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Articles of Faith

The Spring 2011 issue of California (“Articles of Faith”) is now out and should be arriving in mailboxes soon. We wanted to do a faith issue that wasn’t strictly about faith in God or religion per se, but rather about all the stuff people believe in—everything from hybrid cars to karma, democracy to deities. We had faith, as always, that our Design Director, Michiko Toki, would come up with a cover that would make our concept coherent. And hallelujah! She did it again.

The Last Season

The Cal baseball team went 3-0 at AT&T Park last weekend, notching wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Long Beach State, and #18 Rice. The Bears were the only undefeated team in what was billed as the first annual Cal Baseball Classic. First, and unless something changes, last, that is.

Witnesses to History

Readers of the Wall Street Journal may have been aware that Cal Discoveries had a tour in Cairo when protests there began. There were 35 people in the group, ages 13 to 90. We’re happy to report that they all made it back safely.

Localized Lit

Joan Didion considers the lights of the Bevatron. Philip K. Dick buys his groceries at a pet store on San Pablo. Beverly Cleary works the cash register. Lincoln Steffens hunts quail under the oaks. And many more such literary moments from “Berkeley in Books.” Read it on the California magazine blog.

Heirloom Education

In the Fall 2010 issue of California, fourth-generation Cal grad Tara Duggan ’94 wonders whether there will be a fifth. “Now that Berkeley is about as selective, and expensive as elite private schools,” she asks, “what are the chances for a family like mine?” Read “Making the Cut.”

End Zone

Righting California

In 1978, Proposition 13 passed with 65 percent of the vote, and, to the cheers of millions both inside and outside the state, California’s tax revolt was born. 32 years later, the proposition is being blamed for everything from the gridlock in the Legislature to soaring student fees right here at the University of California. And yet, amid growing outcry for reform, Prop 13 remains popular with the electorate: According to a June 2008 poll, 57 percent of Californians would vote for it again. What gives?

Pure Enough for Berkeley?

In our latest issue, writer Brendan Buhler takes a sidelong look at what might be called Berkeley’s own brand of puritanism, a kind of “moral snobbishness” in which everything from the car you drive (you drive?!?) to the coffee you drink is taken as a sign of your morality (or lack thereof).

Talking About Their Generation

In the “Free Speech” section of the new issue of California, Chris Smith, M.J. ’01, looks at the political potential of the so-called Millennials, the generation born between, roughly speaking, 1980 and the late 90s. As Smith points out, the Tea Party may currently get all the press, but it’s this demographic contingent that will have the greater political impact in the long run — by far. “The numbers tell the story,” he writes.

Ron’s Version

We were saddened to hear the news of Ron Fimrite’s passing last Friday at age 79. Fimrite ’52 was a long-time writer for Sports Illustrated who had recently seen his final work through to publication. Entitled Golden Bears, the book is a comprehensive history of Cal football — the triumphs, the heartbreaks, the last-second miracles, … all of it.

Bill Gates at Cal

He arrived by helicopter at 10 in the morning and was on stage at Zellerbach by 11:15. The theme of his lecture, part of a five-campus tour, was “Giving Back: Finding the Best Way to Make a Difference.” For an hour the Microsoft founder talked about the work of the Gates Foundation and the role of universities like Berkeley in innovating to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. The event, which will be webcast beginning at 5 p.m.


Another photo from the archives. No dates or info, just a great action shot. Check out the face masks!

By the way, Bear fans, the football team will hold an open practice this Saturday, April 17, which is Cal Day, of course. For more on the big event, go here.



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