The Californian

2018’s best and worst video games

Andrew Sousa, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018


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So 2018 is about to come to a close, which means the last video games of the year are about to or have already been released.  And while some of this year’s games certainly didn’t disappoint for the most part, there were some games that missed the mark of video game glory. But which gam...

Clouding our judgement

Clouding our judgement

Brynn Kan, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

From smoking marijuana to snorting cocaine, teenagers have always been known for high drug use. Despite being just as popular, prescription drug use has not been included in the conversation until recently. But the fact that they are called “prescription” drugs does not imply that they are...

New law has Canada flying high

New law has Canada flying high

Michelle Kuperman, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


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Canada became the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana when it passed the Cannabis Act on Oct. 17. The Cannabis Act is a strict legal framework for regulating the production, distribution, sale, and possession of marijuana across Canada. The act’s purpose is to keep marijuana out of...

FDA cracks down on vape companies

FDA cracks down on vape companies

Sierra Randel, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


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With vaping on the rise in American high schools, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to reduce the extent to which vaping retailers target minors. The FDA has recently increased its efforts to prevent kids from acquiring e-cigarettes. The FDA’s website states that this past...

The evolution of geekdom

Priyanka Krishna, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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High school was once a cliquey place.  There were the jocks,  art kids, mean girls, and geeks. The geeks, with taped glasses and backpacks overflowing with papers, sat on the stairs playing card games while passersby shamelessly snicker from afar.   In an era where Star Wars and Mine...

Nerdy games are cool again

Nerdy games are cool again

Kristen Choi, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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Any true self-professed “nerd” is familiar with the predecessors of all geeky games: “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Magic: The Gathering.”  Despite the popularity of the games decades ago, D&D and “Magic: The Gathering” were notorious for their cult following of nerds who were...

Get ready to roll for initiative with Cal High’s nerdiest teachers

Isabella Belof, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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Action figures are scattered on a large desk and across the windowsill. Posters decorate the walls with artwork of literary references and fantasy. A Harry Potter mug resides on the desk as well, containing pens in a variety of colors.  As soon as students walk into English teacher Devan Manning’...

Meet The Artists!

Lee Carney, Avery Visola, Sophie Bacher, Ming Chan, Kathy Le, Faith Meyers, and Isha Pandya

May 31, 2018


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My name is Lee and my hobbies include looking for the Mothman during the early hours of the morning and also drawing occasionally. I’ve been on The Californian staff for three whole years of my high school career and somehow ended up in an editor position for all the graphics that go into the paper. That’s ...

Students can be involved politically

Students can be involved politically

Conan Maron, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


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In today’s political environment, it often seems hard to keep up with the constant barrage of daily updates and instability of Washington, D.C.  Students also are living in a time where it is incredibly easy to get involved in politics. People might ask how an ordinary person like themselves...

Teachers implement meditation in class

Teachers implement meditation in class

Sam Campopiano, Assistant Editor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

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...

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