Del Rey’s persona fascinates

It’s not difficult to spot the influences of singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. She has the pouty lips of the sultry Brigitte Bardot and her low, plaintive voice recalls the best of Nico. She’s a self-described “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” who seems less like a breath of fresh air than a transport
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Trigger cuts further diminish UC budget

In 2011, the UC was rocked by a 9.6 percent fee increase and two cuts to state funding totaling $750 million, the most recent being a $100 million trigger cut, leaving the UC Board of Regents with a funding situation that has few popular remedies. This year, the UC will
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Protestors plan after Berkeley park eviction

The Occupy Berkeley movement, which was evicted from Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park — its home for the past three months — Dec. 22, is at a stalemate, according to organizers. After more than three months of allowing the encampment, the Berkeley Police Department cleared the Occupy Berkeley
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Occupy Cal regroups after winter break

Occupy Cal is back. Last Tuesday evening, demonstrators held a general assembly meeting on the steps of Sproul Hall to discuss how to rally support for the movement, which garnered national attention during the fall semester. About 20 protesters discussed and planned Occupy Cal and Open University actions for the
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Editors’ Note Finals Issue 2011

Brrrring! Your alarm clock jolts you awake, and you sit upright in bed as you reach over to press the snooze button. As your eyes adjust to the light, a dreaded realization comes over you — it’s 11 a.m. on the Friday of dead week, and you haven’t hit the
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Perfect study breaks during finals week

UC Botanical Garden A secluded paradise, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley located on Centennial Drive is simply divine. With over 13,000 different kinds of plants, the garden guarantees a beautiful sight for sore eyes and tranquil silence if meditation is your thing (stressed college students, take note). For those
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Campus cafe allows students to snack while studying

UC Berkeley senior Alex Horowitz has traditionally spent dead week buried under a pile of books and course readers in Gardner Main Stacks. He usually spends four or five hours at a time surrounded by silence and the pitter-patter of laptop keystrokes, emerging only to feed his need for sustenance,
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Best places to study during finals week

Dwinelle Hall If it’s 10 p.m. and you’ve already wasted an hour trying to find a seat at Gardner Main Stacks and Moffitt Library, try Dwinelle Hall. Although there are no official library hours for Dwinelle Hall posted on the UC Berkeley website, there are many open classrooms that can
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