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…

9/11: My Personal Story

Our school normally sent us home on buses. But on that day, the administration could not assume that we still had parents. We were kept waiting in the assembly room for hours while they contacted our parents, one at a time, asking them to pick us up. I remember 9/11 vividly. Most of my childhood…

What the 32% Fee Increases Really Means

Berkeley students are painfully aware of the Regents of University of California’s approval of a 32% tuition increase last November, and of the widespread, unnecessary rioting that followed. These protests displayed many students’ complete lack of understanding of the plan’s necessity, and of the actual details. Many incoming freshmen to the University of California were…

Peace-by-Piece?

Since 1967, Israel has promoted the “land for peace” strategy to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians. As we have learned in the last 43 years, this strategy is flawed. Peace will not be gained by appeasing those that seek your demise. Peace will occur when both sides are willing to negotiate and so far,…