Day of Action Protest 9/22

You may or may not have heard, but today was a “Day of Action” on campus. Students were called to protest fee hikes by attending a noon rally on Sproul Plaza and then marching around campus to make sure that our collective student voice was heard.

But, like most Berkeley protests as of late, this one seems to be a bit of a dud. Turnout was low and student participation was murky at best. Though there were moments of action, we could hardly say that it was enough to merit the title of the day. For play-by-play coverage, check out the Daily Cal’s live blog, complete with photos that are easily worth more than a thousand words.

Last we heard was that a bunch of protesters were sitting in Tolman Hall and nomming on some pizza. Which is cool — we get it, pizza’s tasty — though we must say, it’s hard to take anyone seriously when they’ve got a mouthful of pepperoni.

Shit might get real if the protesters refuse to leave Tolman at 10 p.m. (when the Hall officially closes), but until then we’ll just have to just wait and see …

Image Source: Giana Tansman, Daily Cal


5186529080_67cce0c7aaAt this point, the UC Regents’ approval last Thursday of a 9.6 percent fee increase should be old news to you. Even if the specifics of California’s budget plan and its exact impact on your college tuition are more than a little confusing, the mere fact of fee hikes is enough to get everybody’s blood boiling with a quickness.

But on the subject of confusion, it seems that even members of the ASUC don’t entirely grasp the logistics of this whole crazy business. See, in addition to the 9.6 percent figure that the regents ultimately approved, there was also the matter of “trigger” cuts to consider — meaning the potential for an additional loss of $100 million in state funding to the UC within the next six months and, consequently, the possibility of yet another 5.9 percent increase in the cost of student fees.

Now, because student leaders got especially riled up vis-a-vis any talk of a trigger increase, the regents agreed at Thursday’s meeting to table that discussion read more »


Two days ago, the protests chronicled in the video above happened. Yesterday, the UC Regents approved an eight percent fee tuition hike. So, like last year when a similar thing happened, people have become angry. They are protesting. So far, protesters have been into Dwinelle Hall, have come out, have de-faced the faces, have moved on past California Hall and are now headed into Sproul Hall. And also, there are police officers.

It is unlikely this will end well. Follow the ways in which things go awry on the Daily Cal’s live blog or Twitter.

UC Board of Regents’ Meeting Protest [YouTube]
Live Blog: Protest Begins on Upper Sproul [Daily Cal]


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If you’re bemoaning the fact that it’s summer and here you are, stuck in school, at least take comfort in the fact that you are certainly not alone. This year more than 13,800 students signed up for summer sessions, breaking the previous record by at least 1,000 people. We’ve also got 1400 people signed up for online classes, a 50 percent increase from the year before.

So what gives? Are that many people so determined to avoid the “Sex and the City” sequel? Are Berkeley students really the wet blankets that the rest of the country seems to insist we are?

Well, hold on to your hat, ’cause this might surprise you: a lot of it may have to do with money. Summer session is cheaper than upcoming semesters because read more »


Great Birgeneau balls!

Oof. Oh boy. How to say this … well, there’s no easy way to put it, so we’ll just tell you straight out. You remember those 9.3 percent student fee increases from not-so-long ago? And remember when UC prez Yudof said they might have increased fees by another 20 to 25 percent (despite conveniently not knowing anything about them when asked at the mid-July regents meeting)?

That might all seem like the good ol’ days come a year from now if a 32 percent fee increase from the current rate comes to pass next fall.

But enough jibber-jabber, let’s look at the numbers: read more »


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For those of you who drive, live and dwell on or around campus, or simply choose to walk rather than subject yourself to the whims, smells and sad resignation aboard the AC transit system, this year expect a seller’s market for bus pass stickers. Amidst a gaping deficit and, it would follow, looming budget cuts, it looks like bus prices are on the up and up. Our hands protectively cup our oh-so-valuably adorned read more »