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Happy birthday, Berkeley! Today marks the (official) 141st anniversary of the signing of the charter back in 1868. In case you missed out, there were free cupcakes on Upper Sproul Plaza. We repeat: FREE. [Charter Day]

A reminder: Another anniversary took place this past Wednesday, sans cupcakes. The Iraq War’s been going on for six years now, and what better way to celebrate than smashing windows and spraying red paint across the front of the Marine Recruitment Center? We can’t think of anything either. [Daily Cal]

Speaking of cupcakes, a new study by Berkeley researchers claims to have found the “weight gain gene.” The gene is called DNA-PK and it acts as the switch in the liver that turns carbohydrates into fat. We guess that means people will start saying obesity’s genetic. Oh wait, they already do that. [abc7] read more »


When we read that headline, we were confused, too. Iraq War Teach-In? What is this, a How-To session on waging preemptive wars?

This Friday’s line-up at Zellerbach Auditorium includes a talk on “Pentagon Papers: Secrets and Lies in the Vietnam War and the Iraq War” and “Panel on Torture, Aggressive War & Presidential Power: The Constitutional Crisis”. UC Berkeley undergrad and Iraq War veteran Cleavon Gilman will be giving his spiel, but will also be sharing the spotlight with pacifist Vietnam War veteran Brian Willson. One of the organizers of the teach-in laments that “everyone’s anti-war, but that hasn’t stopped the war”, and hopes that tomorrow’s events will help educate anyone and everyone on the basics of this war against … terror? The Middle East? Right to oil? Oh right, the war for democracy. That’s it. Let the learning begin! read more »