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Westridge students gather for a Tiger Week class. Even when used recreationally, videoconferencing is often still mentally draining.

The Ups and Downs of Zoom Culture

Ilena M. April 12, 2021
With its pros, cons, and 150 millisecond time lag, the adaptation to Zoom life is shaping an entirely new culture of human interaction. 
The Backstory: Three Historical Couples Who Didn't Start Wars, End Empires, Or Marry Their Cousins

The Backstory: Three Historical Couples Who Didn’t Start Wars, End Empires, Or Marry Their Cousins

Ilena M. February 28, 2021
It's time to grab our bottomless boxes of chocolate and celebrate some historical couples who didn't go on dates in graveyards, hang out with Nazis, or behead their spouses.
My mom, brother, and I standing outside of Philz last May

Opinion: Why I Love Philz Coffee + Five Drinks to Order

Reed D. February 15, 2021
It was love at first sip and it's been a fairytale romance ever since.
The Abraham Lincoln

Alternative Ways to Wear Masks: A Photo Essay

Ilena M. January 29, 2021
It’s no surprise so many Americans are refusing to keep on their masks -- there are just so many great ways to wear them, other than over your mouth and nose. These eight alternative fashions are oh-so-stylish, you’ll be tempted to break CDC guidelines in no time!
Mia G. ‘25 standing in front of piles of donated breakfast cereal

All-School Food Drive Triumphs Against All Odds

Reed D. January 19, 2021

Despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westridge community rallied to support the recent all-school food drive. In fact, Ms. St. John, the Westridge Service-Learning Coordinator,...

Keep these handy tips at the ready for your next TEAMS call.

Five Not-Depressing Ways To React When A Teacher Asks, “How Are You?”

Emerson L. December 9, 2020

Approximately thrice a day some hapless, well-meaning adult tries to make a polite inquiry about the general mood of a classroom. Without fail, all of you turn it into a self-perpetuating sadness bonanza...

In Online School, Mental Health is Hurting: How Do We Move Forward?

In Online School, Mental Health is Hurting: How Do We Move Forward?

Ilena M. December 8, 2020
There is an unforeseen, quiet emergency infiltrating (virtual) classrooms across the globe. While families struggle to piece together a sense of routine and normalcy seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, teen anxiety, depression, and stress levels continue to skyrocket.
If all else fails, turn off your video and conk out on your keyboard.

Tuesday: A How-to Guide

Ilena M. November 5, 2020
Before giving in to your ill-advised instincts and lying about the state of your wifi connectivity, try our minute-by-minute guide to a successful school day: 
Column: The Backstory: Häagen-Dazs; A Story of Immigration, Entrepreneurship, and... Ice Cream?

Column: The Backstory: Häagen-Dazs; A Story of Immigration, Entrepreneurship, and… Ice Cream?

Ilena M. November 1, 2020

The Backstory is a column celebrating offbeat and overlooked history. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a good deal of quarantine drowning your Blursday-afternoon sorrows in a bottomless...

Stephanie C. ’25 in a debate tournament at home.

The New Age of Speech and Debate

Ella B. November 1, 2020

Please bear in mind that the author is a member of the Westridge Speech and Debate Team.  The Westridge Speech and Debate Team’s season is yet another activity impacted by remote learning. After...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Opinion: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, My Jewish Feminist Hero

Ilena M. October 11, 2020
When my mom shared the news that 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away, on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year, I was intermittently slicing brisket and doing Latin homework at my kitchen table. 
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