Posted on June 1, 2016 - 4:47pm
So a lawyer with a disability and a Catholic monk walk into a bar…
What would be considered a bar joke for some is actually a description of a night with a friend for me.
In an era where the only difference between American politics and a WWE match is the amount of spandex involved, the time is right for me to tell the story of why I have regular phone conversations with a Catholic deacon. Read more about Frat Friends Forever: Monk and Lawyer with a Disability Agree on Almost Nothing, But... »
Posted on May 31, 2016 - 10:32pm
This weekend commencement season gets into full swing, with colleges and universities across the country bestowing honorary degrees on the great and the good as part of their graduation celebrations.
Some notable recipients over the years: Read more about Honor Roll: Colleges Dole Out Honorary Degrees to Star-Studded, Curious Cast »
Posted on May 12, 2016 - 2:37pm
When he embarked on his freshman year at UC Berkeley in 2014, Esteban Vasquez was set to become the first in his family to graduate from college. A couple of months in, he was ready to drop out. Read more about Food for Thought: Making a Dent in the Crisis of Student Hunger at UC Berkeley »
Posted on May 11, 2016 - 1:52pm
UC Berkeley sophomore Anthony Carrasco loves his Monday afternoon class lecture on the History of Punishment, but sometimes the torture feels a little too literal.
“Instead of thinking about the Panopticon, I start thinking about heating up the stove and frying eggs. I start to imagine all the things I could put on the eggs: cheese, hot sauce, salt, pepper,” he says. “It’s very difficult to process everything that’s going on and deal with just being really hungry.” Read more about Hunger at UC Berkeley: A Sizeable Share of Students are Financially Forced to Skip Meals »
Posted on May 10, 2016 - 12:02pm
Peter Hanff was 3 years old when he stumbled across the Land of Oz; his father had 10 Oz titles and began reading them to his son before bed. The boy quickly became entranced by L. Frank Baum’s stories and the illustrations. It was the start of an obsession that would lead him to his current role as deputy director of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, and to a life of avid Oz book collecting, research, and celebration. If ever an Oz wiz there was, Hanff would be it. Read more about Following the Yellow Brick Road to Obsession: Berkeley Librarian is All About All Things Oz »
Posted on May 3, 2016 - 5:39pm
It is April 12, one day before the Golden State Warriors will barge into NBA history with their 73rd victory of the season, and practice is winding down at the team’s downtown Oakland headquarters.
Stephen Curry lofts majestic three-point shots at one basket, as usual. Klay Thompson sharpens his silky-smooth release nearby. And on an adjacent court, backup point guard Shaun Livingston unleashes a stream of friendly trash talk in a spirited one-on-one game against…who, exactly? Read more about Victory Vantage: Ex-Cal Star Shares New Life on Warriors Coaching Staff »
Posted on April 27, 2016 - 1:11pm
For over 20 years—before 9/11 and Black Lives Matter and Trump’s wall-building scheme, before “white privilege” and “male privilege” were common phrases—Viet Thanh Nguyen was wrestling with questions of social justice and power. For years he dreamed of writing a novel that would explore these important concepts in a well-crafted, entertaining, even funny way. And that, in turn, would coax people to keep reading, even the parts that many Americans would like to ignore, and ultimately it would inspire them to look at themselves and the world with fresh eyes. Read more about What Sparked This Pulitzer-Winning Novelist? Dual Life, 'Mind-Blowing' Berkeley & a Movie »
Posted on April 21, 2016 - 6:49am
For three centuries, the largest bell in the world has stood silent in Moscow, unable to be rung. But this weekend—thanks to 21st-century computer wizardry—crowds visiting the Cal campus will be among the first to hear it. Read more about More Than It's Cracked Up to Be: Cal Crowds to 'Hear' World's Biggest Bell »
Posted on April 14, 2016 - 12:48pm
You hear the plaint often enough from Americans of a certain political persuasion: Muslims aren’t doing enough to condemn extremists in their ranks. Even if they don’t advocate violence, the rationale goes, they encourage it by refusing to confront those who do. Read more about Battling Extremism By and Against Muslims: Cal Students to Stage "True Islam" Event »
Posted on April 4, 2016 - 11:36am
I’d been sitting there for 30 minutes staring at my Arabic homework when Elijah texted me.
What do you think about getting together around 5?
OK where you wanna meet at?
I’m studying at Peet’s on Telegraph if that’s cool with you
SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s start-up accelerator program, is housed on the top floor of the tallest building in downtown Berkeley. All four walls of the 10,000 square-foot penthouse have floor-to-ceiling windows, offering up a 360-degree view. This is where Cal’s fledgling entrepreneurs come for free office space and guidance while preparing to launch their product or service. They have six months to a year up here with SkyDeck, and then it’s time to jump out of the nest. Read more about Preparing to Launch: Inside SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's Start-Up Accelerator »
Posted on March 24, 2016 - 4:25pm
Punk rock, which was big during the years writer Sam Quinones spent at UC Berkeley, turned out to be more than just the background noise of an undergraduate life.
For Quinones, who double-majored in economics and American history, it provided an opportunity. He produced several punk shows while he was a student living at the now-shuttered Barrington Hall co-op, bringing in well-known bands such as The Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. “They were probably the biggest shows ever at Barrington Hall,” he said. Read more about Opium Dreamland: Reporter Sam Quinones on Heroin, Pills and his Punk-Rock Roots »
During World War II, some of the most important work connected with UC Berkeley was done not in a library, lecture hall, or lab—but from within the barbed-wire confines of internment camps. Read more about Artist Interned: A Berkeley Legend Found Beauty in "Enormous Bleakness" of War Camp »
Posted on March 15, 2016 - 4:23pm
What to do about typically anemic voter turnout among young people? Two UC Berkeley law students are behind a proposal that would automatically register students to vote when they enroll for classes in any public college or university in California.
Berkeley Law third-year Cindy Dinh and first-year Paul Monge drafted the bill with its sponsor, Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco. He accepted their idea as part of “There Ought to Be a Law” a program, which allows people to submit plans to change or create laws. Read more about Capturing the College Vote: Law Students' Bill to Register for Classes and Voting »
Posted on March 10, 2016 - 5:51pm