free speechAs we mentioned before, last weekend, we ventured off into Southern California to escape the pressures of midterms and looming, sugary protests. It just so happens that Berkeley, while physically 400 miles away, remained with us in spirit and … utility boxes.

While heading to Old Town Pasadena for an evening of unspeakable debauchery, we just so happened to observe a bright blue box with a large photo of something that looked oddly familiar. Forgetting that this wasn’t Berkeley and we can’t do whatever the hell we want, we made a highly illegal U-turn and pulled up in front of the box. Lo and behold, Sather Gate stood right before our eyes.

The iconic photo of Mario Savio, leading a large group of protesters during the 1960’s Free Speech Movement (shit, these days, we can’t get that many protesters out for free sweets, much less for free speech), was plastered read more »

Good news, everybody who’s been tearing their hair out wondering when famous Berkeleyan Mario Savio and ’90s “rap-rock” favorites Linkin Park would finally debut their long-awaited collaboration:

Behold “Wretches and Kings,” a song from Linkin Park’s forthcoming album — their first in three years, mind you — which subtly integrates (read: tacks on at the beginning) a recognizable sample from Savio’s 1964 “Bodies Upon the Gears” speech. It’s, uh, Linkin Park-y. We guess. But, hey, way to go, iconic leader of the Free Speech Movement Mario Savio! You know you’ve made it into the historical big leagues when the likes of Linkin Park use you to “make a point.” Nice to get some recognition after you tried so hard and got so far, huh?

(Thanks to former Daily Cal staffer, Jeff Goodman for the tip!)

Linkin Park, ‘Wretches and Kings’ — New Song [AOL Music]
Linkin Park – Wretches & Kings + Download Link + Lyrics [YouTube]

The Berkeley Community Theater hall was proverbially decked with ghosts (or, rather, descendants) of political activism past this Thursday when Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was the keynote speaker at the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, for which the late Berkeley great’s son was also in attendance.

Kennedy, an environmental activist who also happens to be a Kennedy, inspired students to ask not what the environment can do for them, but what they–and the government–can do for the environment. Incidentally, the Clog asks not whether that reference was funny, but how many times it has already been made. But we digress. read more »