Same city, completely different worlds

Same city, completely different worlds

Although many perceive Los Angeles as a diverse and culturally welcoming city, we Angelenos face a critical problem: we are segregated into geographically distant communities based on race and socioeconomic status. I have experienced two sides of this city myself. As an incoming freshman at the school, I was constantly faced with one question whose […]

Defining Empowerment

To a certified feminist seven days a week, the lyrics of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit “WAP” (an acronym for “Wet Ass P**** ”) invite the discussion of modern day female empowerment and whether “WAP” is an example of it. For context, “WAP,” a song recently released by two prominent female rappers, sparked […]

Writing in defense of our democracy

Writing in defense of our democracy

Our history textbooks characterize the United States government as the prime example of democracy, but if students examine its current state, they will find that Trumpian era politics embody the opposite. With this election cycle coming to an end, we face a political crossroads. We must decide whether we will uphold our democracy or abandon […]

The Truth: Tied to Technology

Then school starts, and we receive our daily doses of disheveled bed head and pajama tops via Zoom. For almost a quarter of each day, we sit facing the screen, filling breaks with TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram. Whether for work or for play, we’re constantly on our devices. How do you start talking to someone […]

Letter to the Editors – Head of Peer Support Tina McGraw

This Letter to the Editors was written in response to factual inaccuracies in the opinion article, “Conflict Crisis,” published in issue one of Volume 30. Peer Support started 30 years ago, right before the merger between Harvard and Westlake took place. Although some things have changed over the years, it essentially remains the same student-led […]

Problematic portrayal of police in the media

If you watch TV, you’ve seen it: the “loose cannon” cop who doesn’t play by the rules and sticks with their hunch until they get the criminal, no matter whose rights they have to violate to get there. This archetype is incredibly popular in media, and audiences are naturally compelled by these righteous defenders of […]

Uprooting anti-Blackness in Asian America

Black people are protesting for the right to breathe in a society that has been slowly constricting their airways, suffocating them through racialized tactics: redlining, blockbusting, police brutality and a criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates people of color. The list of Black people killed by police officers continues to grow: Eric Garner. Michael Brown. […]

Dear Saba: Last Day

Dear Saba: Last Day

Dear Seventh Grade Saba, Today is my last day of high school. While I drive down Coldwater Canyon for what will be one of the last times ever, dodging the familiar potholes and sliding instinctively with each sharp turn, I feel in control. On your first day of Harvard-Westlake, you approached the bus sporting your […]

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