The Bruin Voice

LUSD must address rising number of students with mental health issues

September 15, 2017

Lodi Unified School District has a responsibility to the parents, students and staff members of their schools and of the community. It is their job to ensure that students are able to learn to the best of their abilities; this can’t happen if students are burdened with personal or school-related stress...

Cut funding for sex change operations in the military

Cut funding for sex change operations in the military

Aaron Tam and Helen Le

September 15, 2017

Pres. Donald Trump’s announcement of the blanket transgender military ban on July 26 understandably provoked outrage across America. Any person who is willing and able should be allowed to serve in the military — emphasis on able. Just because someone is transgender does not mean they are unfit...

Should students be allowed to decorate their graduation caps?

Should students be allowed to decorate their graduation caps?

Lily Tran and Kylie Yamada

May 26, 2017

Lily Tran: pro For seniors, graduation is a symbolic ceremony that celebrates a personal milestone: finishing high school. So it only seems fair to allow graduating students the opportunity to personalize their grad caps to reflect their personal interests and personality. The only decoration ...

Should California become the first sanctuary state?

Should California become the first sanctuary state?

Claire Gilliland and Marino Dominguez

May 9, 2017

Pro: Claire Gilliland California is a largely democratic state, as evidenced by its two Democratic Senators (Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein) and primarily Democratic representatives in Congress (38 Democrats compared to 14 Republicans). The state shows these liberal tendencies in its policies,...

Dashboard rating a step in the right direction

May 9, 2017

School ranking is not a trivial matter; it helps concerned parents decide which school will best educate their kids, and can sometimes influence the real estate values of houses surrounding the school. As such an important thing, this ranking should not depend on test scores like the SBAAC — for which...

Throwing Bucks to the wind

May 9, 2017

BRUIN Bucks are a remnant of a simpler, better time — a time devoid of worries and enhanced with a primitive reward system for good behavior. That’s right, we’re referring to elementary school. Students used to be rewarded for cleaning up trash at lunch, doing their work, or even being a good...

Every 15 minutes: don’t contribute to statistic

Chloe Johnson, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017

I still remember coming late to school my freshman year, and seeing the crash staged in front of the student parking lot. When I was walking to my first period, I saw all of my friends’ smiling faces gazing at me from tombstones staked into the grass. I had absolutely no clue what was going on. Later...

Should all public schools be ‘safe havens’?

Should all public schools  be ‘safe havens’?

Helen Le and Chloe Johnson

March 17, 2017

PRO: Chloe Johnson In almost all anti-bullying presentations, the phrase “school is a safe place” is engrained into the minds of students. Children are told that they should always feel safe, and never fearful of persecution from their peers. But when the persecution is from their own govern...

Saving the world in skin-tight spandex

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2017

When women don capes in comic books or Marvel movies, they shoulder stereotypes and stigmas that haunt them even as they work to save the world. They must fight through ignorance, through judgment, through speculation and doubt. And with such sexism facing them, it’s a shame that female superheroes...

LUSD must address AP exam costs

March 17, 2017

Many students take an AP class because they believe that it will help them save money when it comes to taking classes in college. This year the price for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch jumped from $5 for an AP test to $63 — only $30 less than the $93 that most students pay — making...

What’s good for kids is good for parents too

March 17, 2017

When the LUSD School Board tried to investigate changing the start time of its schools, few parents attended meetings to give their input. Those that did were almost all opposed to the later start time that was being requested. Students sleep in class. They walk blindly during passing period. They...

Should college education be free?

Should college education be free?

Claire Gilliland and Aaron Tam

February 16, 2017

Pro Claire Gilliland College is something many students aspire to, another stop on the pathway to success. Most high-paying jobs require a higher level of education than a high school diploma. Whether students are considering a college or university or a vocational school, any level of educati...

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