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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Fighting against performative activism

Hannah Shahidi, Assistant News Editor December 18, 2023

“Health insurance in the United States is bullsh*t.” “Things you didn’t know were rape culture.” “What is genocide?" Painted in pastel colors, these phrases dominate our social media feeds....

Recognize social medias role in politics

Recognize social media’s role in politics

Eden Conner, Assistant Opinions Editor September 21, 2023

On Nov 4, 2008, the Americans who signed up for former President Barack Obama’s text updates received a final message: “All of this happened because of you. Thanks, Barack.” Obama was the first...

A heart with the United States flag, a symbol of the soul of America, melts away. The image symbolizes the loss of Americas core value of freedom.

The soul of America

Zoe Goor, Layout Assistant and Staff Writer May 24, 2023

The first word of President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign announcement video is “freedom." The landing page of the Republican National Committee displays the phrase (in big red and white letters):...

A Ukraine flag waves in from of the independence monument.

War Fatigue, Claire-ified

Claire Conner, Print Managing Editor March 22, 2023

In the Luhansk region of Ukraine, a Russian military training facility sorts recruits using colored wristbands. They are preparing to fight in the trenches at Bakhmut, an eastern Ukrainian city that’s...

Congresswoman Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso 76 campaign to be elected as mayor of Los Angeles.

Mayoral Election: Down to the Wire

Davis Marks November 16, 2022

The 2022 LA mayoral election between Congresswoman Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso ’76 is too close to call at the time of writing. As of Nov. 11, Bass leads Caruso by 4,484 votes with 62% of...

Counting ballots, Claire-ified

Claire Conner, Print Managing Editor November 14, 2022

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, it was election night in America — but that didn’t carry the meaning it once did. Just four years ago, poll workers, pundits and eager citizens stayed up until every race had...

Inflation Reduction, Claire-ified

Claire Conner, Print Managing Editor August 24, 2022

There are few decisions as difficult to make as those regarding the current inflation crisis. Forming economic predictions during unprecedented times yields little that is concrete or easily interpretable,...

An illustration depicts President Joe Biden standing in front of a podium.

Calling Biden to action

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff May 26, 2022

When National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021, she laid out a vision of hope and unity for the United States' next...

Understanding Ukraine

Understanding Ukraine

Daphne Davies March 28, 2022

On a Friday afternoon, an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics class sat in its Seaver classroom, deeply immersed in a discussion about the events that had transpired the day before: Russian...

Earmarking and Greene, Claire-ified

Claire Conner, Assistant Opinion Editor March 24, 2022

President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion spending bill March 15, enacting legislation that is historic on multiple fronts: It provides the largest increase in funding for high-poverty schools in a decade,...

January 6: One Year Later

January 6: One Year Later

Alec Rosenthal January 19, 2022

Struggling to pay attention in her physics class on Zoom on Jan. 6, 2021, Olivia Feldman ’22 had been zoning out before her phone began to buzz repeatedly. Overwhelmed by a creeping sense of anxiety...

Illustration Credit: Sydney Fener

Put the Merit in Meritocracy

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor December 20, 2021

As a country defined today by social achievement and democratic values, meritocracy seems like an obvious ideal to strive for. A social structure that rewards people for their talents and efforts appears...

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