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Berkeley Beginnings: editors' note

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We're an independent student-run newspaper, and need your support to maintain our coverage.

MAY 29, 2015

On the day you are being introduced to innumerable campus resources, here’s one more for you. What you hold in your hands — or what’s staring back at you on your computer screen — is your go-to source for Berkeley’s news.

The Daily Californian is UC Berkeley’s student-run newspaper, covering both the city of Berkeley and the university. We were founded in 1871 and became independent from the university exactly 100 years later. Our independence is quite possibly one of our most prized qualities, allowing us to report the news without a filter or fear of reprisal.

As a student at UC Berkeley, you pay $2 each semester to support the Daily Cal financially, one-third of which goes back into financial aid for all students. The fee hasn’t always existed: It was passed in 2012 and is set to expire in two years. The V.O.I.C.E. Initiative was launched to help mitigate some of our financial difficulties — the same ones with which nearly all newspapers are grappling — and to help us avoid cutting more print days.

You can find the Daily Cal in print every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year, and every Monday and Thursday during the summer. On our website, dailycal.org, you will find daily updates on breaking news, information about the local art scene, diverse commentary, lifestyle tips and complete coverage of Cal athletics.

We invite you to follow the Daily Cal on Twitter, @dailycal, like our Facebook page and check us out in person at our office, located at 2483 Hearst Ave. You can also let us know how we’re doing by emailing [email protected] or apply to join our staff at the beginning of every semester.

As we report on campus events and the greater community, we hope you, too, can find a place in the story of Berkeley.

Contact Melissa Wen and Kimberly Veklerov at [email protected].

MAY 31, 2015