Marina Howard

‘Our Monologues’ Show Highlights Underrepresented Stories


One word echoed throughout the performances of Our Monologues: “amalgamation.” Amalgamation was not only heard, but also seen: an amalgamation of voices, ideas, and identities appeared onstage, a multicultural melange of stories that left audiences laughing and crying.

Art Competition Shows Inhibit Creativity


Pitting artists against one another is inherently disobeying an unofficial moral code. This code entails that art is subjective, that the viewer and creator form their own opinions on a work.

The Evolution of Reggae and Its Impact


Originating in the 1960s, reggae music was a powerful way for Jamaicans to express their discontent towards societal and economic injustices. Reggae’s influence on modern-day music is evident in the sweeping genre of reggaeton, which also incorporates rap and hip hop elements.

Omicron cases have been rising in the Bay Area. BUSD must consider improving safety measures like mask-wearing and distancing.

BHS Must Up COVID-19 Precautions Due to Rising Threat of Omicron Variant


Students limiting who they’re in contact with, mask recommendations changing, and COVID-19 cases increasing — this feels all too familiar.  The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has sent the world into a new state of panic, making Bay Area communities reconsider how they have handled in-person education in the era of COVID-19.

BHS students run down Allston Way in Downtown Berkeley during the 2019 Rally Day.

Rebuttal: Spirit Week Can Be Reformed


The Berkeley High School community should be appalled by the administration’s decision to not sanction a fall Spirit Week. The attempt at curtailing the usual chaos that the infamous Rally Day brings is really going to prevent students from getting help for fear of retribution.

Mask Mandate Needed for Student Saftey


While the hindrance of wearing a mask may irritate some people, it is saving the lives of others. In order to protect vulnerable students, Berkeley Unified School District must keep the mask mandate active and enforced for its students and staff.

Word on the Street: Where Do Students Get Their Fashion Inspiration?


Raphaella Laurence, a sophomore in Academic Choice says when it comes to her style, she likes to be herself. “Some days I’m like emo, and other days I’m like ‘Let’s dress up fancy’ and then other days I just want to wear my pajamas.

Kali Uchis Voices Multicultural Identity


Multi-faceted and divinely innovative are just a few of the many ways to describe Kali Uchis, the woman paving the way towards modern American consumption of Latin music.

Kanye West Drops ‘Donda:’ Worth the Wait?


Kanye West: musical genius, political figure, psychiatric mystery. Since 2004, West has perplexed the media and music fanatics alike, creating quite the reputation for himself.

BHS Should Require Students to Be Vaccinated Upon Fall Return


The return to in-person instruction is an exciting prospect for many, but the ever-persistent question is how Berkeley High School plans to keep its students and faculty safe.

“Super Straight” Is an Invalid Sexuality Rooted in Transphobia


Straight male fragility is a forever fighting force to be reckoned with. The latest battle has to do with a brand new “sexuality” started on an online forum called “Super Straight.” The term Super Straight is an excuse for blatant transphobia and the devalidation of the LGBTQ+ community and shouldn’t be recognized as a valid

Rabiah Kabir, a BHS senior, spoke on the panel of mixed race students and faculty.

MCSA Hosts Speaker Series to Amplify Mixed Voices at BHS


Representation is a huge part of self worth. When you don’t see yourself reflected in media or academics, you can feel extremely isolated. Berkeley High School’s Multi-Cultural Student Association is fighting against this feeling by bringing representation to students who identify with intersectionality.

Many senior citizens living in local centers or homes have suffered from the isolation accompanying COVID-19.

COVID-19’s Devastating Impact on Senior Citizens Should Not Be Understated


Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk… but you are related.

Restaurant Spotlight: Third Culture Bakery Bridges Two Worlds


A third culture kid is someone who grew up in a different culture from their parents, existing in between two worlds and molding themselves into a combination of both.

BUSD Community Divided Over Reopening at November 18 School Board Meeting


The Berkeley Unified School District School Board has been primarily focused on the possibility of Berkeley schools opening back up, but other issues, such as further work towards Black Lives Matter resolutions and a new Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Policy proposition were also covered at the November 18 board meeting.

Expanding the Supreme Court Is Essential to Democracy


The expansion or “packing” of the Supreme Court has been long debated. The most recent attempt at doing so was made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.

Berkeley mayoral candidate Wayne Hsiung plans to work hard to achieve his goals if elected.

Wayne Hsiung's Unfaltering Passion Makes Him the Best Mayoral Candidate


Wayne Hsiung is the spitting image of the media’s portrayal of Berkeley citizens. A vegan animal rights activist with a record of fighting against injustice, Hsiung has an impressive ability to unite people.

Latin American Entertainment Industry Deeply Impacted by COVID-19


“Lo que no me mata, me alimenta” literally translates to, “What doesn’t kill me, nourishes me.” Idioms, much like pandemics, span across every nation.