Shawn Lewis (center), the president of the Berkeley College Republicans, and former UC Regent Ward Connerly (behind Lewis) support the ‘Increase Diversity Bake Sale.’ The bake sale aimed to satirize SB 185 — affirmative action-like legislation — through a proposed price structure based on race and sex.

‘Increase Diversity Bake Sale’ draws crowds to Sproul Plaza

Debates over racism, diversity and affirmative action have taken Sproul Plaza by storm as the highly controversial “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” is now under way. The bake sale began at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning near Sather Gate and is being held by the Berkeley College Republicans in protest of SB
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Ward Connerly, a driving force behind Proposition 209, in Sproul Plaza Wednesday. - Jan Flatley-Feldman/Staff

Ward Connerly, driving force behind Prop 209, helping to sell cupcakes

Ward Connerly, former UC Regent and the driving force behind Proposition 209, has come to Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley to help the Berkeley College Republicans sell cupcakes at their “Increase Diversity Bake Sale.” Proposition 209, approved by California voters in 1996, effectively eliminated affirmative action. The proposition banned the
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Opponents of the Berkeley College Republicans' Increase Diversity bake sale stand on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Live Blog: ‘Increase Diversity Bake Sale’

Amid a national media storm and an outcry of racism, the Berkeley College Republicans are holding their “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” which sets a tiered price system for baked goods based on race and sex. The sale today is intended to satirically protest SB 185 — affirmative action-like legislation that is
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Toni Martin, the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian, stands with her staff in the Daily Californian newsroom.  This photo was taken in 1971, the first year of the Daily Cal's independence. - Toni Martin/Courtesy

Paper changes to keep up with media shift

In the 40 years since The Daily Californian first declared its independence, the paper has worked to remain an autonomous and financially stable news source for the Berkeley community, despite falling advertising income and increasing costs. Developing a strong online presence, utilizing social media and fundraising have become greater priorities
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Toni Martin (center), the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian,  sits with Jim Branson (left) and Trish Hall (right) in a staff meeting.

Former editors remember a history marked by controversy

The Daily Californian proclaimed its independence from the campus 40 years ago today, months after a controversial editorial angered UC Berkeley officials into firing the editors responsible for its publication. The front-page editorial, published May 11, 1971, encouraged readers to “Take Back (People’s) Park” and tear down the fence that
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Students and community members pass through Sather Gate on their way to a meeting in the Multicultural Community Center.

Bake sale going forward as planned despite national protest

Despite massive outcries of protest from campus organizations, the Berkeley College Republicans are adamant in going ahead with their controversial bake sale. The sale — intended as a satirical response to the affirmative action-like SB 185 currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature — will involve baked goods that are priced
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Reactions to controversial bake sale at UC Berkeley

View “The public reacts to UC Berkeley’s bake sale controversy” on Storify View “The public reacts to UC Berkeley’s bake sale controversy” on Storify Claire Perlman is the assistant university news editor.

A member of the Berkeley College Republicans sells a baked good to a patron on Upper Sproul Plaza during the Increase Diversity bake sale.

Complete coverage of the UC Berkeley Republican bake sale controversy

This page will aggregate The Daily Californian’s coverage of the Berkeley College Republicans’ “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” and the campus community’s response. Here you will find news, videos and analysis of the controversy.  Go here for a complete collection of the UC Berkeley community’s commentary on the bake sale. Follow
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