The Bruin Voice

Youtube/Siri can sometimes be a student’s best friend

David Yang, Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2016

By DAVID YANG ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Not sure who was president during the first World War? Maybe you could ask Siri. As more teens turn to their phones and computers for homework help, services such as YouTube and Siri have become an essential element for student studying. YouTube is a video-sharing...

Sit With Us app links students with friends

Sit With Us app links students with friends

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2016

For most students, the lunch bell signals a time to join friends to relax and socialize. But not all students look forward to lunch. For these students, it can be the loneliest time of the day. To help students, 16-year-old Natalie Hampton from Sherman Oaks, Calif., designed an app called “Sit...

New products offer eco-friendly alternatives to pads and tampons

Giancarlo Lizarraga, Staff Writer

November 4, 2016

Although alternatives to pads and tampons have existed for over 80 years, most women have not been interested in using them. Menstrual cups, cloth pads, and other innovative products provide methods for catching menstrual fluid during menstruation and may help women save money without sacrificing...

Are periods really necessary? Maybe not

Sophie Gilliland, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

By SOPHIE GILLILAND ONLINE EDITOR-AND-CHIEF Every month, girls suffer from bleeding, backaches, headaches, nausea, cramps, bloating, fatigue and hormonal changes. However, instead of suffering through their period, girls can choose to skip their period by using birth control pills. There are different...

Menstruation often a taboo topic — even today

Gabriella Backus, Artistic Editor

November 4, 2016

Complaining “I’m on my period,” will usually elicit some type of comforting reassurance from women. All women know, however, that addressing such a taboo topic will undoubtedly make men wrinkle their nose in disgust. Menstruation is a woman’s monthly bleeding. Each month, if a woman is not...

The POLITICS of PERIODS: Insensitive comments and the ‘pink tax’ leave females fuming

The POLITICS of PERIODS: Insensitive comments and the ‘pink tax’ leave females fuming

Gian Carlo Baldonado, Staff Writer

November 4, 2016

In light of a veto to a bill that would have eliminated the “tampon tax,” Californians will remain paying a tax for products that many argue are necessities, not luxuries. Five states, including New York and recently Illinois, have already axed the tax by banning the extra cost on feminine hygiene...

Review: Female-centered ‘Ghostbusters’ a comic success

Review: Female-centered ‘Ghostbusters’ a comic success

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2016

By CLAIRE GILLILAND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF When women replace men as smart, funny, and successful protagonists in movies, it seems that chaos ensues. This was the result when the popular movie “Ghostbusters” was remade with female leads. The original “Ghostbusters” movie, released in 1984, was...

Friends and politics often a toxic mix

Helen Le, Sports Editor

September 16, 2016

The upcoming presidential election has intensified political opinions across the country. Bad blood may replace mad love when dealing with family members and friends with conflicting political beliefs, though. Of course, political debates have always been relevant, but students may not even realize...

Fact Check: The truth behind the promises

Fact Check: The truth behind the promises

Kylie Yamada, Feature Editor

September 16, 2016

A 30-foot wall. A debt-free college experience. The two presidential candidates have made countless promises over the course of their campaigns, but what are the facts behind both of these promises? “[The press] should definitely double check [the facts], because you shouldn’t make promises in...

Young voters still feeling the Bern

Aaron Tam, Opinion Editor

September 16, 2016

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s withdrawal from the 2016 election leaves behind a legion of disappointed young voters. According to the Center of Information and Research on Civic Learning Engagement, the Vermont senator crushed both Clinton and Trump in youth votes, getting...

Liberal teachers dominate students’ exposure to issues

Sophie Gilliland, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2016

People’s political views can be influenced by anything they encounter in their lives, especially the people they look up to. Teachers can often sway a student’s political beliefs — either consciously or unconsciously — through well-timed remarks or interpretations of controversial events. Some...

I’m a Republican and proud of it

Gwendolyn Poole, Staff Writer

September 16, 2016

Republicans are by any other name — well, let’s take a look at them. I’ve heard homophobic, xenophobic, fascist, misogynistic, and most commonly racist, along with other foul words thrown at my fellow conservatives. There are multiple reasons why people paint conservatives in this light. “People...

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