No family feast for you? Not a problem.

No family feast for you? Not a problem.

Not going home for the holiday weekend? While most dread the holidays (our relatives’ drunken shouting matches over eggnog, Christmas song covers by Justin Bieber…), many of us college students won’t have the luxury of going home for the holidays this year. If you’re one of the 30% of Cal students from out of the state or country – or simply can’t make it out of town – we’ve found some alternatives to ruminating in your dorm room next week.

Lusting after turkey dinner? Crossroads sometimes just won’t cut it, so check out Opentable for a list of East Bay and San Francisco restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner. read more »

2686623656_ef69199f88As you might have heard, California public universities have officially lost 650 million dollars this year due to state budget cuts. While we have managed to stay afloat thanks to federal funds and private donations — some of our athletes are especially grateful — UC Berkeley has had to find other ways to make more money, like accepting a huge number of out-of-state and foreign students.

According to the statistics on next year’s incoming freshmen class, around one third of them will be from outside California. Why so many out-of-state students? If you’re the glass half full type, you might be thinking, “It will provide us with a more rewarding cultural experience at Cal!”

Although we appreciate your sunny outlook on life, read more »

Enjoy your California friends while they last, because next fall you’ll be gettin’ a real big dose of the rest of America (maybe even the elusive “heartland” full of “real Americans”).

OK, that might be a little fear-mongering. But it is true that next fall Berkeley will play host to far more out-of-state students than before. The damaged budget has reared its ugly head once more, and read more »

diversity Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced last week that next year UC Berkeley will be admitting even more international and out-of-state students—because they need the cash.

The move shouldn’t be terribly surprising, given that in-state students pay about $9,750 per year in fees compared to $32,400 for out-of-state students. read more »