‘We could see a lot of pockmarks in the ground – bomb craters’

This was my first time out of the country without my parents, and my first time in Southeast Asia. I had been to Mexico to do charity work, but then I could run to my mother whenever something different from normal life in the bubble that is America scared me. We had even packed Korean […]

Not enough enrollment to fill Ethics, Gender Studies classes

The Ethics and Gender Studies courses will not be offered next year due to a lack of student sign-ups. Only three students signed up for Ethics next year, and two for Gender Studies, English teacher Malina Mamigonian said. Mamigonian, who teaches both classes, said that courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research department contribute […]

Choral department hosts California festival

The choral department hosted a festival in Rugby Auditorium for the Southern California Vocal Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bel Canto and Chamber Singers performed with choirs from four other schools. Each of the six groups performed for a rating in the advanced chamber choir category. Some of the songs scheduled to be performed “Il […]

GLI delegates attend women’s conference at United Nations

Five girls from the school’s Girls Learn International club spoke at, helped lead and attended events at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations last week in New York. This year’s theme was the elimination and prevention of violence against women. Amanda Aizuss ’13, Sarika Pandrangi ’13, Julia Aizuss ’14, […]

GLI to attend UN Council on women

Five members of the Girls Learn International Club will take a trip the first week of March to the United Nations Council on the Status of Women held every Women’s History Month in New York. This will be the second time the club has gone on this trip after visiting the same council last year. […]

Olympic swimmer Torres ’85 to speak at Women’s History assembly next month

Five-time Olympic swimmer and Westlake alumna Dara Torres ’85 will speak at the school’s annual Women’s History Month Assembly on March 18. Gender Studies teacher Malina Mamigonian, who is organizing the event, got in touch with Torres through Darlene Bible, the current athletic director of operations and Torres’ swim coach during her years at Westlake. […]

English offers new senior options

The English Department will offer two new, non-Advanced Placement courses next year for seniors, Shakespeare as a year-long course and Senior Practicum. Senior Practicum “will be a literature-centered course that will engage students in questions about issues of relevance and interest,” English Department Head Larry Weber said. Weber designed the course over the summer on […]

Clubs volunteer at children’s events

Helping Hands club members volunteered at a holiday carnival for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and volunteers organized by the Chinese Cultural Club helped at Alpine Recreation Center for children in the Chinatown area. Children at both events played games, ate food and visited Santa. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the children,” […]

Neuroscientist presents research on behavior, brain to Ethics classes

A neuroeconomics postdoctoral scholar from Caltech talked to Ethics students in the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Oct. 12 about how brain chemistry affects people’s behavior and introduced what the students said was a different way of looking at morals, Ethics teacher Malina Mamigonian said. Mamigonian said she invited neuroscientist Cendri Hutcherson to speak in […]