The Californian

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (YES)

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Since The College Board was founded in 1899, the non-profit organization has witnessed a great expansion in its loyal fanbase for its unique offering of standardized tests, including the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are notorious for their high price and the immense amount of stress associated...

Short film festival project leaves a legacy

Short film festival project leaves a legacy

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Cal High leadership students strive to create a warm and friendly atmosphere that welcomes a vast number of students with diverse interests. One way that students attempt to achieve this goal is through legacy projects, which expand the variety of events and opportunities that are offered to students...

Cal looks for new principal

Cal looks for new principal

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Cal High Principal Christopher George will be leaving the school and starting his new job  at the district office. Beginning on July 1, George will be the new assistant director of secondary education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. He will oversee the district’s eight mid...

‘5 Feet Apart’ is like any other teenage romance

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Cystic fibrosis, also known as CF, is a lung disease, in which patients must be kept at a minimum of six feet apart at all times to prevent chances of contracting infection.  But what happens if two people are so madly in love that even a terminal illness like CF can’t keep them apart? “Fiv...

Prep school fraud is sad

Prep school fraud is sad

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

Behind the laptop sits an African American student dressed in gear from an elite university. Around the student is a crowd of fellow classmates witnessing the most suspenseful moment ofa high schooler’s life: opening a college acceptance letter. The second of tension just be- fore the webp...

Attacks on media are attacks on freedom

Attacks on media are attacks on freedom

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018

A journalist’s murder is the prelude to a war on freedom. Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to obtain his marriage documents. Instead, he was gruesomely tortured, killed, and dismembered by a group of 15 Saudi assassins. Khashoggi, a contributing...

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Varsha Ravi and Gina Wu, Staff Writers

October 16, 2018

Senior Varun Thakur stares blankly at his computer. He’s dreading the long, grueling process of painstakingly typing out email after email to 150 professors, in search of the holy grail – a summer internship. But the struggle of writing 150 separate emails early second semester paid off. Thakur...