The Boiling Point

A SLICE OF SHALHEAVEN: Bittersweet farewell to cockroaches, morgues and other memories

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Lifestyles Editor

August 16, 2013

Welcome to the end of an era. Goodbye big beige box on Fairfax and San Vicente. So long, hideous blue-ish carpet. Au revoir alarm-will-sound-if-door-is-opened door that is constantly opened and never alarms. Bon voyage everlasting supply of cockroaches! Goodbye Shalhevet that I have known for so many years. The date of demolition is in the near future and it’s time that we ...

A slice of Shalheaven: Missing Seniors Syndrome

May 25, 2013

By Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Arts Editor I’d like to preface my rant by disclosing a bit of a personal medical report. Upon self diagnosis (trust me, my Dad’s a doctor) I spent much of the month of April suffering from something akin to Empty Nest Syndrome. I had Empty Hall Syndrome. The silence in the halls resonated. There could be only two possible reasons ...

A slice of Shalheaven: Can You Walk On Hot Coals?

August 29, 2012

By Katie Feld, Illustrations Editor I spent the dog days of August lazily channel surfing, and came across an episode of the popular TV series, Fear Factor. I instantly had an insight, not two minutes into this episode. The key to a more productive and enjoyable school year can be summed up in one word: “fire-walking.” Let me explain. Fire-walking is the phenomenon of ordi...

A SLICE OF SHALHEAVEN: Don’t let May steal your soul

May 2, 2012

By Katie Feld, Staff Columnist The month of May has graced us with her presence once again. Wait, scratch that…what I really meant was that the month of May has bashed down the doors, tumbled across the room and fallen abruptly into our laps. I do not recall inviting her in and May deserves nothing near a warm, open-armed welcome. If I haven’t made myself clear alr...

A Slice of Shalheaven: Off the beaten path

Katie Feld, Staff Columnist

December 20, 2011

I sometimes find myself wondering where I’ll be in 20 years. Oftentimes I take the easy way out and choose not to think about it. For many of us students, it’s hard to imagine any life outside of the classroom. We’ve been in school for as long as we can remember. I’m in 11th grade now, and word on the street is that my academic career is almost over. But am I really...

A slice of Shalheaven: Serene and productive

Katie Feld, Illustrations Editor

November 7, 2011

Whoever said school ends at 4:45 flat-out lied. This isn’t a rant about co-curriculars and how much time they take up. It is, however, a formal shout-out to anyone who is freaking out over a stressful load of homework that is only getting bigger. I know I can easily spend up to three hours a night doing homework. That’s 15 additional hours of schoolwork per week! But...

A slice of Shalheaven: Honest hands

Katie Feld, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2011

In the presence of cheating, can we still stand strong with pride? Shalhevet is famous for its passionate school spirit. It is often expressed by foam fingers, red lipstick, and “Don’t you wish your high school was hot like mine” T’s. Just flip through any Shalhevet yearbook, there are always at least two pages dedicated to pictures of pep rallies, spirit days, an...

Keeping my core

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

June 28, 2011

Someone asked how Shalhevet has prepared me for the next big stage in my life. Then I realized I have no idea what lessons I will take with me since I haven’t been to college yet. All I can truthfully write about is what I know about Shalhevet’s influences on my growth as a person so far. I like who I have become, and hopefully my essence and core personality will remain...

Don’t ask; we don’t want to know

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

April 17, 2011

“Where do you see yourself in four years? How about 10? What do you do for a living?” If you are a senior, all will ask these questions. If you are anyone else, be prepared for a witty, rhetorical response. People assume that since we are leaving high school we know our whole life plan. I never know how to respond. If I say, “I don’t know.” I hear “Well, say...

A little respect, please

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

March 23, 2011

On Monday, February 14, I heard an incredible speaker talk about oppression and atrocities in his time, while I witnessed disturbance and assumptions in the crowd. The audience was composed of parents and extra-credit seeking students belonging to YULA and Shalhevet, and although I was there for personal reasons (my great-uncle was liberated from Buchenwald by an African-American...

A slice of Shalheaven: When it comes to charity, it’s complicated

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

December 31, 2010

Living in Los Angeles, Christmas entangles us in its green and red blanket. Most of the attention is on gifts, flashy lights, and coffee shop specials that we all enjoy. From Toys for Tots to a man dressed up as Santa Claus asking for donations of street corners, Christmas does try and promote generosity to those in need as an underlying theme. Judaism always encourages...

A little slice of Shalheaven: Take everything in stride

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2010

This is the first day of my last year of High School, so I know the routine. I take the time the night before to lay out my favorite outfit (all recently bought over summer), triple check my backpack’s contents, make sure my alarm is set, and try to go to sleep hours earlier than I have in two months, praying that I have everything ready to ease the stress of tomorrow. Whether this is a...

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