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The 36th Annual Dickens Fair: A Complete Review

By Leilah Sterck The Dickens Fair is such an incredible event, and you can most definitely see that just by looking at all the work that the event workers have put into it. This year is the 36th year that the Dickens Fair has been going on is San Francisco in the Cow Palace. You can tell that they keep improving by a great extent every year! This event only happens once a year, from November 17th, to December 23rd. Even in this amount of time, many people come and join the festivities! The Dickens fair is about celebrating

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Stay Safe On the Road With These Winter Driving Tips

By Kaylee Rathkoy During the winter months, drivers have to face driving in unordinary weather conditions. Snow, slush or ice on roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle accidents. Winter conditions impact many factors, as it makes it harder to see, slow down and stop. In Santa Rosa, there is no snow or slush, but as it gets very cold, black ice can start to form on the roads. [caption id="attachment_510" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com[/caption] Black ice is almost

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Is Black Friday Shopping Really Worth it?

By Tara Elsa This year, Black Friday was held on November 23: it is an event where people go to great lengths to buy as much as they can during a period of mass sales. The term “Black Friday” was first used in 1869 and has been held the day after Thanksgiving. Even back then, Black Friday was a day on which people spent all their money and stores’ profits skyrocketed. Black Friday was a term that came into use after the financial crisis that occured when the United States gold market crashed on September 24, 1869. At that time,

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Students Reactions to the New Integrated Math Classes

By Alice Brookston This year, the Santa Rosa district decided to switch from the long-standing curriculums for math classes, changing classes like “Algebra 1” and “Geometry” to “integrated math classes.” For the incoming students this year, most took the new curricular, known as Integrated Math. Integrated Math is a course with four classes, composed of a combination of all fields of mathematics. The classes are meant to be a more standard way of teaching students basic high school math, but the reactions from the vast majority

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The Best Solutions to Climate Change

By Emmanuel Vallarta Many screenshots of articles from The Guardian have been circulating social media platforms. The various articles state that the Earth has until 2030 until climate change will become irreversible. Of course, this statement is alarming and people question if it is reliable. This topic is not up for debate. The world is experiencing extreme weather patterns, from huge hurricanes to intense droughts throughout the world. Many people look at this and lose all hope. Climate change can be lessened by things you

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The MeToo Movement in 2018

By Zemlja Franicevic     I am sure we all remember the outbreak of sexual assault allegations against famous male actors, comedians, and politicians last year, as there were too many to forget. These allegations sparked one of the most powerful movements the United States has ever seen--the MeToo movement--a movement aimed at breaking women’s silence around sexual harassment and sexual assault. The movement went viral in October of 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to display the widespread and pervasive nature of sexual

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SRHS should recycle

By Emilie Davis Santa Rosa High School has always been known as a modern, progressive high school. Not only being in Sonoma County, a very progressive community, but being a very diverse, forward thinking school in itself. So why aren’t we recycling? Being a school, we experience an unbelievable amount of paper everyday, all of which could be recycled. But, due to students abuse of the recycling cans, and the lack of people to take care of them, the recycling program at SRHS has come to an end. The reasoning for the end of

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Lockdown protocol: how to protect yourself

By Emilie Davis Knowing how to protect oneself is a skill that has always been of value, but it has become more vital now than ever before. With the increased number of school shootings across the United States, we fear them now more than we could have ever imagined, but this fear does not protect us: knowledge of necessary protocol does. On Friday, August 17th, there was a lockdown at Santa Rosa High School. It was a false alarm, as a teacher punched in the wrong code on one of the phones, but it was a shock to all on campus.

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Therapy pets: a step toward mental health?

By Delaney Temple Some may not understand the difference between emotional support animals and service animals, or even realize that there is a difference. Service animals are usually dogs that are “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability” according to the Americans with Disabilities Act website under “Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.” On the other hand, patients

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Substance abuse: the dangers of marijuana and e-cigarettes

By Katie Cederborg The distinct cotton-candy smell of E-Cigarettes alongside the skunk-like smell that marijuana spreads across campus proves that although “hard drugs” are problematic among minors, drugs that are less commonly acknowledged as problematic are becoming serious issues. Minors, many of whom have decided that considering the seemingly less severe legal consequences in California, these drugs are, in fact, “OK” are the central result of the mass epidemic. E-Cigarettes specifically, have been called the “gateway

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