Hashtags harm the security of our nation

Hashtags harm the security of our nation

Mira Aboutaam, Staff Writer
May 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

American citizens believe that the First Amendment protects anything and everything they say, write, or post. That is not true and when you abuse your First Amendment rights there will be consequences. On Sunday, April 13, a young girl named “Sarah” sent a tweet to American Airlines, reading,“Hello... Read more »

Powdered alcohol poses possible threat

Ryan Zhang, Media Editor
May 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

On  April 8th, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved what appeared to be a game-changing product that finally answers the question, “Turn down for what?” Say hello to Palcohol, a form of freeze-dried liquor that may be making its way to the mouths (and nostrils) of consumers around... Read more »

District should offer non-college options

Editorial
May 21, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In the “bubble town” known as San Ramon it seems that all of society sets up students for only one option after high school: college. While college is certainly one of the best choices for a career path after high school, The Californian finds it somewhat offensive and narrow-minded that... Read more »

Fires cause students to evacuate, or not

Fires cause students to evacuate, or not

Editorial
May 21, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The typical American high school is a myriad of smells. The scents of floor cleaner, sweat, perfume, and coffee mix together to make a pungent aroma that is unique to a group of teenagers gathering together to receive an education. Out of all these odors, one odor that should never be present is smoke.... Read more »

Prison system proves to be unjust

Prison system proves to be unjust

Delainey Willing, Staff Writer
May 21, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Solitary confinement is a disgusting practice used all over America to break, or hold, dangerous inmates. Dating back to the 19th century, solitary confinement has been used as a form of correctional punishment in prisons worldwide. Prisoners would typically spend anywhere from 22-24 hours a day locked... Read more »

Russia has right to annex Crimea

Russia has right to annex Crimea

Mira Aboutaam, Staff Writer
April 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The current situation in Ukraine has been escalating dramatically since November. With more riots, protests and Russia becoming involved, Ukrainian leaders are under a large amount of pressure to keep their country safe. What Russia is doing is not wrong.  They did not invade but were joined. Russia... Read more »

Formal dances are too costly

Formal dances are too costly

Annissa Lai, Staff Writer
April 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Big dances call for big costs. But are these costs, which seem to grow each year, justifiable? Prom costs can easily exceed $250 at the cheapest, and that’s just covering a ticket, limo, dress, and shoes.  Throw in the price of going to a salon to get hair, makeup and nails done, as well as... Read more »

Teen lawsuit gives high schoolers a bad reputation

Erin Fox, Staff Writer
April 10, 2014
Filed under Opinion

It’s common for teens to sometimes fantasize about running away from home and having a life in which parental supervision does not apply. But Rachel Canning, an 18-year old from New Jersey, made this fantasy a reality. She started a controversial  lawsuit involving her parents that now raises... Read more »

Teacher disturbed by racist incident

Ghalaza Niazi, Guest Writer
April 10, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Recently I went for a walk up the hill one afternoon. A group of middle school boys were coming down the hill. As the last four boys went past me, one of them said something with an Indo-Pak accent. I turned around and said, “What did you say?” One of them replied, “It wasn't me.” “Come... Read more »

Driving safety program done in poor taste

Editorial
April 10, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

On March 24, the Cal High student body was informed of the tragic deaths of eight peers over the weekend. Many were hit by drunk drivers, although one was killed by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana, and one was struck by an individual who was texting while driving. So it’s easy... Read more »