Josephine Morasky

Proposal Approved for Paid Student Advocate Position in Title IX Office

News

On May 23, Berkeley Schools Excellence Program approved a proposal for a paid student advocate, a new position in the Berkeley Unified School District Title IX office for the 2022-23 school year.

Four Years In: Evaluating the Universal Ninth Grade’s Successes and Limitations

Investigative

In 2015, Tamara Friedman and Glenn Wolkenfeld, then-professional development coordinators at Berkeley High School, decided that BHS needed to change.  An achievement gap persisted along racial lines, and students who could have been helped were falling through the cracks.

A group of BHS students pose in a C-Building hallway without wearing masks.

District Lifts Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Spread Decreases

News

Over two years ago, on March 12, 2020, California announced an official lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the mask mandate for California has come to a partial end.

Rioka Hayama

Berkeley Community Reacts to Incident of Anti-Semitic Flyers

News

North Berkeley families were the latest targets of the Goyim Defense League, a hate group run out of Petaluma, California. On the morning of Sunday, February 20, hundreds of North Berkeley residents awoke to find plastic baggies carrying anti-Semitic flyers containing messages blaming Jewish people for COVID-19.

Students walk past a sign directing mask usage

How is Berkeley High Responding to the Omicron Variant Surge?

News

In the past few weeks, over 300 students attending Berkeley High School tested positive for COVID-19, due largely to the surge of the Omicron variant and increased rapid testing in Berkeley Unified School District.

Mythological Elements in Films and Books Risk Brainwashing

Entertainment

Over the past decade, the entertainment industry has seen an incredible increase in contemporary versions of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology.

Media Offers a Unique Opportunity to Tell Addiction Stories

Entertainment

Since 1999, roughly 841,000 people have died from drug overdoses. Over 4,700 teens alone died in 2019 from a drug overdose, and the numbers continue to rise.

Teenage Attention Spans: Where Did They Go?

Entertainment

The ability to focus on one thing for extended periods of time is deteriorating amongst teens, and this is undeniably connected to the culture of endlessly swiping through Instagram, TikTok, and other social media platforms.

‘Dune’ Part One: Was It Worth the Wait?

Entertainment

Dune. The famously unfilmable and unattainable book, now conquered by the director Denis Villeneuve. While movies like Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music were in production, Frank Herbert was developing a novel about a world dependent on psychedelic drugs and a war fueled by climate change.

Arbitrary Bathroom Pass Policy Must End

Opinion

Bathroom breaks are notoriously used as an excuse to skip class or go on one’s phone, but restricting students’ access to bathrooms has unintended consequences for menstruating students.

Berkeley High bathrooms are missing soap dispensers due to Devious Licks. trend.

Devious Licks Trend Creates Burden for Janitors at BHS

Opinion

TikTok has been an outlet for many teens during the pandemic. Various trends and challenges have passed through TikTok, each with its unique twist, though recently reaching new extremes.