On the Front Lines

When an unfamiliar vehicle pulled into his driveway, Jake Schroeder ’20 hurried to the window to watch as his father, a pulmonologist, stepped out onto the pavement, donning a hazmat suit. Schroeder’s father tossed a coronavirus test to the individual in the car, one of his patients, and called out a series of instructions. The […]

Social distancing: mandatory or optional?

As news of President Rick Commons’ email regarding the school closure spread March 11, Caleb*, who had been in the middle of coding a Java program in class, began discussing his plans for the upcoming weeks with his peers. From inside the classroom, Caleb could already hear strains of bass-heavy music and shouting emanating from […]

Going Viral: How Coronavirus is affecting Harvard Westlake

Going Viral:                           How Coronavirus is affecting Harvard Westlake

To learn about the latest developments of the coronavirus and Harvard-Westlake’s response, click here. Glancing outside her window at the nearly empty streets, Catherine Zhu, a student at Harvard-Westlake’s sister school WLSA Shanghai Academy, could think only of how badly she wanted to go outside. But Zhu was stuck, one of the millions across China […]

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

Compassionate, bright and devoted to students’ wellbeing, Rabbi Emily Feigenson touched the entire Harvard-Westlake community during her 14 years at the school. On Jan. 23, Feigenson passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer, surrounded by her husband Dennis Perluss and her children Netanya ’15, Talia ’18 and Gabriel. Students, faculty, parents and members […]

Beyond the Braids

Beyond the Braids

When Makeda Neavill ’21 was in middle school, she associated straight hair with professionalism and maturity. With the texture of her hair suppressed, she believed that she would be treated more favorably by the individuals whose opinions mattered, she said. Though she stopped straightening her hair in ninth grade to prevent further heat damage, her […]

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, […]

Deferred Delusions?

Deferred Delusions?

Four months spent working on a two-page application. Three flights across the country to visit the school. Two dozen balloons in the college’s colors hidden in the closet. One year of envisioning his future life there. And then, Dec. 15, a button saying “application status updated” appeared across Matthew’s* computer. His nervous smile morphed into […]

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 […]

Mapping Representation

Mapping Representation

Last year, Mimi Offor ’21 read hundreds of textbook pages, spent hours upon hours studying for exams and burned through more than a few packs of pencils during her history course, The World and Europe II. When she left her class for summer break in June, Offor had spent approximately 135 days supposedly learning about […]

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