The Bruin Voice

President’s Message: State of the School address

Kyle Fry, Junior Class President

September 16, 2016

Teachers, parents, and fellow students of Bear Creek High School: Welcome to yet another great school year with many interesting times to be had. Whether you are a freshman eager to begin your future or a senior ready to live it, you will find that this semester and those following it will only amaze...

Two unlikeable candidates

Two unlikeable candidates

Marino Dominguez, Staff Writer

September 16, 2016

In this past election year the two hopefuls for presidency, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, have been clawing at each other during the primaries and on social media. But in the next two and a half months the American people will have their votes tallied as they nominate the next...

‘Pink Tax’ costs females more for everyday products

Giancarlo Lizarraga, Staff Writer

September 16, 2016

From sparkling pink scooters to silk moisturizing razors, on average products marketed towards females cost seven percent more than those marketed towards males. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) found that 42 percent of women’s products cost more than men’s compared to the...

Olympic cheating scandals taint integrity of sports competitions

Olympic cheating scandals taint integrity of sports competitions

Gabriella Backus, Artistic Editor

September 16, 2016

Unorthodox methods to enhance athletic performances have existed since the very first Olympic games. Ancient Greek runners drank potions to increase speed, and wrestlers were drenched in olive oil to aid in slipping out of their opponent’s grip. Today, cheating is not only a professional issue, but...

Adolescent years redefine relationship with parents

Adolescent years redefine relationship with parents

David Hancock, Staff Writer

September 16, 2016

The high school years are fraught with conflicts and complications for both parent and child. Ever intensifying schoolwork, time-consuming jobs, the all-important social pressures, and a teenager’s growing need for independence can drive a wedge between them and their parents. The parent-teen relationship...

It takes two to tango: girls seek equal pleasure in the bedroom

Jessica Machado and Patricia Yadao

May 31, 2016

What if girls learned that their sex drives mattered as much as boys’? This is the question that Peggy Orenstein, author of “Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape,” asks femals as Orenstein posits that the one-sided playing field is tilted toward boys. The double standards...

Underwhelmed and underperforming

Aidan Backus, Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2016

Eleven-year-old James is Googling the optimal moveset for his favorite Pokémon. His parents do not have SafeSearch on, and he clicks on a video entitled “Flinching Through Iron Head” — but the subject of the video is not an Aerodactyl. Intrigued, he continues to click around; he slowly develops...

Best sex ed practices missing in U.S. schools

Emma Garcia, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2016

Every year, high schoolers in public schools across the world take some kind of health or sex-education class. Unfortunately, not all of these classes are created equal. According to a 2005 clinical report by Jonathan D. Klein, M.D., of the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the rest of the...

Should graduates follow their heart or follow the money?

Cody Evans, Staff Writer

May 31, 2016

The vast network of choices and second guesses that eventually led to my choice of a college major — to say the least — was a rocky road of both self doubt and uncertainty. At age 13 I began volunteer work at the Micke Grove Zoo in Lodi. From the keepers and education staff there I learned how...

Teens find answers about sex without the help of parents

Teens find answers about sex without the help of parents

Brooke Shimasaki, Feature Editor

February 12, 2016

There comes a time in every teenager’s life when they realize that they weren’t dropped on their parents’ front porch by a stork. In the past, teens sat down with their parents or trusted guardians and had the dreadfully uncomfortable “birds and the bees” talk.  Through this rite-of-passage...

Gender fluidity seeps into fashion

Gender fluidity seeps into fashion

Ashley Hoang, Feature Editor

February 12, 2016

From wearing a skirt with a tuxedo top to prom to sporting a floral dress to music festival Coachella, actor and music artist Jaden Smith challenges gender stereotypes in fashion. Just weeks into the new year, Louis Vuitton launched an ad featuring Smith going against the most prominent gendered-fashion...

Communication key to keeping family conflicts in check

Andrea Castro, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016

Emily’s parents are overprotective and don’t trust her to go out with friends on weekends.  John’s parents are always working so he rebels and never listens.  Sarah’s parents want her to go into the medical field, but she wants to major in art.  Brian is having trouble adjusting to his parents’...

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