The Oracle

The phrases that have lost their jive over the years…

Sara Blaylock, Managing Editor

May 11, 2011

My gift to you WS, an alphabet of what not to say and what not to use: the phrases of 2010 and 2011 that are way past overdue. From A-Z this is where we have gone wrong. Asked? (Complete sarcasm because the person didn’t ...

How to solve a problem like Maria: let’s get our swag on

April 12, 2011

 DISCLAIMER: I was not under the influence of any sort of drug when writing this erratic column. When reading it, you may experience a similar affect to watching “The View”: repulsion and confusion. When writing my c...

Hitting the road with Jack

Kelly Carlin, Oracle Editor

April 12, 2011

It started when I was thirteen. I picked up On the Road off the floor of my sister’s bedroom and a fantasy was born. I had a dream. I wanted to join Sal Paradise and travel across the continental Untied States. I wanted t...


Peter Simonsen, Senior Staff Writer

March 14, 2011

Where were you when Kennedy was killed? Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell? Where were you when Nixon resigned? These are all questions that any adult would be proud to answer, but here’s one for high school students:...

Summertime presents: the ol’ ’80s high school classics

Summer Claveau, Blue ETC. Editor

March 2, 2011

High school movies—that is, movies about high school—will never go out of style.  There will always be a story for the high schoolers and high schoolers at heart to entertain themselves with.  A story of love, lust, ambition,...

How to solve a problem like Maria: The multiple ways to get over a breakup

Maria Scaptura, Blue ETC. Editor

March 2, 2011

I am proud to say that I have reached my third column. I know, I know, it isn’t much of an accomplishment but I’m quite satisfied with it. So for this installment, I’ve decided to write about the best ways to get over...

Summertime presents: Going into a New Year

Summer Claveau, Orange ETC. Editor

February 9, 2011

I was going to write a very insightful story about starting a new year; New Year’s resolutions, happy things to think about, etc.  How played out would that be though?   It did get me thinking, what am I going to change...

Dealing with the DMV

Sam Perlstein, Features Editor

February 9, 2011

It’s a rite of passage. Trying to weasel your way out is close to impossible. Trust me I’ve tried. Visiting the DMV is one of the many pleasures that one must endure in the process of getting behind the wheel for the first...

All we are saying, is give variety a chance

Summer Claveau & Nora Osei, Oracle Staff Writers

December 17, 2010

Almost every student at WS owns them, in fact, it seems like most students in Fairfax County own at least one of them. Three of the most infamous brands of our time: North Face, Vans, and Uggs. Here is a challenge for you:...

How to solve a problem like Maria: let it snow, let it snow, please let it snow

Maria Scaptura, ETC. Editor

December 17, 2010

Here comes another month of madness. For this column, I plan on advising you on the best ways to ensure the maximum amount of snow fall this winter. Now, I understand that some of you might be tired of snow after last years’...

The indie god of film

Kelly Carlin, Editor

November 29, 2010

Bill Murray, block fonts, and witty conversation with vocabulary the average fourth grader would not understand. This is the basic checklist for any film involving Wes Anderson. For hipster film buffs everywhere, Wes Anderson...

How to solve a problem like Maria: Entering the world of the monthly column

Maria Scaptura, Blue ETC. Editor

November 29, 2010

Proceed with caution. This will be the 1st installment of my monthly advice column, so be warned, the advice is extreme, to say the very least, and should not be taken seriously. I plan to address the random quandaries that are o...

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