The Bruin Voice

Obama calls for ‘free’ community college

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

March 12, 2015

Fifty-two percent of incoming community college students don’t have the necessary reading or math skills for classes relevant to their degree, and are trapped in remedial classes for several semesters.

UC issues mandatory vaccine requirement by 2017

Jessica Machado, Staff Writer

March 11, 2015

The first phase of the UC vaccination policy will begin in 2015 with the notification to incoming UC freshmen for recommended vaccines and the vaccines that will soon be deemed mandatory. The second phase will begin in fall of 2016. All new students will have to enter their immunization record into the UC electronic medical record platform. The third and final phase will be the requirement of mandatory vaccines starting in the fall of 2017.

Administration threatens to ban phones

Emma Garcia, Online Editor

March 11, 2015

The bell rings and students flood into the courtyard and make their way to the cafeteria for lunch. On the grass in front of the stage, two boys are shouting at each other and soon are throwing punches. Before long, an all-out brawl breaks out and thanks to social media — students begin to run in the direction of the fight.

WASC committee leaves positive impression with staff

WASC committee leaves positive impression with staff

Jessica Lee and Cameron Morelli

March 11, 2015

During the 2007-2008 full visit, the WASC visiting committee pinpointed 11 areas of improvement for Bear Creek and added four more during the 2010-2011 visit. These critical areas of improvement included having “the school leadership and staff implement ways to have a stronger parent, student and community role in the entire school improvement process” and implementing “strategies and practices designed to engage the interest and involvement of students not succeeding optimally.”

Limited budget for advanced classes suppress students’ experience

Cameron Morelli, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2015

AP science courses are required by the College Board to carry out lab experiments on a certain number of topics. For example, AP Biology courses are required to do eight major labs. Depending on the course’s budget, schedule and other factors, AP Biology instructors choose among various choices of labs corresponding to those eight topics. These lab choices vary in expense and require different standards of technology.

Police shooting leaves student searching for answers

Graschelle Hipolito and Jack Stensland, Sports Editors

March 11, 2015

When junior Rose Talivaa called 911 and told dispatchers her drunken father, Matautu Nuu, had smashed the television with a hammer, her intent was the same as the other two times she had called 911 about her dad: have the police calm him down and prevent him from injuring himself or someone else.

Freshmen can now access class rank

Graschelle Hipolito, Sports Editotr

March 11, 2015

For some students, academics spur an internally competitive nature. Grades and test scores are constant factors that fuel a student’s drive to achieve success. Class ranks can give freshmen a potentially relieving insight and a reassuring sense of progress on their academic standing, especially after the commonly hectic transition from middle school to high school.

Lost or unreturned texts add up to huge loss

Ashley Hoang, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

"Many students believe that we have some sort of unlimited supply of books. But actually, we do run out..." —Librarian Candy Byrd

Student Study Center has negligible impact on “failing freshmen” grades

Natalia Gevara, Entertainment Editor

February 5, 2015

Although the program has enabled some students to raise their grades, attendance has become an issue among tutees. Only 79 tutees attend tutoring regularly, and 58 tutees have eight or more absences. Of the 58 who are absent regularly, 20 are from the initial 10th grade referral group.

Trash problem continues to plague campus

Jessica Rodrigues, Photography Editor

February 5, 2015

The school cafeteria is designed to be a place where students can enjoy a break from their studies and dine on a healthy meal. However, more often than not it has become a place filled with leftover trash that eventually extends all throughout the campus by the end of the day.

Teachers’ failure to update grades raises concerns

Kristin Lam, Editor-in-Chief

February 4, 2015

The online gradebook is the main line of communication between teachers, students and parents. When teachers don’t keep them up to date, it is difficult for students and parents to gauge their or their children’s progress in the class.

Turnitin.com restored

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

February 4, 2015

Turnitin is an online service that checks students’ submissions against a database of papers, articles, and writings by previous users as well as those found on the rest of the Internet. If it finds evidence that the submission contains passages that are not original work, it highlights them, as well as notifying the student and teacher.

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