Today was the first day of November’s Regents’ meeting, and let us tell you, they’ve got all sorts of fun events planned.

There are some protests even today, but as Berkeleyside shrewdly noted, they were a little sleepy, at least on campus. On the agenda today is the always-stimulating Committee on Grounds and Buildings. Just kidding. That sounds pretty boring. So boring, in fact, that we’re not even going to look up what they’re doing. They could be voting to steamroller all of UC Berkeley’s campus and we’d never know. Yudof, take note.

The first of the big events will take place tomorrow, read more »


Expect many more headlines like this one in the coming months. We’re guessing that throughout this pivotal moment in UC’s history, online education baton twirler Christopher Edley – the dean of Boalt Hall School of Law – would like you to not think of the following fine institutions: University of Phoenix, traffic school. Well, too late. People are getting nervous.

Having waxed panicky our due, we acknowledge that this seemingly outlandish proposal deserves a fair and cool-headed appraisal (the ball has kinda begun rolling, anyway). For the situation and the pros and cons raised so far, keep reading. read more »


Last week, some members of the board of UC Regents raised the maddeningly insane question: is the relocation of an art museum a justifiable investment for the university at a time when it can’t afford things more directly pertinent to its basic mission? Fortunately, the foam around their mouths was eventually wiped by sleeve and their deranged criticism dismissed. New BAM gets $5.6 mil, and you can read on for the justification: read more »


We’ve all heard about the racial problems at UC San Diego. You may have even seen the protest on Sproul. And recently the UC regents met with chancellors of various campuses and a special adviser to discuss how to take care of the system’s intolerance problems.

It wasn’t just San Diego, by the way, before you start blaming SoCal. According to the article there was also “anti-gay graffiti and swastikas at Davis and disruption by protesters at a talk read more »


The three-day marathon strike/walkout/protest/slumber party/something has begun. The Clog will be bringing you more coverage later in the day, but for now check out the Daily Cal’s liveblog of the events, along with coverage of the Regents meeting at UCLA. We’ll be posting updates to our twitter as well.

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UPDATE: Now with three YouTubes! See below the jump.

The UC Board of Regents are meeting today, and as part of a time-honored tradition†, Mark Yudof gives us live updates of all the exciting regentmental action going down at the UCSF campus.

Some highlights straight from his Twitter page:

*Reed: I’ve been in government for 40 years; never seen a budget cut like this. “It’s the mother of all reductions.” CA shouldn’t be #1 here.
*getting ready for public comment at the Board of Regents meeting @ UCSF. Huge crowd. No one’s happy about fee increases; that includes me. read more »

shorts11-235x300Oh, right—excuse this rock we’ve been calling our home. But seriously, on the off-chance you needed us to push the proposed fee hikes to the forefront of your mind, the UC Board of Regents will be discussing said shenanigans tomorrow. Capital Public Radio, in a segment on the subject, interviewed a Berkeley student whose name strikes us as quite familiar … [CPR]

So now that we’ve got you all bummed about money, how about going out and spending it—on chocolate! This weekend marks Ghirardelli Square’s 14th Annual Chocolate Festival, with vendors open from 12 to 5 offering samples (15 for $20). Miam miam! [BARE]

In more solemn news, there will be a a public memorial for Ronald Takaki, former professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, this Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the International House’s Chevron Auditorium. Takaki, who passed away May 26, taught the “first black history course in the UC system.” The Clog expresses its condolences. [Contra Costa Times]

Earlier: Scientologists Walk Among Us


We recommend a box of tissues for this one:

In a somewhat belated but no less moving gesture, the UC Board of Regents is bestowing honorary degrees on about 400 Japanese Americans who, when forced from their schools into World War II internment camps, were never able to complete their University of California educations.

One such former student, 88-year-old Grace Obata Amemiya, accepted her UC Berkeley degree this past Thursday. The event marked the first time in almost four decades that the Board has given honorary diplomas—an act purposely avoided to ” help avoid political pressures or the appearance of favoritism.”

Favoritism our a**. read more »

Eye see you!

In the latest news regarding our wonderful bureaucratic leadership, the UC Board of Regents has decided to not meet at all for their next meeting. They will, in fact, hold it via teleconference.

“Psh, those trees are nuts,” you opine. “What’s the big deal, anyhow?” We have two words: read more »

The UC Board of Regents at UCLA met Wednesday to deliberate over fee raises for the 2008-09 school year. Faced with a choice between a) hiking up prices, and b) lobbying the state for money that it is most stubbornly not doling out to its quailing education system, the finance committee threw up its hands and ceded to the inevitable. It’s final, folks. We’re paying 7.4% more in fees next year, while non-Californians will be saddled with a painful 5% increase in out-of-state tuition (currently at a lurid $28,000 for both semesters).

After the meeting, police arrested 16 students who linked arms, chanted “Regents, regents, can’t you see; you’re creating po-ver-ty”, and refused to leave. Mad props, people. You won’t be living in trees anytime soon, but making rhymes and getting tackled by the police constitute some pretty serious baby steps. read more »

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