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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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Spring ArtQuest Showcase

By Zuzu Morgan This year the ArtQuest Program put on an incredible spring showcase. All of the programs developed beautiful performances and pieces, with the entire night perfectly encompassing the spirit of the school. This year’s spring showcase opened with an unconducted performance from the string orchestra. Their rendition of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Bach was delivered with great precision and energy, and was an excellent introduction to the rest of the night. Afterwards, ArtQuest English teacher Annie

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The NRA: an organization for power, not democracy

By Katie Cederborg and Rachel Owen The National Rifle Association, created after the Civil War as a method of teaching young military men how to use rifles, was never meant to be so intertwined with the United States Government. In the simplest terms, the NRA has become an association meant to “protect” the way the organization defines the Second Amendment, largely due to the status quo. With gun owners spreading the notion that their “right to bear arms” will be infringed with gun regulation, people across the country have

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The Custodians of SRHS: Where did they go?

By Katie Cederborg and Rachel Owen Photo by Alex Hays The absence of janitorial service on Santa Rosa High School’s campus has become increasingly apparent as garbage continues to pile high from Burke Hall all the way to the Main Building. With students being seemingly incapable of throwing away their trash, keeping the grounds clean has always been an issue; however, the mess that exists on campus shows that there is in fact more to this issue than the usual disorder. The low number of these custodians due to illness and

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Spring Greetings

By Sammi Bellinghausen Photo by Alex Hays Spring is by far the most beautiful season of all. During this time of the year, there are many different activities to do. These activities range from hiking to finger painting the beautiful flowers which grow in the fields. Some common things to do is to lay out in the sun, spend time with loved ones, and exercise. Additionally, many people enjoy looking at the cherry blossoms, having a picnic, and planting to make sure there will be plants for summer. Many well known events

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Rachel’s Rights: The Right to Assemble

By Rachel Owen Photos by Alex Hays Progressive change is nearly impossible to achieve without some form of disobedience. Whether it was the Boston Tea Party to combat unfair taxes or people fleeing to avoid being drafted into Vietnam, civil disobedience has always been prominent in United States history. Provided by the First Amendment of the Constitution, we as Americans have the right to peacefully assemble and petition. The amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of… the right of the

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