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Anonymous Apps Pose Major Problems

Anonymous Apps Pose Major Problems

Macy Drew, Staff Writer

May 9, 2014

As technology grows in our society and becomes increasingly important in our daily lives, many new applications and developments have been made that introduce a new standard of living. Some new social media apps, such as and Yik Yak, provide access to anonymous message boards and discussion sites...

Emotional Mock Car Accident Weakened by Excessive Media

A reporter from CNC reports on the mock crash that took place at SJHHS for the Every 15 Minutes program.

Jenna Clemente, Staff Writer

May 2, 2014

While the Every 15 Minutes program raised awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving the presence of so much media at the event distracted from its impact. The two-day event started with a mock car crash on the SJHHS campus involving a drunk driver, multiple deaths, and injuries. The crash was p...

Adderall Not Good Replacement for Coffee

Adderall Not Good Replacement for Coffee

Tracy Gaylord, [email protected]

April 4, 2014

When most students think of drugs, images of couch potatoes, bad grades and low motivation come to mind. But in a strange twist a prescription stimulant, used to treat A.D.H.D., is being used by some students to improve grades, because they say it helps them stay more focused in class and awake at night t...

New Orca Bill: A Splash In the Right Direction

Griffin Orlich, A&E Editor

March 28, 2014

New legislation submitted to the California legislature will ban using captive Orcas for performance or entertainment purposes. But will it do any good? The law was introduced by Assembly member Richard Bloom, a democrat from Santa Monica. The bill will forbid the practice of holding Orcas, and Orcas...

Couples: We Don’t Want to See it

Couples:  We Don't Want to See it

Kayla Parker-DiScala, Photo Editor

March 21, 2014

PDA, Public Display of Affection; most of the time it’s the boys stealing a kiss before class. But sometimes it’s way too much-- the sloppy, disgusting face sucking kind of kiss before class is ridiculous. Small pecks on the cheek or lips is acceptable, but the worst are the couples that stop in ...

Introverts Suffer in the Shadow of Extroverts

Alexea Malaletkin, Editorial Editor

March 14, 2014

It’s a basic fact: we can all be classified as either an introvert or an extrovert. However, it is a black and white spectrum that should not impact a student’s academic potential. With educational systems constantly evolving to create a more efficient experience from years K-12, we should have by...

Nation Wide Minimum Wage Increase Will Benefit Those In Need

Griffin Orlich, A&E Editor

March 7, 2014

Raising the Federal minimum wage continues to be a strong controversy among American Politicians. Currently starting at $7.25 an hour, some states are taking the initiative in raising the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10 an hour. The problem with the current Federal minimum wage is that when adj...

Simple Ways To Stay Safe In College

Photo Illustration by Kayla-Parker DiScala

Macy Drew, News Editor

March 7, 2014

With graduation right around the corner, many of you are getting ready to head off to college and start a new chapter in your life. New school, new campus, new friends, and a new environment. As exciting and enticing as it may be, it’s important to stay safe in these new situations that you face, an...

Zero Tolerance Tardy Policy Ignores Legit Excuses

The Express, Editorial Dept.

February 25, 2014

While it may reduce the number of tardies overall, the policy doesn't allow for legitimate reasons. What is your most legit reason that was ignored?

Accepting Rejection

Art courtesy of Leo Moneymaker

Shane Battis, Business Manager

February 21, 2014

Rejection: the cold slap in the face that hits everyone sooner or later. Everyone knows a healthy lifestyle will have its ups and downs and rejection always plays a part in that journey, but what some people may not know is exactly how to handle such devastation and move forward without emotional br...

Top OC Teacher John Baker Gets Tough on Ditching

Tracy Gaylord, staff writer

February 11, 2014

Senior ditch day has been a high school tradition for generations, however some students decided to skip the fun “He’s too intense, man,” said Jim Tinker, referring to the harsh consequences John Baker threatened to impose on his students for participating in senior ditch day. Baker warned his ...

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Shane Battis, Business Manager

January 17, 2014

At the start of 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana to users at least 21 years old, prompting nationwide debates on whether the drug’s use is safe and should be extended to other states. Before opinions regarding the new law are set in “stone,” it is import...