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.
On November 15, Jewlyes Gutierrez, a sixteen-year-old female transgender student at Hercules High School, could no longer deal with the bullying she faced at school because of her identity and found herself in a fight with three other girls. Previously, Gutierrez had sought help from school officials when the bullying did not stop, but she was not supported. The bullying continued, and she eventually fought back out of desperateness.
Globalization has become an undeniable part of international affairs, and an ethical dilema is now raised: when is it justified to go to war against another country? This moral predicament has proven to be a tightrope that people have walked since the beginning of civilization. Considering all factors, war is in fact never justified.
The week before Spring Break, every science class at Berkeley High School took a mandatory district writing assessment. This two-period essay is supposed to judge how well students can construct a 5-paragraph essay. While many students complained about the seemingly pointless essay that wasn’t even related to what they were learning, this assessment is far more relevant to science, and to our education, than many initially assumed.