Lianna Leung is a student journalist who has previously worked on the Berkeley High Jacket and Daily Californian publications. In her free time, she can often be found running in Tilden with the Cross Country team or curled up with an Agatha Christie novel.
Throughout the pandemic, low-income families and immigrants have been working tirelessly on the front lines. They’ve been significantly more vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure and financial strain, yet obstacles involving documentation and accessibility have made it much more difficult for them to receive a number of stimulus services.
In early February, an 84-year-old Thai man was viciously shoved to the ground in San Francisco on his morning walk. He died days later. Less than a week after the unprovoked assault, an elderly Asian man was knocked over and hospitalized in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
On February 16, the Parent Teacher Student Association held a student-run Black History Month celebration and discussion in lieu of their monthly meeting. The Tuesday gathering featured speeches, songs, and presentations from members of the Berkeley Unified School District community.
The first Parent Teacher Student Association meeting of the new year was held on January 19. Temporarily setting aside the academic boundaries presented by distance learning, the discussion was focused around a more personal issue; the mental health and emotional well-being of Berkeley High School students. Before the meeting, a survey was sent
Derek DeSantis and Areg Maghakian shared a goal. Both love coffee, beer, and board games, and the two were interested in combining their passions to introduce the Bay Area to a board game cafe — an idea growing popular outside of the US.
Every year, among the fall burst of color, families across America come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, however, sharing happy Thanksgiving moments with relatives was overshadowed by the possibility of sharing a deadly virus.
COVID-19 has been a huge setback for the class of 2020. Traditional celebrations such as prom and graduation were cancelled, and all final high school farewells were turned into awkward virtual ordeals.
The first term of school has come and gone, and with it numerous difficulties surrounding distance learning have arisen. Among these issues are the apparently unsolvable “Zoom bombing”, malfunctioning classroom applications, and poor internet connection.
The pandemic has hit us hard. Countless people have been left jobless and struggling, and infection rates in the Bay Area continue to rise. Many high schoolers have been suffering from increased anxiety and stress, exacerbated by the inability to seek in-person support from friends and extended family.