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Try Your Luck at a New Book!

Try Your Luck at a New Book!

Mira Rajani, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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For some, the best parts of St. Patrick’s Day are the gold chocolate coins, the elaborate leprechaun traps and the sudden appearance of tiny green footprints everywhere you look. However, here at Berkeley, the St. Patrick’s Day library promotion is one of the most exciting events of the...

Theater: A Pleasurable Pastime or a Precursor to Success?

Theater: A Pleasurable Pastime or a Precursor to Success?

Mira Rajani, Staff Writer

February 24, 2015


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Struggling through hours of homework and projects, groggily studying until 1 a.m.—we’ve all been there at some point. Why would you even think twice about adding anything else to an already busy schedule? But what if it was something that could enhance your reading comprehension skills, elevate your...

Harper Lee Announces the Publication of Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee Announces the Publication of Go Set a Watchman

Malvika Menon, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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Many To Kill a Mockingbird fans were elated to hear of author Harper Lee’s recent announcement. On February 3rd, Ms. Lee announced that she would publish her second novel titled Go Set a Watchman on July 14th of this year. According to the publisher’s announcement, the novel follows the story of the prot...

Behind the Scenes: Advanced Drama

Behind the Scenes: Advanced Drama

Danielle Carolan, Staff Writer

December 7, 2014


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Every Friday night, students look forward to attending football games or other sporting events. However, athletic performances are not the only events for students to watch. Advanced Drama puts on incredible shows each year for everyone to come see. This talented group of performers deserves more credit...

Trouble in the Music Industry

Trouble in the Music Industry

Ryan Brudny, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


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The music industry has been an important source of happiness, relief and fun for millions of people. However, since the industry’s shift from compact discs to online files, illegally downloading music has become much easier and thus more prevalent.  This piracy has proved detrimental to the wellbeing...

Book it to the Library: Check out These Books!

Book it to the Library: Check out These Books!

Daniela Marques, Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


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This summer was sizzling. What better to accompany your tall glass of iced tea than a book? Some of Berkeley’s book enthusiasts shared their favorite summer books. Berkeley Prefect, senior, and Student Library Proctor, Sarah Mostafa, spent  four brief, but captivating hours sprawled out on her...

Dracula the Musical?: Finding the Comedy in Horror

Dracula the Musical?: Finding the Comedy in Horror

Mira Rajani, Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


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Dracula. Sound familiar? An isolated, macabre castle. A ghastly Count with no reflection. A classic horror story featuring bloodsucking vampires, an asylum, and…travelogues? Berkeley’s Advanced Drama class is putting a comic twist of the infamous Dracula with the fall play Dracula, the Musical?. Th...

The Biggest Summer Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy

The Biggest Summer Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy

Nicole Stevens, Arts Editor

September 4, 2014


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Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest superhero movie that everyone with a spirit of adventure and a love of comedy should see! It features an unlikely group of heroes, misfits from around the galaxy, who work together to defeat evil. These characters include Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a genetically modified talking raccoon with a zest fo...

Remembering Robin Williams

Annie Phifer, Arts Editor

September 4, 2014


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August 11, 2014 was a sad day for many when actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at age 63 in his Tiburon, California home.  Shock spread throughout the nation as people struggled to understand how such a seemingly cheerful, outrageously funny man could end his own life. A multifaceted...

The Masters of Music

The Masters of Music

Mira Rajani, Staff Writer

May 17, 2014


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Many people dream of learning a musical instrument, but not many have the determination it takes to be the best in their field. To do so, they have to be able to balance the long hours spent practicing their instruments with their school work and other extracurricular activities. Although learning an...

8 Must-Watch TV Shows for Berkeley Students

8 Must-Watch TV Shows for Berkeley Students

Katie Freedy, Staff Writer

May 13, 2014


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  The typical Berkeley student has a jam-packed schedule. Most of us like to find a way to rid us of the stress brought on by academics, athletics and clubs. One of the best stress-relievers? Definitely TV. Whether it’s on Netflix or live TV, these are some shows that we all love to watch:   ...

Battle of the Social Networks

Battle of the Social Networks

Samantha Tun, Staff Writer

May 13, 2014


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We all know social media rules the Internet. Just take a glance in any public place and you will see the same scene: people constantly on their phones or laptops, either updating or checking their social media websites. In the midst of this networking chaos, there is one question:  is Twitter replacing...