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Teacher Negotiations and Protests

Obviously, teachers are doing enough to deserve respect. So why are they struggling to survive in a “climate of disrespect,” as one teacher put it? Why do they not have district-provided medical health benefits, making our district resemble a revolving door, where teachers are trained here, then turn around and leave for a district that offers them considerably more in both benefits and wages?

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Local protests downtown

by: Lindsay Bribiescas On Saturday at 2 pm, protesters gathered at Courthouse Square to protest against the rising number of deaths of minority civilians at police hands. Demonstrators, many with signs created by Sonoma County’s Peace and Justice Center, spread out along the square. The group then marched along the street to the mall, where they entered Forever 21 and staged a “die-in,” where protesters laid on the ground — “dead” — in memory of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old shot in… Read More »

Should academic level A-G courses be required

The Santa Rosa City School district has recently been campaigning for a noble, albeit, idealistic policy a policy that would allow all students to graduate eligible for college admission. The district, headed by superintendent Socorro Shiels, had originally planned on getting rid of all non-college preparatory classes and requiring students to complete A-G courses for a diploma. (A-G refers to the high school courses required for entrance into a UC/CSU. There are seven general subject areas labeled “A” through “G”, hence the name). While this certainly seems productive at a glance, the district has run into stout opposition from teachers and counselors. It has since, backed down from its initial position, but the A-G policy is still a hotly debated issue.… Read More »

The dark side of “Ghetto Fab” Homecoming

Every year, SRHS seniors put on baggy pants and gold chains and head off to homecoming. This unquestioned phenomenon is called “ghetto fab,” and pretty much all the seniors seem to take part. It doesn’t seem to have an official definition, but it’s pretty self-explanatory, right? Dress like you’re from the ghetto, and be fab.

If it seems like harmless fun, that’s probably because you haven’t thought it through.
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SRHS Cross

By TREVOR GREENAN THE SANTA ROSAN On August 26, the students of the Santa Rosa High School Cross Country team met at Julliard Park at the crack of dawn to volunteer for the Santa Rosa Marathon. About 45 orange-and-black-clad students and 20 parents directed, provided water for, and cheered on the approximately 1,900 participants of the 5K, Half-Marathon, and Marathon. Upon arrival, the students were separated into water station and 5K groups. In a very Cross Country Camp-esque arrangement, the… Read More »

Get me a #6: Mom and Pop’s Sandwich Shop

Jacob Whiton, Staff Writer Having eaten there several times now, I’ve become a cheerleader for Mom and Pops Sandwich Shop on 4th street.   Knowing nothing about it initially, I was coaxed into trying it by a friend of mine who was keen to point out their selection of sandwiches named for local high school mascots (that includes the Mighty Panther).   You may have originally recognized it as Mr. Pickles, but the establishment has since defranchised and adopted the… Read More »

Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

Paige Abrams, Staff Writer Can anyone resist the temptation of a match made in heaven: chocolate and peanut butter? These peanut butter chocolate cupcakes bring together the best of both worlds into a single small treat. This simple recipe uses boxed cake mix to keep things easy, but the homemade frosting makes these cupcakes truly special and amazingly delicious. Trick everyone into thinking that you are a master baker with these delicious desserts, or keep the batch all to yourself.… Read More »

Panera Bread

Isabella Froman, Staff Writer Food isn’t the only awesome thing about Panera Bread. Of course, the food is absolutely fantastic, but eating at the restaurant is half the fun.   The cafe/bakery is decorated in modern, earthy tones and artistically unique paintings. The toasty atmosphere makes it a great place for eating with the family, hanging with friends, or holding a study group meeting.   Instead of being seated at a table and serviced by a waiter like at a… Read More »

The surprising benefits of safflower oil

Megan Korsak, Graphics Editor Safflower oil is an extract from safflower seeds. There are multiple benefits to using safflower oil that can alleviate the symptoms of coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. Although these claims have yet to be proven, many people have sworn that there are significant benefits to safflower oil.   Safflower oil known for its high levels of vitamin E which can lower respiratory problems, helps blood circulation, and strengthens the immune… Read More »

Crepe Daze satisfies both sweet and savory cravings

Celine Sargis, Staff Writer Walking into Crepe Daze, I had a clear vision in my mind of what it would be like: a typical French café, well, the American version of a French café. I imagined dark walls, little round table with two chairs on each side, and the smell of coffee in the air, kind of like a fancier Starbucks, but with a bitter short man at the counter with a funny mustache and an accent, rather than a… Read More »