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While going through a breakup some people feel the need to let their emotions show and listen to songs that help get them through. Below, is a list of ten songs that are perfect for somebody who is recently single.

We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Best Lyric: “…So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ And I’m like …This is exhausting, you know, like, We are never getting back together. Like, ever”

Someone Like You” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you”

You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

Best Lyric: “You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you don’t you?”

Rolling In the Deep” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Think of me in the depths of your despair; make a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared”

The Scientist” by Coldplay

Best Lyric: “Nobody said it was easy. It’s just a shame for us to part”

Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye Feat. Kimbra

Best Lyric: “So when we found that we could not make sense, well you said that we would still be friends, but I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over”

Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem Feat. Rihanna

Best Lyric: “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. But that’s alright because I love the way you lie”

Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

Best Lyric: “I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights. Slashed a hole in all 4 tires…Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats”

When We Were Young” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Nobody told me that you’d be here. And I swear you moved overseas. That’s what you said when we were young”

Stitches” by Shawn Mendes

Best Lyric: “I thought that I’d been hurt before. But no one’s ever left me quite this sore.”

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How Berkeley are You?

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This quiz is simply too big for our website. Find it at the link below:

https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/289656/how-berkeley-are-you

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Homecoming Recap

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Homecoming: a beloved tradition for high schools across the country, but not at the School, until now. When electing Spirit Masters at the end of last year, Seniors Maddie Dyke and AJ Stella offered many ideas including a homecoming dance for the coming school year, and they delivered on their promise.

On October 7th, the Upper School held its first homecoming, with an entrance fee of $15. That price was reduced if one attended the sports events earlier in the day. Preluding the Homecoming was a home Varsity Soccer game against College Preparatory School, one of the biggest games of the season according to Stella, Co-Captain of the men’s varsity soccer team. There was also a home Varsity Volleyball game against Valley Christian High School. Those who attended the games received a voucher for a discount of five dollars.

Instead of a pep-rally beforehand, the Upper School will had an assembly dedicated to family-feud style games, such as sibling rivalry competitions and more. The dance was a Pseudo-Hawkins dance, which meant students who identify as male could not ask people who identify as females. Stella stated, “We are encouraging freshmen to go with whomever they want. It’s their first High School dance; there’s no pressure to find a date.”

Dyke also reminded the Upper School that it was not a formal dance. Instead, students were encouraged to come dressed in grade-wide colors: black from freshmen, blue for sophomores, red for juniors, and white for seniors. The dance was a huge success and will likely become a fall tradition.

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Introducing New College Counselor Tania Bradt

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The School’s College Counseling Office, previously comprised of College Counselors Kate Augus and Carrie Horsey, and College Counseling Assistant Mya Paul, expanded this summer to include Tania Bradt, who will serve as a third College Counselor.  While new to the School, Bradt has decades of college counseling and college admissions experience.  “Most recently, I used to work at UC Berkeley in the Admissions Office,” she said, “I… oversaw the entire operation, from applications, all the way through enrollment, which was really fascinating.”  In addition, she worked for seven years at Stanford University, “leading the diversity outreach efforts for the university,” and as college counselor in Florida.

On why she chose to join the School’s college counseling team, Bradt explained, “I wanted a school that took academic rigor really seriously, but also had a diverse and warm sort of community environment, which is exactly what Head-Royce offers… I think the tight-knit community matched with the powerful academic reputation of the institution, I think was something that really called to me.”

Describing her role in the School’s college counseling, Bradt continued, “I’ll be taking on a group of students in the senior class, and working with them very closely to sort of usher them through the process, and obviously work closely with Kate and Carrie… in terms of programing, setting the calendar, working with parents, and just the entire Head-Royce community.”  Bradt says she is most looking forward to “getting to know everyone… I think just seeing this place in action and come alive… is something that is very exciting.”

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High School in Haikus

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Freshmen:

not in middle school

babies of the upper school

we think we’re so cool

 

Sophomores:

what is there to say

the boat race is about it

nothing else happens

 

Juniors:

junior year is rough

goodbye to a social life

thanks AP bio

 

Seniors:

college is stressful

second semester is lit

senioritis sucks

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Dana’s Cupcakes

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Junior Dana Gillis is well known around the School for her scrumptious cupcakes and equally sweet personality. Her cupcakes are a favorite class time treat, and she has now expanded her skills to form her own business: Dana’s Cupcakes.

Gillis notes that her passion for baking began from watching her mother, who is an avid baker. She says, “I’ve been baking my entire life… Freshman year I baked a lot of cupcakes for my classes, and I figured people might want to buy batches from me, so Dana’s Cupcakes was born.” Gillis reveals that her recipes are the result of “a lot of testing”. She says she “continually make[s] changes in order to get the best flavor, consistency, and moistness” that make her cupcakes so popular.

Gillis describes her passion as art form that benefits not just herself, but the people around her: “I like baking because it’s amazing how you can make something so delicious using different ingredients and cooking techniques. I love making people happy. When I give people cupcakes, it brightens their day and mine.”

Undoubtedly, managing both baking and school work is difficult. Gillis states that she tries to finish her homework as quickly as possible without procrastinating. She says, however, that “if you are passionate about something, you make the time…You just make it work.”

Although Gillis is not yet sure of whether Dana’s Cupcakes will continue once she graduates, she says that she “would love to continue baking… whether it’s for fun or it’s a business.”

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Upcoming Fall Television Program

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Atlanta

Created by and starring Donald Glover, this drama showcases the lives of two cousins living in Atlanta trying to break into the rap scene there. Glover plays Earnest, a Princeton dropout who now manages his talented cousin, Alfred or “Paper Boi.”  

 

The Exorcist– Premieres Friday, September 23

Based on the 1971 novel by William Blatty, The Exorcist is sure to please. As the title implies, this horror series is based on the life of a modern day exorcist who performs exorcisms on demonic spirits.

 

Frequency

After losing her father as a young girl, a police detective in contemporary New York discovers she can talk to her father in the past through his old HAM radio. She then warns him of his impending early death, which causes ripples in time and alters her reality in unprecedented ways.

 

The Good Place-Premieres Monday, September 19

Kristen Bell stars as a woman who has died and wrongly ends up in heaven. She then realizes that she’s been mistaken for someone else but is determined to shed her old ways and try to be good.

 

Marvel’s Luke Cage-Premieres Friday, September 30

Marvel puts another superhero character on the screen with Power Man. After an experiment goes wrong, Luke Cage escapes prison and becomes a superhero for hire. His alter-ego is Power Man, who has super-strength and durability.

 

No Tomorrow

Evie meets and falls for free-spirited Xavier after she realizes how controlled and organized her life is. While trying to find the secret to his free spirited lifestyle, Evie learns that Xavier believes the Earth is ending in eight months. It’s because of this fact that Xavier lives such a carefree life, guided by his “Apocolyst,” a list of things he wishes to do before the world ends.

 

Pitch-Premieres Thursday, September 22

An aspirational story of a young woman who becomes the first female pitcher to play in Major League Baseball.

 

Quarry

A Vietnam War veteran returns home to Memphis, Tennessee and finds that his war efforts are unappreciated. He cannot find a job, so he becomes a hitman.

 

This is Us-Premieres Tuesday, September 20

This is Us follows the lives of several people born on the same day. It explores their hardships and everything life brings their way in this slice of life drama.

 

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The Gap Year

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Recently, a number of Seniors have started taking non-traditional paths in their education: taking a year between high school and college to pursue outside of school interests. This process, most commonly referred to as a “gap year”, has allowed many students to explore both who they are as people and the world before going away to college. Jerry Feist, for example, is taking a gap year to pursue music, something that he says he wants to focus on. Jerry commented, “my band is trying to go on tour next fall, so hopefully I’ll be doing that for 4-6 weeks or so.” Jerry is also planning on potentially going on an extensive backpacking trip during his gap year. Another current senior, Malcolm Yeary, is taking a year to pursue a huge variety of subjects, such as outdoor experiences in South America to trips to Thailand (to help with sea turtle conservation), New Zealand, and Australia. Yeary says that he “suggests that everyone take [a gap year]. I like mine because I have so many passions outside of school that I have wanted to dedicate a lot of time to in order to hone them, and this year will give me the opportunity to do so.” The School’s administration supports the idea of taking a gap year as a way to create memorable experiences and prepare students for college.

 

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Outside Lands Preview

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Every August, people from all over the Bay Area and beyond gather at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to see some of their favorite bands perform live. Established in 2008, Outside Lands is a three-day music and art festival that serves as a sanctuary for music lovers of all varieties, from 80’s pop, to modern house music (that crazy electronic party music we all cannot get enough of). Outside Lands is the Bay Area’s version of Lollapalooza, an iconic annual festival held in Chicago. Bay Area born natives are extremely proud to be able to say they hail from the Bay, and “Bay Area” born natives (you know the people from Antioch or Vacaville and beyond) also seem proud. A huge music festival that encompasses all different genres of music only adds to the Bay’s glory and its residents’ pride. We have the best weather, Silicon Valley, a great diversity of cities and things to do, one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in the world (Bakesale Betty’s), and now a huge party-of-a music and art festival for three days each August, the fifth through the seventh.

Similarly to years past, 2016’s Outside Lands has an incredibly diverse lineup. Ranging from the 80’s-famous Duran Duran to self-explanatory Chance the Rapper, and even to the folk icon Nathaniel Rateliff, this year’s lineup will not fail to impress. Whether you plan to go with your parents, or your friends, Outside Lands offers something for everyone. Some highlights from different genres on this year’s lineup include J. Cole (rap), Major Lazer (house), Lionel Richie (soul), and Radiohead (nineteen nineties rock’n’roll).

If you want to listen to great music and see some great art, make sure you get your tickets soon, because they will not be available for much longer; in fact, the Outside Lands official website has already sold out. Now, if you want tickets, whether it just be for one day or for all three days, you should search on Stubhub or Ticketmaster. See you there!

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Greek Festival Recap

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The 44th Oakland Greek Festival was a blast. Held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension on Lincoln Avenue, just up the street from the School, the three-day festival ran all day and well into each night of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Activities ranged from wine tasting, watching authentic Greek dancing, listening to Greek music, and enjoying a plethora of traditional Greek foods.

I attended the festival for the first time this year and was not disappointed. As a lover of Greek food, especially gyros, I had high expectations. In terms of food, the festival surpassed them. Everywhere I looked, a different type of food was steaming on plates, just waiting to be purchased. I chose a gyro, half-lamb and half-sheep, which was complemented by a special Greek sauce and wrapped in a pita. I have eaten gyros for years at a great cafe in Orinda (Petra Cafe, 10/10 would recommend), and I can confidently say that I have never eaten a better one. If you love food, this festival is a goldmine.

All around, the event was a great time. The artwork and decorations created a relaxing environment in which friends or families could watch performances, eat food, or simply hang out in the sunshine. Unfortunately, this terrific festival only runs annually. If you did not get a chance to attend this year, I would highly recommend checking it out next spring; you won’t regret it!

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Preview of Day of Dialogue

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As many Upper School students may remember that on March 31 we learned a lot about our community and the masks we wear. As a precursor to the actual Day of Dialogue in April, various community members including faculty and students set up a day for the community to start thinking about these important issues in our community. Ashanti Branch from the Ever Forward Club and Charis Denison of Pranja Consulting. Both individuals helped open a dialogue between students and faculty about the masks members of the community wear.

Both Branch and Denison led groups of students in activities that many believe brought us closer as a community.  In Branch’s group as well as Denison’s group community members sat in small groups filling in the statement: “You can’t tell by looking at me that ____.” While initially people were afraid to open up in such a seemingly public way, by the end of the sessions people were sharing some deep thoughts as well as heavy parts of their lives that they tend to keep hidden behind their masks. It was truly amazing how two outsiders, Branch and Denison, were able to come into our community and pry open the shell we find ourselves in quite often.

Hopefully the events of Thursday helped students and faculty better prepare for the actual Day of Dialogue soon to come.

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Spiritless Spirit Days

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Although spirit masters Natasha Skov and Henry Yeary have worked hard to increase spirit within the community, the Upper School is still seriously lacking in spirit. This absence is especially noticeable during spirit week when it appears that less than half of the student body participates in each planned spirit day. This year’s spirit week included many interesting dress-up days such as zoo day and Skype interview day, where students dressed formal on their top halves and kept pajamas on their bottom halves. With so many fun, new spirit days throughout the week, it makes no sense why few students participated. Spirit master Henry Yeary had a unique take on why people do not dress up for spirit week: “Albert Einstein actually did a study on it, and his findings allowed him to create quite a complex hypothesis. He concluded that the people who don’t participate think that they are for some reason above it and are too cool for it when, in reality, those people tend to be very boring, bland, and self-obsessed.”

Another theory is people do not dress up because they think it is too immature. Some may consider it “uncool” or “silly” to dress up as a superhero or as a teacher. Natasha Skov, the Upper School’s other spirit master mirrored these sentiments citing three main reasons why students do not participate in spirit weeks: “Some people genuinely forget, people don’t have spirit items to dress up in, and lastly, and most importantly, people find it uncool and don’t want to “embarrass” themselves. This last one is the one that really bothers me, but I do not know how to solve [it].  I guess it’s just a big difference in personalities? I don’t understand why people choose not to have fun. It confuses me.” Another reason is that students simply do not care. This fact is sad but in some cases true. The whole point of spirit week is to display school pride, and when students do not participate, it speaks to their feelings about the School. Students also get tired of dressing up as the same things every year. When spirit weeks have the same themes over and over, it takes the fun out this week.  However, school spirit should not be something to dread; it should be a fun tradition in which every student should partake. It is a great way to support the school community!

 

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