INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Berkeley High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy Senior Interdisciplinary Project for the fall semester aims to explore a variety of socio-political issues and the multiple narratives around these topics , with particular attention to how these narratives are developed, articulated, and perpetuated through mass media – and why. THE TASK: Working in groups of four, students are responsible…

Microwaving the Earth?

Artists Statement By Chyna Banks, Poncho Tian, Paige Jones, Juan Herrera To define climate change, we must understand global warming. As modern technology advanced, more factories were built around world. The gas factories produced can’t diffuse on its own, therefore formed an extra barrier of gas other than Earth’s atmosphere. When sunlight reaches Earth’s surface,…

Left Behind: Reproductive Rights

Artist Statement by: Rida Attaurrehman, Sachi Moran, Adan Hernandez, Karla Navarro, Jessaly Sinchico Women’s reproductive rights as an aspect of women’s healthcare has become a topic that gets thrown around by many people to whom it does not necessarily apply including men and devout religious practitioners. Oddly, it rarely seems to fall to those who…

War (On Drugs)! What Is It Good For?

Artists’ Statement By Ramona Gomes-McEwen, Alice Hou, Tori Holland, Aaron Jefferson The War on Drugs is a campaign that began in 1971 under President Richard Nixon. The stated goal of the War on Drugs was to abolish illegal drug trade in the United States, and to implement harsher consequences for drug users, as well as interventions for drug use…

Will You Find Me On The Corner?

Artists Statement AUTHORS: Jaronna Jackson, Nathalie O’Brien, Brianna Turnbull, Isaiah Brown Long known as the “world’s oldest profession,” sex work has existed in every human society, even taking up a substantial amount of space in the Bible. While the practice has existed for millennia, the varying degrees of acceptance, comfort, and stigma have reflected the…

Refugees: A serious problem or a Syrian problem?

Artist Statement By Mason Gutierrez, Alexis Garcia, Lauren Jacobs, Enrique Lopez, Nehemiah Rhodes Since 2011 a civil war has been going on between Syrian rebel groups and the Syrian government led by President Al-Assad. The conflict has centered around extremely harsh government policies and violent crackdowns on the public. The chief difference between these groups…

An Education In Gentrification

Artist’s Statement By Stella Burke, TJ Leon, Nyah Herbert, Yesenia Ortega-Valencia, Triroje Rathaloengsak This following project is focuses on Gentrification. While Gentrification is the process that happens when a neighborhood’s rent increases because the area becomes more ideal to the upper middle class who inflate the rent, leading to the displacement of people who can…

Son of a Gun

Artists Statement By Jackson Tobes, Zoe Phelps, Yaretd Hernandez and Senay Moges Gun control is hotly debated in America. Gun control refers to laws and policies that are used to regulate the right of possession, sale, manufacture and use of firearms in order to control crime and reduce the effects of gun violence. According to…

Have a Koch and a Smile!

Artist’s Statement Barry O’Neal Castillo, Bryan Morris, Georgia Steinheimer, and Lucy Rosenthal Campaign finance has long been a source of contention in American politics. Since 1907, bills have been proposed and passed to help regulate and monitor the ebbs and flows of campaign finance and the corresponding effects on American elections. In 2010, Citizens United…

If You Ain’t Cis, You Ain’t This

Artists Statement By Qasas Abdul-Aziz, Raja Elliott, and Jared Winn-Taryor  Recently, there has been much more visibility for transgender people as public personalities and activists such as Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Chaz Bono have stepped up to the forefront speaking for transgender rights.  As a result we have learned so much about the struggles…

Student Loans? More like Student Moans

By Gemma Gleason, Omari Mccoy-King, Breonna Johnson, Mikie Weidman, and Alejandro Perez. The economy has been unreliable. There are few jobs and too many applicants. Wages are stagnant. Gas prices are through the roof. Median family income declined between 2005 and 2014. Yet, the tuition at public colleges and universities increased 24% (in 2015 dollars)…

An Alien’s Guide to the USA

Artists’ Statement By: Enrique Avalos, Talia Bloom, Andrew Pongtananon, Lud Sunny The United States is a very popular destination for immigrants seeking a better lifestyle to settle down in- approximately 20 percent of the migrants of the globe are attracted to the US, a country which makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population. There are about…

Do Black Lives Matter?

By: Alison Lucero-Simmons, Nikolasi Niumeitolu, De’zha Boynton, Gisell Bermudez-Camacho Black Lives Matter is a movement that started following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking back from a 7-11 after having purchased an Arizona Ice Tea and a bag of…

T’was the Night Before 4/20

By:  Alana Gibson-Harbin, Richard Socoy Xicay, Ulises Olmedo, Morgan Franklin, Cole Woodman Since marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug (with others like heroin and methamphetamine) by the DEA in 1970, there has been a tremendous amount of debate around this classification and its larger societal effects. The legal status specifically has been a focus. The opinions span…

Works Cited

Chyna’s Section:  Merchant, Emma Foehringer. “How the 2016 Presidential Candidates View Climate Change.” N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.   (what president obama has done) “Democrats.org.” Democrats.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.   “Geoengineering Affects You, Your Environment, and Your Loved Ones.”Geoengineering Watch. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.   (explains what geoengineering is…

Abolish Tuition for Public Higher Education

By Breonna Johnson Colleges are expensive and lead to long term debt from student loans. Average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled over the past 30 years, but a typical family’s income has barely budged. Making public colleges free, will allow more students to follow the career paths of their dreams,…

Destroy stigma around college.

By Mikie Weidman For decades, college has been seen as a “requirement.” If a person does not attend college they are seen as apathetic, unambitious, and lacking direction. That is a lot of pressure to put on a teenager. American society has a huge stigma around college, the stigma is that college is the only…

Artist Statement

By Breonna Johnson While researching our topic, the Student Loan Crisis, the anxiety and despair Americans experience while struggling to pay for college loan debt was a recurring topic. The question of how Americans should pay for college was also a recurring topic during our research. Students of middle-class families are more likely to either…

Restructure Loan Repayment

By Gemma Gleason The cost for a higher education is currently considered to be among one of the fastest-rising costs in America today. In the past 10 to 15 years, the price of college tuition has skyrocketed while median income has dropped. It is difficult for families to pay for their student’s education without taking…

Plan ahead or don’t enroll

  By Omari Mccoy-King In the United States today, the total student loan debt is approximately $1.2 trillion. Student loan debt is 6% of the overall national debt. As a result there has been a lot of debate about what to do about the “student loan crisis.” However, this discussion should not be handled as…

Work cited

Annotated Works Cited Restructure Loan Repayment:   “Average Rates of Growth of Published Charges by Decade.” – Trends in Higher Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.   Berman, Jillian. “Watch America’s Student-loan Debt Grow $2,726 Every Second.” MarketWatch. N.p., 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.   Blum, Susan D. “College for All? Forget…

Artist Statement

For our project, we investigated how we should understand sex work as a society and its legality. We had many different movie posters in mind, however the movie poster for Pretty in Pink was the best fit for what we wanted to portray. In the poster, we chose to represent all of our narratives. We…

GOD vs. Sex

By Isaiah Brown In certain places, mass sexual services have become increasingly popular. So much so that certain areas are referred to as hotspots for sexual tourism. Because of its popularity, sex work is now seen as a job to some people. This title has not been accepted by all because prostitution isn’t the type of job…

Works Cited

God vs. Sex by Isaiah Brown Burns, Lacey. “10 Of The Most Popular Destinations For Sex Tourism.”TheRichest. N.p., 21 June 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2016. Basically these are the top 10 most destinated prostitution or sex work tourist places to visit. Stevenson, Vicky. “Girl Tells How She Was Forced into Prostitution at 13 – Just…

Safe Sex… Work

By Brianna Turnbull Sex work is a very controversial issue in the United States, capitalizing mainly on the ideologies of either ethics or choice. For some, their opposition to sex work is based off a religious standpoint. Strict Christians argue that prostitution should not be legal because it falls outside of what is considered a…

You Can’t Have Her

Jaronna Jackson & Nathalie O’Brien Prostitution is one of the oldest professions. Societies have bartered sex in exchange for money and goods for millennia. So it would seem in today’s developed nations, this practice would be legalized because of its long standing antiquity. However, Sexual health advocates and groups founded on the principle of female empowerment…