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Model minority myth in sports: How does  this impact Asian student athletes at BHS? 


Estelle Handa “I think when it comes to being a ‘model minority’, that shows up more in academics,” said Estelle Handa, a junior and tennis player at Berkeley High School.

The Social Media Experience Across Genders


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.

The Age of Achievement: Emphasis on Prodigy Hurts High-Achieving Kids


By age five, Dylan Heinstein was already topping podiums at national snowboarding competitions within a year of starting the sport. By age ten, Heinstein was driving seven hours each way to and from Mammoth Mountain every week to train during the winter season.

Black History Month Activism Is Too Performative


At the beginning of February, for the fifth year in a row, Target released their “Black Beyond Measure” clothing line for Black History Month. The line consists of clothing pieces preaching sayings like “Radiate Black Joy” and “Noire Icon.”  While the sentiment is most definitely there, these T-shirts and sweatshirts blasted on the front of

Sexual Harm Leaves Deep Marks In Wake of Burgmann Case


Students at Berkeley High School began noticing suspicious activity on social media at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Many class of 2021 seniors, including Charlotte, were receiving Instagram Direct Messages containing explicit photographs and asking for personal information and images.

‘That Yearbook Was Their Bathroom Wall:’ Why Did No One Notice the Bissell Allegations?


“I don’t know how to describe how angry I was when we got the call that [Matthew Bissell] was no longer hired here and the story had not gone public,” said Berkeley High School yearbook teacher Genevieve Mage.

How Have Substitute Teachers Handled Online School?


“Substitutes replaced teachers when teachers couldn’t get to school because they were either at home with their kids or on a field trip,” explained Huseyin Kulunk, a long-time Berkeley High School substitute teacher.

How the Maternity Leave Policy at BHS is Impacting Teachers


In January of 2019, Berkeley International High School Vice Principal Carrie Berg went on parental leave for the birth of her son. The policy at the time stated that Berg would receive differential pay; the difference in salary of what she would’ve been paid versus what her replacement got.

The Teacher’s Union: Balancing Urgency and Uncertainty During the Pandemic


In early 2020, The Berkeley Federation of Teachers was coming off of a year and a half of negotiations for the 2019-21 teacher’s contract agreement.

Harriet Tubman on the Twenty Dollar Bill is Not Enough


For years now, efforts to redesign the twenty dollar bill with a new face have been on a rollercoaster trajectory. In 2016, former President Barack Obama stated that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill by the year 2020.

Women’s Day Roundtable Brings Together Diverse Perspectives


On Sunday, March 7, the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism hosted a virtual roundtable discussion in honor of International Women’s Day.

BUSD Must Increase Black Representation on Staff to Uphold Anti-Racist Values


In early June of 2020, following the death of George Floyd, Berkeley Unified School District released a statement in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

It's Time for This Generation to Clarify the Words America Is Afraid of


For a long time, the United States has been afraid of words that nobody really knows the definition of. The words ‘socialist’ and ‘communist’ have been thrown around as insults in the political arena, with conservatives painting socialism as the fearful future that political candidates like Bernie Sanders will bring.

Colleges Should Stay Test Blind After the Pandemic Ends


This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many colleges into doing something long overdue. The repeated cancellations of SATs and ACTs, a result of COVID-19, caused most colleges around the country to go test optional, meaning that a test score would not be required for admission.

Opinions on Wednesday at the Capitol


Insurrection at the Capitol Shows Us Anti-Racism Work is Far From Over Mimia Ousilas  This past summer, peaceful protests following the death of George Floyd were met with a military-like police response.

‘It’s So Draining’: AP Students and Teachers Face Distance Learning Struggles


As Berkeley High School wraps up the first semester of an undoubtedly unique year, many Advanced Placement classes have felt the struggle more than others, with students set to face an even more daunting spring semester.

Members of the PSL, along with others, march down Powell Street in San Francisco at a protest against detention camps.

San Francisco ‘Close the Camps’ Protest Targets ICE and Other Corporations


On Saturday, November 14, around two hundred people gathered at Union Square in San Francisco for a protest calling for the closure of detention camps and the abolition of U.S.

Rosa Parks Elementary School, where EON/BAMN protests have occurred after reopening, sits at 920 Allston Way.

Protests Arise as BUSD Elementary Schools Begin Reopening Process


Since the November 9 small-scale reopening of multiple Berkeley elementary schools, ongoing protests organized by Equal Opportunity Now/By Any Means Necessary have taken place at both Rosa Parks and Jefferson schools.