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Wildlife expert, Paula Kahumbu, has loved wildlife since she was a child and is now a passionate activist, speaking on behalf of the animals that cant speak for themselves. (National Geographic for Disney/Wim Vorster)

‘They’re like the best parts of humans’: Dr. Paula Kahumbu on elephant culture, conservation efforts and ‘The Secrets of Elephants’

Maya H. January 20, 2024

Elephants have long been regarded as one of the most intelligent animals on planet Earth, dumbfounding scientists with their problem-solving skills and intellectual insight for decades. Dr. Paula Kahumbu,...

This White Numen deck celebrates sacred animals and is the deck that I use in my readings.

How to Do a Simple Tarot Card Spread

Sigrid E., Photographer June 8, 2023

Divination, or the magic of fortune-telling, is a practice that dates back to the early second millennium, primarily in the areas within and surrounding Ancient Mesopotamia. The desire to seek answers...

The Anatomy of a Seder Plate

The Anatomy of a Seder Plate

Sigrid E., Photographer June 2, 2023

If you are Jewish, take an interest in Jewish culture, or enjoy eating a meal that tastes a bit like suffering, Passover is the holiday for you! Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from...

An ode to senioritis

An ode to senioritis

Lorie Aaronson, Co-Current Events Editor May 12, 2023

Dear Senioritis, I’ve been struggling with you for a while now, in fact, I caught my viral case junior year. Some people (my therapist) call my relationship with you toxic. However, I think we are...

Theyre Like the Best Parts of Humans: Dr. Paula Kahumbu on Elephant Culture, Conservation Efforts, and The Secrets of Elephants

“They’re Like the Best Parts of Humans”: Dr. Paula Kahumbu on Elephant Culture, Conservation Efforts, and “The Secrets of Elephants”

Maya Henry, Sr. Copy Editor May 12, 2023

Elephants have long been regarded as one of the most intelligent animals on planet Earth, dumbfounding scientists with their problem-solving skills and intellectual insight for decades. Dr. Paula Kahumbu,...

DJ Kènè ō doing a set at Black Market Flea

Shop Small, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Brook’Lynn A., Sr. Learn Something Editor May 12, 2023

It’s time to slow down on supporting fast fashion brands like H&M, Shein, and FashionNova whenever we can. These brands outsource production via sweatshops in the global south, making production...

Patterns of sea surface temperature during El Niño and La Niña episodes

Scientists Predict a “Super El Niño”–But wait, what’s that?

Kana D., Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2023

This year, in my AP Environmental Science class, I’ve learned about a weather phenomenon involving changing wind patterns and ocean surface temperatures called La Niña and El Niño. It is a process...

The Australian Ballet

The Story of Coppélia: A Ballet

Hana H., Podcaster April 27, 2023

Ballet is a beautiful art form that has evolved from elaborate court dances to portrayals of fantastical tales. Many of the stories that have been made into ballets are popular on their own as fairy tales,...

Contributing photographer for the Los Angeles Daily News

Regina Spektor at Disney Hall

Sigrid E., Photographer March 30, 2023

Stepping out onto the bright stage, sheathed in a deep blue glow from the spotlights, Regina Spektor looked pearlescent, held delicately in the giant clam shell that is Disney Hall. My close friend and...

Political Cartoon | Not Straight: Queer or Crooked

Political Cartoon | Not Straight: Queer or Crooked

Johanna Mueller, Staff Writer March 30, 2023

Disclaimer: The following is an Opinion Piece from The Echo's Editorial Section. An opinion piece is one in which a writer expresses a firmly developed opinion that is supported by study, reasoning, and...

Opinion | Ghibli Movies Ranked

Opinion | Ghibli Movies Ranked

Kana D., Editor-in-Chief February 14, 2023

Studio Ghibli films have become world-renowned, thanks to their whimsical plots, beautiful themes, ahead-of-their-time animation, and inescapable feelings of nostalgia, all woven together with meticulous...

Opinion | Keeping the Service Industry Afloat: A Case for Tipping

Opinion | Keeping the Service Industry Afloat: A Case for Tipping

Maya H., Sr. Copy Editor January 25, 2023

Disclaimer: The following is an Opinion Piece from The Echo's Editorial Section. An opinion piece is one in which a writer expresses a firmly developed opinion that is supported by study, reasoning, and...

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