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The Invisible Audience

A writer explores the journal of a 19th century UC Berkeley student

I read somewhere that spirits who don’t leave our world are in a state of distress. They are usually dissatisfied with something or feel that they have an unfinished task they are responsible for — and therefore cannot leave until it is complete. So I cannot help but wonder what
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Reconsidering Commencement

An examination of the process to select the commencement speaker

Last semester, comedian Bill Maher ignited controversy upon being invited to deliver the fall commencement address. The campus quickly found itself embroiled in a heated debate about the limitations of free speech. While national coverage surrounded Maher’s public opinions about Islam, a pressing question for Berkeley was how commencement day
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Breakdown of Brutalism

In light of the closure of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, or BAM/PFA, at its old location, I wondered about the fate of UC Berkeley’s other aesthetically displeasing structures on campus, such as Wurster or Evans halls. Most of these buildings are stylistically Brutalist — an architectural
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Remembering Ted Agu

Editor’s Note: Feb. 7 marks the one year anniversary of the death of UC Berkeley student and Cal football player Ted Agu. To honor his memory, teammate and friend Brennan Scarlett wrote the following piece:  I am only one of the many lives that Ted Agu touched — but I
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Skeletons in the Campanile’s closet

One hundred years ago when architect John Galen Howard looked up at the almost-finished Sather Tower on a gloomy October day, a small shadow might’ve darkened his mind. On most days, the Campanile stands tall and majestic, just as Howard intended it. But on that cloudy morning, something about the
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Inside Berkeley’s not so secret society

Every other Tuesday, campus administrators, ASUC officials, Daily Cal editors, student athletes and other campus leaders gather in a secret room at Senior Hall, a wooden building nestled behind the faculty club. They file in and take a seat. The Order of the Golden Bear is convening. Inherent in the
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Signs of Growth

Berkeley's Student Organic Garden Association gains popularity

There’s a fence on Walnut Street laced with morning glories. It extends for a city block, enclosing a quarter acre of potted baby greens, lettuce heads sitting pleasantly beside other vibrant greenery and a number of peaceful volunteers. A handmade sign on the flower-ridden fence reads: UC Berkeley Student Organic
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