The Californian

Wallmart should stay Smallmart

October 12, 2012

There’s a new celebrity in town: the world’s largest retail corporation has come to San Ramon. Walmart opened a Neighborhood Market in the Country Club Village Shopping Center on Alcosta Blvd. last month, and residents are wary of the reputation that accompanies the brand.  But the corporation...

Muslim protests unjustified

October 12, 2012

A group of violent  Muslim protestors, angered by a video on YouTube that mocked the prophet Mohammed and Islam, attacked embassies in Yemen, Libya, and Egypt on Sept. 11. Most well known of these attacks was in Libya, where U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and 17 others died in the attacks. While...

Dickenson taught students about life

April 25, 2012

Margarita Dickenson passed away on April 7. The Cal High teacher left behind a husband and three sons, friends, and countless students as she lost her fight with liver cancer. I met Mrs. Dickenson in my freshman year, the first class of the day. Even at 7:30 a.m., Spanish was fun to learn, since our...

Holiday season should be a time for family

December 13, 2011

Staff Editorial It’s that time of year again when houses are strung with lights, trees are decorated, malls are packed, and every other ad on TV is about buying the perfect gift. The holiday season, a time to get together and celebrate with friends and family, has become overshadowed by materialism...

Exiting parking lot has become worse, if that’s humanly possible

December 13, 2011

Staff Editorial In simple language, Cal High’s back parking lot is a crazy, unorganized mess. Something needs to be done to resolve this daily headache for students. Since the recent completion of the solar panel carports in the back parking lot, there has been added confusion to what has...

School drama scene moving to Facebook

October 7, 2011

STAFF EDITORIAL The Voice of California High School High schoolers, as highly sensitive to peer pressure as they are, are constantly trying to protect their image and seem popular.  Because of this perpetual pressure, many used to see home as they place where they could be themselves, free of al...

Schedule changes coming too fast

October 7, 2011

STAFF EDITORIAL The Voice of California High School One exception from the high-schooler’s litany of complaints last year was being able to sleep in on Mondays aftter the weekend. But after the schedule changes this year, this luxury no longer exists. Oddly enough, administrators decided to ha...

Student should be allowed to display flag

January 3, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Cody Alicea recently rode his bike to Denair Middle School in Sacramento, proudly displaying an American flag on his bike to support the veterans in his family. But the school forced Cody to remove the flag from his bike. Hispanic students were complaining about Cody’s flag, so...

Students should not be afraid to report crime

November 4, 2010

STAFF EDITORIAL Fearing to speak out against crime and wrongdoing only brings back memories of the corrupt police states of old, and not the modern democracy we live in today. In that case, why should students have hesitated to turn in those responsible for a series of disturbing fires on campus...

Reconsidering how teachers are evaluated

October 5, 2010

STAFF EDITORIAL Ask any Cal High teacher or student  and they’ll tell you that standardized testing is a pain. Students could care less about their performance on them, and teachers hardly miss a chance to bash the tests, which they say takes away from instructional time and creativity because...