In Oakland, a community center fights gentrification

  As commercial bulldozers and bougie coffee shops invade West Oakland, on the corner of San Pablo and West Grand avenues, there remains a plot of land embodying the fight against gentrification: Qilombo. A radical community social center that offers a space for meetings, gatherings, educational workshops and classes, and
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Waiting to inhale: Smoking at Berkeley

“Breathe.” So a seemingly infinite number of banners across the UC Berkeley campus commands, in clean, modern lettering. A symbol of a deadly cigarette is struck out against a backdrop of blue and gold — the color scheme reminding the onlooker that the banner’s effort ought to be a community
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The saga of the stressed out student

My hometown sits in a valley. The main road, the only road, snakes between two sets of hills that roll up steadily but markedly. When it has rained as much as it is apt to in a California January, those hills are a sight to behold. If you make the
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A tale of two Berkeleys

The friction between science and the humanities traces back to the inception of Western academia. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics is often discussed with awe, while jokes are told sardonically in bars and student lounges about the flimsy humanities degree. People engage in friendly and not-so-friendly debates over notions of
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The skulls and spectacles of Berkeley’s Bone Room

In a small shop in the Solano shopping district of North Berkeley, Abigail Guerdat is showing me a cabinet of human bones. Clavicles and skulls of all sizes are displayed on the shelves surrounding us, but my attention is ultimately drawn toward the large creature — or at least part
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This was my home — Reflections on the Valley Fire

Small things take on great significance in hindsight. For Labor Day weekend, I headed up to my parents’ home to decompress. I was one week into the new semester and should have sequestered myself in a back room with my books — but I couldn’t. My calendar for the imminent
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Unlikely undergraduates: The lives of Berkeley’s re-entry students

But for students who aren’t of the typical undergraduate age, the march through Sproul can be profoundly alienating — an experience of social anxiety and self-consciousness rather than camaraderie. These individuals, known formally as “re-entry” students, often emerge near Sather Gate empty-handed, bypassed because they resemble professors or community members.
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