Junior State of America club members attend Winter Congress

Six members of the Harvard-Westlake Junior State of America club participated in the J.S.A. Winter Congress, in which students debated various topics in a mock-Congressional procession during Presidents’ Day Weekend, from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16. Members of J.S.A. participate in Winter Congress At the convention, students proposed bills, offered amendments and gave speeches expressing […]

Compromising on controversy

Compromising on controversy

T he 2020 presidential election will most certainly be divisive.Liberals have already demonstrated a lack of unity for this upcoming election, with 19 Democratic candidates in the running. Beyond the Democratic Party, President Donald Trump’s controversial first term has generated a new wave of political polarization throughout the entire nation. The end result of these […]

By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

Alexa* let out a sigh of disappointment as she trudged out of the English department office with a page of edits in one hand and a laptop in another. After meeting with her teacher about an upcoming writing assignment, she came to a realization that the words on her edited paper were not hers. Dreading […]

Democrat Perspective: Everything will be alright

Democrat Perspective: Everything will be alright

As election results across the country continue to be reported, one thing is very clear: Democrats have won the House, and Republicans have expanded their majority in the Senate. Regardless of political affiliation, it is important to keep something in mind: everything will be okay. I’m disappointed, as I’m sure my left-leaning peers are as […]

Mistreatment of the majority

When people across America sit staring at their screens, watching a needle move left or right and dots on a diagram turn red or blue, it becomes easy to wonder if people are voting for the candidates themselves or just for their party. With few notable exceptions, Democrats and Republicans are the only real option […]

Students react to the outcome of midterms

Students discussed the outcomes of the 2018 midterm elections and their interpretations of the California propositions. Peter Sykes ’19, a first-time voter, said that he appreciated being able to directly participate in an election and viewing the effects of his actions. “It was interesting seeing [the outcomes],” Sykes said. “I was able to contribute to […]

U.S. Belong With Me

U.S. Belong With Me

After scrolling past what she expected to be just another photo on Taylor Swift’s Instagram, Rebecca Frischling ’19, co-president of La Femme, was struck by a caption commenting on the then-upcoming midterm elections. Once the initial shock of reading a politicized statement made by someone who was previously apprehensive to talk about politics passed, Frischling […]

We Want Change: The Perspectives of Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative Students

We Want Change: The Perspectives of Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative Students

As the U.S. midterm elections drew closer, Will Berlin ’19 said he was becoming nervous. Despite a number of new candidates rising to prominence, none of them seemed to have moderate tendencies. For Berlin, who identifies as socially libertarian and fiscally conservative, neither political party seemed to align completely with his views. Berlin shares some […]

Political State of Mind

Political State of Mind

“Son do you know why I’m stopping you for,” music artist and Grammy-winner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter rapped in his 2004 song “99 Problems”. “Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low.” For Jay-Z, music has always acted as a medium to address social and political currents; in “99 Problems,” Jay-Z comments on […]

Blending Intersectionality with Politics

Blending Intersectionality with Politics

A gay man of color, an undocumented immigrant and victim of religious persecution and a single mother making minimum wage are examples of the intersection of social, political and economic identities and beliefs. Intersectionality is “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap or intersect” according to Merriam-Webster. […]

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