The Bruin Voice

Starbucks holiday drinks don’t have to be fat and sugar laden

Arlene Ocana, Staff Writer

December 12, 2014

Although Starbucks drinks are often high in calories, there are ways to reduce the calorie intake. For example, taking out the whipped cream decreases the number of calories and amount of sugar in a drink. Taking both out of a grande Caramel Brulee Latte can decrease the drink from 440 calories to 360 calories according to the nutritional facts on the Starbucks website.

Clubs give back to the community this holiday season

Graschelle Hipolito, Sports Editor

December 12, 2014

Bear Creek clubs have gotten into the holiday spirit by preparing for events and activities to give back to the community.

Natural or Artificial — Both trees evoke spirit of the season

Jack Stensland, Sports Editor

December 12, 2014

Real or fake? Some families hotly debate between choosing a real live blue spruce that will fill the house with the scent of pine or choosing one that will eliminate the possibility of stepping on pine needles on the 4th of July. The Christmas tree has traditionally been one of the main centers of attention involving the holiday, falling only behind Santa Claus and presents in its importance.

First Person: Why do teens attempt suicide?

Anonymous and Robert Wroten

December 11, 2014

My story is hard to tell because it is not like the ones you were told. I did not grow up with abusive parents. I was never bullied severely in school. My home was never unstable. Instead, I was a high-achieving, well rounded AP student. My parents loved me and my friends supported me. Life was, if not...

Listening and empathy key to helping others

Anissa Ypon, Staff Writer

December 11, 2014

People attempt suicide as a method to escape a life that they feel has diminished. The fault in others is that they assume suicide to be irrational without understanding the difference in the thought process of someone who is suffering suicidal disorders and someone who is just struggling with their emotions.

Untreated depression a serious risk factor for suicide

Cameron Morelli, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2014

Despite the additional anxiety experienced during the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide rates are actually the lowest in December and climax in the fall and spring. Nonetheless, suicide remains a serious problem, particularly among teens.

What are the most dreaded Christmas gifts?

Charles Eure, Staff Writer

December 10, 2014

It was not the first time Noah unwrapped his present from Aunt Mary — only to find she had bought him the same thing for the fourth year in a row: an embarrassing pair of knee high red and green socks with hearts on them. Most teens can relate to Noah’s situation. Some families will always have...

BC suffers hand foot mouth disease outbreak

Kristin Lam, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2014

While Ebola began to take the world by storm, a viral illness paid Bear Creek a visit during the last week before fall break. On September 24, Vice Principal Sera Baysinger was notified of two initial student cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), a common viral illness.  She immediately...

Breast cancer awareness means more than statistics to some

Emma Garcia, Staff Writer

October 30, 2014

It would be hard not to notice that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All you can see is pink. From the football players wearing socks to the cheerleaders’ pink pom-poms you’d have to be, well, color blind. But Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more than a color. It’s a reminder of all...

Students find ways to participate in ALS Challenge during drought

Students find ways to participate in ALS Challenge during drought

Jessica Dang, Staff Writer

October 30, 2014

As long as there is social media, trends and stunts will continue to go viral.  For the past month Bear Creek’s students and countless individuals across the United States have participated in the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is where a bucket full of ice water...

Students decide: what constitutes a real friend?

September 19, 2014

It’s time to end a friendship when it is clear that negativity rules all. Being surrounded by poisoned people creates a chain reaction, so it’s important to be brave enough to end it. Toxic friendships are to be ended by standing up for personal beliefs and being surrounded by people with positive motives.

“Cool kids” often wind up most troubled adults

“Cool kids” often wind up most troubled adults

Katrina Springs, Staff Writer

September 19, 2014

Everyone looked up to the cool guy in middle school: he wore the intriguing sunglasses that made him look mysterious. He made the torn up shoes he wore look cool. Every guy wanted to be him and every girl wanted to be with him.

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