The Californian

Holiday cooking with The Californian

December 18, 2017


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Spice Drops Dry Ingredients 1 cup white rice flour ½ cup sweet rice flour ¼ cup potato starch 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground clov...

‘Home Alone’ remains classic

‘Home Alone’ remains classic

Matt Martinez, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than watching Joe Pesci threaten to eat an eight-year-old MaCaulay Culkin's fingers.             “Home Alone” is widely regarded as a holiday classic, and is constantly playing during the 25 Days...

‘Elf’ is full of fun

Siena Sharpe, Assistant Editor

December 18, 2017


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Elf is a family classic for all ages, because who doesn’t like seeing Will Ferrell in bright yellow tights and a neon-green elf hat? Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, is a human living in an elf world. When he was an infant, he crawled into Santa’s toy bag in an orphanage and has since been...

‘Shrek the Halls’ Movie Review

‘Shrek the Halls’ Movie Review

Brandon Victoriano, Online Editor

December 18, 2017


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T’was the night before Shrekmas, when, all through the swamp, comes your favorite cast of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and the rest of the gang! This famous cinematic masterpiece follows the story of Shrek celebrating his first Christmas. Just like an onion, this film has several layers, exploring themes...

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Review

Mason Allen, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Christmas is here again and while some might enjoy spending time their typical American Family, I’d rather spend time the Griswalds, and their adventure doesn’t end at Wally World. That’s evident if you’ve seen the 1989 Classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly...

Students kneel as a form of protest

Students kneel as a form of protest

Anne Syed, Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s form of protest has inspired various high school students in the Bay Area to follow his lead and express their own beliefs. At the beginning of August 2016, Kaepernick made the decision to kneel during the National Anthem to fight against...

Should Americans be allowed to take a knee during the National Anthem?

Should Americans be allowed to take a knee during the National Anthem?

Siena Sharpe and Tyler Peck

November 7, 2017


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YES Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A time comes where silence is betrayal.”  In a time where racial prejudice and oppression of specific groups are on the rise, King’s words encourage those with a voice to reach out and take a stand for others.   In 2016, former San Franci...

Senior reflects about struggle with anxiety

Emma Hall, Managing Editor

October 2, 2017


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My life is a lot more than just GPA, test scores, and my high school transcript.  That’s the valuable lesson  I learned by the end of my sophomore year.  I have had chronic anxiety since as long as I could remember. And with the combination of my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder),...

Teachers implement meditation in class

Teachers implement meditation in class

Sam Campopiano, Assistant Editor

October 2, 2017


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As 30 nervous students walk into Scott Hodges’ AP US History class on a test day, they sit down, take out a pencil, and close their eyes.   Hodges then leads his students through a calming, five minute meditation.  This routine is not only being used by Hodges but also by other teachers...

Suicide rates among teens increasing

Vidhima Shetty and Jasmine Wu

October 2, 2017


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Over the years, teen suicide rates have been on the rise and it is important for students to become better informed about the subject, especially since September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens, according to the Centers of Disease Control...

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