The Californian

Mental health isn’t the problem

Mental health isn’t the problem

Meshek Gomez, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Over the course of this last year, over 512 innocent United States citizens were brutally murdered in mass shootings alone according to the Mass Shooting Tracker (MST).  The rapid fire of bullets whizzing through public spaces filled with crowds of people has become commonplace in the U.S, and...

Finals for freshman

Finals for freshman

Freyana Sunavala and Maira Nigaar

December 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The semester soars over our heads before we can even blink, causing an overwhelming feeling of stress and tension among students.  The circles beneath our eyes progressively darken at the thought of the long nights that lie ahead.  Finals are approaching, and as freshmen, that realization...

District’s proposed changes present concern

November 7, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Last month, Superintendent Rick Schmitt introduced his Ten Point Plan to alter the way Cal High and other district secondary schools operate. Schmitt wants to implement several changes which include limiting the number of classes high school students can take from seven to six which would change graduation...

Cultural appropriation is a growing issue

November 7, 2017


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Halloween has a notorious history of cultural appropriation, so we see that term get thrown around this time of year.  We at The Californian believe that cultural appropriation is a growing and prevalent issue that needs to be discussed. There are many misconceptions about what it actually means ...

Trump, Bush and natural disaster recovery

Trump, Bush and natural disaster recovery

Kiley Borba, Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was considered one of the greatest failures of the decade,  President Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico will go down as one of the greatest disgraces of modern US history.  One of the major criticisms of how Katrina was...

Are stricter gun control laws necessary?

Are stricter gun control laws necessary?

Luca Dickten and Michael Barry, Staff Writers

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Luca Dickten Staff Writer YES With the increasing deadliness of weapon technology and recent tragedies such as the Las Vegas tragedy or Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the need for gun control at the federal and state level becomes more apparent.  On Oct.1, Stephen Paddock, a 64...

Should Confederate statues be removed?

Should Confederate statues be removed?

Aidan Trejo and Tyler Peck

October 2, 2017


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  YES During a peaceful protest in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, a group of protesters gathered to stand up to the white supremacist and neo nazis that had taken to the streets. However, the protest soon turned violent when James Alex Fields drove his Dodge Challenger into a group, ki...

Should band and dance be sports?

Should band and dance be sports?

Junhee Park, Staff Writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s time to overhaul our outdated definition of sports. When the word sports is mentioned, most people think of football players. Those on the sidelines – marching band, color guard and dance – are still not considered sports. Cheerleading wasn’t considered a sport until this year, but that...

Sept. 11 should not be politicized

Amir Udler, Guest Writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the founder of two new clubs on campus that are conservative in nature, my fellow officers and I were prepared for pushback in a school that leans heavily toward the left.  That was the reason why we chose to memorialize the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 as our first school event. While...

Seniors should have a say in music for Ball

May 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Senior Ball is the last hooray for seniors and the culmination of all dances that have come before it. It should ideally be a night that has something for everyone so all seniors can have a night to remember. But 2017’s Senior Ball does not look like it’s going to be a night for the seniors as...

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