A Ceremony To Remember

On a quiet, chilly Saturday evening, I serenely watched a collection of lanterns illuminate the misty air as they floated across the north end of the lake at Berkeley Aquatic Park to commemorate the victims of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Held on the Saturday closest to Aug. 6,
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Berkeley Kite Festival 2014

Berkeley residents rejoiced during the yearly kite festival at Cesar E. Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina this weekend. High winds and small hills made the Berkeley Marina a perfect space to watch kites fly high. This event, although family-oriented, proved that kites aren’t just for kids.


San Francisco #Pride 2014

This year marks the 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade; with the theme of “Color Our World with Pride”, this event took place June 28 and 29, 2014. The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is one of the largest LGBT people and allies event in
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Michelle Hornilla, from Long Beach, California, prefers Northern Californian over the hustle and bustle of SoCal.

Advice For Freshman Me

Michelle Hornilla: Learn how to procrastinate better.  The struggle gets real when you’re trying to finish that paper you put off writing to the very last minute, after a week long of goofing off and hanging out with friends.  To avoid this, buy a planner, and actually USE it.  Then,
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The class of 2014 graduates.

UC Berkeley 2014 General Commencement

At 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, precisely on Berkeley time, the students of the class of 2014 filled Memorial Stadium for what would be their last time as a group. Students from across the campus came together under the hot California sun to celebrate all their hard work. Graduates heard Chancellor
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Night of Cultural Resistance

Every spring semester, the Multicultural Community Center on campus holds one of its largest programs: the Night of Cultural Resistance, or NOCR. The night is a unique event because it’s an open invitation that brings different communities together in a purposeful way to engage with one another and experience live
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A trip to Thailand

A trip to Thailand

     It is amazing how quickly perspective can shift through travel. Over winter break, I was lucky enough to travel around Thailand for three weeks. My brother is teaching abroad for a year, so my mom and I had the perfect excuse to visit him and the wonderful country.    
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IB 157 students walk along the coast to the Monterey cypress grove at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Getting lost and finding woody plants

California has been my home since I took my first breath, my sense of self created between rolling oak hillsides and riparian corridors. However, my knowledge of the ecological communities I visited on weekends and holidays was sparse at best until last semester when I took Integrative Biology 157, “California
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