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Students adjust to new testing format and using Chromebooks

Students adjust to new testing format and using Chromebooks

Amber Buhagiar and Anmol Mahal

April 25, 2014

Bear Creek’s sophomores and juniors are scheduled to take the new Common Core test next week on the Chromebooks that have been distributed to English and History classrooms. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led group developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State...

Bisexuals face biphobia from LGBT community

Jacob Williams, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2014

Within the ranks of the LGBT community, ostracized bisexuals have their orientation denied and censured by their fellows, to say nothing of immense conservative admonishment. The “biphobic” harangues often begin with some incarnation of the following statement: “Bisexuality is just a phase;...

The trick behind a perfect nap

Jessica Lee, Feature Editor

April 25, 2014

People often take naps for a boost of energy.  What most people don’t know is that there are different benefits and detriments depending on when the nap is taken and for how long. According to WebMD, there are two basic categories of sleep: non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement ...

Is there such a thing as secrets?

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

In an age where social media leaves very little to the imagination and people feel free to expose all levels of their personal life, many people wonder—is there such thing as a secret? Even more compelling, what happens when someone entrusts you to keep a secret? Some secrets, such as birthday...

Clubs offer ways to explore cultures

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Expressing one’s culture is not solely restricted to home.  With the numerous clubs on campus representing a range of ethnic, racial and social diversity, students are able to celebrate their culture, as well as other cultures, at school. These clubs offer students the chance to explore their culture,...

Challenges arise when navigating between two cultures

Anmol Mahal, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Many Bear Creek students come from two distinct cultures and for some there is a wide gap in the ideals of the cultures.  However students have found ways to adjust to the differences in the two cultures and “make it work.” Those who come from very traditional and conservative cultures say they...

Students appreciate family immigration stories

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

March 14, 2014

America, being known as the land of opportunity, captured the attention of those living in poverty during the late 1800s. For most, immigrating to another country meant a hope for both a new life and better future. Senior Khiet Truong immigrated to America when he was eight years old. “We moved...

Fast food chains capitalize on foreign cultures

Laura Angle, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Fast-food chains have evolved from the standard hamburger and french fries meal to capitalizing off of foreign cultures. On every street corner consumers can find a Taco Bell, Panda Express, or Ono Hawaiian Barbeque. The commercialization of these eateries seen on television, the Internet, and public...

What woman has most inspired you and why?

Esther Cho, Artistic Editor

March 14, 2014

“Jenni Rivera. She encourages women to defend themselves. She is a single mom who played the role of a mom and dad for her kids.”  - JAILEEN VASQUENZ, Sophomore   “Ellen. She gives away money, cars, and other things to people who need them. She also makes people happy.”  -AL...

Smartphones: essential part of everyday life

Molina Soun, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Today’s youth can do almost anything on a smartphone, from surfing the Internet to downloading the latest apps. For some students, cell phones have become a source of self-esteem. About 78 percent of teens in the U.S. own a cell phone, and 37 percent own a smartphone, according to a report by the...

Benefits of participating in high school athletics

Natalia Gevara, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

The thrill of competing, the camaraderie built, and having something to look forward to after school are reasons why playing sports is so popular among high school students. Student athletes dedicate much of their time and energy to their sport, and, surprisingly, there aren’t any negative effects...

Teens with mental illness afraid to speak up

Natalia Gevara, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders do not receive treatment for their disorder. - JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY SERVICES  A mental illness, by definition, is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just like il...

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