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41% of PCS Student Body Walked Out on J20

41% of PCS Student Body Walked Out on J20

January 27, 2017

On J20, the day of the presidential inauguration, 227 PCS students--41 percent of the PCS student body--participated in the J20 school walkouts and political protests which occurred across the country in concert with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United State.   The walkout began around 10:30 a.m. in coordination with students from UCSC, Harbor High School, ...

PCS Reacts to Trump’s Victory

PCS Reacts to Trump’s Victory

December 9, 2016

The evening of Tuesday, November 8, 2016 held bad news for some and good news for others. Americans across the country who voted for Donald Trump as President of the United States were satisfied, if not jubilant. However, for the 75% of Santa Cruz voters who supported Hillary Clinton for the position, Trump’s victory was devastating. For sophomore Roxana Ortiz, the election results were “shockin...

Advice Fairy – Edition 2

Advice Fairy – Edition 2

December 9, 2016

Please Don´t Mess with our Boxes! Dear Advice Fairy, I´m really sad. I can not stop eating sugar. I´m fat. My parents say I'm skinny, but I know they´re lying. Help! -Stuck on Sugar Dear Stuck on Sugar, You are not alone. A lot of people are going through the same thing. You are not fat. Your parents would not lie to you. People come in all shapes and sizes, so be proud of who you ...

The Loma Prieta Fire

The Loma Prieta Fire

October 21, 2016

On September 26, 2016, a wildfire spread across 4,474 acres of forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains and shot 100 foot flames into the sky. The recent Loma Prieta fire started from a house fire in the area and destroyed 12 homes as it spread into the nearby forest. More than 200 firefighters from departments across Santa Cruz and San Jose attempted to fight the fire in 100-degree weather thro...

Voting In the 2016 Election

Parker Dolton, Columnist/ Announcements Disruptor

January 22, 2016

Filed under Community, Local Engagement, Politics

Why We Should All Vote: According to a report published by the U.S. Census Bureau, young people between the ages of 18 and 24 consistently have lower voting rates than other age groups. This is a long-standing historical trend that needs to change radically. While our current electoral process is far from perfect, if we have a diverse group of citizens voting to uphold their personal beliefs, we can better the entire process. How does this relate to us? We have a chance to change our future in regards to our economy, social rights, and the environment. Those aspects of society are important. Who Can Vote: Anyo...

El Nino: What Our Teachers Have to Say

Amelia Salzman, Calvin Dunbar, Alyssa Miller, Columnist

December 11, 2015

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Local Engagement, Opinions

It's here. A few showers, days of rain here and there, increased swell, warmer waters--it all points to one thing: El Nino. Perhaps a storm of such a caliber could quench some of California’s thirst after so many years of severe drought. Or perhaps the upcoming precipitation will only bring slight reprieve from the climate change that has taken effect globally, and after it’s passing temperatures will continue to rise as water levels continue to drop. Either way, this long awaited storm will soon be upon us. So how should we prepare for the possible flooding, mud slides and various other side effects? Why not turn to...

Effects of Drought felt close to home

Rhiannon Mulligan, Columnist

November 17, 2015

Filed under Community, Local Engagement

In recent weeks, Santa Cruz County workers and PG&E employees have been working to prepare for the coming El Nino storm system (Baxter). City authorities and federal scientists are expecting rainfall and flooding of a magnitude that hasn’t been seen since the winter of 1997-1998 (Rogers). While many people in Santa Cruz are treating the coming storm as a panacea, it is very probable that El Nino will not actually end the prolonged drought in the state. Jay Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Science says “[i]t is very unlikely that things will develop exactly as we’re hoping.” This call for cautiou...

“Almonds: A Nutty Industry for Drought-Afflicted California?”

“Almonds: A Nutty Industry for Drought-Afflicted California?”

November 17, 2015

California, our beautiful home, has been suffering from severe drought for about four years now. This change in California’s climate has affected the whole state, including Santa Cruz— lawns are brown, the plants are wilting, the air is dry, and every time you pass Lexington Reservoir the dropping water line is distinct. This severe drought in Santa Cruz has forced us to change our habits in an e...

PCS Brings Back ‘Immigration And Identity’ Class

PCS Brings Back ‘Immigration And Identity’ Class

November 7, 2014

Rich discussion and controversial conversation echo across the room. Students’ eyes widen as the class progresses, experiencing a class structure unlike many offered here at PCS. Be warned: substantial reading is required and an open mind is appreciated. History teacher Jessica Barbata’s Immigration and Identity course has resurfaced at PCS this year. Originally offered in the Spring of 2012,...

Valiant Volunteer Leticia Camacho

Valiant Volunteer Leticia Camacho

November 7, 2014

On a Saturday morning, when many PCS students are just waking up, senior Leticia Camacho is volunteering by baking goods for farm workers. “During the holidays, I bake and package good to distribute to local farm workers in my area at Creekside Farms. I have learned a lot from the owners and staff there about what life is really like for immigrants who just want a better life for their families...

California’s Future Looks ‘Droughtful’

California’s Future Looks ‘Droughtful’

November 7, 2014

As of September 16th this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills enforcing better management of groundwater basins in California. However, the legislation made only a small difference in recovering the basins and restoring California’s lacking water supply. In response to the drought, some precautions were made to conserve water across California. In August 2014, water saving rates increased...

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