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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 »