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AP tests see a price hike this year

AP tests see a price hike this year

Julia Tjan, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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Everyone knows what time of the year it is when the 5 Steps to a 5, Princeton Review, and Crash Course books come out. That’s right, it’s AP test time.  The pressure not only to pass but to get a 5 starts to emanate not only from parents with high expectations but from the students themselves.  The...

Student interviews Justice Ginsberg

Student interviews Justice Ginsberg

Patrick Rettig, Editor in Chief
March 29, 2017
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Most students groan when they have research papers, especially when the topic is as mundane as the Supreme Court.  But not for junior Brytney Lee.  When Lee was assigned a paper on Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she decided to give the 84-year-old justice a call...

Little Rock Nine member speaks to district

Little Rock Nine member speaks to district

Sarah Chi, Opinions Editor
March 29, 2017
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Sixty years ago, Dr. Terrence Roberts was a high school student living in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Following the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation unconstitutional in schools, Roberts and eight other classmates volunteered to attend the formerly all-white...

School eliminates Adv. English 9, World Geo

School eliminates Adv. English 9, World Geo

Brian Nakajima, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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Because the district is embracing an open access policy for all high school classes, Cal High has decided to eliminate Advanced English 9 and Advanced World Geography next year. Advanced English 10 will continued to exist next year, but its future is uncertain beyond that. Assistant Principal Crystal...

‘A Man’s World’ causes backlash

Shirin Afrakhteh, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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“In cases where a man rapes a woman, rape is the fault of both the man and the woman.” This quote is from letters posted around campus last month. The letter, titled “A Man’s World,” was posted on some classroom and bathroom doors.  There were also at least four copies of the letter...

Reusable water stations could be installed at Cal

Reusable water stations could be installed at Cal

Kiley Borba, Staff Writers
March 29, 2017
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al High senior Ellen Lyons  started a GoFundMe to install a water bottle refilling station called a Flowater on campus.  The  student-initiated campaign is the brainchild of Lyons, who saw the need to have a place where students can fill up their water bottles. “I get really thirsty...

Library services among new classes to be offered next year

Kaitlyn Martin and Ingrid Lam
March 29, 2017
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Cal High is offering a variety of new courses for next year, including a new library services class to be taught by librarian Nicole Ogden. In the class, students will learn how the library works and how it serves Cal students. The class has been piloted by Dougherty librarian Kerri Pike, and has...

Bay Books set to close in April

Bay Books set to close in April

Vidhima Shetty, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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San Ramon will be bidding local bookstore Bay Books a final farewell next month after nearly 30 years of business. Bay Books, an independent bookstore that sells both new and used books, was established in 1988 and at one time had three Bay Area branches before the stores in Concord and Pleasanton...

Justice Project helps sexual abuse victims

Siena Sharpe, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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Sexual assault and violence have long been issues, but in recent years there have been an increasing number of efforts created to help prevent such crimes.  Members of Cal High’s Justice Project club work together to raise funds that will go to helping victims of sexual violence.  Justice...

Fake news rampant online

Fake news rampant online

Brian Nakajima, Staff Writer
February 15, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Social media is a fascinating and bizarre world full of selfies, dank memes, and the newest phenomenon: fake news. To be clear, fake news is different from biased news, which still cites sources and uses facts, albeit in a way that often favors a news organization’s beliefs. Biased news is still...

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