Chamber Singers perform at Dodgers game

The Chamber Singers sang the National Anthem at the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres June 3. The game aired on Fox Sports West. The ensemble wore “Justin Carr Wants World Peace” T-shirts during the performance to televise the cause. “I am very excited for this performance, maybe even more than you are,” choir […]

I wouldn't change a thing

As a ninth grader on the Spectrum, I wrote a monthly column called “What Grinds My Gears.” I still get jokes about it, which is only to be expected given that the subject matter fluctuated from siblings to dog poop. In my “Final Rant” for the Spectrum, I wrote about multiple “gear-grinders,” grumbling about fun-sized […]

School named best place to work in LA

A survey conducted by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and WorkplaceDynamics ranked Harvard-Westlake “the best place to work in the Southland” in a LA Daily News article, April 29. “I think a lot of it has to do with whom you hire,” President Tom Hudnut said in an interview with the Daily News. “If you […]

Bombings cancel college welcome days

Hank Gerba ’12 was sitting in his Northeastern University dorm room when a notification popped up on his iPhone. “Are you blown up?” read a text from his friend. “He said that there were just two explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon,” Gerba said. “And I realized that if I listened to what […]

Anonymous student launches prom date-finding service on Facebook

Sarah Shelby ’13 was skeptical when “Aych Doubleyou Prom” friended her on Facebook early last week. She found the not-so-subtle pseudonym humorous, but was amused by little else. “Whoever is behind this clearly won’t help anyone actually get a date to prom,” she said. Shelby is one of roughly 200 members of the senior class […]

Justin's Legacy

The sudden death of Justin Carr ’14, who died of cardiomyopathy during swim practice Feb. 22, has led the administration to convene a panel of medical experts to consider a detection program for heart defects in student athletes, President Tom Hudnut said. “We are going to see if we can maybe be leaders in that […]

Tasting second semester

A few weeks ago, some friends and I celebrated becoming second semester seniors by exploding a watermelon. We used only rubber bands to do it. It was awesome. The sweet taste of victory (and, after it blew up, the watermelon itself) was subtly symbolic. This, I thought. This is what second semester is about. Second […]

Educator talks to faculty about use of technology

Tom Vander Ark, the author of “Getting  Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World,” was to visit campus and speak to faculty on Tuesday afternoon. After extensive research, Director of Studies Liz Resnick selected Ark because he is a proponent of technology in education, which the school is trying to embrace. “It seemed like […]

Music Man

Whether he’s mandating proper abdominal breath, teaching sopranos their part by singing it for them or replicating accompaniment sounds with seeming ease, Rodger Guerrero is constantly at work. Guerrero, who has directed Harvard-Westlake choirs for 12 years, can’t remember when he began singing. “My mother was a regional opera star and concert pianist,” he said. […]

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