Shanza Syed

A scale with different proffesions on either side.

Glorification of select career paths limits student happiness


Picture a lawyer passionately defending a client who was falsely accused of a crime, a firefighter bravely battling the flames of a California wildfire, or a calm, cool, and collected doctor saving a patient’s life.  There’s no doubt that each of these professions are deeply necessary and valuable to society, but it’s important to note

BHS SHIFT program displays the necessity of sex education


Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Part of what contributes to this problem is a lack of sex education. Currently, under the U.S. Federal Law, there are no set standards for sexual health education.

Aryn Faur assists students in the MLP.

MLP must exist in schools across the U.S.


When navigating the treacherous river of high school, there are a lot of things to think about: social cliques, grades, extracurriculars, college applications, and so much more.

A ballot box

Berkeley and California vote on 2022 midterm propositions


PROP L, M, N As for local legislation, measures M, and N passed, with 64 percent, and 76 percent of the vote respectively. Measure L, which required a 66 percent majority, failed with only 59 percent of the vote.

Consent education club.

Consent Education Club publishes videos in tri-weekly bulletin


In the last week of October, Berkeley High School students watched three videos on consent education in the video bulletin at BHS. Behind these videos is the Consent Education Club.

UC top nine percent letters cause division 


Sweaty palms, a racing heartbeat, and a terrible dark haze that doesn’t let any rational thoughts through. Everyone’s been there, feeling scared of the future.

Teaching global viewpoints at BHS will benefit all students


If you asked the majority of Americans what the Revolutionary War was, they would probably be able to tell you that it was the United States’ fight for independence against the British.

A backpack, with papers flying out, next to a stack of books, shoes, and a soccer ball

Informed citizenship begins with keeping up with the news


​​It often feels like so much is going on in the world that it is nearly impossible to keep up with all the “breaking news”. But is staying up to date really worth the trouble?

Jade Terry-Jones and Nataly Garcia practice hitting.

BHS Softball Suffers Defeat vs. O’Dowd


Berkeley High School’s girls varsity softball team took on Bishop O’Dowd High School on the evening of May 12. The match concluded with O’Dowd winning 3-0 against BHS, who put up a good defense, but didn’t counterattack offensively.

Athlete Profile: Luca McKerley Coronado


Luca McKerley Coronado is a senior in Berkeley International High School on the boys varsity baseball team. McKerley Coronado started playing baseball at four, inspired by his father and grandfather.

Athlete Profile: Jackie Dai


Jackie Dai is a senior in Berkeley International High School and captain of the boys badminton team. He discovered his passion for the sport after taking a badminton class at Berkeley High School his freshman year and found he was “naturally kind of gifted [at badminton].” Dai improved on techniques such as grip,

Black and white jerseys clash along the harsh dividing line of the BHS-O’Dowd rivalry on January 21 at BHS.

Dragons For Dinner: BHS vs. O’Dowd


Berkeley High School’s boys varsity soccer team took on Bishop O’Dowd High School on January 21, to cheers of ‘Go Jackets!’  The game kicked off with O’Dowd on the offense, making a shot at the goal, and Berkeley’s goalkeeper, Patrick Devaney, lunging to make the first save of the game.

As part of the stricter ID policy, a student displays their school ID to enter through the front office.

Students Required to Carry School IDs at All Times for Safety


Students at Berkeley High School are required to carry their school ID card on them at all times as of January 3, 2022. Dean of Students Claudia González sent an email to all BHS students, informing them of the new ID requirements on December 14, 2021.

School Board Discusses Potential $6.6 million in Budget Cuts


On November 17, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board discussed potential budget cuts for the 2022-23 school year. Things have begun to return to normal for BUSD schools.

Some BHS custodians feel overwhelmed amidst a staffing shortage and an uptick in student vandalism.

BHS Custodians Afflicted by Staff Shortages During Pandemic


With hygiene and disinfecting more important than ever, Berkeley High School, like much of the state, is facing a custodial staff shortage. According to Jeffrey Snow, facilities and operations manager at BHS, there are currently 15 night custodians and one day custodian at BHS.

BUSD School Board

BUSD School Board Discusses Campus Safety and Consent Education at October 20 Meeting


The Berkeley Unified School District School Board discussed topics ranging from Title IX policies to environmental literacy at its October 20 meeting.  During public comment, multiple teachers voiced their concerns to the board about the challenges that they have been facing with the transition back to in-person school.

The Debate: Should Identity-Specific Groups Be More Inclusive of Outside Allies?


Clubs like the Gender Sexuality Alliance and Black Student Union serve specific marginalized groups. Does welcoming outsiders to their cause come at the expense of providing a safe space?  Two writers dive into both sides of the controversy below.  “For the GSA, I think we should welcome everybody … because having more widespread

Are Fashion Trends Liberating or Disempowering Women?


We live in a world where fashion means a lot. Since clothing often serves as a way to express ourselves and show our personality without having to say a single word, fashion often serves as a first impression.