Panorama

The Student-Run Magazine of the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Panorama

Panorama

Photos by Emma Spencer
Capturing the past: How photographer Emma Spencer commemorates the Vietnam War
Kaitlin Musante February 28, 2018

Echoes of the Vietnam War lingered inside the crumbling walls of the Veterans Administration as Emma Spencer ‘18 stepped through the overgrown grass of an empty lot, camera in tow. “It felt like I was in ‘1984,’ being watched,” Spencer said. “I felt incredibly uncomfortable and out of place.” Her discomfort continued to grow as she...

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Photo Illustration by Sam Ko
J'aime, La Croix
Indu Pandey February 27, 2018

They say French is the language of love. Something about Casablanca, the Eiffel Tower and baguettes just ooze romance. I never understood the connection that so many wax poetic about. That was, of course, until I tried La Croix. Ah, La Croix. 21 flavors of joy that speak to the heart. Pamplemousse, Mango, Cerise Limón. Effervescent and delightfully...

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Photo Illustration by Sofia Heller
Art Over Artist?: The moral implications of separating art from artist
Sofia Heller February 27, 2018

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Woody Allen, Ed Westwick, Dustin Hoffman, Matt Lauer. Before those names filled our news feeds, their movies and TV shows monopolized our screens. Today, in the wake of the troubling sexual violence allegations against these men, the question emerges of whether or not it is morally permissible to continue...

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Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar
Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar
Noa Schwartz February 27, 2018

“I mean…I hear we’re pretty good,” English teacher Jeremy Michaelson said, laughing, when we asked him and English teacher Jocelyn Medawar: “You guys have to know the mutual reputation that you share, right?” Michaelson and Medawar have been friends for over 20 years, initially bonding over finishing college recommendations. Now inseparable,...

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Photo Illustration by Alena Rubin
Where does the future of Greek life lie?
Alena Rubin February 27, 2018

It was summer when Wilder Short ’18 first visited Bowdoin College. He had already visited a handful of schools, but when he toured Bowdoin’s campus in Maine, it felt different. As his student-led tour wrapped up, he locked eyes with his mom. They didn’t need to say a word—they had read each other’s minds: this was the college he belonged at....

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Illustration by Anna Gong
Letting Go of Religion
Sofia Heller February 27, 2018

Jane’s* ’18 head was pounding as she made her way into the kitchen in the afternoon. She was about to take her first a bite of food that day when her dad came into the room, yelling that she needed to keep her annual promise to God. Jane was fasting for Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday in which Jews go without food or water for 24 hours to facilitate...

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Photo Illustration by Alison Oh
Ignorance Isn't Bliss: Stepping into a Murky World of Gray
Saba Nia February 27, 2018

I am a hypocrite. I try to remain firm as I explain to the blubbering child how he has broken camp rules, but I can’t help feeling a twinge of sympathy and even a little guilt. Though the boy has clearly instigated an argument with another camper, he certainly doesn’t deserve the fight that ensued. And as I repeat that the boy should not call...

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Photo Illustration by Nicole Kim and Alena Rubin
United We Dream: In the In Between
Alena Rubin February 27, 2018

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 working on college applications, but if it were up to...

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Photo Illustration by Jenny Li
#The Struggle is Real: the West and the White Savior Complex
Jenny Li February 27, 2018

Superhero movies are always the same. Powerless, struggling characters are in trouble and only the superhero has the ability to save them. The protagonist defeats the villain, saves the helpless characters and maintains good in the world. In reality, this is not where the movie ends. Our superheroes are the white saviors, and though they may not...

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Photo Illustration by Jenny Li
Leveling the Playing Field: Talking to Learning Specialist Grace Brown
Sam Ko February 27, 2018

Matthew Berg ’19 grimaced as his teacher handed his algebra test back to him. His eyes fixated on the red B- and he couldn’t help frowning as he turned the page, the grade bleeding through the paper. But as he reviewed his work, his expression grew less disappointed and more incredulous. As he finished scanning the last page, he realized that the...

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