Opinion

Chief Keef Has All The Answers

By Editorial Board

Energy, not in a scientific sense but in a cosmic sort of way, functions in a loop. The “Golden Rule,” no matter how el- ementary, rings just as truly in high school as it did in the first grade. People try to be nice, adding positive energy to a loop that will take whatever you give and re- ciprocate it right back (in case you weren’t clear on the “Golden Rule” idea, it is “do onto others as they do onto you”).

Scotland Voted Down Push for Independence

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By Evelyn Goessling

Last Thursday, polls revealed that Scotland would remain within the United Kingdom instead of becoming an independent country. Scottish-UK relations have been peaceful since 1707, when the two kingdoms merged. Mr. Alex Salmond, the Prime Minister of Scotland, is echoing a cry for independence not heard since the 1296 Wars of Scottish Independence by posing a simple question to Scottish voters: should Scotland be an independent country?

The Education System Has Made Too Many Promises to Students

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By Eli Williams

Registration is the christening of the school year. From the forms, long lines, and terrible pictures to the locker assignments, nothing has changed since middle school. This year has something different in store. Before the wandering masses reached the cheerleading signups, a large table with a mannequin, dressed in full cap and gown and leaning ominously in our path, suggested we begin preparing for our imminent graduation. The first time we step on campus, we are already expected to begin considering what kind of decorative cards we will be sending our family members upon graduation.

Brown Case Highlights Increased Police Brutality

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By Jesse Barber

On August 9th 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown, unarmed, was stopped by Wilson for jaywalking, then was shot six times after allegedly being identified as the suspect of a convenience store robbery. Conflicting reports range from Brown being shot while surrendering to Wilson, to Wilson retaliating after being assaulted by Brown.

Increase in Teacher Salary Will Lead to Less Turnover

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By Jesse Barber

Berkeley High School has a legacy of amazing teachers. Teachers share the tradition of Berkeley High and have strong connections with students year after year. Some schools are not so lucky. America’s education system is facing a crisis of high turnover rates and low teacher quality in inner city schools. In an article titled “Why Public Schools Lose Teachers,” Hanushek, Kain, and Rivkin assert that the effects of this high turnover are devastating. First, high staff turnover has a negative impact on school community and student relationships with teachers.

Normcore Fashion Gains Popularity

By Editorial Board

There is something inherently beautiful about Berkeley High School. The school itself could be taken straight out of an ‘80s movie. With corny plastic tiling and long cafeteria lines, it is sometimes hard to remember that you are living an actual life that is eerily reminiscent of John Travolta in Grease or, more likely, Lindsay from Freaks and Geeks.

Programming Cannot Substitute for Foreign Language

By Emma Koger

In Kentucky, state legislators are considering letting computer coding classes count as foreign language credits. In states like New Mexico and Texas, similar bills to incorporate coding into language requirements are currently being discussed. However, this decision is controversial, and there is debate over whether or not computer programming should qualify as a language.

Assassin Serves as Source of School-Wide Pride

By Evelyn Goessling

The school-wide game of Assassin is an infamous Berkeley High School tradition. Every Sunday, teams of three are assigned another team who they must “kill” before the end of the week. Teams track their targets’ whereabouts around and outside of school, and when the time comes, timers, water balloons, water guns, and salt are weapons of choice.

World Cup Enrages Host Citizens

By Jesse Barber

For most of the world, the World Cup means suspense, fun, and entertainment, but for an estimated 250,000 Brazilians, the first words that come to mind when hearing World Cup are poverty, homelessness, and despair.

Minority and Female Students Treated Unfairly by Professors in Experimental Education Study

By Leah Treidler

LaToya Brown and Brad Anderson, two college students with the same credentials, sent two nearly identical emails to their shared professors. After a very short wait, Anderson received an excited reply whereas Brown’s inbox stayed empty. 6,500 professors at the top 259 colleges in the United States have been emailed by Brown and Anderson asking for help. Why? They aren’t actual students, but fake names created for a study. “LaToya Brown” and “Brad Anderson” are among the variety of fake names invented by Katherine Milkman, Modupe Akinola, and Dolly Chugh.

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