The Bruin Voice

Ethics of online study tools questioned

Ethics of online study tools questioned

Kristin Lam, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2015

Through online services such as Chegg Study, StudyBlue, and Course Hero, databases of educational material are available to students. However, some users may question both the ethics and legality of these consumer platform companies who profit from these services.

Classic literature teaches valuable life skills and encourages students to ‘examine what they believe’

Classic literature teaches valuable life skills and encourages students to ‘examine what they believe’

Patricia Yadao, Artistic Editor

March 13, 2015

“I feel as if many students don’t fully understand the importance of classics. Classics are a great way to help us analyze and comprehend text, but also gives us, the reader, a broader view of society — it’s not just about memorizing what this or that means, it’s about how you apply these lessons to your life.” —Alumna Natalia Rocco

#GamerGate perpetuates misogynistic video game stereotypes

March 13, 2015

The goal of GamerGate aggressors is to ruin the reputation of any and all females in the gaming industry so that the industry will be eradicated of female influence. They do this by doxing — exploiting personal information publically online—threatening rape and death, and even in one case threatening a mass school shooting. The aggressors impersonate female game developers online, making up fake stories about their lives and sending them to prominent video game journalists and stating discriminatory and hurtful things to others in order to destroy women’s reputations.

Intersectionality aims to include all aspects of feminism

Natalia Gevara, Staff Writer

March 12, 2015

"There are some feminists that forgot to include trans women and people of color." —Junior Talia Victoria

Pheremones could hold clues to human attraction

Patricia Yadao, Artistic Editor

February 5, 2015

The power of attraction actually lies behind the science of these airborne molecules which trigger behavioral changes in animals within the same species, such as potent aphrodisiacs like androstenone and androstenol found in the saliva of male boars. In the animal kingdom, if a fertile female detects the presence of the molecules she will ultimately skip the dating phase and present her rear end to the male as mate material.

Are you SAD? There’s a special day for you

Julianna Reth, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2015

"Singles Awareness Day is for those who have been through a lot, like heartbreaks, abuse, and other relationship problems. The event gives them a chance to not feel alone and feel empowered without being made fun of."

PDA just ‘part of the package’ on high school campuses

Emma Garcia, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

P.D.A.’s are sometimes difficult to talk about. Single people can’t tell their friends who are in relationships how it makes them feel without seeming rude or bitter. Those in relationships can’t say anything to other people in couples without seeming rude and patronizing. There’s no way to win.

Some teachers hesitant to discuss controversial race issues in class

Anissa Ypon, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

For several months, students watched newsfeeds of alleged police brutality and the resulting protests all over social media — but rarely was this topic discussed in class.  Oftentimes, teachers and staff chose to refrain from sharing personal opinions about controversial issues for fear of offending...

Discrimination comes in all forms — not just race

Jessica Lee, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2015

Almost everyone knows what discrimination is.  What most students may not be aware of is that race is not the only characteristic by which people experience discrimination. Gender, sexual orientation, weight, age, and socioeconomic status are all reasons why an individual may be the victim of discrimination. Gender...

Alleged police brutality dominates news coverage

Cameron Morelli, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2015

Protests against police treatment of minorities have evoked national conversations about race in America over the last few months.  One recent high-profile case involving the shooting of an African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a Caucasian police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, MO, has resulted...

First Person: “Picking One” not so easy for mixed-race students

Mckenzie Barrow

February 5, 2015

Holding my number two pencil in the cold gymnasium, I stared at section three of my PSAT, and thus began my identity crisis.  My sisters had warned me of how I would feel: too enraged to be sad, but too disappointed to be angry.  It was in this moment that I was forced to decide which parts of...

Few African-American students in AP classes

Brooke Shimasaki, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

“It’s funny how you’re black and doing better in this class, but I’m Asian and not doing as well.” Senior Ngozi Elobuike still remembers this racist remark made by a fellow AP Biology student last year. At Bear Creek, Elobuike has taken on a rigorous class schedule, challenging herself...

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