Giving voice to vulnerability

Mental health has been on everyone’s mind recently. An email from Ms. Ross two weeks ago informed us of a recent suicide by a student in our area. An event like this is a reminder that we should cherish those we love and never be afraid of seeking help for whatever personal struggles we all […]

Checking into reality

Checking into reality

As first semester comes to a close, seniors are all looking forward to the freedom that comes with second semester. Although many people see second semester as a time to check out and ignore responsibilities, we believe it’s a time to discover new priorities and check into what matters the most: reality. As the administration […]

Widening Our View of Diversity

Widening Our View of Diversity

We gave our thanks last issue in November, but we wanted to devote a few more lines here, to say thank you to our school president. Mr. Commons: thank you for talking to the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club, for bringing to our attention the importance of diversity, not only within the student body, […]

Editorial: Maintaining our Core Values

Editorial: Maintaining our Core Values

For the past year now, anyone who drives down Coldwater Canyon can see that our neighbors are unhappy with us. Along the way to a school that prioritizes integrity and purpose beyond ourselves, signs emblazoned with hurtful phrases like “Stop Harvard-Westlake’s Destruction of the Coldwater Canyon” paint us as some sort of evil vying for […]

Goodbye Ms. Neumeyer

Dear Ms. Neumeyer, This year’s senior staffers are only the latest in a long line that have benefited from your tutelage. We are also the last. Twenty-four years, 192 issues and countless students later, you will retire from the school and the Chronicle. When we first walked into Weiler Hall three years ago, we had […]

A necessary conversation

A yearlong campus dialogue on gender issues culminated with a presentation by anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz last week. Katz urged male students to recognize sexism and gender violence as a universal problem, rather than simply view them as women’s issues. And while his words drew approval from many, some students’ reactions have caused us to […]

Looking beyond the bubble

The first line of the school Mission Statement reads: “Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community.” Lately, we have found ourselves thinking a lot about what that means. Issues of injustice and prejudice dominate national headlines, and college campuses in particular have come under scrutiny for matters ranging from racism to religous intolerance. […]

Take time to remember

Rush to class. Rush through notes. Rush out. Rush to practice, then rush home for work, then rush to bed. Repeat. It seems like all we ever do at Harvard-Westlake is rush through our day. Students run from one class to the next, clutching books between tight fingers and throwing a quick “thank you” over […]

Live every day in the real world

Backpacks full of valuables are strewn across campus and left unattended on a daily basis. Students believe their personal items will always be waiting wherever they left them, putting faith in their classmates’ honesty. The Honor Code is a significant part of our mutual promise to respect one another, with every person’s conscience serving as […]

A step in the right direction

In the condensed new mission statement, the most significant change lies in the phrase, “the joyful pursuit of educational excellence.” It acknowledges the emotional aspect of learning, reminding the community that academics are about more than just tests and GPAs. While the new statement retains the school’s focus on excellence, its tone is kinder and […]

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