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This just in: as of 4 a.m. this morning, the veto of the divestment bill was upheld.

The votes were tallied and even though 13 people were in favor of overriding the veto, they fell one vote short of the 14 needed to override. Five senators voted to keep the veto, one abstained, and one wasn’t there.

The topic is of course a very controversial one, and it’s gained Berkeley international attention from Desmond Tutu to Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and nominee for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. So there are going to be some opinions about this. Many opinions, in fact. You might even say a plethora. Stay tuned.

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UC Berkeley senate upholds veto of divest-from-Israel measure, San Diego debates similar bill  [J Weekly]


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Wine-lovers, rejoice! The weather is warm (-ish), spring is here, and the first annual Berkeley Wine Festival is underway. The series is comprised of eight evening sessions that feature dinner and world-class wine pairings. And if you’re rolling your eyes thinking I’m so not paying for a “dinner” of broken crackers and sweaty cheese cubes speared on multicolored toothpicks, guess again. The meals are prepared by The Claremont Hotel’s executive chef, Josh Thomson, and are created specifically to compliment the wine they are served with.

Prices vary depending on the meal and the wine being served, so you’ll have to check out the event calendar to pick the night that fits your budget. The festival continues through part of May, so you still have time to sit back, relax and sip on some hard-earned relaxation. Cheers!

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The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa Proudly Presents: The First Annual Berkeley Wine Festival [Berkeley Wine Festival]


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Well, something worked. After a tumultuous year of panic, protests and flaming Mark Yudof effigies (it probably happened), Schwarzenegger has finally promised a substantial return of funding to California’s higher education system.

Specifically, he announced that read more »



Our commencement speakers! Or do we? Based on Berkeley’s track record of late, we’re not so sure. Granted, we’re not graduating this year and we didn’t attend commencement last year, but compared with the likes of one President Barack Obama, the founder of the Webby Awards is a little–how do we put this–meh. (Please. We were all thinking it.)

We mean, we’re sure alumna Tiffany Shlain is a very nice lady, and we have nothing but respect for people who are firmly aboard the interweb train, but read more »


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MOOORE?!? Yes!

Everyone loves a good musical rendition of a classic Dickens novel; at least that’s how the Clog feels. Lucky for us, the Berkeley Playhouse is showing their rendition of “Oliver!” for the next few weeks—you can rejoice over “Food, Glorious Food” and other snazzy tunes all the way until May 16.

Adult tickets run at $28 in advance and $33 at the door—a little pricy, but we’re sure it’s well worth the cash. The performance runs for a solid 2 hours and 20 minutes (that’s including the intermission, folks) and is deemed suitable for children of all ages, so feel free to bring your roommate along.

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Oliver! [Berkeley Playhouse]


Info! According to the Facebook event page for this year’s Hip Hop in the Park, “Someone said Hip Hop was Dead…they need to come (sic) to hip hop in the park! come out and see it vibrant and alive in its various forms!”

We don’t know about all that “dead” business, but we will agree that the annual concert and festival is, traditionally, like, way fun. There are cool local acts and people break-dancing and there’s usually enough of a crowd to make the day one of People’s Park’s least sketchy occasions of the year. Plus, it’s all free and the weather’s supposed to be pretty nice.

If you’re still on the fence, you should check out Daily Cal arts writer David Liu’s awesome review of a performance by headline act Blue Scholars. Or you could just, y’know, walk past the park on Saturday between 12 and 5 p.m. We doubt your ears will spontaneously start bleeding or whatever.

Hip Hop in the Park [Facebook]
Earlier: We Spy: People’s Park Goes Hip Hopping


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OK, now we’re getting a little tired of this. First we got nine Berkeley professors in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, then we got five Guggenheim fellows, and now we’ve got three professors named to the National Academy of Sciences. Yawn. Any more accolades to hand out?

Still, this is badass.  The three profs are as follows: read more »


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In the last year, three proper names have recurrently thrust Berkeley into national news: Yoo, Yudof and BAM. One of these we’re not totally sick of hearing about. Without further adieu, the three final contenders vying to design the new Berkeley Art Museum: (after the jump). And, we show you some of their past work so you can start … rooting. read more »


After serving the University of California, Berkeley for 136 years, we regret to inform you that our trusty printing press has died at the internet’s mercy.

Upon the printing plant’s closure, an approximate 40 jobs will be axed and outsourced to soul-sucking corporations with large claws and menacing barracuda teeth.

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UC Berkeley To Shut Down Printing Press [cbs5]


beetleWhether or not you think ASUC president-elect Noah Stern deserves to be disqualified, there’s no denying that Sterngate is kind of a big deal. Why else would ASUC expert/blogger of many years Justin Azadivar (aka Beetle of Beetle Beat) break a nearly year-long silence to weigh in on the matter? Exactly!

And just what profound insight did this (allegedly former) ASUC nitpicker extraordinaire have to impart onto readers of the Daily Cal, today?

“The Judicial Council will not want to disqualify anyone,” he said. “It’s a pain in the ass for them and the ASUC as a whole.”

Sigh. Yeah, probably.

Beetle Beat [website]
Many Steps Required to Determine Stern’s Fate [Daily Cal]


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