Meet Enikia Ford Morthel: Berkeley’s New Superintendent
The district’s superintendent of three years, Brent Stephens, announced he was leaving Berkeley Unified School District this spring. Since then, the search for a successor led to one finalist, Enikia Ford Morthel, the deputy superintendent of instruction in the San Francisco school district.
Recent BHS Alumni Kerry Reid, Aidan Price, and Eli Kane Pass Away
Berkeley High School alumni Aidan Price, class of 2019, Kerry Reid, class of 2020, and Eli Kane, class of 2019, passed away this summer. Aidan Price Price died on June 20, Reid on June 25, and Kane on July 15.
Behind Efforts to Increase Equity in BUSD Music Program
In Berkeley Unified School District elementary schools, all students are required to participate in music education from third to fifth grade. Fourth and fifth grade students can access an instrument for free, and are taught by professional music teachers.
Custodians Prepare BHS Campus With COVID-19 Safety Precautions
In March of 2020, before BUSD closed schools due to the pandemic, custodians were brought in on a weekend to deep clean Berkeley High School. BHS Custodian Supervisor, Clinton Robinson, explained, “We went through cleaning all the high points, wiped all the rails, wiped all the desks.
BHS Health Center Finds New Ways to Serve Students During Pandemic
Despite difficulties created by the pandemic, the Berkeley High School Health Center has remained open, and continues to provide all mental, sexual and reproductive health services that were available before the pandemic, as well as over-the-phone care for students. To accommodate students during the pandemic, the Health Center has created a warmline, which students
BUSD Struggles to Support Special Education Students Amidst Pandemic
The pandemic has upended the education system, with most schools pivoting to a fully or mainly online model since March of 2020. For special education students, issues with evaluating those who currently have an Individualized Education Program, or who are requesting one, have been exacerbated over distance learning.
The Body Positivity Movement Needs Transformation
The body positivity movement has proven to be extremely lucrative for large brands and corporations in recent years. Companies like Aerie have become known for being inclusive and body positive, and have raked in millions of dollars banking on the movement.
Why Ana Vasudeo for School Board Should Have Your Vote
A school board representative should have experience working with school districts and be dedicated to advocating for equity in our schools. Ana Vasudeo, a candidate for Berkeley Unified School District School Board, meets these qualifications and many more, making her the clear choice for a school board representative.
Should Celebrities be Banned From OnlyFans?
Mainstream celebrities already dominate most social media platforms, touting tens of millions of followers across their accounts. However — although it didn’t technically occur on a social media platform — actress Bella Thorne’s recent stint with OnlyFans calls into question the place of well established celebrities online.
Thrift Store 'Gentrification' Deprives Low Income Communities of Valuable Resource
Partially due to increased awareness around the drawbacks of fast fashion, thrift shopping has rapidly gained popularity among wealthy, young consumers in recent years. There are now countless videos on YouTube featuring “thrift hauls” and “thrift flips.” On the surface, it appears to be a positive thing that more people are buying secondhand clothing and