Eliot Hertenstein

Position

Developer, Journalist

Graduation

Class of 2024

Eliot Hertenstein is a developer, journalist, and Berkeley High student. They are best known for their work on the BHS Jacket, and numerous websites, including a map of Berkeley High.

Teens’ Online Privacy Must Be Protected

Opinion

Most students have seen sponsored content before — it’s present in almost every corner of the internet. Whether it takes the form of a banner ad or a post by an influencer, it’s becoming harder and harder to understand what is or isn’t an ad, and how our data is used.

The Social Media Experience Across Genders

Investigative

The Jacket surveyed a sample of 368 students to explore the role of gender in the perception of social media among teens. Additionally, interviews gave students a space to share their views on social media and how it affects them personally.

A BHS student completes mandatory tutoring in the library by teaching a peer.

Peer Tutoring Requirement Benefits All 

Opinion

At Berkeley High School, many advanced classes require students to tutor for lower-level classes in order to receive a grade of A. While it can be argued that “required volunteer hours” is an oxymoron, there are many benefits to having advanced students tutor their peers.

NFTs: More Than Just a Trend

Opinion

Non-Fungible Tokens have recently began to be a trend, with many Berkeley High School students taking a strong stance against their existence. However, while many students have heard of NFTs, they don’t understand what NFTs actually are and how they work.

BHS

BHS Students Benefit from Free Public Transportation

Opinion

If you’ve lived in Berkeley for more than a few years, you’ve probably taken some sort of public transportation at one point or another: a bus to get to a concert; Bay Area Rapid Transit on a field trip; or you may even use Alameda County Transit to get to school every day. 

Is Cancel Culture the Right Way to Hold People Accountable?

Opinion

If you’ve been around on the internet for the past few months, you’ve probably heard the phrase “cancel culture” — the left embraces it as a way for the unempowered to create social change against the powerful, while many on the right say it’s an excuse for sensitivity by the left.

Rebuttal: Math Supports BIPOC Students

Opinion

If you asked a random high school student what their least favorite subject was, many would say math. Math is seen as “fairly useless in many careers,” and some say they just “don’t get numbers.” While it’s okay to not enjoy math, it’s a fundamental part of the world around us, and we need students

False fire alarms have become a common occurence.

BHS Must Actively Fight False Fire Alarms

Opinion

Every student has a least favorite class. Even if you’re the “model student,” you’ve probably experienced a time when you wanted nothing more than to get out of a test or assignment.

“It feels more real:” BHS Students Return to In-Person Instruction

News

As the 2020-21 school year nears its end, some Berkeley High School students are returning to campus for in-person learning. The new schedule, which officially began April 24, moved the distance learning school day earlier: it now spans from 8:55 AM to 12:15 PM, and gives students optional time to return to in-person school

BUSD Reconsiders Implementation of GoGuardian

News

On March 23, Berkeley High School Principal Juan Raygoza sent an email to the Berkeley Unified School District community regarding the implementation of GoGuardian parental controls.

A checkout counter lies empty in Berkeley Natural Grocery Company, a health foods store located in the Westbrae Neighborhood. A recent ordinance has modified what foods will be able to be presented at checkout.

Berkeley Implements Nation’s First Healthy Foods Checkout Line Ordinance

News

After almost six months, Berkeley has finally enacted the nation’s first checkout ordinance, which requires stores to place healthier items in the checkout aisle.

Superintendent Presents COVID-19 Update at January 6 Board Meeting

News

The Berkeley School Board’s January 6 meeting primarily focused on plans to return to in-person learning. Members also discussed the English learner master plan and approved an energy service contract with Schneider Electric for equipment replacement at the Berkeley High School pool.  The first public comment period was mainly about COVID-19.

While the school board discusses the reopening of schools, Berkeley High School remains empty.

Word on the Street: Would You Return to School?

Features

If the school board determines that school is safe to attend, would you go? June McNally, a freshman in Universal 9th Grade Hive 6, said, “I know nothing about science, but I would trust the people who know the most.

Voting Guide: How to Cast Your Ballot

Features

How to Register to VoteRegistering to vote is simple. Visit IWillVote.com to find out how and where to register. You can register online in California as long as you have your California driver’s license or California identification card number and know the last four digits of your social security number.

Picante, one of Berkeley

Berkeley Restaurant Spotlight: Best Latinx Eateries

Features

Picante Picante is a Berkeley classic, and to this day it remains one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. Located on 6th street, Picante offers open seating and an outdoor space — both of which are currently closed due to COVID-19.  Smelling perpetually of fresh tortillas, the restaurant is known for its

Educators Feel Overwhelmed by the Increased Workload of Distance Learning

Features

Distance learning has been a significant change for everyone at Berkeley High School, but no one has had to adapt more than educators. While the BHS community has been attentive to the experience and needs of students, the challenges faced by teachers have often fallen into the background.