Off the beat: Art apathy, museum misery

This summer, I visited 18 art galleries and museums around the world, ranging from the small, free Timken Museum of Art in San Diego to the slightly better-known and more expensive Musee du Louvre in Paris. Read More…

Berkeley offers plenty of pathways to activism and service

UC Berkeley’s deep history of social and political activism is alive and well. Though it has taken different forms over the past 50 years, this legacy has always been about taking action. Only the direct experience of practicing democracy in the messiness of the real world can offer fuel for self-reflection and deeper self-knowledge. Read More…

To the voters, not the courts

CITY AFFAIRS: It is more feasible to focus on campaigning instead of going to court over ballot question language so close to elections

Last week, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin filed a lawsuit asking the Alameda County Superior Court to amend ballot language for a Downtown development initiative on the November ballot. Read More…

College should be an option for all

I am a proud Golden Bear, one of thousands who received a world-class education at UC Berkeley. I cherish the education I received under the guidance of fantastic faculty and in collaboration with brilliant fellow students. Read More…

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Off the beat: The global language of cat photos

Wendy did not look like a “Wendy” to me. That name brought to mind the fast food mascot — red-haired, freckled, vaguely cowgirl-ish and very different from the bubbly Beijing native who approached me after class one day. But when I finally asked her what her Chinese name was, I Read More…