mythical beasts. On the wall in his room, which Hartstein said he has designated as […]

Read past the requirements

Read past the requirements

I sat at home with my book, eyelids drooping as I desperately tried to finish the assigned chapter. The book told the same story, with the same characters and the same words. So why did reading it for school feel so different than when I read it over the summer? In July, it was “The […]

Debate team hosts annual tournament

Harvard-Westlake hosted 290 debaters from around the country for its annual tournament, the Harvard-Westlake Debates, an octafinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. The four-day event began Jan. 17 and was divided into two tournaments: the debateLA Challenge, a round-robin competition where students can challenge each other to debates and the main event, a Lincoln-Douglas […]

Discussing our disagreement

Discussing our disagreement

American society is at a breaking point. In our living rooms, schools and streets, disagreement rears its ugly head, dividing Americans into polarized factions. But it is not disagreement that has created such a deep and seemingly irreparable rift in society. It’s how we use it. Throughout human history, ideological clashes have been the one […]

Don’t Suffer from Sickness

Don’t Suffer from Sickness

It’s nighttime, and I can feel the virus spread through my body, creeping up my throat and exiting with a weak cough. I know that tomorrow, I will wake up exhausted and sick, and that there is nothing I can do about it. So now the question becomes: should I subject myself to more suffering […]