Straight from the Underground

By Alexander Coates
The path of least resistance is a prison all its own. University of California, Berkeley’s Underground Scholars Initiative is a resource pool for formerly-incarcerated and system-impacted students whose outreach and expansion into Peralta Community College District campuses is facilitated largely by the same individuals it aims to help, but is their model an extension of society’s disdain for deviants? Continue reading Straight from the Underground

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Know Your Exit(s)

Keeping Calm and Helping Others During a Campus Crisis By Derek Chartrand Wallace According to a 2014 report titled “Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast,” scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the California Geological Survey estimate that the Hayward Fault Zone (which runs beneath such densely populated areas as Berkeley and Oakland) has a 72 percent chance of a … Continue reading Know Your Exit(s)

Restaurant Review: Laney Bistro

By Adam Mann Laney Bistro, Chef’s Table special: Red snapper with cilantro-lime compound butter, bacon, roasted corn salsa, and summer vegetables. Photo Credit: Adam Mann It seems like a well-kept secret: I’ve lived near Lake Merritt almost four years and have eaten at most of the restaurants, but I’d never heard of or even noticed Laney Bistro. Maybe it has something to do with the … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Laney Bistro

Ramen Rundown

Know Your Noodles By Maya Kashima A junk food favorite the world around, instant noodles are a cheap, quick meal perfect for college students. Familiar classics Top Ramen and Cup Noodles can be found at any Safeway, but local grocery stores like Berkeley Bowl, KP Market (Oakland), Tokyo Fish Market (Albany), and 99 Ranch (Richmond, other locations) offer up a wealth of delicious options to … Continue reading Ramen Rundown

Are Latinx Students Transferring?

Barriers for Berkeley City College’s Largest Community By Edgar J Rosales Latino Leadership Cultural Club at Club Rush, September 2017. Photo Credit: Edgar J Rosales According to the Fact Book listed on the Peralta Community College District’s website, the Hispanic/Latinx community at Berkeley City College has been the highest-enrolled ethnic group of the student population since fall of 2015. One might expect that this fact … Continue reading Are Latinx Students Transferring?

Beauty in Their Hands

California Neglects Entire Labor Demographic By Anastasia Le Thuy Thanh Trinh coats deftly trimmed nails with polish at her station. Photo Credit: Anastasia Le. Long hours away from their families, dangerous workplaces that cost them their health, a career choice they would come to regret — this is the story many Vietnamese women share in their search for the American dream. Thuy Thanh Trinh is … Continue reading Beauty in Their Hands

Support Black Business

The Experience of a Black Business Owner in the Bay Area By Doris Kiambati “The new definition of freedom today is self determination,” says prominent entrepreneur John Hope Bryant. History has taught us that Black people in the United States have suffered tremendously under the U.S. government. Black people in the United States have effectively been disenfranchised and disadvantaged; thus affecting Black income per capita … Continue reading Support Black Business

Broken Windows Bike Share

GoBike’s Rocky Path By Stephanie Miller Ford branded GoBikes have appeared all over the Bay Area’s trendiest neighborhoods. Photo Credit: Stephanie Miller Motivate’s GoBike program (the “Ford Bikes” as they’re commonly referred to) is easily recognizable by Berkeley residents. Signs include long rows of vibrantly painted bicycles where there were none before, decreased parking in front of local businesses, increased vandalism and commuters with questions. … Continue reading Broken Windows Bike Share