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The Advil/Tylenol generation: students rely on OTC meds

Brooke Shimasaki, Feature Editor

May 14, 2015

Experiencing a headache?  Doubled over because of menstrual cramps? To alleviate the pain, many students skip visiting the school nurse or calling parents for advice.  Instead they simply ask around the cafeteria and, sooner or later, someone will come to the rescue and pull out a bottle of ibuprofen...

Shadow a Bruin Cub Club program helps incoming freshmen transition

Julianna Reth, Online Editor

May 14, 2015

Every cub needs a Bruin to show them what to expect and where to go, thus BCHS has fostered its new Shadow a Bruin Cub Club program to assist incoming freshmen. Beginning on February 25 to April 9, every Tuesday and Thursday, 8th graders (“Cubs”) from Christa McAuliffe Middle School’s leadership...

Social media sites monitored to detect test leaks

Cameron Morelli, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2015

With social media constantly at the fingertips of students, more and more testing companies have taken precautions to prevent students from leaking test questions on social media sites. Although screening social media sites for pictures and posts of test questions or answers could prevent cheating...

AP US History exam falls victim to political fight

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

May 14, 2015

When half a million students sat down across the country earlier this month to take the AP US History exam, they thought they were just taking an exam.  However, they were on the front lines of a political battle that flared up in 2014 when the College Board released its new AP US History framework. Across...

Betting on sports can have disastrous results

Jack Stensland, Sports Editor

May 11, 2015

In the world of sports, the stakes can be intensified multiple ways. Whether it be the championship game or a heavy rivalry, nothing can raise the stakes higher than sports betting. Putting money on a team adds another dimension to the game that gives more excitement to the fans.  Bets allow the...

Drought causes California government to demand 25% reduction in water use

Ashley Hoang, Staff Writer

May 11, 2015

The Californian image of luscious green pastures and shimmering lakes is now gone; to many, it is no surprise that California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history. The past three years in California have been among the driest on record; state officials are now worrying that 2015 will...

Student government elections raise concerns

Kristin Lam, Editor in Chief

May 11, 2015

Rumors of point manipulation and bias frequently circulate regarding any election whether it is at the federal, state or local level.  Bear Creek’s Associated Student Body elections are no exception. Posters, stickers, candies and even t-shirts with catchy slogans and portrait pictures printed...

Testing season: what tests really count

Kristin Lam, Editor in Chief

May 11, 2015

Summer seems within reach for many once March, April, and May roll around. For college-bound juniors, however, spring brings a seemingly unending stream of standardized test stress. Depending on students’ plans, the testing season can be overwhelming. Junior Jennifer Gonzalez has the ACT, four California...

Student teachers: is learning compromised when they take over learning?

Jessica Dang, Staff Writer

May 11, 2015

All teachers remember their first time: the moment they had to step in front of a whole classroom full of strangers.  For most, the moment was filled with overwhelming excitement and a sense of accomplishment — or a brewing fear as 31 sets of eyes look straight at them. English teacher Chris Ramirez...

Miss America embellishes scholarship award reports

Miss America embellishes scholarship award reports

Jessica Dang, Staff Writer

March 13, 2015

Most viewers who tune into the annual Miss America pageants understand that the beauty contestants are selected through an objectifying process — such as requiring contestants to use butt adhesives to hold their skimpy swimsuits in place, solve world issues in under 20 seconds and parade down a runway in five-inch heels — but the worst part about the organization is that it misleadingly claims to be the largest provider of women’s scholarships.

‘Like a Girl’ takes on sexist stereotypes

'Like a Girl' takes on sexist stereotypes

March 13, 2015

The typical feminine hygiene commercial consists of a radiant, smiling girl who is ice skating, dancing, or running track all while on her period. Despite the acne, the mood swings, and the cramps, our hero is able to overcome the struggles of her period with beauty and grace. What a role model – or so teen girls thought until the recent release of Always’ “Like a Girl” Super Bowl commercial.

Talent shows support local fundraising causes

Talent shows support local fundraising causes

Anissa Ypon, Staff Writer

March 12, 2015

The Lodi Unified School District held its annual GOT Kids Talent Show on February 13, and six of the participants represented Bear Creek. Also, senior Annie Nguyen held a student talent show in the Bear Creek theater for her senior project and to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation on February 20.

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