The Californian

Block schedule helps in college

Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writer

May 25, 2017

Most colleges offer incoming students the ability to pick and choose their classes and the days these classes take place. Theoretically, students create their own version of a block schedule. A block schedule, as we know, requires students to remember an odd and even schedule, A and B. While it...

Companies ruin public relations

Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Everybody makes mistakes. But unfortunately for businesses, a mistake could mean their immediate downfall. Recently, Pepsi and United Airlines faced the challenge of overcoming negative publicity. Their responses were less than satisfactory in the public’s eye. On April 5, Pepsi uploaded a commercial...

Don’t mess with Miss Manning

English teacher Devan Manning, right, participates in a practice for her roller derby team, the Oakland Outlaws.

Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Devan Manning spends most of her day teaching English to freshmen and seniors. But after school, she laces up a pair of skates, pulls on a helmet and mixes it up on a roller derby track. At the same time she was getting her masters degree, Manning decided it was time to strap on the skates and...

Should the death penalty be allowed to live?

Shirin Afrakheth and Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writers

March 29, 2017

YES -Shirin Afrakheth, Staff Writer  In June of 2015, Dylann Roof, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, fired 70 rounds into an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine people.  The day after the mass shooting, Roof confessed to his actions in a video released by the ...

Raiders gearing up for playoffs as they enter final weeks

Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writer

December 15, 2016

The 2016 NFL season has turned the tables on Bay Area football fans, with one side of the bay in the limelight for the first time in quite a few years. The Oakland Raiders clinched their first winning season since 2002 on Nov. 27 with  a 35-32 win over the Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately,...

Cal roars into NCS

Junior Tommy Salisbury winds up to score against Bishop O’Dowd on Oct. 25. The boys earned the No. 15 seed in NCS.

Marley Fernandes, Brendan Ogburn, and Kimberlee Saxer

November 7, 2016

The women’s water polo team worked hard this year, came together as teammates, and earned the No. 8 seed in the NCS playoffs. Cal (15-10 overall, 3-5 EBAL) beat No. 9 Clayton Valley Charter 9-4 in the first round last Thursday.  The Grizzlies faced top seed San Ramon Valley on Saturday.Results...

Breaking Down the Walls strives to connect students

Breaking Down the Walls founder Phil Boyte speaks to an assembly of students at Cal on Sept. 19. The program works to create a more inclusive and supportive campus for all students and to empower and encourage them in their daily activities.

Kimberlee Saxer, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016

“It’s hard to hate someone whose story you know.” Phil Boyte, founder of Breaking Down the Walls, recently brought this message and his national program to Cal High Sept. 19-23, promoting a supportive and inclusive school climate. Breaking Down the Walls is a week-long program designed to...