August 31, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Peninsula High School

Editor, I was just reading your article “SMUHSD Planning Relocations” in The Bearcat, and I wanted to share my perspective on an issue you bring up. I thought you did a great job reporting on the district’s plans for building staff and faculty housing, and some of the challenges present in relocations of current district holdings. You also bring up the reputation of Peninsula Alternative High School as part of the bigger picture; you imply that one concern is the impact that the so-called “troubled” students of PAHS may have on the community should the school be relocated. I’d like…

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To Barbie Or Not To Barbie…

That is the question.

PROS When you think of childhood toys for girls, Barbie dolls are one of the first to come to mind. You know what I’m talking about. The blonde, blue-eyed, slim doll young girls have loved ever since 1959. Throughout the years, Mattel has changed Barbie’s looks, occupations, and her boyfriend’s looks as well as her family members. Recently, Mattel made the biggest change to Barbie yet. In early 2016, Mattel unveiled tall, petite and curvy versions of the iconic doll. The new Barbies also had a larger range of skin tones, eye colors and even different facial features.These new dolls…

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Great Expectations


At every age, we are expected to perform certain tasks and gain certain attributes. As you grow up, people begin to have higher expectations from you, but the problem is that nowadays, people expect too much from teens just on the verge of adulthood. The transformation from a teenager to adulthood is a tricky combination of  hormones, bodily changes, greater responsibilities, and the media. Expecting too much from teens only aggravates this unstable mix.  Teens aren’t ready to make life-changing decisions such as choosing a profession,  buying a house, or getting married, yet we are expected to know what we…

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Kanye’s Ego is His Success


           It’s not new that Kanye west’s ego has been severely inflated to the point of being obnoxious. Although Mr West’s personality and ego is irritating and over the top, it could be the key to his success.           Throughout the years, he has compared himself to revolutionary men like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. He even went as far as to draw similarities between himself and God and Jesus Christ. A bold example of this was Kanye’s “The Passion of Kanye West” cover on the Rolling Stone magazine. His arrogant pride…

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Voting for Hillary Simply Because She’s a Woman Is Antifeminist


Let me start by saying, I’m a feminist. I believe all genders should be treated equally and I would love to have a Mrs. President. However, I don’t want a woman to be elected president simply because she is a woman. That’s not equality. That’s pity. Voting for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders because of a desire for a woman president is unproductive for both fair democracy and gender equality. It is, of course, perfectly acceptable to favor Hillary over Bernie for ideological, political, and policy reasons. However, on numerous occasions, I have encountered people who have decided to vote…

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Planned Parenthood Defunded

Graphic by Zulma Canahui

In the U.S. there is still a debate on whether or not Planned Parenthood should be funded. There is a huge belief in the country that Planned Parenthood performs an abundance of abortion services and many people are against it. According to Planned Parenthood’s At A Glance page, only three percent of all services provided are abortion services. Instead, Planned Parenthood helps people with STD tests and provides sexual education to the public. Planned Parenthood’s purpose is to provide affordable health service for those who have low income, as well as to provide information, perform tests, and refer women to…

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Technology Is Stealing Our Creativity

It is impossible to argue that things have not changed since the development of modern technology. We waste our days using smartphones, iPads, tablets, computers, tv and more. It is clear that we rely too heavily on these devices. It is true that advancements in technology have been incredibly revolutionary as well as helpful, but are we harming ourselves with the constant use of all this technology? Using technology can be a way to relax after a long day at work or school, but all that screen time is causing eyestrain and other vision problems according to a new report by…

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Roosh V: “Rape Should Be Legal On Private Property”:

Graphic by Zulma Canahui-Bajxac

  Rape. A word that can bring flashbacks for some and fear for others. I know when I hear that word, I inwardly cringe. Most people in our culture consider it a horrible crime.  Yet a  writer and “pick up artist,” who surprisingly has over 50,000 followers on Twitter and Youtube combined, has caused a major controversy by promoting rape.The man, Roosh V, has stated that he believes rape should be legalized. “By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily…

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Bowditch Bomb Threat Prompts A Safety Question


The students and staff of Bowditch Middle School underwent a terrifying experience on February 4 when an unidentified person called the school at 1:20 PM and threatened to blow up the campus at a specific time with a bomb that was supposedly already on the campus. “The teachers made us go outside without our backpacks and our phones and didn’t tell us what was going on. We stayed outside for more than half an hour, past when school ended. When we were finally allowed to leave, we couldn’t even contact our parents because our phones were in our backpacks which…

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Pro Life Shootings

Let’s talk about irony. Pro-life advocates want to ban abortion because they believe that once a woman has another life in her, she no longer gets to make decisions about  her body. So, in theory, they support “life.” However, pro-life crimes resulting in death have been going on since 1977, the first one occurring shortly after abortion was legalized in 1973. Ironic? They are killing full-grown humans to protest the killing of barely-alive embryos, completely contradicting their claim of being “pro-life.” There is no reasonable logic to this situation. In the very recent “pro-life” shooting, which happened on November 29…

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