Glenchur Fills Role of BHS Principal

By Mira Chaplin

Kristin Glenchur has been appointed interim principal of Berkeley High School for the 2014-2015 school year. She replaced Pasquale Scuderi, BHS principal since 2010, who moved up to serve as assistant superintendent of Educational Services for the Berkeley Unified School District.
After growing up in Los Angeles, Glenchur earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and a master’s degree in education from UC Berkeley. She has worked at BHS for over twenty years. Glenchur served first as an English teacher

Berkeley City Council Votes for Soda Tax on November Ballot

By Madeleine Pauker

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on July 1 to put a measure that would tax the distributors of soda and other sugary drinks on the city ballot in November.

The measure proposes a one cent per ounce tax on distributors for soda and energy drinks, with exemptions for sweeteners and drinks distributed by small retailers, alcohol, and baby formula.

Berkeley to See Increase in Minimum Wage

By Madeleine Pauker

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on June 24 to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.53 per hour by October, 2016.
Following a three-month-long struggle on how to structure its minimum wage plan, the council has voted to raise Berkeley’s minimum wage to $10 in October, and to $11 the year after.
Although California’s minimum wage increase to $9 per hour took effect July 1, the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. San Francisco already has one of the highest in the nation at $10.74, but city leaders have put a measure on the November ballot to raise that wage to $15 per hour.

Berkeley and Oakland Protest Ferguson

By Madeleine Pauker

On the night of August 15, a group of about two hundred people marched from Oakland to Berkeley to protest the shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protest was one of many in the wake of the shooting of Brown, who was unarmed, and the subsequent outcry and heavy police involvement in Ferguson. Both East Bay protesters and those around the nation chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” to denounce police violence and racial profiling by police.

Fights on Shattuck Ave. Disrupt Peace

By Molly Mermin

Mobs of high school students caused disruption and chaos in Downtown Berkeley on Friday, May 9.
Berkeley police officers were deployed to the area, and three students were arrested for “disturbing the peace.” The students were later released to their parents. An Oakland Technical High School (Oakland Tech) student was arrested for the use of pepper spray.

Local NAACP Examines Racial Profiling

By Liat Levin

The Berkeley community held a National Advancement for the Association of Colored People (NAACP) forum on account of alleged cases of racial profiling in Berkeley on May 12.
The forum was held to pass a bill stating that race, age, and gender must be recorded in all police vehicle and pedestrian stops.
Proponents hope this bill will make officers evaluate their bias and provide more data that could reveal racial profiling in police arrests.

Out-of-State Enrollment Increases in UC System

By Mira Chaplin

The UC system has some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, but a growing trend in admissions makes many Californians wonder if they will be able to reap the benefits.

Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza to Undergo Extensive Redesign

By Justine Cullinane

The city of Berkeley is in the early stages of planning for a major renovation of the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) station and adjacent plaza located on the corner of Shattuck Ave and Center St.

After being tossed around as a possibility since 2007, the project was recommended $12.7 million in federal grant funding by the Alameda County Transportation Commission in May of 2013. The project will most likely come before the council for a final decision in the upcoming spring and summer months.

BHS Bone Marrow Registration Drive for Baylor Fredrickson

By Sarah Carlin

Seven year old Baylor Fredrickson, who lives in Albany, CA, likes basketball, cooking and Minecraft, but has faced something most kids have not; he has already battled leukemia twice in his few short years. After being diagnosed two years ago with acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, his leukemia was eliminated. However, this April Fredrickson relapsed. The best option now is a bone marrow transplant, and finding a match is difficult because of his German and Japanese mixed-race background.

ASB Elects New Officers

By Daniel Hernandez

The annual Berkeley High School Associated Student Body (ASB) elections took place last week. Hammad Zahid was elected ASB President, and Finn Collom is serving as ASB Vice President.

Plans for the next school year are already beginning to take shape among the new officers. Zahid has big plans for the next school year. “One thing that I really want to do is improve staff and student communications so that students have a little more say in what goes on,” said Zahid.

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