Editorial

Coping With Grief and Trauma After BHS’s Loss

After a Berkeley High School student’s death on April 18, some students and staff are processing grief and learning how to best take care of themselves and support each other.  BHS intervention counselor Jasdeep Malhi believes it’s vital that students communicate how they’re feeling to their teachers in order to receive the support they

It’s About Time to Reconsider Porn

In the last 15 years, pornography has become more accessible than a bag of potato chips. In this same time frame, the rate of teen sex has dropped significantly.

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

BHS Humanities Classes Deserve More Prioritization

The humanities teach us about each other — about how to understand one another and how to understand the world. And yet, they are undoubtedly losing status in education.

Personal Attacks or Harmless Gossip? When BHS Instagram Accounts Go Too Far

Students caught sleeping, making an ugly eating face, or parking badly may find themselves awarded 15 minutes of fame at Berkeley High School. This notoriety is thanks to the student-run Instagram accounts that are unofficially affiliated with BHS, such as @bhs.slump or @berkeleyhighfits.

Fixing a Damaged System: BHS Coaches Must Confront Mental and Physical Issues Among Female Athletes

For many female athletes, the story is all too familiar. Entering high school, an athlete often quickly gains skill, fueled by hormones and a steep increase in training difficulty.

Admin Must Prioritize Student Input

In Berkeley Unified School District, self-advocacy is continuously emphasized. Whether it is through anti-bullying curricula or history lessons about oppression and social movements, students learn the importance of standing against injustice, being critical of those in power, as well as the power of collaboration and compromise.

CalSTRS Must Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

By investing in fossil fuels, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System is complicit in environmental racism and climate chaos. CalSTRS is the public pension fund for California public school teachers.

After Burgmann and Bissell, District Must Better Fight Sexual Harm

Sexual harassment has long had deep, twisted roots in Berkeley High School student culture. The constant pattern of harm is revealed about every four years in a breaking point incident of sexual assault at the school.

A person stands at a Bay Area Black Lives Matter protest from summer 2020, holding a sign reading, "The ignorance is killing us." The "k" is replaced with an image of a gun.

When Seeking Justice, Imprisoning Killer Cops Should Not Be Our Priority

As several high profile cases of police brutality cause public outrage, including the murder of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant and 13-year-old Adam Toledo, the call to “jail killer cops” has been growing in popularity.

Depoliticizing the Vaccine Is Crucial for Protecting Our Community

A few months ago, scientists across the globe brought us a miracle. In record time, they managed to produce a series of vaccines, each highly protective against severe COVID-19 and death.

Media Must Stop Using Language that Incites Anti-Asian Hate

“Can American Values Survive in a Chinese World?” asked one Foreign Policy headline. “This Is Not Dystopian Fiction. This Is China,” proclaimed another from The New York Times.

Short-Term Acts of Charity Will Not Solve Wealth Inequality In Berkeley

As the Berkeley community celebrates the holidays after a tumultuous and tragic year, generosity and gratitude are needed more than ever. Berkeley has a robust culture of charity and donation, amplified by the increasing affluence of the community over the years.

Change Starts With Conversation

Election Day’s rapid approach has birthed the latest of the social media trends: the “Biden vs. Trump” poll. In an effort to weed out Trump supporters, Berkeley High School students have taken to asking followers to choose between the two candidates on their Instagram stories.

To Achieve Unity, Latinx Community Must Acknowledge Complex Identities

October is Chicanx Latinx Heritage month, which rightfully brings forth a lot of pride and celebration. During this month, all people who identify as Latinx are encouraged to represent their unique and diverse identities, while remembering the history and struggles behind them.

For Youth to Enact Meaningful Change, They Must Reach Beyond Social Media

As self-isolation in the Bay Area begins its sixth month, our community has adjusted to this new reality. Leaving the house armed with masks and sanitizer, spending your day glued to a computer screen for work, only to FaceTime your friends, watch TV, and scroll through social media for a while before bed; this has

Why Can't Berkeley High Retain a Principal?

The recent announcement of the departure of Berkeley High School’s principal, Erin Schweng, has brought to light the fact that within memorable history, BHS seems to have not had a principal last longer than a graduating class.

A panorama of an empty corner of the UC Berkeley campus.

COVID-19 Sparks Uninformed and Harmful Reactions

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, heightened fear has manifested in selfish precautions and inappropriate humor to a racist extent. Reactions to the coronavirus have ranged from obsessively using hand sanitizer, choosing to physically isolate oneself, and buying an absurd amount of food in response to the possibility of a quarantine.