THE ROAR Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Editor-in-Chief: Lillie Laing
Lion Life Interview with Lillie Laing! Behind the Scenes, the ROAR by Brady Keith Tell us how a typical edition of the ROAR comes together. “Most of the effort comes from the students themselves. I usually give a title deadline and an article deadline. After weeks of research and writing, we share all of our pieces on a shared document. Next, I start to put the ROAR together. I usually begin with the cover art and then work my way down each section, correcting grammar while following the format of the ROAR. Next, Mrs. Carver reads over the ROAR herself and sends me back edits that need be changed. Once edited, I send out the ROAR to the Lycée community.” What is the biggest challenge of being the editor of the ROAR? “The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is probably keeping club writers motivated or involved for every new issue. Given the pandemic, distance learning has not made it easy for anyone to stay motivated working from home. Nevertheless, most members of the ROAR are brilliant and talented and continue to never let me down!” What is your favorite/proudest moment that has happened this year as editor? “As Editor, I tried to improve the quality and relevance of our publication as a whole. I added a poetry section, a “green page,” a spotlight interview and with the help of Mr. Edwards a diversity page to better reflect the creativity and the interests of our student body. But even more than that, I knew they would generate increased enthusiasm for the club I hold so dear, while at the same time introducing elements of creativity and flexibility that will benefit years’ worth of students to come! I am most definitely proud of this new energy and excitement within the club.” Why did you choose to become editor of the ROAR?
“I had been an active member of the ROAR since my freshman year. There has never been one issue for which I have not written for. When Lydia offered me the position last year, it was more than just a checkbox on my college application but rather a dream come true." What is something that most people don’t know about the ROAR? “Although a lot of the work comes directly from the club members’ amazing articles, the ROAR itself takes a lot of energy and time to put together! With the help of Mrs. Carver, (who I couldn’t do this without!) we create together a new issue that can take up to several hours of reading, correcting and formatting.” What has been your favorite addition to the paper so far this year? “Although, I love each and every new section that has been added to the ROAR this year, I would have to say that “the Spotlight Interview” section remains my favorite. Brady Keith himself has taken the reins on this section and has been doing a great job. It is such a pleasure to stay in touch with Mme. Kabbaz as she guides us through these tough times. Her constant support and reassurance towards the entire Lion community has been nothing but helpful and calming while her participation in the ROAR has been nothing but exciting!” Why should people read the ROAR? “The ROAR as a whole tries its best to convey, as efficiently as possible, news and information about the community. Students put in a lot of effort into perfecting their articles and creating a paper based off personal rigorous research and writing. From worldwide news to recipes or club news to horoscopes, we try our best to appeal to everyone in the community. Thus, in whatever issue you come across, there should always be something that interests you.”
Spotlight Interview other daughter who lives at home, and my husband Monthly Interview with Madame Kabbaz! and I. My son is in Washington D.C. We try to get Valentine’s Day & Possible Reopening tested regularly, and we are all extremely careful by Brady Keith so that we can get together once a week. For Super Bowl Sunday, we went to my daughter’s How have recent developments with COVID-19 house, and it felt like a party, with just the five of affected our school? us! I come to work every day, but it’s different when “We’ve just learned that the cases are dropping. This is you’re getting dressed to go to someone’s home good news, and if they drop below 25 cases per (even when it’s your daughter’s). It’s marvelous!” rd th 100,000 people, we get to bring back 3 grade-6 grade. If they drop to below 7 cases per 100,000 What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? people, everybody else can come back to school as well. “I really don’t have many plans for this Valentine’s Also, teachers and school staff are next on the Day. Having the week off is when I plan to take my vaccination list as Phase 1b (after frontline workers and three dogs to the vet, I have further planned to senior citizens): we are hoping vaccines for school have some screens installed in my home, it’s all teachers and staff will be available by Spring. The the stuff you have to get done. We’ll probably cook vaccine is not, however, required to return to the some good food; we’ll eat chocolate mousse! I feel classroom.” like chocolate mousse is a Valentine’s Day treat!” Do you think there is any opportunity for high schoolers to return to the campus for in-person school this school year? “I hope so. Things are happening very quickly, and I hope the authorities will allow it. We do have afternoon Athletic Conditioning, Drama, Science, Band… We’re trying our best, although I know this is a difficult situation for everyone. Students feel “robbed” of different events that they love. I see this as if we are fighting a war, like President Macron said at the very beginning. We just have to do our best to live through this without getting sick. We also started our testing program on-site a couple of weeks ago. We have done two tests: we test all students that come to school inperson and all of the staff.” Many families have not been able to see each other recently. How have you been spending time with your family when you cannot see them in person? “From the beginning, we decided that our “pod” was going consist of my daughter and her husband, my
What did you do for the Super Bowl? “This situation is very difficult for everybody because of the increased screen time. It’s also difficult for people sitting all day. I normally walk our beautiful grounds and go from campus to campus… Now we’re mostly sequestered in our offices. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting some backaches. My daughter Alexandra, offered her jacuzzi to me, heated it up, put lavender and eucalyptus in the bathroom, and made it very special for me with the lighting, my favorite iced tea etc. Her dog, Lucy, supervised! I told Alexandra that it felt as though I had been to a fancy exotic spa! It really was a treat!” Do you have anything to say to the Lycée community? “I want to say to all the High School students that all of us in the administration understand and
sympathize completely with what is going on with you kids. We feel badly that you are missing out on dances, performances, and a lot of great things that I know you look forward to every year. I also want to tell you that your generation has been lucky so far. During World War II, I know the French Lycée where my mother went to school expelled all of the Jewish students. I don’t want to make myself cry, but the top priority for all of these children was to not have their education interrupted. They fought very hard to not “drop out” of school, to continue to forge on and to learn at home, to get classes where they could, and to borrow materials. In a true life-or-death situation, finishing school seemed just as important as survival. So, while I do feel sorry for all of the children of the world – and especially my own students, I want you to keep perspective. This is not a new situation for students. Kids are strong and resilient. At the Lycée, while there is a lot of screen time and a lot of work, you are being guaranteed a top-notch education so that when you are done with all of this, you are college-ready, and you haven’t missed a beat. I know that it’s difficult, but I feel that our mission is to keep you at the high standards that you deserve. I say this from the bottom of my heart, and just imagine the extraordinary time we will have when we get back to school. We should have three weeks of free dress!”
Current Events The Bizarre Discoveries of Antarctica by Island Gabler
Many strange things have been discovered all over the world, especially on the continent of Antarctica. This mysterious continent has hidden away countless years of history and organisms from a long time ago and is continuously doing just that. From new species to conspiracies, we can never know what abnormal things inhabit the coldest continent on the planet. Even so, geologists from all over the world have been working to find what might impact the way we live today forever. After searching and unintentionally discovering, scientists have come across alien-like remains, a stream that appears to be filled with blood and an underground lake two times the size of Cyprus isolated from the world for over 12 million years.
Aliens have become a worldwide conspiracy for a very long time. Some may describe these creatures as big headed, green and slimy and some would just say that they could resemble humans today. However, in 1985, a bizarre looking skull was
discovered on the coast of the South region of Antarctica. Many questions can be asked; for example, whose skull could this be or even how did it get there in the first place? Many scientists say that Antarctica was only the home of certain species like penguins, whales, polar bears and other animals but never had any humans and tribes inhabit it. However, many speculations have been made saying that the only time this skull could have made it to Antarctica would have been during the period of the Neoproterozoic where the supercontinent Gondwana filled part of the Earth. Now, we know how these skulls could have appeared there, but what exactly are these things. Are they really aliens? Well, a body modification named artificial craneal deformation could have caused these skulls to become elongated. According to National geographic, during the Neoproterozoic era, cultures who practiced this could have traveled to what is now Antarctica. Have you ever heard of someone describing the taste of blood similar to iron? In 1911, Griffith Taylor, an Australian geologist, came across what seemed to be a blood-filled stream coming from the Taylor glacier after realizing a fluid was staining the nearby rocks. The fluid did resemble blood; however, at the time, its pigment was made out to be engendered by red algae and became a closed case although, after many years, scientists decided to reevaluate what was causing this color in the water. After tedious studies, scientists found out that the salt in the liquid and the high levels of concentrated iron were what was causing the coloring. After being exposed to oxygen, the iron and saltwater mix which would create a rust like color and stain the water.
Several underground caves have been found on this continent; however, in the west part of Antarctica, geologists discovered a cavern that sits where nearly 14 billion tons of ice used to be, all of which melted in the last few years. This cavern is most likely filled with air much warmer than the surrounding ice, triggering faster melting of the glacier than would happen otherwise, which eventually led to the creation of one of the deepest lakes ever discovered, Lake Vostok. This lake, nearly two times the size of Cyprus, contains about 3500 new species that are also quite different from what we know because of their isolation from the rest of the world for over 12 million years. This is important information because if there happens to be such lakes on Mars and Jupiter, there might also be life on those planets. Because of Vostok’s air pressure, it would be hard to imagine any sort of life form in these waters; however, after several years of computer analysis, according to Live Science, the final results reveal that Vostok Lake contains a diverse set of microbes, as well as some multicellular organisms.
Antarctica is truly one of our planet's greatest wonders and mysteries and there are still plenty of things yet to be revealed on this continent. Antarctica holds many secrets that can change our world forever and undoubtedly contains even more remains of ancient humans and more bizarre creatures waiting to be discovered. We can only wait to see what else will be uncovered.
Popular Culture 15 ridiculously romantic movies to watch this Valentine’s Day! by Lou Lou Safran Hello everybody! I’m back with the 15 best romance movies to watch with your imaginary partner. Whether you want to Teleparty these or watch them alone and cry, these movies are perfect for this Valentine’s Day. They’re organized in chronological order so not only is this a lesson in film, but also in history (go tell your history teacher!).
This movie is so insane, it couldn’t even settle for a love triangle! It went with a love square? Or maybe a love pentagon? I don’t know what you’d call it but when Dexter Haven and Mike Connor are BOTH in love with Tracy Lorde and Elizabeth Imbrie is in love with Mike Connor and Dinah Lorde is in love with Dexter Haven and Tracy Lorde is in love with NO ONE??? Well, let’s just say things get crazy.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) For a movie made so long ago, it only manages to become more prominent each year. Longfellow Deeds is a small-town poet and the heir of a colossal amount of money. When he is called to New York, he has to navigate oceans of corrupt businessmen with a beautiful damsel in distress by his side, who isn’t who she seemed to be. It’s a quick-witted comedy that manages to sweep you off your feet with romance. Love in The Afternoon (1957) Middle-aged playboy having a soft spot for a young, naive French girl who saves him from being murdered at the Ritz? Say less ;) I really don’t know what’s better, Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn or Paris in the 50s.
Casablanca (1942) Known as the NUMBER ONE most romantic movie of all time. Need more? The secrecy, the killer suspense, the stylishness and most of all, the looove!
An Affair to Remember (1957) I’m scared of boats but Nicky and Terri finding unlikely true love on a cruise despite already being in respective relationships never stops bringing a tear to my eye. Multiple film institutes consider this to be one of the High Society (1956)
most romantic movies of all time and I haven’t met anyone who is willing to argue.
The Graduate (1967) Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson but he’s like 35 years younger than you and in love with your daughter. I feel like you don’t need more information than that.
Dirty Dancing (1987) Some record-breaking dancing and awesome ‘80s music sets the tone for sheltered Frances to fall in love with the mysterious rebel working at the resort her suburban family is vacationing at. Haven’t you always wanted to say, "no one puts Baby in a corner" and know the OG?
Three Days of The Condor (1975) If you already hate the government, then watching Joseph Turner try and out run it while falling in love with his hostage will blow your mind. Intense, full of suspense, fully justified violence and subtle romance. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Actually, a remix of An Affair to Remember, apparently. They aren’t really all that similar, apart from the fact that they are both spectacular romances and it throws some hilarious references back to the original. It’s so lovely to watch two dorks fall in love and I’ve never met a human who didn’t agree. When Harry Met Sally… (1989) This movie presents the pure stress of getting out of the friend zone. It’s almost an inverse of a romantic movie, it’s practically a thriller that you watch with fingers crossed just hoping that the characters get together. As much as you’ll be preoccupied, wishing that they’d finally kiss or something, you’ll still have time to wish you had a best friend like them!
The Notebook (2004) The movie that spawned everybody’s dream of kissing someone in the rain. It’s an absolutely devastatingly beautiful film that I literally refuse to tell you more about because it makes me too emotionally fragile :)
If you hate romance because it makes you feel too lonely, or you just want some movies for you and your best friend to watch, here are some platonic romances just as good as the others! Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969) This is my favorite movie of all time and the definition of two pretty best friends. I’ve never seen two people love each other so much and it gives me endless joy third wheeling on their adventures. Not only are Butch and Sunny cowboys but they also understand that stealing is fun and usually justifiable!
Submarine (2010) A quirky indie film with my favorite soundtrack of all time that tells the story of a Welsh teen trying to woo his intense classmate while his family is falling apart. Maybe it’s the yucky Welsh weather or teens struggling with themselves and feelings of helplessness, but Submarine perfectly encapsulates everything I’ve ever felt. It’ll probably make you as happy as it makes me.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) A buddy movie AND a hysterical romance? Count me in! It has a star-spangled cast with some brilliant chemistry. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve gotta get on it, man!
Pineapple Express (2008) Seth Rogen and James Franco are perfect as always in this hilarious buddy movie. It’s impossible not to have fun watching them try and avoid disasters in this insane action comedy.
Thank you for joining me again on our movie adventure! Go snuggle up and watch these all weekend. Enjoy your break, everybody! Bridgerton Review By Jolie Feld Bridgerton set the world on fire, when it premiered on Netflix on December 25, 2020. The eight-episode first season was met with outstanding reviews. It is based on
Quinn's novels, but was adapted into it’s current version by Chris Van Dusen and producer, Shonda Rhimes. Viewers fell in love with the beautifully detailed Regency-era costumes and sets, and the saucy intrigue and storyline. With a viewership of 82 million people, it has become the most-watched series on Netflix. In January 2021, the series was already renewed for a second season.
The plot is based around the Bridgerton family: Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton; her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. Also featured are the Featheringtons: Portia, Lady Featherington; her husband the Baron; their three daughters, Philippa, Prudence and Penelope; and their cousin Marina Thompson. Each episode includes narration by actress Julie Andrews, who voices the anonymous and ever-scandalous newsletter columnist known as Lady Whistledown. As eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton enters her first season with Queen Charlotte's favor, she meets Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings. Despite being encouraged by his mentor, Lady Danbury, the Duke is determined not to marry. In my opinion, while Bridgerton has many failures, the creators of the show also managed to make it an exceedingly entertaining show. While the plot remains very shallow, the costumes aren’t always historically correct, and it can be unnecessarily sexually explicit at times, I still managed to watch the entire show in two days. I would recommend that if you intend on watching it, watch it alone, in your room, with the door
closed. It isn’t the most family friendly series I’ve encountered and could lead to unnecessary awkward tension in your family. Another thing that I really appreciated about the show was the diversity among the cast members. Bridgerton definitely wasn’t a classic, historically correct British period piece, but I don’t think that's what it is intended on being. It’s like a somewhat dumbed down version of a Jane Austenesque story, with bright and frilly visuals, and a very diverse cast, which is very important and much needed in the TV industry. I believe a big part of the reason why Bridgerton is so amusing to watch lies in the various and very frequent parties and balls. In every episode, we see sprawling estates and opulent gardens, extravagant outfits of satin, tulle, and velvet, and elaborate ball after elaborate ball. During each of these balls, the creators of the show incorporated modern song choices like Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”, performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. Overall, if you're looking for a gateway into the world of 19th century British period dramas, and are not particularly bothered by shallow drama, storylines that stretch out far longer than their natural evolution, and somewhat uninteresting characters, than I recommend Bridgerton; I’m sure you will find it to be quite entertaining.
Sad, Depressing, and Beautiful: Punisher (2020), Phoebe Bridgers (Album Review) by Brady Keith In 2020, Phoebe Bridgers released her sophomore album, Punisher. In her signature style, many of the songs are slow-paced and have very sad lyrics. It has received critical acclaim and has earned
the artist a sizable following. Here are my personal opinions on each track of the album (Warning: there are not enough synonyms for the word “sad!”)
distress. Many have gotten tattoos referencing her and stay behind shows to try to meet the singersongwriter. Overall, Punisher is not my favorite song, but is very well-written. Halloween (7/10) Like any Phoebe Bridgers song, the lyrics in this song are incredibly well-written and despairing. She compares “Halloween” to wearing a mask and hiding one’s true self in a relationship. To be 100% honest, I know a lot of people (definitely not me!) who cried when they first listened to this song. While it is very slow-paced, the storytelling is simply unparalleled in this song.
DVD Menu (5/10) This one-minute-long instrumental sets the tone for the entire album: slightly eerie, horns, guitar, and slow-paced. While this song doesn’t have any lyrics (hence the lower score), it is beautiful and a great way to start off the album. Garden Song (7/10) This is a really beautiful song, rumored to be about her parents’ divorce. The percussions in this song make it almost upbeat, despite the lyrics being very sad. One of her more popular songs (her third most popular on Spotify), Garden Song is a great song that encompasses Phoebe Bridgers’ style. Kyoto (10/10) Kyoto is one of my favorite songs off of this album. It is the story of her relationship with her father, which is very much a broken one. I am not alone in loving this song: it was nominated for Best Rock Song at the Grammys. Punisher (6/10) Although Punisher is the title track of the album, Phoebe Bridgers has said that this has no bearing on the song. In an interview with Stereogum, she says: “When I wrote the song I thought, ‘Damn that’s kind of a metal album title. ’And it’s kind of a hot word.” The song, however “metal” it may sound, is about her fans. Specifically, her over-enthusiastic fans who may become stalkers, or obsessive to the point of causing
Chinese Satellite (8/10) I believe that this is one of Phoebe Bridgers’ best songs on this album. There is a very strong percussion and violin that make the song very sad and emotional. The lyrics are very beautiful, typical of a Phoebe Bridgers song. It is the story of her insufficiencies in music, and her beliefs of an atheist, through the lens of looking up at the stars in search of God, and only seeing a human creation: a satellite. Moon Song (8/10) While many of Punisher’s lyrics are very sad, this song (while no exception) also includes some humoristic elements: for example, she mentions John Lennon in a very sad joke. While it is morbid (what Phoebe Bridgers song isn’t?), it points to a bigger tool used by the artist in her lyrics: “Sometimes writing songs is just telling myself jokes.” Moon Song plays off the expression of “giving someone the moon” in a steady ballad. I love the lyrics of this song and I consider it to be one of her most beautiful. Savior Complex (8.5/10) Her fifth most popular song on Spotify, Savior Complex delves into her personality and the condition of a “Savior Complex.” Phoebe Bridgers says that: “Thematically, it’s like a sequel to ‘Moon Song. ’It’s like when you get what you asked for and then you’re dating someone who hates themselves. Sonically, it’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written in a dream.” The song is incredibly beautiful (and surprisingly
catchy) but still incredibly slow-paced. The music video to this song is directed by Phoebe WallerBridge, who got into contact with the singer solely because of the similarities in their names. ICU (9/10) The percussions on this song might give the illusion that this song is more uplifting than the rest of the album, but upon hearing the opening lyrics, you will be disappointed: “Laying down on the lawn / I'm tired of trying to get in the house / […] I've been playing dead / My whole life.” While this song is about Phoebe Bridgers’ breakup with her drummer (Marshall Vore), there is something peculiar about how she wrote this song. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she says: “Our breakup was extremely tough. But if this tells you anything about our relationship, we wrote this song together, just like everything else.” Overall, I love the energy this song brings. Like any good Phoebe Bridgers song, it has a strong percussion but devastating lyrics.
controversial guitar smashing at her performance of the song on SNL. Overall, I love Phoebe Bridgers and this album was how I was introduced to her music. It has been viewed as a huge success and I could not agree more. Many consider her to be one of the best lyricists of our time, and, seeing as she is now nominated for several Grammys and appeared on SNL just last week, it seems as though the future is bright for the skeleton-obsessed singer-songwriter. Overall Album Rating: 9/10
Graceland Too (6/10) Graceland is the resting place of Elvis Presley. Keeping in this tune, Graceland Too is the story of depression, and a girl who goes to Memphis (near Graceland), hopeful that she can get better. It birthed a well-known saying used by her fans: “Whatever she wants.” The country-esque music and acoustic guitar doesn’t feel like it belongs on Punisher, though the sad, morbid lyrics keep in the theme of the album. Overall, I believe that while it is a very good song, it is overshadowed by the other songs on this album. I Know the End (11/10) The ironically named final track of the album, I Know the End is one of my favorite songs of all time. To put it simply, it is a song that I consider to be nearly perfect. It is divided into two parts: the beginning – a classic, slow, quiet beginning talking about going on tour, and the end – a rock, loud ballad about the apocalypse. The lyrics in this song are incredibly well thought-out, with many references to our current political climate and popular culture. The song has gathered a lot of attention, in part due to its shocking (and risqué) music video, and in part due to her
Diversity Page Rita Moreno: Finding Dignity and Strength on Stage (EGOT): Emmy (1978), Grammy (1962), Oscar (1962), by Amanda Penichet and Tony (1975), thus uplifting the voices of not only Latinx individuals in the United States, but females everywhere. OPINION PIECE AOC by Sarine Tricha
A young, ambitious Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Long Island, New York in the 1940s landed her first, albeit small, Broadway role when she had just turned 13. However, about two decades later, the world would know and long remember her name for playing the role of Anita in the 1961 film remake of the musical West Side Story. Rita Moreno spent her early acting days playing the only roles that were available to her: stereotypical and racially insensitive characters. Nevertheless, her casting in West Side Story, a story that focused on celebrating the experience of Puerto Rican immigrants and decrying the racism of their adopted countries, brought her the “dignity and strength” she so desperately needed at the time she was given the role. Moreover – unlike the majority of the other actors/actresses in the film – Moreno recorded the majority of Anita’s songs herself! Her outstanding acting and her authentic vocals in West Side Story led her to become the first Latina woman to win an Oscar in 1962 for Best Supporting Actress, not to mention the film’s own vast success and the ten Oscars it won. Though Moreno’s role in Hollywood thereafter never outshined the talent she demonstrated in West Side Story, she eventually accomplished the rare, impressive feat of winning the four major North American entertainment awards
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC, has been serving as New York’s Representative (D) since 2019. At just 29 years old, AOC became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, making history on June 26, 2018 at NY’s primary election for the 14th congressional district. AOC was born in the Bronx in 1989 to a Puerto Rican Family. She grew up in the suburbs of Yorktown Heights and graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007. During her time in high school, she completed a research project which won her second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for the category of microbiology. AOC was later recognized for her impressive work by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Moving forward on to her years as an undergraduate at Boston University, she became the Secretary of State for the National Hispanic Institute’s Lorenzo de Zavala.
While she attended BU, her father passed away from lung cancer, and as a result, AOC had to “battle to settle his estate.” The experience, as difficult and emotionally draining as it was, led her to understanding “first-hand how attorneys appointed by the court to administer an estate can enrich themselves at the expense of the families struggling to make sense of the bureaucracy.” The process was without a doubt key to her involvement in defending and protecting her community, and she would do so by working alongside government officials. She started by working for Ted Kennedy where she would focus on “foreign affairs and immigration issues.” During her time as the Senator’s intern, AOC learned of the issues families were facing, which encouraged her aim of abolishing ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement). AOC faced a difficult time between her post-college years and the 2016 presidential election. Working multiple jobs to help her mother, AOC spent the little other time she had dedicating herself to the NHI (National Hispanic Institute). In 2016, she worked for Bernie Sanders ’ campaign, just two years before being elected as Representative (D-NY). In the past few years, AOC has become a very popular progressive, notably among the youth. Rachel Bucchino, writer for DC’s the National Interest, has taken a look at some of the reasons AOC is and continues to grow popular with young voters. In her article, Bucchino mainly addresses AOC’s use of social media to attract the youth. She’s been able to reach a large audience of mostly Millennials and Gen Z by connecting with them through her very active presence on social media. But that certainly isn’t the only thing attracting them. In recent years we’ve begun seeing a wave of socialist mentality among young people, and the implementation of a culture that rejects capitalism. In fact, roughly 70% of Millennials and 64% of Gen Z report being between “somewhat and extremely likely to vote for a socialist candidate.” The youth has been taking a further look into the structure of our economic and political systems and will no longer comply with the disparity and inequity they’ve seen. With social media as the main spreader of information among young people, corruption, systemic racism,
socio-economic inequality, and other social injustice issues have been coming to light and encouraging a mindset that values less the individual in society and more the group that functions together and helps one another. Of course, it’s important to remember this change is happening mainly among more progressive urban areas, but it’s still significant. Because of AOC’s advocacy for the protection of minorities and other marginalized groups, she has become popular among young people who have been educating themselves on current issues, seeing mistreatment and lack of representation through their own two eyes. AOC is known particularly for her advocacy for Medicare for All, which argues for guaranteed healthcare for all people as a basic human right, no matter family and individual income levels. The mentality behind Sanders’ Medicare for All is a rejection of private owned health insurance companies and the encouragement of universal healthcare for everyone, not just the ones who can afford it. As the youth rejects the Merchant and the State (capitalism) we move toward the protection and care of all people, with less of an “every man for himself” attitude. As a lot of us students at LFLA are thinking about college and our futures; the cost of investing in higher education is definitely a prominent, and for many worrisome, variable in the process. With average costs for private four year colleges just north of 30 thousand dollars while the median family income is north of 60 thousand dollars, you see the problem. We pay for an education as an investment for our careers later in life, but how can we afford an education if we don’t have money in the first place. Addressing student loans, AOC tweeted in 2019 “it was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt.” The vicious cycle that holds people back, and unlike the free “build yourself from the bottom” view that many have, it is nearly impossible to stray far from the social class you were born into. Progressives like Bernie Sanders and AOC are fighting for equality in all sorts of social issues that capitalism seems to be the source of, which makes them popular among young voters who are seeing these issues and will no longer comply
with them. In addition to economic inequality, AOC introduced the Green New Deal with Senator Edward J. Markey, which is a climate proposal of a plan to fight climate change by ending the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. As much as young people might love AOC, she receives the opposite feedback from older generations who represent the majority of fellow members of Congress. Maybe you remember her battles with Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ted Yoho. When Yoho cursed her out and said she was “disgusting”, “out of her mind” and “dangerous” while she was walking up the steps of the Capitol, she delivered a powerful speech in response, showing just how resilient she is. She addressed how he attempted to make excuses for himself after verbally accosting her; she would not accept an empty non-apology so that people like him could continue to speak to women and other people in general the way he had spoken to her. She wouldn’t let it slide. AOC specifically said in her speech that, “having a daughter does not make a man decent.” She will not accept language of the nature of verbal abuse, because it cannot be accepted in any context. Another more recent instance in which she made the very clear claim that verbal and physical abuses were not to be ignored and pushed under the rug but had to be addressed was at the Capitol riots. AOC opened up about her personal experience on an Instagram Live that lasted about 90 minutes and allowed herself to be vulnerable when she discussed how she was a victim of sexual assault. She compared the tactics of abusers to the tactics that Republican Reps had been using to try to diminish what had happened and to make it seem like it was not a big deal. She said these were the same tactics used to make victims of abuse feel like they have nothing to be distressed about, that they are, as she put it, “making too big a deal of it.” She proceeded to reference how Ted Cruz, Chip Roy (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), known for raising a fist in the air in solidarity with the insurrectionists who was heavily criticized later on, were “encouraging people to threaten members of Congress” and telling AOC to apologize for “saying and speaking truth to what happened.” In her personal explanation of what
happened at the Capitol, AOC explained just how dangerous it was and how scared she and fellow colleagues felt on the day and that it cannot be a moment ignored or brushed aside as a mere inconvenience. She also explained how it was something that could have been avoided, despite the fact that many were trying to paint a picture of having no idea it would happen and that they could not have prepared for or prevented it. She claimed that starting the week prior to Wednesday where the riot took place, she was already receiving text messages to be safe and to be careful especially for the coming Wednesday, which she later informed her colleagues about. AOC said that the damage that was caused and the lives that were lost could have been avoided. Now, with her Instagram Live video that has over 5.6 million views, she holds the perpetrators and the defendants of the insurrection accountable and will not let them go on inconsequentially. What we expect to see from AOC in the coming years is a continued fight for justice for all people, to prioritize the abolishment of injustices of all natures. Now only 31 years old, we can expect to see her continued contribution as a progressive member of Congress, implementing plans to support marginalized groups and policies for improving the conditions for education, criminal justice, healthcare, gun control, immigration, LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive rights and many more. Maybe one day we’ll even see her elected as President of the United States. OPINION PIECE The Recent Vote on the California Affirmative Action Ballot in California by Veronica Sabadash Being consciously aware of your surroundings is extremely important. Although many of us stray away from politics, as we grow older, we come to realize that we make an impact in the world that surrounds us. In order to make the right impact, we must be informed. Affirmative action even affects students since it has an impact on higher education.
Affirmative action is defined as “the practice or policy of favoring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously”. This essentially means that an individual’s race, color, religion or national origin are taken into account in order to create more opportunities for the people in our society who find themselves struggling. To provide some context, we are going to go over several constitutions. Proposition 209, passed in 1996, from the California Constitution, stated that discrimination and preferential treatment were prohibited in public employment, public education, and public contracting on account of a person’s race, color, religion etc. Essentially, this constitutional amendment went against affirmative action. Therefore, without this amendment, the government would no longer grant preferences based on race, sex, color, and ethnicity within employment, education, and contracting. In consequence, the University of California voted on no longer using race as a factor of admissions. The enrollment of Black, Latino and Native American students dropped drastically in the University of California system. At UCLA, the percentage of underrepresented minorities dropped from 28% to 14% between 1995 and 1998. This also suggests that under-represented communities will not be offered race-conscious financial aid. So how does this proposition in 1996 affect us today? Proposition 16 is another constitutional amendment that would repeal Proposition 209, and this ballot was held in California as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 3, 2020. 57.23% of voters voted against California’s Proposition 16, meaning the government and public institutions cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting. This is a major issue today seeing as California has become increasingly diverse. The ban on affirmative action prevents underrepresented minority groups from having the same educational opportunities, and even employment opportunities, especially at more prestigious universities. Instead, students enroll in
community colleges for financial reasons, but also are no longer being offered the same opportunities. Stacey Abrams, the Woman Who Fought Voter Suppression in Georgia by Jane Weitz
Stacey Abrams, the woman who registered over 800k votes in Georgia in an effort to fight voter suppression has been one of the most powerful politicians in 2020. Stacey was a longtime representative in Georgia’s statehouse and ran to be the governor in 2018. She lost the race, short of only 55,000 votes, something she and political observers attributed to racially motivated voter suppression. As a result, Abrams became passionate in deconstructing voter suppression and has dedicated herself and her work over the last two years to empowering people to use their voice and their vote. She founded a voting rights advocacy organization in 2018 to promote free and fair elections and to get eligible voters registered to vote, mainly in Georgia, but also around the country. In doing this she was extremely effective. Stacey helped to register 800,000 people in the state of Georgia, which was most likely the reason why the state majority voted for its first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 in the 2020 election. Voting helps preserve the power of the people, but only if the people have the power to vote. OPINION PIECE DACA by Gabriel Rousseau Protecting undocumented children is not only the humane thing to do it is also essential. Dozens of plans have attempted this such as the DREAM ACT of 2007, a bill that sought to grant legal status to those children brought unlawfully to the US by their parents; however it failed to pass a GOP-led filibuster in the senate. This bill was not the first and would not
and so failed in its attempt to protect these children. After dozens of failed attempts in congress, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly referred to as DACA, was put in place by President Obama in 2012 through executive action to protect so-called “Dreamers”, people who had been brought illegally across the southern border as kids, from deportation. As of August 2018 more then 700,000 people have benefited from the program. This program was arguably one of the most controversial in modern times, bringing dozens of lawsuits and attacks against it. In 2013, shortly after DACA was adopted, nearly all Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to defund the program, citing a lack of authority for the President to modify immigration laws without Congressional approval. Later, in 2014, Texas and 25 other states, all with Republican Governors, sued the Obama Administration for their attempt to expand DACA. These attacks never really stopped until the end of the administration. Under President Trump the approach to this program was vastly different. In June 2017 the Department of Homeland Security rescinded the proposed expansion and started examining DACA as a whole with the goal of completely eradicating it. This opened the door to a multitude of lawsuits from activist groups along with democratic states seeking to keep the program alive. These were successful with more than three district courts ordering an injunction on the removal. However, the battle was far from over; in June 2020 the Department of Homeland Security attempted again to phase out the program. This was met by a coalition of 21 attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Bercerra, in suing the Trump administration on behalf of their state to once again prevent the removal of the program. This went all the way to the Supreme Court where the attempt was blocked with a 5-4 vote. While there have been many victories for the program, it is still repeatedly attacked by many groups. However, there is hope it will be here for the long term with now President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order preserving and reinforcing DACA.
Let’s Taco Bout Food Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 3. In another bowl use a mixer to beat the butter, then by Lila Vandenburghe add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat (Yes, they are better than oatmeal raisin AND chocolate until creamed chip) 4. Add eggs, molasses and vanilla 5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low 6. Beat in the oats and chocolate chips (I like to use different sizes of chocolate chips, for example mini ones and normal sized) 7. Cover and chill for 45min 8. Place on baking sheet and bake for 13 min Valentine’s Day Cake by Lillie Laing
1 1/2 cup of flour 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 granulated sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
Chocolate plus strawberry is perfection, not to mention totally romantic! Would be great for any romantic occasion, especially for Valentine’s day!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 T molasses (optional) 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups rolled oats 1 and 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350º 2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Ingredients for the cake:
Butter for greasing 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 2/4 cups unsweetened natural cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup fresh vegetable oil 2 large eggs
Sugar Cookie Recipe by Lillie Laing
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract - 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee Ingredients for the Strawberry buttercream:
6 cups powdered sugar
Quick and easy sugar cookies! Decorate them in pink or red for Valentine’s Day!
4 sticks unsalted butter 2/3 cup seedless strawberry preserves 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Instructions for the cake: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. 2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add in the salt and whisk to combine. 3. In a large measuring cup or small bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the hot coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Don’t overmix, the batter should be very thin and runny. 4. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. The cakes may sink slightly in the middle because they're so moist. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then carefully turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Freeze or refrigerate until firm to the touch.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Instructions for the buttercream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes until ultra-light and smooth. Add in the strawberry preserves, 3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or salt, and vanilla and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes about 1/4 teaspoon gel food coloring, if using, and beat before removing to cool on wire racks. until the buttercream is evenly colored. Add more coloring if desired.
Date Almond Milk by Mme. Kabbaz (A Recipe through Photography)
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Soup for the Soul bouquets end up emitting cumulative amounts of carbon dioxide—only to be thrown out a week later. For those of you who still mourn not being able to partake in the festivities, there are better alternatives. On November 11th, single people are celebrated with the unofficial Chinese holiday, Singles’ Day. In April, singles gather in local restaurants to forget their sorrows with some delicious jajangmyeon (black bean sauce) noodles during the Korean Black Day. Other countries alter the meaning of Valentine’s Day itself to focus more on friendship, as is the case for Finland. Instead of a day meant for appreciating relationships, it places more emphasis on February 14th, the day of roses, tacky jewelry, consumerism, capitalizing on the tradition of gift giving heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and greeting cards and receiving. Dozens of sites will instruct you on how bearing the unoriginal “Will you be my valentine?” For to set up the perfect date, taking advantage of the many of us, however, during this time of COVID-19, innate pressure of finding the best gift for that special Valentine’s Day will look like every other day, with many lamenting about their single status. But does this someone, because nothing says I love you more sincerely than a Hallmark card attached to a polyester day, built on love and romance, truly celebrate the teddy bear. warmth and affection between couples? I can see the appeal that the celebration brings, In its beginnings, the celebration is unromantic of pleasing someone else on this day (even though it in every way. Originating as a pagan festival for St. is plainly expected), but I still wonder if it’s really worth Valentine, goats and dogs were sacrificed to the gods the money and energy, not to mention the carbon while Roman women voluntarily grasped the bleeding footprint we leave when the day is over. For a day animal hides believing that this would increase their whose very foundation was formed around romance fertility. Each woman would then choose a bachelor’s and affection, Valentine’s Day has morphed more into name from the urn and spend a year with him, a a competition and a source of stress than one of seemingly ancient form of Tinder that actually often happiness. I, for one, will be eating a bowl of resulted in a marriage. In the Middle Ages, it was jajangmyeon. believed that birds started their mating season in the middle of February. Thus, February the 14th would be Agreements to Live by for 2021 and a Happier Life the perfect day for romance. By Tifaine Tordjmann Statistically, Valentine’s Day seems more like a I agree that New Year resolutions are a scam headache than a treat. Over the years, the number of because without the event you most likely wouldn’t people who celebrate the day is declining while the amount people are spending is increasing; this year, it’s have changed your habits, but I’m using this as a reason to teach you agreements to live by for a truly expected to top $21.8 billion in the US, with men happier life. Over winter break, I read a book called spending twice as much as women. $2 billion of this The 4 Agreements, by Miguel Ruiz, and your girl’s sum is for flowers, specifically roses—every environmentalist’s nightmare. From the growing of the never been more at peace. A lot of what I will be flowers to the unsustainable packaging and the millions saying in this article is inspired by the book, so if this article inspires you in some way, feel free to go check of gallons of fuel needed for transportation, the out this book. Although there are many inspiring ideas Is Valentine’s Day Actually Romantic? By Barrett Ahn
in this article, I will give a few concrete ones that have had the biggest impact on me. The first Agreement is to be impeccable with your word. The word spelling itself stems from “spells'', meaning you are basically casting spells on people, their minds. Words have power. You have to realize the power they have on others, and how they can affect others. You should always speak in the direction of truth and love, in accordance with your higher self, which I will explain in the third Agreement. You will find yourself in much happier situations if you speak with honesty, and with kindness, because what you say is what will come out of the situation. A second Agreement is to stop making assumptions. You should always be asking questions, expressing your opinion and your emotions, as to never have confusion, leaving you with a clear and truthful mind. Confusion, miscommunication, misunderstanding, lead to problems that set you up for suffering, sadness, and drama (mostly known as “gossip”: something humans love to do but are the root of the issue). The mind works in magical ways, and our assumptions soon become our perception of the truth. We all live in our own minds, our own universes, which are each consumed by assumptions. For example, there is a guy you like, but he gives you a weird look (it possibly just being an accident) and you’ve already made an assumption in your head that he detests you, and it’s become your reality, and now this possible relationship is over because you stuck with your false reality and suffered because of it, instead of solving the issue and maybe asking him what it was for. See how assumptions are wrong? The first Agreement goes hand in hand with the second, because speaking assumptions is not the truth, and you are casting a false spell, a virus to the people around you, who will believe your assumption, who will also believe it is a reality, leading to a more and more fraudulent world, where lies and hatred are spread. A third Agreement is to never take anything personally. When you don’t take anything personally, you will have power over your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and have a stronger sense of self and more confidence. You won’t rely on the opinions of others any longer, at least the opinions that are false, that you know are false because you are no longer gullible. Not taking anything personally will allow you to recognize the individuality in others, and accept that others are different than ourselves, as I talked about in
the first paragraph, your higher self. Your higher self is in accordance with love and truth. Living with your higher self is to know that we are one, and everyone should have equal treatment. To find the meaning of life and its fulfillment. To show perspective, the opposite of your higher self is the ego, who is always in combat with your higher self. The ego is where you believe your opinions/ thoughts, actions, and feelings are more valid than others. The ego can cause many bad things because when you’re in that egotistic mentality, you believe you have a form of control over that person. That you have the power, the right to do what you believe is right to you because, in your mind, you are right. It is proven by many social experiments that once you are in control, your ego shines, and you believe you have the right to do horrible things to people. For example, in a debate, someone controlled by the ego can get very heated, angry at someone for having different beliefs. And it might only show from the outside in that one person, but probably everyone in that room got a little angry with the person whose morals, or political beliefs weren’t in accordance with their own. A more intense example could be the actions of Nazi Germany. They believed that their morals, their belief system was the truth and that their ideology was the only valid one, they thought they were allowed, not just allowed but that it was the right thing to do, killing millions of Jews and other minorities, and that their actions were justifiable. And lastly, I will give one of my own (I won’t take credit for it, but I read it somewhere and it didn’t come from the 4 Agreements, unlike the other 3) Agreement 4: be present in the now. Being present in Present is the key to freedom. It is said that anxiety is formed from worrying about the future, and depression/ regret is formed from worrying about your past. Being focused on the present, the things happening to you just now will relieve you from anxiety and depression, leaving you with a clearer and happier mind. Ways to practice being present is to meditate, only focusing on your breath and your being, and also finding love in the simple things of life, like the way the clouds move, the way your sibling watches their tv show, the way your dog runs around in the backyard. If you feel stressed, worrying, be present. Focus on
your present state and find love in that. The strings that tighten my pajama pants, the juiciness of the watermelon in your bowl, or just the state of being alive, feeling, living. Finding love and happiness in everything will be what brings you ultimate joy and peace. Remember, “Agreements”, are the agreements you are making with yourself, your mind. You are in control of what you perceive and don’t perceive, and how you perceive it. You have the capacity to change your life, even if you feel you are out of control. All of these come with practice, remember that your brain has been thinking most likely the opposite your entire life. There are many more I could go on about, but I think these 4- To Be Impeccable with your Word, to Not Make Assumptions, to Not Take Anything Personally, and to Be Present in the Now, is what will lead you to a truly happier life.
by groups of individuals who have never met you once in their lives on social media or simply behind your back. This can become a huge insecurity for people who suddenly believe what they hear and start to think they aren’t good enough as a person only because they start to depend on the input of others to define who they are. Few people know who they actually are or where they fit in society. So, why are we readily accepting how we are viewed? People try to be better than others. People do care what others think. When it comes down to it, society resembles a form of egotistical competition because people are starting to define themselves based off what others think. They let the opinions of their peers, their teachers and their family weigh their confidence down. Yet, other people can’t dictate who you are as a person. Most people do not know you on social media, so why are you Overcoming Approval Addiction trying to make them happy? When you spend your life by Lillie Laing trying to keep other people happy, guess who ends up unhappy? As a reforming people-pleaser, I have first-hand The biggest reason we should all stop caring experience on what it feels like to constantly care or about what other people think of us is the simple fact even depend off of what others think. Growing up in an that life is too short! Can you imagine what the world expanding digital world, we are continuously exposed to would truly be like if people like Martin Luther King, the hunger of gaining more followers on social media, Nelson Mandela or Albert Einstein had listened to the getting more shares, likes, or reposts or simply people who told them they would never amount to spending all day scrolling through Instagram. While anything successful? The same goes for you. You are seeking approval from the people that surround you can in charge of your own life and you should never let bring you approval or validation, problems always arise the opinions of others sabotage your progress. How depending on how far along you walk down that road. will a spiteful comment from a girl at a party about Sometimes caring too much about what people think how you shouldn’t be wearing white after Labor Day can hold you back from doing things you’ve always truly change your life? It won’t. So, why care? For all wanted to try. After all, it is part of human nature to you know, what one person sees as your greatest constantly care about what others think about you but fault might be someone else’s favorite thing about remember that you’ve only got one life to live, so make you. it a good one! If you’re spending too much time and energy One of the greatest modern threats is the human worrying about what others think of you, the first step mind. The need for acceptance, validation and is to start picturing the person you want to be when integration remains the most influential forces on our no one else is around. Once you stop thinking about actions, thoughts and feelings. The fear of not being what other people think about you and start following accepted fuels anxiety, depression and codependence, your heart, your life will get significantly better. When all things that have become distinctive features in you look back at your life, wouldn’t you rather say, “I today’s young generations. Nowadays, caring what can’t believe I did that” rather than “I wish I had done other people think is more than just a small worry but that.” So, start, purging your life of negative, toxic rather a monumental insecurity which has the ability to people and resources. Instead of reveling over crush a person’s identity. Now this means more than comments on your Instagram post, ignore them. Trust just openly listening to a friend criticize you but rather a few opinions but forget the rest. Accept that some being swayed by sporadic gossip or allegations fueled
people will like you and others won’t. Instead of worrying about who doesn’t like you, focus on being a better person for those who do. Anyways, hate to break your ego but people don’t think about you near as much as your mind tells you they do.
Poetry Shall I compare thee to a magenta post-it note? by Asher Cohen
Desperately awaiting the day we gain our independence. Scanning our email and portal every spareth second
Shall I compare thee to a magenta post-it note? Thou art just as tenacious and omnipresent, Always reminding me of another embarrassing quote Or inside joke; subtly though awkwardly pleasant. Thou art both meant to maintain order, Compartmentalizing thoughts or socks. Yet, in practice, thou create naught but chaos, Quintessential examples of paradox.
While thy admissions committees taketh their sweet time Thou didn’t foresee the wait being this lengthy, I reckon This despicable process should be a crime. So long as we get in where we need to be, So long as we are eternally free.
A Plea to Jolene
But thou were not meant for aesthetic uniformity.
by Emily Broutian, Isabella Ranzlov, Lea Hervas and Victoria Simeran.
Unlike thy paper counterpart and his square invariability,
Shall I compare thine beauty to Jolene
I love thee for thy surprises and unending heterogeneity,
Thou art more beautiful than can compare With Iv’ry skin and eyes of em’rald green Cranberries dull next to your auburn hair
Which give our euphoric relationship its signature durability
Your voice cool and deep like soft summer rain
So long as we maintain a minimum civility
In mine man’s head, it doth constantly ring
Without destroying our comical unpredictability.
Your charm and grace bring me nothing but pain With your treacherous smile, like a breath of spring
Shall I compare thee to a college decision release?
I know he talks about you in his sleep
by Tanya Abergel and Lila Vandenberghe
But you can have any man you desire He’s the only one I can hope to keep
Shall I compare thee to a college decision release?
My love for him doth burn like a fire
Thou art the most stressful and anxious process
I beg, whatever you decide to do
Waiting hour by hour, day by day and weeks by weeks
Mine own happiness doth depend on you.
Even more traumatic than the application process. To see where we art going to spendeth the rest of our lives.
Shall I compare thee to a global pandemic in senior year?
Thou watcheth fellow camarades get their acceptances
By Veronica Sabadash, Satya Amin and Ava Galant.
Thy celebrate with joy while we waiteth, double
Shall I compare thee to a global pandemic in senior year?
checking our archives
Thou art more draining and bleak,
Hath left us in a dark and lonely atmosphere, Leaving our eyes to feel weak. Thou art waking up in the morning with nothing to look forward to, Thy long days leave us with a loss of time, Our lives have been tinted by a grey hue, Thy present has made the past seem extremely sublime. Thou final year which upheld so much expectation, Thy final moments were not as we thought, We have been left with no prom, no prank, and no graduation, Virtual learning hath left us forgetting what we had been taught. Yet the pandemic will fade, And our freshman year will be an upgrade. Shall I compare thee to the Golden Coast? by Sarine Tricha and Adele Roskin
Poem by Leana Borsuk Something sad and sullen, About that time, Life was back was as empty as a glass of wine, It was no longer mine, But somehow, I felt the alternative, The one you laced, I couldn’t see you plant the seed. At the corner of that street, That same drive, The residue left me nostalgic, Your sadness made me sick, Now I’m all I’m left with, Is the scar you gave, Now became my gift.
Shall I compare thee to the Golden Coast? I see thy lovely beaches, peacefully embraced by the ocean blue, Thou art appreciated by so many but by me the most, For I see how thou carest for those dear as for those just passing through Thy beauty so divine puttest me in a daze If I am an artist, thou art my inspiration, my muse Thy gusts and gales helpest ease the strain of summer haze My fresh eyes admire thy landscape, thy views For how can I be without thy warm sunlight, Thine ocean breeze and coral trees? The colors in thy sunset bring me such delight, Comforted, I am brave to enter the dark of night So long as with the wind thy lovely palms continue to sway So long on thy soft, sandy shores will I continue to lay
GREEN PAGE As part of our mission to inform the Lycée community about the need for climate justice, the Climate Crew has taken over the green page for this issue of the ROAR. Together, we researched various topics to bring you articles from current events to hot tips in the hopes of making ecological awareness more accessible. If you’re hungry for more, join us for club meetings on Thursdays at 1:15pm! The Detrimental Effects of Buying Flowers by Lea Hervas, Maya Kaerskov, Lillie Laing and Ines Mauduit With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s a common practice to send your loved ones flowers, or specifically, roses. However, many are unaware of the detrimental effects that this floral business has on the environment. Here is a brief overview of the harmful impact buying pre-cut flowers can have on our environment and health in the US, from their production to their transportation here. Roughly 80% of all pre-cut flowers, namely roses, are grown in Africa and South America with a heavy use of pesticides. Not only is this unhealthy for us, but due to the fact that flowers aren’t classified as a food, there are no regulations on pesticide usage in growing them. In fact, about 20% of the pesticides used to grow flowers in the countries we typically import them from are actually banned in the US -- methyl bromide, a pest killer, is five times more destructive to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide, and it had been in use in the floral industry for the past 40 years. Exposure to these pesticides and chemicals represents a health risk, and they are also heavy pollutants which infiltrate water, soil, and the oxygen we breathe, contaminating the environment. Not only is the heavy usage of pesticides in growing these flowers harmful, their transportation to the U.S. has drawbacks as well. Since roses are very fragile, they must be transported from South America in refrigerated trucks. These trucks,
however, burn up to 25% more fuel than nonrefrigerated ones -- this emits higher levels of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas and leading factor of climate change. In fact, shipping 100 million roses, a typical amount for Valentine’s Day, produces around 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to upwards of 22 million miles driven by a car. Overall, producing and transporting roses and other flowers, be it for Valentine’s Day or another occasion, has disastrous repercussions for our environment as well as for us, and we urge you to be mindful of where your purchases come from! Ways to “Green” your Home by Jane Weitz, Paris Gold, Maissa Makdisi, Hana Navab, and Roman Jimenez There are lots of little things we can do in our homes to play our part in reducing landfill waste, cleaning the air, and preserving the natural landscape. Here are some small, easy, ways to make green changes in our homes: 1. Up to 90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes toward heating water. Just use your washing machine on the cold water setting. This way, you reduce carbon dioxide emission, but you also keep your clothes in top condition for longer, as hot water can deteriorate the fabric and make your colorful clothes less vibrant. 2. If you own a recycling bin, you’ll be more conscious about recycling glass bottles, jars, paper, and other items that should be recycled.
3. Another fun way to help is by putting fun plants in your house. Potted plants are effective for indoor air cleaning. Not only that, they are also decorative; they can make your home even more welcoming. 4. Lastly, you should switch your current cleaning products for environmentally friendly ones. Natural cleaning products are just as effective as the regular kind. But they don’t contain any harmful chemicals that are bad for the environment and your health. Exide Lead Contamination in LA County by Lou-Andrea Goss, Veronica Sabadash, Dolce Coury, and Anna-Maria Nikolova Exide Technologies, a recently bankrupt company, once manufactured industrial and automotive batteries using lead – before it failed to effectively protect the surrounding Vernon community from the lead-acid it produced. The company not only neglected to follow the proper regulations and protocols given by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, but it also refused to comply with necessary investigations following the contamination. With poisoned soils left exposed, inhabitants in the area are left to suffer the repercussions of Exide’s irresponsibility.
among the top 10% of most environmentally burdened areas in California. Gonzales believes “somebody needs to be held accountable”. Exide and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control should be held responsible for all cleanup activities. However, Exide's recent bankruptcy plan would allow the site, and all its remaining remediations, to be abandoned. Through the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Trump administration decided in October 2020 not to challenge Exide's proposal. This means California's most significant environmental cleanup bill, which now stands at more than $270 million, will be left to state taxpayers. Lead exposures continue to remain widespread surrounding the former Vernon facility. From one Angelino to another, please write to your representatives and ask that Exide be held accountable for poisoning countless homes, playgrounds, and backyards. Do not abandon the community of Vernon to the trash that Exide Technologies left behind.
Exide’s operations have resulted in the release of harmful levels of lead and arsenic into the environment and in as many as 10,000 homes in half a dozen working-class, Latino communities surrounding the company’s former Vernon facility. Exposure to high levels of these chemicals increases the risk of cancer, breathing diseases, and learning problems. More than 100,000 people who live, work, and play near and around the former Exide plant may be at risk. A Boyle Heights resident, Joe Gonzales, has been suffering from terminal cancer linked to the lead poisoning in his neighborhood. He worries that "thousands of people in the neighborhood have had their lives damaged, completely destroyed [by the Exide lead contamination]." In fact, communities living near Exide such as Boyle Heights and Maywood are more than 90% Latino and rank
Horoscopes February Horoscopes by Angélique Bosc Aries: February could end up being one of your favorite months in 2021. Now is the time to expand your network and focus on your long-term goals, and someone could step in now to help you on your path. This is a magnificent month to reconnect with old acquaintances personally or professionally. February will be a great month for productivity, whether it is a school project or a new job.
and an important personal goal will now be within reach if you listen closely. Clarity arrives to answer questions you have regarding your love life at the end of the month. Libra: This month may lead to great fun, after you overcome delays in your work and personal life, but that’s okay. Use the time to enjoy yourself. Productivity is heightened and with a busy schedule there is a risk of burnout. Take time to rest and unwind every week.
Scorpio: February brings very important shifts around Taurus: This February you may hear news of a your home, real estate, or family, Scorpio. You could promotion, achievement, or major award. This month have quite a busy home life at this time, whether that be will be filled with success, you could even hear from renovating or redecorating your space. You could old contacts or about previous projects you thought receive news about family affairs—especially when it had been forgotten. This is a great time to reconnect comes to your parents. Listen carefully. You may be with your goals, particularly in the career sector. invited to a glamorous event, whether virtually or otherwise, or else spending some much-needed time Gemini: February is a good month for media projects, with a friend. education, and discovering new places. Plans for your future will become essential. Renovate your Sagittarius: February will be highly important to the workspace, organization is key. Family affairs will also development of the ideas and projects you’ve been likely rise to your attention, so listen to what your loved working on, Sagittarius. You could embark upon a ones have to say. milestone writing, speaking, advertising, or social media project. The sun will warm up your domestic sphere, Cancer: If you have been awaiting news about a bringing happy energy to your living space and family. scholarship, a bonus, or financial matters, it may just In the weeks ahead, you may fix up your space or even come your way this month. It is a good time to launch move. an important communications project, whether that is via writing, speaking, advertising, or social media. Capricorn: Increased prosperity may come into your Make time for self-care during this time of change. life, but don’t just sit back and wait for it to come to you. Capricorns who are in need of employment or a better Leo: This month is about connecting with someone job should search around this time. This month is important, Leo. Deep friendships or romance may form empowering you to focus on how you write, speak, and this month. Financial matters are also in your favor, connect with those around you. No matter what, you’ll notably with matters of abundance. be opening your mind to new ideas at this time. Virgo: You might be victim of confusion this month in your future plans. To avoid self-doubt, the best thing to do is to review your plans, slow down, and go with the flow. You may have some extra time on your hands,
Aquarius: This month is a great time to pursue your most heartfelt goals. Use this time to truly review, assess, and revise your plans. You could potentially see more wealth come your way in the weeks ahead. It’s
important to understand your value now, above all else. Pisces: Your season begins this month, Pisces, so get ready to celebrate. Even during a pandemic, it's still important to find joy where you can. You're a psychic and emotionally deep sign, yet you sometimes have a tendency to repeat your mistakes. February asks you to look back at your behavioral patterns and see where you might be able to do things differently in the future.
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