The Bake Sale: A Personal Story

The Bake Sale: A Personal Story On September 19, 2011 at 11:28pm I wrote three words that would change my life and the lives of several other people for several weeks to come, and perhaps even longer. No, it wasn’t “I love you.” The three words were, “Bake sale anyone?” The forum was an internal…

Nad Permaul

When touring campus, potential Cal students are inevitably told about the virtues of the ASUC, ostensibly the sole remaining autonomous student government in all the land. This used to be true. Up until 1997, the ASUC and all of its functions were controlled by elected student leaders. However, there was a small problem: turns out…

Letter From the Editor September 2011

Dear Patriot readers, Welcome to our first issue of the 2011-12 school year! We have a lot of exciting plans for the upcoming year, starting with a new layout! Our layout editors Grace Meador and Lizhen Chen have spent the summer looking for ways to update The Patriot’s look while keeping the traditional elements that…

Educational Innovation at UC Benefits All

Revolutionary ideas rarely come unopposed. That’s why it was no surprise that almost immediately after Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley suggested establishing an online degree program for the University of California the suggestion came under fire. Professors and graduate student unions claimed that the courses would lack the quality of other UC courses and thus…

Upcoming California Ballot Initiatives: Propositions 13-17

Californians will vote on five ballot measures in the June 8 primary election, four of which have already created a significant amount of controversy. Proposition 14 would create an open primary system for state elections, Proposition 15 would establish public financing for secretary of state elections, Proposition 16 would require a two thirds vote before…

Schwarzenegger Depends on Federal Money to Close Budget Gap: Failure May Result in More Cuts to State Services

Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are counting on the federal government to provide the state with funding to help stave off a massive $19.9 billion budget deficit that may result in significant spending cuts should the money not arrive. The governor made the plea in his annual budget proposal, released in January. The state will…

Why Professor Lakoff is Wrong: UC Berkeley Linguistics Professor George Lakoff Sees “Two-Thirds Rules” as “Minority Rule”

George Lakoff has a way with words. The UC Berkeley linguistics professor has spent a great deal of his career commenting on the ways that conservatives have used rhetoric to frame the political landscape to their advantage, gaining nationwide attention in the process. Recently, however, the professor has engaged in some word play of his…