The Bruin Voice

Is the use of executive order an abuse of power?

Is the use of executive order an abuse of power?

Emma Garcia, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion

When President Obama issued his Executive Order for stricter gun control laws a few weeks ago, he had the country’s best interest in mind. The Executive Order was meant to improve the lives of all Americans and I respect what he was trying to do. Many doubt whether or not these Executive Orders will...

Letter Home: College 101: building yourself from the ground up

Letter Home: College 101: building yourself from the ground up

Kristin Lam, Class of 2015

February 12, 2016


Filed under Letters Home, Opinion

If nothing else, college has taught me one thing so far: I definitely had a romanticized idea of what my first semester experience would be like. I thought it would be this amazing, fresh start at a school I was absolutely in love with in every way. Instead, the beginning was not magnificent and did...

Pro/Con: Should the U.S. take in refugees from countries with strong Anti-American sentiment?

Pro/Con: Should the U.S. take in refugees from countries with strong Anti-American sentiment?

Jessica Dang and Sophie Gilliland

February 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Jessica Dang: Pro Many Americans have diverged from adopting the sentiments that the Founding Fathers once had: to create a land of the free and home of the brave.  While it’s reasonable for the government to be cautious when admitting refugees from regions that share strong anti-American sentiment, America has don...

Opinion: The Importance of Voting

Opinion: The Importance of Voting

Claire Gilliland, Opinion Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Current Events, Daily Updates, Opinion

Since 2016 is an election year, it seems like we’ve been hearing about presidential candidates for a long time. We have rolled our eyes many Trump speeches and kind of ignored who was still in the race on the Republican side and who had dropped out.   Now, however, things are starting to get ser...

Become politically aware now — your future depends on it

Jessica Machado, Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Teenagers are in that awkward stage where they aren’t children, but they aren’t adults. They can’t vote and have no influence on the election until they reach that golden age of 18, so many don’t see a reason in worrying about political issues or figures. But by the time teenagers are eligible to vote, most of them have no idea what they are even voting for.

VOICES: With capstone gone, seniors must find new ways to make their mark

September 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Voices

The beneficial aspects of the senior project should not go unnoticed. Many seniors from years past chose topics that related to a field of interest; from organizing events to raise awareness of bigger causes to learning a new skill to showcase, the senior project allowed students to express themselves outside of the classroom and go beyond textbook content.

VOICES: What’s good for athletes is good for all students

September 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Voices

A mandatory tutorial program with aid from trained teachers and consequences for failing to attend should be directed at students actually at risk of failing their classes. If the Sports Academy is successful, it should bring the vast majority of athletes’ grades above 75 percent — which would be great news, as athletes represent Bear Creek in our community. However, it would benefit a much larger group of students to attempt to bring all students’ grades above 75 percent.

PRO/CON: Should students be excused from lessons that make them uncomfortable?

Aidan Backus and Claire Gilliland

September 11, 2015


Filed under Opinion

When students are excused from crucial lessons, they miss out on learning important information that will prepare them for their life after high school. If high schools don’t equip students with the knowledge and experiences they need for their future, they risk creating a generation of young people who believe they should avoid anything unpleasant or objectionable when it is often those very experiences that allow students to grow the most emotionally. In college campuses, students are already reporting professors and fellow students who say or do something that anyone may perceive as even slightly offensive, making them more sensitive about touchy subjects.

BC’s International Rally showcases students’ pride

May 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Voices

It comes as no surprise that Lincoln and Lodi high schools consist of a predominantly Caucasian student population. In contrast, Ronald E. McNair and Cesar Chavez high schools’ student demographics exhibit practically the opposite. Thankfully, Bear Creek is not a sea of ethnically similar students who become unfortunately habituated by the lack of diversity.

Politicians should not hold education hostage to political ideologies

May 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Voices

At Bear Creek, we’ve got quite a few smart young minds, and many of them will be able to vote in 2016. When that election rolls around, students should remember that while nothing is sacred in modern America, certain issues — like education — should be, and any candidate, Democrat, Republican, or independent, who uses educational matters as pawns in the game of politics does not deserve our vote.

College: learning a lifetime of useful lessons — finally

College: learning a lifetime of useful lessons — finally

Jasmine Santos, Class of 2014; UCLA Class of 2018

May 14, 2015


Filed under Letters Home, Opinion

For me, high school was that stage of desperately wanting to be independent. Thinking that you’re so smart and so cool that you don’t need parents when really, you’re probably not that smart, and you’re most definitely not that cool, and you’re literally a dependent to your parents. Although arguably there are some students that are forced—by whatever circumstance—to be already practically self-supporting during their high school years, for the most part, high school students are dependents (read: legally minors).

Common Core Assessment: Is computer-based testing superior to paper and pencil tests?

Jessica Dang and Brooke Shimasaki

May 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Parents and teachers who favor the traditional forms of testing claim that by taking away the long-established pencil and paper, students’ motor skills will be negatively impacted and active-reading and marking the text skills that teachers have tried to embed into students will be counteracted. Despite students not being able to mark the text online during tests, many students lack the initiative to make notes in the margins and mindlessly underline or highlight random quotations on regular tests.

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