With the death of financial stability, comes the death of romantic, meaningful matrimony. For some prospective UC Berkeley students, the promise of forever typically uttered while exchanging vows is translation for “I’ll pretend to love you forever;” forever in this case being the amount of time it takes to go through college and pay for tuition. Long story short, many students who cannot afford out-of-state tuition are hastily and spontaneously getting married (and divorced consequently) in order to gain in- state tuition by claiming themselves as independents. read more »

Two days ago, the protests chronicled in the video above happened. Yesterday, the UC Regents approved an eight percent fee tuition hike. So, like last year when a similar thing happened, people have become angry. They are protesting. So far, protesters have been into Dwinelle Hall, have come out, have de-faced the faces, have moved on past California Hall and are now headed into Sproul Hall. And also, there are police officers.

It is unlikely this will end well. Follow the ways in which things go awry on the Daily Cal’s live blog or Twitter.

UC Board of Regents’ Meeting Protest [YouTube]
Live Blog: Protest Begins on Upper Sproul [Daily Cal]

Woohoo! UC Berkeley wins again! YAAAAAAY!  Awesome times! High fives all around!

… Guys? Where’d you go? You don’t want to fist pump to our fair institution’s recent ever-so-laudable achievement? We are, after all, the first public school to reach the big $50,000 in costs for out-of-state students. That is certainly nothing to sniff at.

Of course, this is including room and board, along with tuition. Plus, it looks like a lot of other schools are clawing their way up behind us. Basically, we should celebrate our victories while we can.

Or something. Now who’s up for grad school?!

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In A First, One Year of Public College Can Now Cost $50,000 in California [NPR], via Berkeleyside

freakonomics lunch

Hey, what with all this crying and worry, real indignant, over fee hikes recently, we figured you wouldn’t mind hearing a totally crackpot dubious, but potentially valid argument for why fee hikes are actually beneficial. According to these guys, fee hikes serve as an economic equalizer, stinging rich students way worse than the poor ones, assuming  financial aid programs are buffed up to match. Riiiight … Comb through their argument here.

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More evidence that Freakonomics has jumped the shark. Argues UC tuition hike is good [Berkeleyside]
Why California’s Tuition Hike Might Be a Good Thing [NYT]

Great Birgeneau balls!

Oof. Oh boy. How to say this … well, there’s no easy way to put it, so we’ll just tell you straight out. You remember those 9.3 percent student fee increases from not-so-long ago? And remember when UC prez Yudof said they might have increased fees by another 20 to 25 percent (despite conveniently not knowing anything about them when asked at the mid-July regents meeting)?

That might all seem like the good ol’ days come a year from now if a 32 percent fee increase from the current rate comes to pass next fall.

But enough jibber-jabber, let’s look at the numbers: read more »


Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

* These people can pay for your entire UC existence in just one year. [SF Chron]

* Even if they also decide to increase your fees by 9.3 percent. [Daily Cal]

* Meanwhile the Daily Cal got off fairly easy with the ASUC Store Operations Board. [Daily Cal]

* But there’s always the $17,000 reward for a tip on last month’s hit-and-run. [SF Chron]

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