Breaking down the status of affirmative action at UC Berkeley

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The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a significant victory to supporters of affirmative action June 23 when it upheld the consideration of race in the admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin. But the decision won’t impact the university’s admissions policy because California state law supersedes the verdict.
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Boalt Hall student Cyrus Guray marches on July 24th, 1995 to protest the UC Board of Regents decision to end affirmative action.

Affirmative action: A history of contention

Imminent US Supreme Court case places issue back in spotlight

The role of affirmative action in the university admissions process will once again be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court and into the national spotlight this week, representing the next step in a long history of debates that has often found itself played out at the University of California.
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Former UC regent Ward Connerly accused of mishandling funds

Former University of California regent Ward Connerly, best known for his efforts to end affirmative action in California and across the nation, has been accused of mishandling funds by a former employee. In addition to facing allegations of excessive compensation by former employee Jennifer Gratz, the nonprofit American Civil Rights
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A member of the Berkeley College Republicans sits behind the Increase Diversity bake sale table on Upper Sproul Plaza.

UC Berkeley Republicans consider bake sale success, despite criticism

If he had a chance to do it again in the future, said Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis, he wouldn’t. But Lewis believes that Tuesday’s “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” which led to international uproar, disapproval from the campus student government and administration and violent threats for the group’s members,
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Opponents of the Berkeley College Republicans' Increase Diversity bake sale stand on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Demonstration on Sproul Plaza ends with shouts of protest

While water bottles and sunscreen were in ample supply for demonstrators lying in protest on Sproul Plaza, due to heat, the event came to an end an hour earlier than planned. The demonstrators stood up together at 1 p.m., huddled around demonstration leader Salih Muhammad in the middle of Sproul
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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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