This Land is Their Land
What Began as Family Trauma Becomes Celebrated Art
A few years ago, artist Cynthia Brannvall spent the summer experimenting with creating a floor to ceiling cyclone of clothes, trying to push her textile work to sculpture. She didn’t really like the results—she had meant to convey female power with the cyclone, but instead it looked ghostly and fragile — and she worried she’d wasted the summer.
High FidelityBy Coby McDonald, M.J. ’17
Each afternoon when the lunch bell rang at Maybeck High School, 16-year-old Gabriel Lautaro, aspiring DJ, would walk the two blocks to Telegraph Avenue and hit the record stores. The year was 1990, back when DJing meant two turntables and a crate of vinyl.
The Man Who Loved DDTBy Elena Conis
Berkeley biochemist Tom Jukes was an ardent conservationist and life member of the Sierra Club, but he just didn’t get 1960s environmentalism. The thing that bugged him most about the movement was its “emotional binge” against the pesticide DDT.
Into the Ishi WildernessBy Laura Smith
To get to the Ishi Wilderness you’ll want a full tank of gas and four-wheel-drive. Even then, you should be willing to ditch the car and walk. The approximately 41,000-acre wilderness area is located in the Lassen National Forest in a remote part of the southern Cascade foothills northeast of Chico, within sight of Mount Lassen.
Peregrines in Love
If Berkeley has a celebrity couple, it’s Annie and Grinnell, the peregrine falcons who alighted on the Campanile and have called it home since late 2016. Year after year, the lovebirds have nested and fledged their chicks, generating 24/7 entertainment for those tuning in to the Cal Falcons live cams (first installed in 2019). Viewers have had unprecedented access to the daily lives of a falcon family: first meals, first flights, the one kid who just won’t leave the nest. It was like Jon & Kate Plus 8, but with a lot more dead pigeons and doves.
How Cal Golf Went From A Ragtag Team to the Top of the Game
Cal's masters of golf are leading the way. But it wasn't always this way.
I Just Don’t Get It: Why Do So Many People Treat Pets as Human Equals?
A 2015 Gallup Poll found that a growing number of Americans—almost one-third of them—felt animals should have the same rights as people.
From ESPN to the NBA, Black Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Athletics
For these athletes, Berkeley was just the beginning.
Animals Drink Alcohol Too
Humans have many things in common with monkeys: large brains, hands that can grasp objects, complex social groups. A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science confirms another commonality: a taste for alcohol.
A Frank Conversation About California’s Chronic Energy Crisis
Last year, a heat wave caused hundreds of thousands of people to be without power in California. The rolling blackouts were the first to affect the state in almost 20 years, and are unlikely to be the last.
Online, Offline, On Life: A Berkeley Student In the Time of COVID
In March 2020, UC Berkeley joined the ranks of other universities moving to entirely virtual learning. Undergrad Carly Tran takes us into the life of a student, reflecting on a year of endless Zoom calls and surprising joys.
Is Peeing in the Pool Dangerous or Just Gross?
For many swimmers, the bracing aroma of swimming-pool chlorine is assurance that pool water is free of disease-causing microbes.
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