Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis: don’t let it catch you

Senioritis, noun. An illness afflicting second semester seniors that renders them incapable of completing their work or engaging in their classes as usual. Our school seems to have a particularly dramatic strain of it spreading around. Jan. 18 is a time many seniors seem to have mentally designated as a time of mass relief. The […]

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

When Francine Werner ‘68 thinks back to her years at the then-Westlake School for Girls, she said she recalls the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles and the British Invasion, the counterculture movement and the anti-war protests. “Back then, it was our brothers and boyfriends who were getting killed, so I had to get more politically […]

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear “Stressed Out” Saba, Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death. I had my first history test of the year, so naturally, my focus was directed toward this perceived “life-or-death” matter, and the sudden sadness and guilt hit me in a two-punch succession to my gut. Sadness because I nearly forgot, and guilt […]

Speaking on behalf of ASiA

Speaking on behalf of ASiA

This past Monday, Lisa See addressed the school during an all-school assembly. See is a multiple times New York Times bestselling author, with years of leadership in the local Chinese-American community and considerable public speaking experience. But to be honest, as one of the leaders of Asian Students in Action, when we as a club […]

United We Dream: In the In Between

United We Dream: In the In Between

Máté Major ’18 likes routine. During the school week, he wakes up at 6 a.m., battles traffic on the 101 in his 2007 Honda (“the village donkey”), goes to his classes and goes home. He might go to a La Femme meeting during break and on Mondays, he goes to Peer Support. Recently, he’s been […]

Tatted Teens

Tatted Teens

When talk show host Wendy Williams asked reality star Kim Kardashian if she had any tattoos, Kardashian responded, “Would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?” While some students, like Kardashian, think that tattoos deface one’s body, others see them as a form of self-expression and appreciate them for their individuality. “The Bentley will […]

Seeking Safety: Students and Teachers Reflect on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Seeking Safety: Students and Teachers Reflect on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Only hours after signing a contract with their landlord, Fadia Afashe and her husband Jay Abdo lay shivering on the floor of their new apartment that they had found on Craigslist. Beside them stood two suitcases, surrounded by blank walls and empty rooms. Unfamiliar with the heating system and with nobody to contact for help, […]