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Want to play the violin? Watch a video

John Wei, Managing & Graphics Editor

December 13, 2013

An empty coffee can, some ice, a small electric fan and some batteries are all that is needed to make a portable cooler for the summer—according to Kip Kedersha, a DIY guru on Youtube. From cooking to makeup to electronic crafts, people can find multitudes of tutorials on how to make or do their...

Selfies while driving: the latest teen distraction

Thuy Ngo, Feature Editor

December 13, 2013

Duck faces, peace signs, and kissy faces—they’re everywhere.  Regardless of the situation, many people feel the need to incessantly post pictures hashtagged #selfie throughout the day. Since the rise of a new app called Instagram, hundreds of thousands of selfies have been posted.  A selfie...

Filipino students worry about family in Philippines after hurricane

Molina Soun, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013

Bear Creek students and families scrambled to contact relatives in the Philippines as they heard news of Typhoon Haiyan.  The deadly and destructive typhoon has affected as many as 12 million people in the Philippines, according to the United Nations, leaving families anxiously waiting to hear from...

Theft of Taiko drums won’t deter JCKC from performing

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013

A trailer full of valuable taiko drums and equipment was stolen from Bear Creek’s taiko instructor Earle Fox.  The theft left the taiko group, who are a part of the Japanese Chinese Korean Club (JCKC), in shock. The stolen trailer had 18 drums inside as well as drum stands and granite blocks. ...

Brown bag lunches turn creative and healthy

Laura Angle, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

If it’s Friday, it must be turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes. Wednesday? That’s easy— Asian style Oriental bar. Monday consists of some sort of noodles and a watery sauce with a breadstick. The same food is offered on the same day of the week without fail. An alternative, and seemingly better...

Students feel financial pain of government shutdown

Sophaline Chuong, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

Although the 16 day government shutdown has ended, many students and their families felt the effects directly. Freshman Alina Valverde says she was concerned when she heard about the shutdown because of the effects it has on a federal program such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program),...

Bilingual no more – students lament loss of primary language

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013

“Annie, pueda los tenedores en el lavaplato, por favor.” Seventeen-year-old Annie stares at her grandmother in confusion. Tenedores? Lavaplato? What are those? For most, English is a first language, but for others, their native language was what they first learned as toddlers. According to the...

Safety precautions leave some students locked out of main campus

Jacob Williams, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2013

Students with classes in K1 and the Theater frequently find themselves locked out after class—forcing them to either walk around to the front of the school and go through the main office or wait for a kindly peer to open the nearby gates. To access the campus through the K- or L-building gates and...

Passport to College students get ready to collect on promise

Molina Soun, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

Students were only in the fifth grade when they were presented with an offer they couldn’t refuse: free tuition.  The Passport to College program, started in 2006-2007, targeted those who will graduate in 2014.  Approximately 7,000 students signed the contract, which promises two years of free tuition...

Mastering the art of the personal essay

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

Maintaining grades and extracurricular activities as well as taking the SATs and ACTs are just some of the major priorities of a typical college-bound senior.  The time has come to focus on what may be one of the most important concerns yet: the personal statement. Many find the college application...

Administrators seek solutions to student, staff parking lot chaos

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013

Getting to school on time in the morning has always posed a challenge for students when cars are swerving from lane to lane, cutting other drivers and students off, and blocking the entrance to the parking lot and drop off zone—and the journey becomes almost scary for some. The school parking lot...

New assessment will ‘get kids to think’

Jasmine Santos, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013

A new assessment method attempts to put America on par with other countries in terms of education. The California Standardized Test is being replaced, effective in the school year 2013-2014, by the new Common Core Standards Test. The new assessment requires students to complete the exam electronically...

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