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So, it turns out People’s Park is still just as sketchy as it seems. On Thursday night, a man who had been inhabiting one of the trees there for 89 days was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, wherein he allegedly attacked another man with a knife while still in his tree.

While we try and fail to visualize this scene, it should be noted that the tree -sitter in question, Matthew Dott, is not to be confused with the tree-sitters at Memorial Stadium or that one guy in front of Wheeler. Tree-sitting is kind of a local hobby.

Dott, who’d previously stated he would, “be here however long it takes until this park remains a park,” whatever that means, came down from his tree voluntarily after police officers began moving in to remove him.

We’d like to think People’s Park is a little safer now, but probably not by much.

Image Source: Chris McDermut, Daily Cal
People’s Park Tree-Sitter Booked on Suspicion of Attempted Murder [Daily Cal]


Another fitting headline may have been: Drones of News Choppers Nearly Drown out Tree Choppers and Sitters.

At any rate, the entire bay area is abuzz as tensions and violence flair at Oak Grove. You think we’re exaggerating? Scaffolding, helicopters and negotiators now surround the redwood that served as a tree home (tree home: like a tree house, but much more comfortable) read more »


Fresh, a.k.a. Michael Schuck, came down from his cedar tree today after two groups of students got into a “formal” argument at an event started by “Students Against Hippies in Trees.” Before he could head into the sunset, however, UCPD cited Fresh for trespassing. He now awaits his court date.

It all seemed so perfectly timed considering Fresh had also just written quite an eye-opening op-ed that appeared in the Daily Cal this morning. It was printed alongside a lovely tree illustration and three other opinions that argued about the effectiveness of his protest. Fresh’s perspective, of course, was the most informative–we actually got to read about his many causes in an organized fashion, rather than hear random bursts of “Democratize the regents!” We imagine all readers chimed in for a collective, “Ooh, so that’s what he’s been protesting all this time!”

Perhaps he should have written the op-ed before–instead of partaking in an irritating, confusing and disorganized tree-sit. Then again, we probably wouldn’t have read it.

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