Beneficial or Performative: Should Politicians Publicly Volunteer?
PRO By Ohad Aviran-Finkelstein The actions of celebrities and politicians have massive effects on society. Although many public figures have taken their power for granted and used it to make little to no difference, other public figures have used their power to make a significant impact, working for the betterment of society.
Finding Common Ground on Cursing
At Berkeley High School, it is not uncommon for teachers to curse. While some teachers would never dream of using profanity in front of a classroom of students, others punctuate their lectures with expletives.
Should Bay Area Cities Be Cracking Down on Crime?
Yes Ohad Aviran-Finkelstein Recent headlines paint a grim picture of unsafe conditions in the Bay Area. Crime in San Francisco has risen over 12 percent in the past year, while Oakland’s violent crime rate was over three times higher than the national average.
BUSD’s Expansion of Ethnic Studies Is a Positive Change
In 1991, Berkeley Unified School District became the first public school system in the nation to mandate an ethnic studies course. For the last thirty years, this ethnic studies program has been contained within a single semester during freshman year.
BHS Cannot Safely Sanction Spirit Week
On October 22, Principal Juan Raygoza sent out an email informing the student body that Berkeley High School would not be sanctioning a Spirit Week. The email came as a shock to many students who had been looking forward to Spirit Week — Rally Day in particular — as a symbol of the return
BUSD Music Program Nurtures Students
Music classes in Berkeley Unified School District start in elementary school, where all students learn to play an instrument in fourth grade. The students who continue to play long past they are required to, however, are the players that feed into the Berkeley High School Band and Orchestra classes.
Artist Spotlight: Dexter Suhn
With musical recording technology becoming more accessible than ever, young musicians have found ways to produce music from their own bedrooms. This phenomenon has created the aptly named genre of “bedroom pop.” Artists like Billie Eilish, Clairo, and Cosmo Pyke have made this lo-fi sound a world-wide success.
Will Social Media Be Our Downfall?
Jeff Orlowski’s new documentary The Social Dilemma has been garnering attention for its bold predictions of end times brought on by social media. The film takes a dark tone from the very beginning, which is held through to the end.
BHS Teams Crowned League Champions
Berkeley High School sports have a reputation for being strong and competitive teams. In the past, our teams have won countless games and become league champions.