The Californian

The Pledge should no longer be required

Sidney Dutcher, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

One morning last year I stood up, put my hand over my heart, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance just as I had about 750 times before.  But this time it was different because I wondered why I was doing it.  Why was I mindlessly pledging my allegiance to a piece of cloth? What was I even...

Breathalyzers are another useless attempt of admin power

Aaron Velasquez, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

By the late fourth millennium BC, formal civilizations were established in the Mesopotamian river valley, and ever since, there has been a shared effort amongst common people everywhere to fight against the powers that control.  This is no different from our fine establishment that we call California...

LGBT curriculum is important but will be ineffective

LGBT curriculum is important but will be ineffective

Rhea Saini, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The school dsitrict’s new LGBT curriculum has yet to be implemented at Cal High health classes.  This curriculum should have been in place long ago considering that since June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution.  It has...

Trump Tape shows true colors

Trump Tape shows true colors

Jenna Baner, Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

Well, Donald Trump’s microphones aren’t always broken. He’s just not always aware that they’re on.   Unfortunately, this means that the American people along with the rest of the world had to hear him brag about sexually assaulting women.   Last week, a video was leak...

Breaking Down the Walls has potential

Staff Editorial

September 29, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

It’s no secret that Cal High students and teachers seem disconnected at times. We struggle as a student body to bring a sense of unity among every individual on this campus. With this in mind, the Breaking Down the Walls program sought to reunite Cal in an accepting, positive atmosphere for every...

Campus is crowded, alternatives needed

Staff Editorial

September 29, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Welcome to Hoboville, USA. The population is ever growing and the people dwell in any possible space that will fit a human body. Especially at lunch. Like the exponentially rising human population, Cal is also reflecting these steady patterns of growth. Cal has experienced an increase of 100...

Racial sterotypes challenged with new roles

Racial sterotypes challenged with new roles

Josh Kyser, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In mid-August, Zendaya was officially casted to play Mary Jane in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” a movie that will be released next summer. This announcement was met with a variety of reactions ranging from extreme excitement to strong disapproval. As a woman of color being chosen for this role,...

Guns should not be allowed in college

Kiley Borba, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

I’ve seen so many news reports of mass shootings, suicides, and other events related to casualties of firearms that I’ve been desensitized to the violence that accompanies these horrific events. So, I was not surprised to learn that as of Aug. 1, a new law allows college students on Texas campuses...

Black Lives Matter is important

Black Lives Matter is important

Shirin Afrakhteh, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

A cell phone video from the back of a car dashboard lays out the horrible scene: a black man showing no resistance is aggressively slammed against the hood of the car and shoved to the ground by two policemen. Two gunshots cut through the air, followed by screams’ of witnesses. A woman in the car...

Fire drill pranks are the lamest in years

Staff Editoral

June 3, 2016


Filed under Editorial

’Tis a still moment, all is quiet, all is still. That is, until the sharp, high pitched screech of the fire alarm destroys the calm and disrupts every class. And it needs to stop. The 10-20 minutes of wasted class time is not worth the cost of hearing loss. Our ears are still ringing from...

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