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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...

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...

Fake news rampant online

Fake news rampant online

Brian Nakajima, Staff Writer
February 15, 2017
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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...

Recent guest speaker gets mixed reactions

Recent guest speaker gets mixed reactions

Michelle Wang and Lauren Cambra
February 15, 2017
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Sojourn to the Past, an organization promoting trips to the South, recently visited campus and incited many mixed reactions, including allegations of bullying. Sojourn to the Past was founded by Bay Area history teacher Jeff Steinberg, who has been visiting high schools for more than  a decade....

Cal student aids refugees

Cal student aids refugees

Haya Haidari, Staff Writer
February 15, 2017
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Junior Ilyaas Arsala went to Turkey over winter break to help Syrian orphans and refugees from what is known to be the biggest humanitarian emergency of the 21st  century. For over a week, Arsala and his mother spent time with Syrian children, visiting orphanages and schools in Reyhanli, which...

Teacher retires after 42 years

Teacher retires after 42 years

Ariel Chow, Staff Writer
February 15, 2017
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After more than 40 years at Cal High, Algebra teacher Fred Albano retired on Jan. 27. Although he had planned on finishing the semester, Albano finally decided that it would be a good time to retire. “Some of my friends that are younger than I am are passing away, so there’s no guarantee,”...

San Ramon library reopening in March

San Ramon library reopening in March

Kaylie Rankin, Staff Writer
February 15, 2017
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The San Ramon library branch will finally be opening its doors after a year-and-a-half-long renovation. It is expected to open in the second week of March, according to the San Ramon public service department. The library’s expansion and  renovation began on August 17, 2015, once the San Ramon...

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