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In Prose and Poetry: Berkeley literature then and now

In Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem “A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley,” he writes, “All afternoon cutting bramble blackberries off a tottering brown fence under a low branch with its rotten old apricots miscellaneous under the leaves, fixing the drip in the intricate gut machinery of a new toilet; found a
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Oved has hard task ahead

On May 22, UCLA senior Abraham (Avi) Oved was nominated as the 2015-16 student regent. If approved, Oved will serve as student regent-designate before being given the task of representing more than 240,000 undergraduates in the UC system as the singular student vote on the UC Board of Regents. Oved
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Trees at Soda Hall are casualties of much larger fight

At 7 a.m. April 23, the day after Earth Day, UC Berkeley’s private contractors arrived at the redwood grove behind Soda Hall and removed all of the trees, despite repeated assurances from the administration that at least some of the trees would spared and one official’s claim that the trees
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This is your brain on youth culture

Safe, Sane and Consensual

A gray-brown Taiwanese macaque screeched. Then a human. I turned to see a monkey loping after a student who stabbed backward through the air with her red polka-dot umbrella. She hugged a plastic bag of food to her chest like she was holding an infant. Finally, the macaque retreated. Welcome
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Transfers need a clearer path

The most recent meeting of the UC Regents addressed the issue of the asymmetry of the transfer process from a California community college to a UC campus. The regents specifically noted that the majority of transfers come from less than 20 percent of the 112 community colleges and indicated that
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Project serves at-risk Mexican youth

The first thoughts that came to mind were, “What if I get lost in the woods during a hike and I get eaten by wolves? Or what if they make us shower in groups and there’s no stalls or curtains?!” My fifth-grade teacher had chosen the top four students in
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Taking care of yourself is not a luxury

Safe, Sane and Consensual

“What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?” The five of us in the Tang Center support group stared at each other. At the olive green carpet. At the second hand ticking away in the wall clock. Four minutes until our weekly hour and a half together
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Get to know Brazil Cafe’s Pedro and 3 other store owners

You’re used to buying a mango smoothie at Brazil Cafe, picking up your groceries from Sam’s Market, grabbing your morning coffee from Cafe Milano and getting your. .. glass figurines …  from Whelan’s Smoke Shop. But how much do you actually appreciate the workers who serve you at these locations? The Clog wanted
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Sustainable commencement

CAMPUS ISSUES: Graduation caps and gowns should be made more sustainably and include plans for recycling and reuse.

The UC Berkeley campus has made significant efforts toward sustainability, and the city of Berkeley has a commitment to achieve zero waste by 2020. But the standard cap and gown set is still an expensive ecological waste item. Graduation gowns such as the ones manufactured by UC Berkeley’s choice label
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