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President Trump‘s retweet on CDC’s COVID-19 death counts update causes confusion

Trump's recent tweet raised questions as it contradicted the CDC's update on Coronavirus deaths

Jiayu Zhan, Arts and Graphics Editor

September 27, 2020

On Aug. 29, President Donald Trump retweeted a post claiming that only the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) backtracked the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 to 6% of the original number, leading to a series of confusion and rumors.   According to the tweet, only about 9,000 people were ki...

Blaming the right beast: why the pandemic is humanity’s fault

When humans disturb the ecosystem, the consequences come back to bite us -- in the form of viruses like COVID-19.

Eva Shen, Managing Editor

September 25, 2020

Eight years ago, a science writer named David Quammen predicted the COVID-19 pandemic. In his bestselling book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Quammen wrote:  “If there is a Next Big One it will be zoonotic. Certain kinds of viruses [are the] likeliest candidates to cause a new pande...

Disproportionate discipline of Black students in SRVUSD threatens equity

The disproportionate suspension of African American students in SRVUSD suggests potential inequity

Sanjana Ranganathan and Jade Wang

September 18, 2020

“I have been called to the office four or five times for things that I didn’t do. One time I was even threatened with suspension and I had nothing to do with it [the infraction],” Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS) senior Ashraf Abdelmagid said, referring to his time at Gale Ranch Middle School...

The race to find a COVID-19 vaccine: virologists are closer than expected

Several research groups propose timelines for a COVID-19 vaccine, but next steps remain unclear

Faizan Azhar, Assistant Web Manager

September 14, 2020

Rumors are spreading of a potential COVID-19 vaccine available for public use as soon as Nov. 2020. However, many issues come along with the discovery of this vaccine. It seems like an unlikely occurrence, but the speed of development would be a remarkable progression in the world of vaccination....

Tribune Handy Guide to Voting

With the November elections coming up soon, the Wildcat Tribune puts together a comprehensive guide on voting in California

Daniela Wise, Aditi Lappathi, Shruthi Narayanan, Aditi Praveen, Sarah Han, Ariel Wang, and Boomika Velineni

September 13, 2020

With the November elections just around the corner, the future of America lies in the hands of citizens with the responsibility of voting. However, voting can seem like a daunting, tedious process. Continue reading to learn how to vote, the various ways to vote, deadlines and more. Note that this is...

Ravaging SCU lightning complex fire almost contained

As the SCU Complex fires are being contained, air quality in NorCal steadily declines

Megan Dhillon, Public Relations Manager

September 13, 2020

As of Sept. 11, the SCU lightning complex fire is now 98% contained, having affected 396,624 acres across multiple counties (Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County, Merced and Stanislaus County) over the course of 23 days. There are currently no evacuation orders per...

COVID-19 testing: taking the SAT during a pandemic

Current social distancing guidelines are requiring students to take the SAT in unprecedented conditions.

Caroline Lobel, Editor in Chief

September 3, 2020

It’s 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 and my alarm goes off; it’s time for me to take the August SAT. Now, I expected my test to be canceled like pretty much everyone else’s in California. But alas, Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA stood high. Texting my friend Ellie Yan, senior, the day before the...

Courts rule that UCs cannot consider SAT/ACT scores in admissions process

An Alameda County judge ruled on yesterday that considering standardized test scores in the admissions process is ableist. //UCLA

Sneha Cheenath and Daniela Wise

September 2, 2020

An Alameda County judge ruled on Tuesday that considering standardized test scores in the admissions process is ableist, as access to the test and/or testing accommodations is further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman emphasized that allowing some applicants to submit test scores tip...

Calls to defund the police, led by Sameera Rajwade, pervade San Ramon

The city has recently faced calls to defund the San Ramon Police Department.

Sneha Cheenath, Managing Editor

August 10, 2020

San Ramon has recently faced calls to defund the police from the community. A petition to change.org, signed by almost 700 people, emphasizes that the police should use less intense weaponry at protests, replace expensive cars with cheaper alternatives and have training to be more racially conscious....

“Blue Whale Challenge” continues to be a threat four years later

“Blue Whale Challenge” continues to be a threat four years later

Shereen Ahmed, Journey Manager

August 2, 2020

Social media is constantly evolving, for better or for worse, and its impacts on adolescence are profound. As Health Expert Neha Chaudhary, MD, a child, and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School stated, “teens… have been comparing themselves more to thei...

Sleeping in can be beneficial

Sleeping in can provide a plethora of benefits.

Aditi Lappathi, News Editor

May 28, 2020

Getting an adequate amount of sleep at night is important for one’s physical and mental health. Students are able to get enough sleep because of the lockdown, which is beneficial for their health and wellness.   According to the Nationwide Children’s Organization, most teenagers get around...

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation raises awareness around mental health

Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga's mom, speaking in a Zoom call conducted on April 15.

Shruthi Narayanan, Daniela Wise, and Boomika Velineni

May 28, 2020

The Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, with a mission to create an environment that is accepting, inclusive, compassionate, and above all, “fiercely kind”. Born This Way is working towards building a community that provides help for anyon...

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