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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, April 10, a Berkeley police officer was beaten unconscious at Aquatic Park. Without any backup nearby, the officer had no defense from the man who, witnesses say, wasn’t planning to stop until the officer was dead.
The ghost of the Soviet Union has made an abrupt reappearance in the last few weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a stealth invasion to reclaim Crimea for the Russian Empire. Crimea was transferred to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev (a native Ukrainian), in an attempt for Russia to appear more collective and less obviously nationalistic.