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1. Supreme Court Hears Case against Campaign Finance Laws The Supreme Court recently heard Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, a case that might potentially overturn many government restrictions on politically-oriented speech, and Justice Sotomayor’s first case. Chief Justice Roberts expressed hostility to the government’s argument, declaring “we don’t put our First Amendment rights in…

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1. University of “Diversity” In the first weeks of summer, Chancellor Birgeneau sent a mass e-mail to the student body regarding the university’s dire financial straits and his “leadership strategy”. Specifically mentioning the regents’ 9.3% increase in student fees and “other revenue enhancement”, and some unspecified “cost-saving measures”, he went on to say that “units…

An Interview with ASUC President Will Smelko

Will Smelko, the new president of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley, spoke with Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Jelacich about his goals for the upcoming year. California Patriot: What have you been doing this summer in preparing for the upcoming year as ASUC president? Will Smelko: One of the most important lessons I…

The Legitimacy of the Honduran “Coup”

The internal affairs of a country are seldom consequential for the rest of the world, but the recent Honduran existential crisis has been forcing political thinkers around the world to take a closer look at their ideologies – that is, the political principles undergirding legal and social systems. In June, the Honduran military took arms…

The Conservative’s Survival Guide to Berkeley

Berkeley prides itself on its nonconformist culture, and demands that all students adopt it. Facing a uniform wall of rebels marching in lockstep, staying conservative can be a challenge. But don’t worry; the California Patriot is here to help. Here are some tips to overcome some common issues that new students often face. WHERE TO…

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Six Reasons to Be Outraged: 1.    UC Fees to Rise 10% UC students will likely face fee increase of almost 10% and employees may be laid off; however, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has said that he’s unwilling to take a pay cut himself. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the chancellor currently makes $436,800…

The Patriot’s Yearbook

Oaks Get the Axe! The 21-month-long Oak Grove tree sit that began in December 2006 finally came to an end on September 9, 2008. In opposition to the development of the Student-Athlete High Performance Center, whose construction requires the removal of 42 Oak Grove trees, hundreds of protesters occupied the oak trees while court battles…

IAS Restructuring Controversy

Popular among her students, International and Area Studies  garnered high praise throughout the year as one of Cal’s best. Thus, it came as a surprise when she announced that she may be leaving the university within the year. Professor Roy’s decision was apparently in part due to the recently announced plans to restructure the IAS…