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Conspiracy Theories Club at PCS

Gavin Kowalski, Logan Newkirk, Benito Sauceda, and Benson Young

March 12, 2019

Filed under Campus Life, Community

Do aliens exist? What is Area 51 really about? If the government ever finds The Loch Ness Monster, what will they do with it? Larger than the PCS community, these questions have provoked the minds of many, and have led to a myriad of alternate explanations known as conspiracy theories. The Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe Club at PCS, also dubbed UMOTU, has recently gained considerable traction from PCS students fascinated with these questions. The club hosts weekly discussions around popular alternative explanations to world events, and viewings of documentaries and other media surrounding conspiracy theories. Three R...

Jump Bikes on the PCS Campus

Benito Sauceda, Benson Young, Gavin Kowalski, and Logan Newkirk

March 12, 2019

Filed under Campus Life, Community

Jump Bikes are rental bikes provided in Santa Cruz that are fun, efficient, and affordable. They are electric assist bikes meaning that they provide a “boost” every time you pedal. Jump Bikes are made for people of all shapes and sizes with a full size frame, adjustable seat, tamper proof brake lines, grip bill, and a built in U-bar lock. However, they have been banned from the Pacific Collegiate Campus. Why is this? Most importantly, to use a Jump Bike, you need the Jump Bike App, which tells you where the nearest jump bike is, and it guides you to where it is located. This creates a problem because if Jump...

Gym Issue Hurts PCS Sports

Natalie Walker, Kirin Hopper, Maddie Briscoe, and Carina Raffaeli

March 12, 2019

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Sports

PCS does not have as gym. This predicament heavily influences the sports at PCS by limiting practices and games. Our school is geared towards academics which leaves little room for school spirit in regards to sports and other activities. When PCS moved from the Swift Street campus in the fall of 2015, the school lost access to the gym as well. The loss of a well-managed, easily accessible gym has since hindered the value of sports. The gym was primarily used for basketball and volleyball before it started falling apart due to erosion, mold, and inconsistent upkeep. Due to complaints from the athletes, construction on the old g...

Environmental Consciousness

Sylvie Fraley

October 25, 2018

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Opinions

The environment is our single biggest and most valuable resource, and we need to do everything we can do to protect it. The fact is, the environment has been depleted and destroyed by humans at a staggering rate, a rate that is not sustainable. Humans are going to continue to exist here, in growing numbers, and if we keep treating the natural world the way we are, not only will we fully destroy beautiful animals, plants, places, but we will also be severely limited in our resources, opportunities, and quality of life. We depend on the environment for everything we have: our food, our shelter, our jobs, our health, our lives...

Gym Issue Hurts PCS Sports

Natalie Walker, Kirin Hopper, Madeline Briscoe, and Carina Rafaelli

October 25, 2018

Filed under Campus Life, Community

PCS does not have as gym. This predicament heavily influences the sports at PCS by limiting practices and games. Our school is geared towards academics which leaves little room for school spirit in regards to sports and other activities. When PCS moved from the Swift Street campus in the fall of 2015, the school lost access to the gym as well. The loss of a well-managed, easily accessible gym has since hindered the value of sports. The gym was primarily used for basketball and volleyball before it started falling apart due to erosion, mold, and inconsistent upkeep. Due to complaints from the athletes, construction on the old g...

Halloween Costume Quiz

Halloween Costume Quiz

October 31, 2017

Don’t know what to dress up as for Halloween? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Just take this quick personality quiz and keep track of your points. We’ll let you know what costume to pick at the end of the quiz based on your points! What do you like to do in your freetime Crush the patriarchy (1 point) Eat (2 pt) Hang with friends (3 pt) Browse through social media (4 pt) Where...

Senior Camping Trip

October 17, 2017

Filed under Campus Life

PCS Girl’s Volleyball

Ayush Garg

October 17, 2017

Filed under Campus Life

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Girls Varsity Volleyball

October 16, 2017

While the PCS girls varsity volleyball season is well underway, there are plenty of more games to get excited about. To give you a preview of the rest of the season, we spoke to a number of players and coaches about this year’s team, season goals, and sports culture at PCS. This year’s girls varsity team has about fifteen players. The head coached by Chelsea Ching, who is assisted by current...

New Teachers

New Teachers

October 16, 2017

Mr. Pandey is a  PCS alumnus and currently teaches AP English Language And Composition. He can be found in Room 127, dropping sick beats.   What attracted you to the job here at PCS? I knew I wanted to teach high school and was looking at options in terms of where I wanted to be living. Since I grew up here, there was an obvious attraction to coming back to a place that I love. I wa...

Phone Home Significances

Phone Home Significances

October 16, 2017

As we returned to school this August, many students wondered about the addition of ‘phone homes’--places where students are required to deposit their cell phones prior to the start of class. There have been a variety of student reactions to this new policy. Many students don’t like having to put their phones somewhere they might forget and some just don’t like having to be away from their ph...

Cellphone Technology Research

Cellphone Technology Research

October 16, 2017

Right now, PCS administration, student government, and assorted teachers and students have been conducting research and working to update our existing cell phone policy. Through a collaboration between community members, this committee hope to discover the best way for students to learn while still using technology appropriately. Randy Garrett, Math Department Chair at PCS, and Sarah Madsen, a sen...

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

October 16, 2017

What it’s like to be in Hurricane Harvey   Hurricane Harvey was a devastating hurricane that swept through the Caribbean and South United States in late August and early September. It killed over 75 people and caused over 80 billion dollars in damage.   We interviewed a woman, a relative of a PCS student, currently living in Houston, Texas about her experience during Hurrican...

Advice Fairy Edition 3

Advice Fairy Edition 3

October 16, 2017

Dear ROAR, There’s this girl that I really like, she’s nice and funny and very smart, but we never talk. I’m super socially awkward and the idea of talking to a girl scares me, so I can’t even get her phone number. I’ve thought about passing notes in class but I’m worried that someone will find them and figure out it’s me. Lately I’ve been trying to send her matrices with encoded ...

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