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Social Media Disrupts Traditional Politics

Social Media Disrupts Traditional Politics

January 27, 2017

In 2006, the tweet was devised by Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, as a way for friends to keep tabs on each other using brief status updates—like public text messages. Since then, it has become a staple of modern communication. Though we continue to use Twitter as Dorsey first intended, it has also expanded, filling roles far beyond the scope of its original purpose. Tweeting has enabled the discov...

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, ...

Election Protests Sweep Across Santa Cruz and Bay Area

Election Protests Sweep Across Santa Cruz and Bay Area

December 9, 2016

As Santa Cruz residents woke up in the morning following the presidential election, many were dealing with a most unexpected reality: Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by about 2 million and getting 62 percent of the vote in California, Trump defeated Clinton with a total of 306 electoral votes. Clinton collected 232 electoral...

U.S. Political Unrest Raised to New Heights Post-Election

Dalton Bassler-Haynes

December 9, 2016

Filed under Politics

Since Donald Trump has been elected, a frenzy of insults on social media networks has ensued. Hillary Clinton supporters have been criticizing some Trump extremists, who have in turn been calling them profane names and posting controversial things on social media.  Trump supporters have been citing “free speech” in their defense and stating that “political correctness” has gone too far.  Trump is in a boiling pot himself. His insults from the election season are turning against him as many House Republicans are holding grudges, and foreign leaders are not sure what to do next.  Furthermore, the U.S. foreign...

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...

Trump’s Plans If/When He Loses the Election

Trump’s Plans If/When He Loses the Election

October 21, 2016

(Note from the editor: This was written before the election) Depending on which polls you believe, it looks as though Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is either going to cruise to victory on election day or squeak past Republican nominee Donald Trump with a narrow margin. So, what happens to Trump when the former reality TV host loses his presidential bid? Will he just go back to pl...

Election 2016: The Stakes For Education

Election 2016: The Stakes For Education

October 21, 2016

                                        Throughout the 2016 presidential race, issues regarding private email servers and unreleased tax returns have been getting a great deal of attention. However, one issue undoubtedly on the minds of many within the PCS community is the cost of higher education. As parents prepare to send their students off to college, tuition and the cost of living are points of increasing concern. I...

Literally Just 15 Donald Trump Gifs

Rhiannon Mulligan, Columnist

March 1, 2016

Filed under Mulligan's Mullings, Opinions, Politics

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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...

Recent reports on airborne Carbon Dioxide

Andrew Vu, Satirist/ Columnist

January 22, 2016

Filed under Politics

Note that numbers like this (1) reference the calculations at the end of the article In 2010, humanity collectively released around 36.7 tonnes (metric tons, equal to 1000 kilograms, or around 1.1 tons, or 2,200 pounds) of CO2. Most of you probably read over that, thinking it another random fact in an endless slog of global warming statistics, but it’s important to take a second and make note: that is a lot of carbon dioxide. When I was in 7th grade, I once had an idea: we could take all of the CO2 in the air, compact it into solid form, and store it underground so it wouldn’t clog up our atmosphere. Of course,...

Protests Follow Salinas Police Chief’s Participation in Book Panel

Nicole Trenchard and Alex Jackson

December 30, 2014

Filed under Community, News, Politics

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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