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Flora and Zora bring home the gold

Junior Zora Choi and sophomore Flora Dixit

compete at Teakwondo World Championship

Anvi Kataria

and Yinning Xie

Staff Writers

Feeling as if they were holding

Captain America’s shield with the

American flag on their backs, junior

Zora Choi and sophomore Flora Dixit

were presented with their team events

medal, quite an accomplishment consider

where they were last summer.

Choi and Dixit competed for the

USA Junior Girls Team at the International

Taekwon-Do Foundation (ITF)

World Championship from July 29-31

in the Netherlands.

Choi earned six medals, including

gold in specialty techniques (different

variations of high kick) and silver in

individual patterns (a set of techniques

in a sequence). Choi was awarded the

most medals on Team USA.

“I really enjoy competing,” Choi

said. “[I] get that adrenaline rush.”

Dixit received five medals, including

a bronze individual medal for special


Team USA earned a gold medal in

specialty techniques, silver medals

for patterns (set of techniques in a

sequence with multiple people in sync)

and power breaking (ability to break

boards using hand and leg techniques),

and a bronze for sparring (fighting).

“[The tournament] was by far one of

my biggest achievements,” Dixit said.

Dixit has been training in taekwondo,

a traditional Korean martial art,

since she was four years old, while

Choi has been involved with the sport

since she was in fourth grade.

To earn spots on the team, Dixit and

Choi had to compete at a qualifier in

Houston, where each studio sent its

top on March 26. In Houston, Choi

and Dixit had to place among the top

three in each division and have coaches

select them for the team.

There were only seven girls chosen

for the junior girls’ team.

When Choi was chosen for the team

she actually felt surprised that she

earned a spot. A few names later, Dixit

was announced for the team as well.

Both girls were excited and happy that

they qualified for the team together.

When selected for the events team,

Choi and Dixit couldn’t believe that

they both got selected. Dixit said it was

great that they both got selected (and

other girls from their studio) because it

brought more unity to the team.

Dixit said Team USA had a very

strong bond with her teammates and

Photo courtesy of Chuen Choi

Zora Choi practices a kick during the Taekwon-Do World Championships.

played “High School Musical” songs

during practice to help bring the team

even closer together.

During the competition, Dixit went

up against competitors from different

countries, including ones in the Netherlands,

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Italy,

Argentina, Spain, and Malaysia. She

said that Argentina was the hardest

country to compete against because its

team was government-funded.

Choi also went against some challenging

countries in the tournament.

“Argentina was a big one [competitor]”

Choi said.

Monte Vista junior Saran Nagubandi,

a member of the USA Junior Boys

Team, met Choi several years ago at

Jue’s Taekwon-Do and said she’s very

diligent in her training.

“[Choi] is the most hardworking

person I know,” Nagubandi said.

Choi started training through San

Ramon taekwon-do programs before

joining her current studio, Jue’s Taekwon-Do

in the Market Place, which

she really likes. Dixit started training

because she had a lot of energy and

someone had recommended having

her officially join a studio.

“[Taekwon-do] was just a way that

I could just spend my time and I made

a lot of friends,” Dixit said.

While Dixit moved to Jue’s Taekwon-Do

about four years ago, Choi

was actually one of the first students

to join the studio. Dixit moved to Jue’s

Taekwon-Do as a first-degree black belt

and is now a second-degree. Choi also

is a second-degree black belt.

“[Dixit] is very diligent in her training,”

Derek Leung, one of her instructors

at Jue’s Taekwon-Do, said. “She

came as a black belt. It took her a long

time to become a second-degree black

belt, but she didn’t give up so she has

a lot of perseverance in her training.”

Dixit worked very hard throughout

her taekwon-do training and is currently

debating whether to go to the next

world championship to see if she has

improved. She is also working toward

her next belt, a third-degree black belt,

and is hoping to potentially teach others

in the future.

Choi is hoping to compete in the

Taekwon-Do World Cup next summer

which she said is rumored to be in

South Korea.

One of Choi’s mentors, Val Leung,

motivated Choi the most to keep on


“She is one of those people where

you teach it once, and it will stick to her,

and she will always try to implement

that in everything she does,” Leung,

an instructor from Jue’s Taekwon-Do,

said. “So you see her consistently trying

to improve herself and [get] better.”

Chad Ross takes over as new athletic director

Photo courtesy of Chuen Choi

Flora Dixit, left, and Zora Choi, far right, pose at Taekwon-Do World Championships this summer. The girls helped

the USA Junior Girls Team four medals at the international competition, including a gold medal in specialty

techniques. Choi earned six individual medals, while Dixit earned five medals.

Marcus Chalasani

and Andrew Chen

Staff Writers

New athletic director Chad Ross was

getting sports scholarships as a Grizzly

before iPhones existed.

Now as Cal High’s athletic director,

Ross supports student-athletes and

coaches to ensure the school’s athletic

programs are a positive representation

of the Grizzlies. Ross also works behind

the scenes scheduling practices

and games on campus, answering any

questions parents or athletes may have,

and constantly working to improve the

athletic program.

Ross’s goal for Cal is to build a

culture that uplifts athletes to achieve

their potential. He aims for Cal to be

viewed as a school filled with athletes

who show dedication, a passion for

sports and demonstrate sportsmanship

at the highest level. And one day, he

knows Cal will become just that.

¨I feel like I can give back to a place

that gave so much for myself,¨ Ross explained

about his new job opportunity.

Athletic directors are responsible for

making sure every team has enough

funding, practices are schedules, and

much more. Traits Ross picked up as

a student athlete help him manage all

these responsibilities for all of Cal’s

athletic teams.

Ross was a star athlete for both the

baseball and basketball teams during

his time at Cal. After graduating in

2001 and attending Oklahoma City

University on a baseball scholarship,

Ross coached baseball at several colleges

and high schools, including Cal

(2012 - 2014) and San Ramon Valley

(2021 - 2022) high schools. He also

coached at Lewis and Clark College

in Portland, Ore., (2015-2017), Chabot

College in Hayward (2009 - 2012), and

for multiple travel ball organizations.

Ross said he learned a lot from being

around other coaches and mentors

all of these years. He learned how to

teach, motivate, organize, and build a

competitive and positive team culture,

all elements he hopes to bring to Cal

as an athletic director.

“I think what stood out for me with

him is that he had a fair perspective

of women’s and men’s sports,” said

assistant principal Rhonda Taft, who

oversees athletics. “Ross communicates

very well, He will tell us, ‘Hey,

the girls have a game tonight’, and that

helps a lot because we get so busy.”

From as early as elementary school,

Ross found a passion for sports. Eventually,

his passion brought him to the

various sports offered at Cal, where

his dedication and talent truly began

Chad Ross became Cal High’s new athletic director in August.

to shine.

“Ross was an amazing pick for baseball

as he was talented. He could hit the

ball and spray it around the field,” said

current Cal golf coach Mike Pottinger,

who was Ross’s former baseball and

basketball coach. “In basketball, it was

his leadership and raw talent.”

But being a star student-athlete came

with its challenges. Ross said he found

himself juggling between his social life,

sports and academics.

“I think it’s important to know that

everybody is going to have those time

Photo by Christine Wang

management issues,” Ross said. “And

have those hectic days, I remember

them vividly.”

It’s common for Grizzlies to feel

overwhelmed and stressed from the

various classes and extracurriculars

they may be involved with. Ross

believes that everyone has different

ways of finding success during busy

times. His method for dealing with time

management issues is quite effective

and simple.

“You should have a really good support

system,” Ross said. “For example,

let me call this person, or let’s go get

pizza with that person. Introducing that

support system is crucial for people

struggling with balancing their additional


During his time in school Ross

found that focusing on himself instead

of others elevated him to new heights.

During his high school basketball tryouts,

Ross focused on himself instead

of worrying about whether or not others

would make it on the team and where

he ranks among them.

“All you can do is just focus on

how you perform to the best of your

ability and then let them fall where

they should,” Ross said. “I think too

many people are caught up playing the

numbers game.”

From his past experiences as a Grizzly,

Ross decided to become an athletic

director at his old highschool because

he hoped he could make a difference.

His passion for Cal is evident through

his diligent work ethic and cheerful

attitude towards everyone.

“I love the people at Cal,” Ross

said. “They are so welcoming and

open-minded, I feel like my colleagues

are committed to helping out students.”

Ross knows that he has a strong

support system behind him because

his colleagues are dedicated to the

well-being of students at Cal.

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Heroic Homecoming!

Carson Pfotenhauer

Staff Writer

Fantasy football

is back, and so are

the punishments

David Huan leads Cal volleyball to victory

New coach hopes to

help lift program to

greater heights

Mansi Swaminathan

and Ryan Wang

Staff Writers

There is yet another change at Cal

High that will help elevate the athletic

program to newer heights with the

addition of first-year women’s varsity

volleyball coach David Huan.

Huan is one of the club directors

of Red Rock Volleyball, a local club

in Alameda County. Huan, who was

recruited as Cal’s new coach, has

been coaching for more than 23 years

and started his coaching career as a

sophomore at UC Berkeley.

“My goals for every team that I work

with is just always trying to help them

get to the next level,” Huan said.

Huan’s primary goal is to push the

team to develop their skills. He said he

experienced a lot of challenges as a Red

Rock Volleyball coach and a business

owner during the COVID quarantine

months. He mentioned that the experience

was highly unpredictable and

that they had to learn to adapt to the

‘new normal’.

From having no classes at Red

Rock to slowly doing exercise routines

through Zoom, Huan had quite a journey

through the pandemic.

Many of his players believe that he

has implemented new routines and

good values for the team.

“The competitiveness that Coach

David brings to the table gives a good

environment,” senior defensive specialist

Ha Ly Carlson said. “I would

say that we have more of a routine this

year. The construction of our practices

are much different.”

David Huan, second from the right, speaks to the girls volleyball team during a break in the action.

Compared to last year when the girls

used to do laps as a warmup, they started

doing half-court dynamic warmups.

In comparison to last year, when the

Grizzlies finished 6-12 in the EBAL,

Cal got off to a fast this year start by

winning its first six games and going

13-0 in non-league play.

Since league play has started, the

Grizzlies have dropped six of seven

games and are 14-8 overall.

The team won the Deer Valley

Tournament last month and continues

to improve.

With Cal’s latest set of victories,

players say that Huan has established

himself as a strong and focused coach.

Most of the women’s volleyball team

thinks the same.

With a fresh mindset and a new

coach, the women’s volleyball team is

looking forward to a lot more victories

in their upcoming matches.

“We were really excited, actually,

to have some change,” senior outside

hitter Natalie Peete said. “We didn’t

have a coach until right before the

season started, so we were worried we

weren’t going to get a coach.”

Peete is an experienced player who

has been on the team since her freshman

year. Adapting to a new coach was

definitely not easy, according to her.

The comfort level achieved with the

old coach is being rebuilt since new

changes are being brought to the team.

Photos by Samantha Contreras

Clockwise from top, fans cheer on the varsity football team 34-25 victgory over Monte Vista in last Friday night’s homecoming game. Junior Sayyidi

Abdul-kareem (26) runs through a Monte Vista defender’s arm tackle, while junior Devan Love (4) power rushes a Mustang defender. Cal improved to

5-1 with the victory. The Grizzlies host De La Salle on Friday at 7 p.m. The Spartans are 3-3 this season.

Photo by Mansi Swaminathan

But Peete felt that they are lucky to

have such an experienced coach and

is excited nonetheless.

“I think our team is responding pretty

well,” junior middle blocker Alana

Villela said. “Our team really works

well when it comes to speaking with

new people and changes and stuff.”

Villela thinks that this change had

a large impact due to Huan already

bringing a difference to the team.

The competitiveness of this new

environment sparks the team to work

even harder to be prepared for the fall


“For me, you know, my goal as a

competitor is to just try to win everything,”

Huan said.

With the NFL season well under

way, a majority of football fans are

participating in fantasy football.

Fantasy football is a fun way to stay

interactive with teams and players in

the league while also having fun with

friends. And in most leagues, members

agree upon a punishment for the league

loser for their amusement.

Over the years, social media has provided

some outrageous punishments,

and most recently the one that caught

my attention was the case of Lee Sanderlin,

a Mississippi man who spent 24

hours in a Waffle House. Sanderlin lost

his fantasy league, so league members

came together and decided he had to

stay in a Waffle House for 24 hours and

for every waffle that he ate, it shaved

off an hour off his sentence.

He stayed in the Waffle House for

15 hours after downing nine waffles.

Though there are no Waffle Houses in

California, I can see a similar punishment

with the loser spending time in a

McDonalds. The league can decide on

what menu item the loser should eat

and assess the appropriate time taken

off for each item eaten.

There are many punishments to

explore that students can choose from

that fits best for you and your friends.

Even those at Cal High who play in

fantasy leagues have ideas of what

punishment they will use.

Sophomore Rishab Somas said his

favorite idea of a punishment was

wearing a tutu to school, or taking a

stuffed animal on a date. I think these

are both uncommon and unique, and in

that sense I like these options.

Sophomore Holden Major said his

choice of punishment would be for the

loser to do stand up comedy with the

league winner deciding the content.

“I like how the winner gets rewarded

and gets their say in what the loser

does,” Major said.

Sophomore Brady Gillespie said

his favorite punishment was the loser

eating a meal chosen by each member.

There are a lot of other great punishments

to choose, such as my favorite

known as the Gilk Mile. With this

punishment, Gatorade is added to a

gallon of milk and shaken up. The

league loser then runs the track with

all of his friends watching, and every

time a lap is completed the runner takes

a swig of the gilk.

Depending on how strong of a

stomach the person has, it can quickly

turn for the worse. That combination

of fluids and running a mile is a recipe

for disaster.

The classic buzz cut is arguably the

most used fantasy punishment because

of how easy it is. The loser losing all

his hair is a nice way to lose months

or hair growth.

Taking the three-hour-long SAT

is one of the most stressful tests for a

person because it can help shape the

future after high school. So what better

punishment than to have the league

loser prepare for the test and require

them to earn a certain score to avoid

an even worse punishment.

These are just a few “fun” ideas

awaiting the loser of your fantasy

leagues. Of course, they’re only fun

if you’re not the one losing.

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New schedule

creates change

B-period and

later start

time adjusts

students’ days

Yining Xie

Staff Writer

The jury is still out on this

year’s new schedule.

Since Senate Bill 328 went

into effect to start the school

year on Aug. 10, many Cal

High students began their days

later with no classes being

offered earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Conversely, many students

are ending their days later too

because the extra A period that

used to be scheduled from 7:31-

8:30 a.m. has now been shifted

to the end of the day.

The optional seventh period,

now called B period, starts at

2:40 p.m. and runs until 3:41


“Sometimes if you have to

do something after school, you

really don’t have much time

to do it,” sophomore Kaylie

Chang said.

Senate Bill 328, which was

signed into law in late 2019

and went into effect on July

1, requires all California high

schools to start no earlier than

8:30 a.m. and all middle schools

to start no earlier than 8 a.m.

This change was proposed

after three decades of scientific

research on teen health, sleep

patterns, and brain chemistry,

according to State Senator

Anthony J. Portantino, who

authored the bill.

As a result, Cal changed its

schedule to replace A period

with B period because any

classes offered before 8:30

a.m. would not count toward

graduation credit, according to

the new law.

Last year, nearly 700 of

Cal’s 2,800-plus students were

enrolled in classes offered during

the earlier period. This year,

only 509 students are enrolled

in classes offered at the end of

the day, according to school

enrollment figures.

Freshman Amiya Khosla

likes B period because she can

wait after school for her tennis

practice, which starts at 4 p.m.

“I did a B period because

practice starts at four, so I would

get to stay at school and not

go all the way home,” Khosla

said. “It works out very well

and I like it.”

But sophomore Hana Kim

said she despises B period, because

going home later means

that she pushes back the time she

starts her homework and goes to

bed. She feels like she is almost

falling asleep in all her classes

compared to just falling asleep

in A period last year.

“I always sleep later than

normal,” Kim said. “[So] I’m

sleeping in class because I’m


This is a problem facing

student athletes because sports

practice start times have been

pushed back to 4 p.m. to accommodate

students taking B


Although some students live

close enough to campus to easily

go home after school and return

for practice, others don’t have

the luxury and are now forced to

wait around for practice to start.

“My house is too far away

to go home,” senior Asher

Coats said.

Coats said he is able to do

homework at that time, but

he preferred last year, when

practices started at 3:30 p.m.,

30 minutes after school ended.

Coats said he would immediately

change and go out to the

track compared to this year

where he has to wait more than

an hour at school before his

practice starts.

Some students who have

teacher meetings after school to

receive additional help are also

having issues if their teachers

have a B period. These students

cannot meet with their teachers

after school for help until

instruction time ends.

“It’s hard for them to visit

me after school because I’m

teaching a B period,” chemistry

teacher Ryan Hughes said.

The late start and swap of A

and B periods aren’t the only

changes to this year’s schedule.

Tutorial has been shortened by

10 minutes to 30 minutes and

is now offered after third and

fourth periods right before lunch

instead of at the end of first and

second periods.

There are also no more late

starts on Wednesdays. With

classes beginning at 8:30 every

day, students are being released

early on Wednesdays at 2:05

p.m. After this early release

time is when teachers have their

weekly meetings, instead of

before school on Wednesdays

like the previous year.

Lunch and brunch also were

shortened by five minutes so the

school day still follows rules.

San Ramon Valley Unified

School District teachers’ contract

states that they cannot

work on average more than

seven hours a day, said statistics

teacher Bob Allen, who helped

make the schedule. He said the

schedule went through multiple

drafts to make sure it followed

the new law and fit within teachers’

contracted hours.

Some students are still adjusting

to the shortened tutorial,

brunch and lunch breaks.

“Because tutorial is shorter,

it is harder for me to complete

stuff,” Kim said. “Lunch being

shorter, I don’t have time to go

to club meetings and eat lunch

after club meetings.”

Algebra 2 teacher Anthony

Khoo, however, likes the new

tutorial schedule better than the

previous year’s because it goes

straight into lunch and if the

students are willing, students

can stay longer during the lunch

period and make the tutorial

period longer.

“Teachers and students still

have the flexibility option for

the longer help period if you’re

willing to give up your lunch,”

Khoo said.

One change students and

teachers seem to like is the

new early release Wednesday,

which was added to make the

schedule more consistent and

create time for weekly teacher

meetings. Assistant Principal

Jeff Osborn said an informal

survey of students indicated

students liked being able to go

home early one day a week.

Students also like the consistency

of having school start

at 8:30 a.m. every day.

Chang said she doesn’t mind

the new schedule that much

because there is no more waking

up early, but she has found

it difficult volunteering at elementary

schools for California

Scholarship Federation because

her B period class ends so late.

Other students seem to like the

new schedule as well.

“It’s easier to get into a

routine and in terms of pick up

and drop off with my parents.”

sophomore Jasmine Young


Teachers shared a similar


“I personally like it,” Khoo

said. “Just because now the

schedule is consistent Monday

through Friday.”

Students learn how to adjust and balance their busy schedules with new start times, longer tutorial perio

Changes in lunchtime procedures aim

Achintya Gupta

and Zaki Humayun

Staff Writers

Cal High is no Michelin Star

restaurant. It has long lines,

unknown chefs and odd milk.

But since the school year

has started, it has undergone

numerous changes.

California has become the

first state to provide free lunches

for every student after passing

the California Universal Meal

Program. Assembly Bill 130

was signed into law by Gov.

Gavin Newsom and went into effect

in the 2022-23 school year.

The $700 million program

funds a variety of free meals to

all students, plus upgrades to the

kitchen infrastructure.

Prior to this program, free

meals were available at Cal in

the 2021-22 school year as the

result of a preliminary statefunded

program that allocated

$650 million so the state could

provide students with free meals

during their first year back from

COVID-19 quarantine.

The school has also brought

back the old keypad system that

existed prior to COVID-19. This

system wasn’t used last school

year to prevent the spread of

physical contact on campus.

The implementation of the

keypad system is an abrupt

change to many, but administrators

believe it is necessary,

to keep track of the number of

meals being served.

“This is a state thing, so that’s

why we input [these rules] for

us,” said Elaine Esguerra, the

San Ramon Valley Unified

School District child nutrition

manager. “To be able to provide

free meals for the students, we

need to account for how many

students we are serving.”

Because of these new rules,

the wait time and the length of

lunch lines have increased leading

many students to complain

about not getting a school lunch

on time or at all.

“I haven’t actually gotten

lunch for the past three days,

because they keep running out,

so I just get a milk carton,”

junior Maheen Shafi said.

The system also led to severe

congestion of students in the

commons trying to get food.

“The keypads are fine but

it would be better if they

could make a faster way [to

get lunch],” freshman Akshay

Madivanan said.

Then, improvements were

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Features B5

Parking and pick-up

rules shift routines

School adjusts

procedures for

second time

this school year

Addison Jing and

Daniela Noubleau

Staff Writers

Illustration by Judy Luo

ds, and the new “B-period”, an after-school replacement of A-period.

It might be a new year, but Cal

High students are still experiencing

problems with traffic and

parking, with a few new twists

and turns in this windy road.

Last year, about a quarter of

the student body started school

at 7:30 a.m. because they had an

A period, according to school

enrollment figures provided by

administration. Now, students

say 10-15 minutes have been

added to their morning commutes,

with all 2,881 students

arriving to Cal at once. This is

due to the new schedule creating

an 8:30 start time.

“It gets really bad so I come

earlier to avoid the traffic,”

senior Anya Mahajan said.

“I get to the backlot around


Senior Isabel Talwar said her

drive to school is twice as long

compared to last year.

“It takes me 30 minutes to

drive to school, but I live two

miles away,” Talwar said.

And that’s just getting to

campus. Some students also say

they’re now waiting 20-30 minutes

after fifth or sixth periods

end to even leave the parking lot.

Parents picking up students on

campus forms a bottle neck that

leads to increased congestion,

due to a new pick-up procedure

being implemented.

“I’ll just wait till there’s no

traffic,” senior Hunter Scruggs

said. “I’ll just stay here [in the

back lot].”

Other students also share the

same sentiment.

“After school there’s so much

traffic, so I just wait it out and

then I leave,” said Mahajan. “I

have to wait like 30 minutes.”

At the start of the school year,

parents were asked to enter

the back lot which serves as a

student exit, turn in front of the

band room and pick up students

in front of the administration

building. But admin realized

this change was creating more

congestion, so on Oct. 3 they

changed pick-up procedures.

Parents heading north on

Broadmoor Drive still follow

the same procedure of turning

into the back lot, but parents

heading south on Broadmoor

are no longer forced to enter

the back lot since the horseshoe

in front of the administration

building has been reopened for

student pick up, where as it was

previously blocked off.

Administrators are hoping

that these changes will help alleviate

some of the congestion,

but it seems traffic will always

be an issue.

“The school was built for a

couple hundred people 50 years

ago in a residential neighborhood,”

assistant principal Jeff

Osborn said. “So, it is a matter

of design.”

Administrators created a

change in the student parking lot

this school year by adding numbers

to all spaces. Unlike years

past, students are now required

to park in their numbered spot,

which they chose when they

paid for their parking permits.

“Last year’s administrative

team had the plan of putting

numbers in the parking lot,”

Osborn said. “So this was not a

new concept. This is something

that we identified issues with

last year.”

The change was made to help

prevent students who pay for

a parking permit having their

spots taken by students who

don’t.Some students like this


“I think it does [benefit

students] because I don’t have

to worry about where to park,”

senior Jordyn Porter said. “It

was all already figured out,”

Senior Dylan Farrell believes

that having the numbered spots

prevents people from getting

their spot taken, which he said

happened to him repeatedly last

school year.

“I personally think the numbers

are a good choice because

I don’t like people taking my

spot,” Farrell said.

But the change to assigned

parking spots doesn’t mean

students are parking in the spots

that they are supposed to park in.

“I’ve gotten emails saying

‘Hey someone’s in my spot,’”

Osborn said.

Students who are caught

not parking in their designated

space or without a permit will

be issued a ticket after one warning.

Tickets issued through the

school are still $35, the same

as last year.

The same rules apply to

students who park in staff spots

in the main parking lot, as well

as the parking spots in front of

the band room and outside the

pool deck.

“Last year it was a big problem

because I parked at the front

of the school and a lot of kids

were parking there, and it clearly

says staff on it,” biology teacher

Erica Steadman said. “So when

I was coming back from lunch,

I didn’t have a space available

Illustration courtesy of Cal High administration

Cal High’s new plan to minimize parking lot congestion during pick-up and drop-off was

announced on Oct. 3 and it includes reopening the horseshoe in front of the admin building.

Administrators had closed the horseshoe for the first two months of school.

for me because there were kids

parking there and it upset me.”

Despite the implementation

of the numbering of parking

spaces, it seems the greatest

problem involving parking on

campus will continue to be

students taking spaces that they

didn’t purchase permits for.

In September, The Californian

checked 150 cars parked

in the back student lot on

two separate occasions. Staff

members found that 31 and 34

cars did not have permits. Last

spring, The Californian checked

150 cars in the back lot twice in

two months and found that 32

and 44 cars did not have permits,

which is an increase from the

pervious year.

Administrators said that due

to a lack of staffing to monitor

the back lot, fewer students

were being ticketed for parking

illegally. Administrators and

teachers are hoping that some

of the old parking problems

don’t resurface again during

the school year.

“I personally have not had

any problems [parking], but I

also get here pretty early,” health

and biology teacher Patrick

O’Brien said. “Some teachers

just have a problem coming

in because the staff spots are

in [the same parking lot as the


Editors Kylie Thomsen and

Saachi Sharma contributed to

this story.

ed to ease congestion in commons

made to alleviate these issues.

The new plan, which began on

Sept. 22, created two lines of

students, one for those getting

food and one for those finding

seating. Students now use different

doors depending on what

they’re doing. Two other doors

are dedicated exits.

Before, there was just one

line to enter the commons for

seating or getting food, and one

line to exit.

“The change we made was

to have the people who are

dining in [the commons], who

are mostly seniors, be able to

easily go in there and find a

seat,” assistant principal Jeff

Osborn said.

But more problems ensued

when students used the new

door to cut the line.

“We had some people going

through the same door as those

seniors went through and cutting

in line,” Osborn said.

After the implementation of

the new program, the demands

for meals increased.

“Compared to pre-pandemic,

demand rose,and approximately

900 more meals were being

served,” Osborn said.

Free food for all students was

great . But there were noticeable

downsides, like the quality of

the food.

Most meals served last year

were prepackaged and microwaved

because of the kitchens

being out of order due to construction.

“Dining was also closed off in

the commons during that [2021-

22 school] year,” Osborn said.

This year, however, the food

seems to be better.

As for the 2020-21 school

year, Cal had to accommodate

the COVID-19 outbreak and

was forced to shut down for a

semester. This also meant that

students could no longer receive

food from the cafeteria.

During the second semester

of the 2020-21 school year, a

hybrid program was introduced.

Students who wished to go in

person were able to, but this

meant that the school had to

provide them with meals.

Prior to the pandemic, the

variety of food and the price

to pay were all very different.

“Three years ago, in 2019

the cafeteria provided Subway,

Korean BBQ, and other

meals,” Osborn said. “However,

this was pre-pandemic, when

students had to pay for their


B6 A&E Read

Director Tim Burton does

it again with a live action

adaptation of bizzare family,

but this time star is Wednesday

Keliimaikai demello

Staff Writer

The Californian Online at www.thecalifornianpaper.com Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Addams Family is back on screens

The season of spookiness

brings horror shows with

it, and this year, there isn’t

anything much better than to

curl up on the couch with than

“Wednesday,” the new Netflix

adaptation and continuation of

the famously peculiar Addams


Set to be released on Nov.

23, Netflix’s anticipated series

is produced and directed by Tim

Burton, who is notorious for his

gothic filmmaking. The show

is already being commended

for Burton’s accurate ethnic

casting and modernization of

“Wednesday” compared to its


From cartoons by Charles

Addams in the 1930s to 10

televised series and film adaptations,

including “Wednesday”,

the Addams family doesn’t get

any less creepy or bizarre. This

wealthy family is completely

oblivious of their supernatural

peculiarities, making most

of the remakes all the more


Unlike previous adaptations,

the 2022 series will follow

Wednesday, played by Jenna

Ortega, through her journey

at Nevermore Academy, the

school for the outcasts. There,

she dives into a murder mystery

that goes back 25 years as well

as dealing with monsters that

lurk around the town, all while

tackling new relationships at

her school.

“The show will be amazing

because she is in it,” sophomore

Brannon Tomren said of Ortega.

Ortega’s Mexican and Puerto

Rican roots make her the

perfect person for the role of

Wednesday. In the past, the

character of Wednesday was

never accurately represented.

Ortega really hopes to bring

justice to the character.

“Wednesday is technically

a Latina character and that’s

never been represented,” Ortega

said in a YouTube video,

“Wednesday Addams: Inside

the Character”, on Netflix’s

channel. “So for me, any time

that I have an opportunity to

represent my community, I want

that to be seen.”

Burton feels, as well as senior

Kushboo Pandaya, that Ortega

is the perfect Wednesday.

“[I’m] looking forward to see

what Jenna Ortega does in this

Wednesday role,” Pandaya said.

Even though the spotlight is

on Wednesday this time, the rest

of the family can’t be forgotten.

Actor and comedian Luis Guzman

has taken a big time role

as Gomez Adams, the head of

the Addams family.

Guzman also is Puerto Rican,

and with a short stature, rounded

out build, and carefully gelled

down hair, he shares an uncanny

resemblance to the very first

Gomez Addams.

But some shared their disapproval

on Twitter, criticizing

the casting of Guzman because

he isn’t “slender” enough for

the role.

B.J. Colangelo, a film producer,

was ready to defend

Guzman by pointing out that

the slender versions of Gomez

were not the original.

“Gomez looks like the original

cartoon strip again and if

you don’t think Luis Guzmán

is hot (which I’m seeing in the

replies), that’s a you problem,”

Colangelo tweeted. “I love this.”

But Guzman’s looks aren’t

the only complaint about the

series. Sophomore Michael

Manning thinks it won’t be all

the rave overall.

“[The series] looks pretty bad

to be honest,” Manning said.

“I haven’t heard good things.”

Sophomore Aaron McCord

feels differently and sees the

appeal to the show.

“Definitely a really interesting

watch,” McCord said. “I

haven’t gotten into it all yet but

it does seem very interesting.”

Along with Ortega and Gomez,

Cathrine Zeta-Jones will

playMorticia Addams, the Gothic

wife of Gomez and mother of

Wednesday and Pugsley. Issac

Ordonez will take on the role

of Pugsley, Wednesday’s older

brother, who is described as “an

energetic monster of a boy,” by

Charles Addams.

Also joining the cast are

Thora Birch, Riki Lindhome,

Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan,

Georgie Farmer, Moosa

Mostafa, Emma Myers, Naomi

J. Ogawa, Joy Sunday, Percy

Hynes White, Gwendoline

Christie, and Christina Ricci,

who previously acted as


Whether “Wednesday”

brings justice to the show will

ultimately be revealed next

month, when viewers meet the

death-loving daughter and the

whole eerie family.

Andrew Tate has an influence with his ideology

Social media influencer’s sexist,

homophobic and racist ideology

helps him gain a following

Riya Reddy

Staff Writer

There are many influential

people on social media whose

ideas often impact their viewers.

One influencer, who’s known

for his controversial opinions,

is Andrew Cobra Tate, whose

fanbase is mainly young boys

who are heavily influenced by

his words and actions.

Tate is a 35 year old man

who is commonly known

for his views on women, his

racist, homophobic, and sexist

comments, and being an alleged

sex offender. But he originally

became famous from his online

school, Hustlers University,

a school he founded to teach

people how to many money.

He began making many appearances

on podcasts but was

removed from most of them

after a video of him beating a

woman in 2016 was leaked. He

defended himself by saying it

was consensual and the woman

requested him to do it.

Tate’s Twitter account was

suspended in 2017 because

of his tweets describing that

“victims of rape and sexual harassment

should ‘bear responsibility’

for assault,” according

to Forbes.

Tate’s statements are seen

as concerning to a point where

many people who don’t agree

with his ideas believe that

younger boys, whose minds and

opinions are just being shaped,

are agreeing with how Tate

says he treats women. Those

who disagree with Tate believe

he is convincing the younger

generation that this behavior is


Like many people, senior

Sione Hingano takes issue with

Tate’s opinions on relationships.

“I feel like in a relationship

men and women can work together,

but he emphasizes how

men take a lot of the dominant

side. I can also agree with a

little bit of that, but he’s just

really extreme,” Hingano said.

“Like one time he said if your

girl gets OnlyFans, since she’s

yours, you can get all the profits,

which I disagree with.”

Sophomore Enguun

Munkhnairamdal added, “Just

knowing that there are guys like

Andrew Tate out there is scary.

I have seen people, especially

guys my age on TikTok, agreeing

with his hurtful viewpoints

on women.”

Tate’s statements have been

pointed out to be hypocritical

and sexist. He often uses Christianity

as logic for his beliefs,

but many people find this as a

way of him forcing his religion

on others.

“Read the Bible, every single

man has multiple wives, not a

single woman had multiple husbands,”

Tate said on the BFFs

podcast hosted by influencer

Josh Richards. “It’s against

God’s will. It’s disgusting.”

Some people are defending

Tate by saying that he’s empowering

boys to show off their

masculinity and his extreme

statements are just jokes.

“He just says a lot of BS

and it’s entertaining,” junior

Bobby Singh said.“I think it’s

obviously satirical. He said if

his son was a nerd he would

challenge him to the death. I

think anyone can tell that he’s


Some people are more neutral,

and the major reason for

this is because they see that

below all the extreme jokes,

Illustration by Arfa Saad

New Netflix show “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega as the peculiar Wednesday Addams, will air on a Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of @andrewtate_secret account on Instagram

The controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate, seen here checking his phone with a

concerned look on his face while on a private jet.

his intentions seem to be to empower

the youth. Even though

his intentions may be good, his

words often send the wrong

message, especially his sexist

ones against women.

“I agree that the man should

provide and be able to protect,”

freshmen Jack Wasley said. “I

don’t agree with being able to

cheat and hit women. That’s

just horrible.”

Richards tried to show his

viewers the double standard of

when women say phrases like

“All men are the same” they get

praised, but when Tate does it

he gets flamed.

“I’m not trying to defend

him or [anything]. I’m just

saying that there’s definitely

both sides,” Richards said in

his podcast. “Like, there’s definitely

female creators that are

telling females ‘men are trash’

and they’re OK to do that.”

Tate used platforms such as

TikTok, Instagram, Youtube,

and Facebook to spread his

ideas, but was recently banned

from all of them for violating

their policies on hate speech and

misogyny. Fans say he shouldn’t

have been banned because everyone

should be able to voice

their opinion.

Even though Tate has many

supporters, a majority of people

that know of him find his

viewpoints aggressive and are

worried how influential he is and

how young teens will be affected

by his controversial views.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

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A musician of a generation

A&E B7

Cal student

is making an

album set to be

released this

school year

Nidhay Mahavadi

and Tejas Mahesh

Staff Writers

Vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion.

All of these musical elements

are crucial to every song,

and all done by junior Anushna

Sapatnekar through raw demos

and inventive editing.

Sapatnekar is planning to

release an indie rock album,

“Little Dipper,” during their

senior year in 2023.

They began the album as a

freshman, writing 150 songs but

are currently narrowing down to

their top 10 songs.

“The album is about what I

went through during ninth grade

and how I dealt with my mental

health,” Sapatnekar said. “It’s

also about a toxic and unhealthy

long distance relationship and

how it was affecting me.”

Sapatnekar’s music career

started with classical music

training when they were nine,

but they felt that it suppressed

their interest. Thankfully, their

music teacher, Matthew Fisherkeller,

recognized their talent

early on and redirected their

path toward the guitar.

“A few years into our study

they picked up the guitar and

with absolutely no help from

me, wrote and sung their first

song,” Fisherkeller said. “It was

quality and so beautiful to me

that I shed a tear or two from

seeing how far they had come,

excited they finally found their

passion and knowing how much

potential they had in store.”

Sapatnekar’s music was inspired

by Taylor Swift’s poetic

and detailed lyrics in “Folklore”

as well as by Phoebe Bridgers

and Car Seat Headrest, where

they got their ideas for the

bassline. Fisherkeller saw the

music as fitting in with some

sentimental singer-songwriters

but also major pop acts.

“It’s sort of hard to listen to

those styles and make your own

styles which is why you need

a mix of artists to look up to,”

Sapatnekar said.

Their music-making process

starts with a demo, a recorded

melodic idea. They first record

guitar and vocals and then use

MIDI (Musical Instrument

Digital Interface) to add the

bass and percussion. Once the

demos have been critiqued by

their teacher, they are sent to

their producer, David Lipps at

Earthtones Audio.

Those who have heard “Little

Dipper” believe that Sapatnekar’s

introspective music will

take them places as a songwriter.

“The music has a melancholy

feel but simultaneously it gets

stuck in your head,” Anika Patel,

Sapatnekar’s girlfriend, said.

When listening to one of the

songs, “Infinite”, Sapatnekar’s

friend Aarush Kulkarni described

his listening experience

as though he was standing in

an open field, exposed to the

elements of nature around

him. Kulkarni added that Sapatnekar’s

music goes to the


“The songs are drenched

with feelings of nostalgia,

youthful romance, and wonder

that captivate our inner poet,”

Photo courtesy of Anushna Sapatnekar

Junior Anushna Sapatnekar plays the guitar in the recording studio for their first ever


Fisherkeller said. “I believe this

reflects on who they are as a

person and trust that they have

a lot of wisdom to share with

the world as the years go on.”

Fisherkeller has been a part

of Sapatnekar’s long musical

journey and can confidently say

that they have a true musical gift.

“As a teacher I truly believe

anyone with the will to succeed

will do so,” Fisherkeller said.

“Anushna certainly has the

talent as a singer and songwriter

to do amazing things with their

music. Regardless of what they

choose, I know they will have

a life full of sharing beautiful


Homecoming high note

Photo by Samantha Contreras

Junior Alyssa Lu, flute player on the marching band, leads in a solo during the homecoming football game last Friday

night. The band and color guard performed their routine during halftime festivities.

J.K. Rowling takes

her transphobic

comments to the

pages in new book

Sia Lele

Staff Writer

J.K. Rowling, beloved author

of the Harry Potter series,

recently released a new book

on Aug. 30 called, “The Ink

Black Heart.”

It is the sixth installment in

the Cormoran Strike series,

written under the author’s pen

name, Robert Galbraith. Since

its publication, the book has

received a lot of backlash and

criticism, and sparked quite the


The book is about a character

named Edie Ledwell,

who comes under fire and is

murdered for creating a comic

called the “Ink Black Heart”,

which includes transphobic,

ableist, and racist comments.

Coincidently, this plot line almost

exactly mirrors Rowling’s

own experiences of making

transphobic comments and

losing fans.

But when asked about it

in“The Black Heart Interactive

Q&A”, Rowling said she had

been planning this book for a

long time and denied the semblance

to her own life.

“When it did happen to me,

those who had already read the

book in manuscript form were –

are you clairvoyant?” she said in

the Q&A. “I wasn’t clairvoyant,

I just – yeah, it was just one of

those weird twists. Sometimes

life imitates art more than one

would like.”

Like the character Ledwell,

Rowling has repeatedly posted

transphobic comments, particularly

targeting trans women.

The retaliation by the public

led to her losing many fans

and entire fan bases distancing

themselves from her. According

to Metro, actors in the Harry

Potter movie franchise, including

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma

Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie

Wright, Evanna Lynch, and

Katie Leung, were among the

people offering support for the

trans community.

“Transgender women are

women,” Radcliffe wrote on

Twitter. “Any statement to the

contrary erases the identity and

dignity of transgender people

and goes against all advice

given by professional health

care associations who have far

more expertise on this subject

matter than either Jo or I.”

Emma Watson also expressed

similar views.

“Trans people are who they

say they are and deserve to

live their lives without being

constantly questioned or told

they aren’t who they say they

are,” Watson tweeted, according

to Entertainment Weekly.

“I want my trans followers to

know that I and so many other

people around the world see

you, respect you and love you

for who you are.”

Many people were infuriated

that “The Ink Black Heart”

attempted to paint transphobic

people like Rowling as victims

of vicious, hateful trans activists.

The activists are depicted as

online trolls who go to extremes

to kill Ledwell, who is depicted

as honorable and respectable.

A lot of controversy also

surrounds Rowling’s chosen

pen name Robert Galbraith.

Dr. Robert Galbraith Heath was

an American psychiatrist in an

era when homosexuality was

considered a mental disorder.

During his work as a neurosurgeon,

he experimented with

many unethical and horrifying

“solutions” to change a person’s

sexuality, such as shock therapy.

Many people have pointed

out the significance of the

similarity between Heath and

Rowling’s pen name, but Rowling

and her representatives have

gone to great lengths to say that

her selection of the name is

merely a coincidence.

“I chose Robert because it’s

one of my favorite men’s names,

because Robert F. Kennedy

is my hero…,” Rowling said

during the same Q&A. “Galbraith

came about for a slightly

odd reason. When I was a child,

I really wanted to be called ‘Ella

Galbraith,’ and I’ve no idea

why. I don’t even know how I

knew that the surname existed,

because I can’t remember ever

meeting anyone with it. Be

that as it may, the name had a

fascination for me.”

“The Ink Black Heart” was

unnecessary and the nail in

Rowling’s transphobic coffin.

She should have expected the

negative response she would get

since she already had received

backlash when she made transphobic

comments on Twitter.

For the person who coined

“words are our inexhaustible

source of magic” in the Harry

Potter series, “The Ink Black

Heart” only uses words in the

most exhausting way possible.

B8 A&E


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Students craft their path in fashion design


Fashion & Design

provides unique

opportunity to be


Melissa Nguyen

Staff Writer

It takes boldness and creativity

to transform fashion

statements into serious works

of art, but some students have

taken this step towards working

professionally with Cal High’s

Fashion & Design.

Like many other intro classes

at Cal, it offers a variety of options

that help students explore

their creative side and learn

more about the industry.

“I kind of act like the model or

the person we are drawing is me,

I would draw stuff that I would

personally like and am okay

with going out of my comfort

zone,” junior Alina Munir said.

Creating bonds and making

connections with new people

can be tough, but it thrives

within this classroom.

“Everybody was really welcoming,

and I could tell there

[were] a lot of creative people

in there,” junior Aneesha Reddy

said. “The teacher is super

nice too.”

Fashion & Design teacher

Shanin McKavish said that she

tailors her curriculum to her

students’ interests and what they

hope to learn.

“I like to know what students

want out of the class so I can

create a class that meets their

desires,” McKavish said.

One of McKavish’s favorite

projects is “The book project,”

where students get to create an

article of clothing, made entirely

out of pages from a book. She

particularly loves seeing students

in their element as their

eyes light up with creativity.

Her students also enjoy how

relaxed the class is since there

aren’t many strict deadlines

and students can have fun with

assignments at their own pace.

“I really enjoy it because she

tends to make [Fashion & Design]

really stress free, which is

something that you really need

every day,” Reddy said.

Munir added, “I like the class;

I can’t wait to get more hands-on


The class also looks at

emerging fashion trends such

as flared jeans, cargo pants,

and more from past decades

that have been innovated into

something new.

For more background information

of the decades of

different fashion, McKavish

assigns a special project looking

at the evolution of our world’s

fashion since the early 1900s.

In the end, it really depends

on what best suits each student

and how they would like to be


“I try to make it centered

around them,” McKavish said.

Either way, the class brings a

Photo by Cameron Ho

Fashion & Design students Desiree Dong and Zachary Smallridge work on papers and watch as Brooke Williams burns a piece of fabric over a candle.

new perspective on academics

compared to the usual courses.

“I get to be creative and I

get to see the students’ creativity,

which I love,” McKavish

said. “They’re inspiring [when]

watching the students be creative

and produce amazing

work with incredibly talented

students on this campus.”

Threading into sustainable fashion

Cal High club offers more longlasting

alternative for fast fashion

Shivani Phadnis

Staff Writer

Getting access to sustainable

clothing can be a challenge for

high school students.

Luckily, Cal High’s new club

Threaded may just be the solution

to the fast fashion frenzy.

Juniors Abhiraj Sharma and

Lauren Lee started the Threaded

sustainable fashion club with

the goal of educating Cal High

students about the dangers of

fast fashion, as well as providing

a space where people can learn

about environmentally-friendly


Fast fashion is a new trend

in the clothing industry that involves

making cheap, low-quality

clothes at a lightning-quick

pace, often at the expense of

the workers involved. Workers

in the fast fashion industry

suffer through unbearably long

hours and hazardous working

conditions, according to Pebble


Workers aren’t the only ones

harmed by fast fashion either.

Over 85% of fabric waste goes

to landfills, where it won’t decay

for millions of years, according

to the New York Times.

“We wear a lot of fast fashion

without knowing the effects

it has on the environment,”

Sharma said. “I felt that we

have to help educate the Cal

High community on what fast

fashion is.”

Sustainable clothing and

rejecting fast fashion drew

the attention of plenty of Cal

students. At the club’s first

meeting, junior Sophia Pfister

expressed her interest in the


“I was really interested in

learning about sustainable

clothing since I love learning

about the environment,” Pfister

said. “I thought it was cool

that this club is teaching these


Shopping at local thrift stores

is on the table for Threaded

members too. The club plans to

go on “thrift trips” which will

have club members shopping

at local thrift shops and community

stores in order to show

them real-world examples of

sustainable clothing.

“We really want to try to promote

shopping in our local community

and support local thrift

stores,” junior Sam Saudners,

the club treasurer, said. “Reusable

clothing is a great way to

support the environment and

give back to the community.”

Sharma and Lee also have

plans to collaborate with other

school clubs, such as the Coins

for Countries Club. Their main

goal for this collaboration is to

organize a sustainable clothing

drive for poor and underdeveloped


Threaded’s officers have

plans for Do-It-Yourself projects

too. Members will get the

opportunity to make their own

bracelets, tote bags, and t-shirts

out of environmentally-friendly

materials and share their creations

with their fellow club


The biggest thing Threaded

has planned is a sustainable

fashion runway show during

lunch, where students can showcase

trendy but environmentally

friendly clothes they’ve bought.

“Dressing sustainably has

so many benefits, and it’s also

therapeutic in a way, kind of

like retail therapy,” Lee said.

“Knowing that what you are

wearing is safer for the environment

feels nice.”

Cal students and staff have

high hopes for Threaded’s future.

Hannah Cheng, the club

advisor, believes Threaded’s

founders are taking big steps

to achieve their goal.

“I think the message of the

club is really important,” Cheng

Photo by Cameron Ho

From left to right, Threaded’s officers Sam Saunders, Abhiraj Sharma, Lauren Lee, and Melissa Nguyen showcase their

poster at club fair advocating sustainable, ecofriendly attire.

said. “Students who have an idea

for something that they’re passionate

about and take action, I

really appreciate them. ”

From field trips to clothing

drives to runway shows,

Threaded’s founders hope to

make a big impact on Cal and

encourage people to think outside

the box when it comes to

trendy and sustainable clothing.

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