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UC Berkeley administration's Occupy Cal emails released

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Police attempt to break through a line of students on Nov. 9 during the Occupy Cal protests.


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MARCH 28, 2012

The Daily Californian has obtained almost 140 emails sent between UC Berkeley administrators detailing how they reacted to the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest.

The emails, received by the Daily Cal from the campus’ Public Records Office at noon Wednesday, paint in broad strokes how campus officials responded to the Nov. 9 protest. While nitty gritty discussions of the handling of the protest were not played out over email — the campus crisis management team held conferences calls at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, according to the emails — the development of the campus’ public relations response to the protest can be seen in the emails sent throughout the day.

The emails were obtained through a Public Records Act request made by the Daily Cal shortly after the Nov. 9 protest.

The emails can be viewed through DocumentCloud, an internet-based file hosting site. The title of each document contains the names of campus employees included in the email thread (oftentimes there are several emails contained in each document). The documents can be searched by those names using the interface below.

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Clarifications: A previous version of this article may have implied that campus officials created the nickname "dumpster muffin" to refer to a protester. In fact, Dumpster Muffin is a self-given name by the individual.

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MARCH 29, 2012