Category Archives: Berkeley

UC Davis Professor calls out Chancellor: Police Brutality Is Your Fault. Resign Now!

Nathan Brown, Faculty in Critical Theory, UC Davis

In an open letter to University of California Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Assistant Professor Nathan Brown challenged her to take responsibility for the tear-gassing of peaceful, seated protestors.

Brown wrote: “You are responsible for it because this is what happens when UC Chancellors order police onto our campuses to disperse peaceful protesters through the use of force: students get hurt. Faculty get hurt.”

Among the injured were Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States. For the full text of Dr. Brown’s letter, click here. For a slideshow of the Cal Occupation, here. And for another take on the police pepper-spraying students at Davis, here. Note the sea of camera-phones. The revolution will not be televised, but it may well be webcast.

WTF? Hot Cops take down Cute Students at Occupy Cal: Slide Show and Mini-Rant

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To protect and to serve: noble ideals. Is this what anyone is hoping for when they apply to the police academy? The police are no more elite than the students. Pawns against pawns: the new kings can afford to watch this like a play. The nearby city of Oakland, including its small businesses, takes the bulk of an assault intended for corporations well insulated from the occupations on the streets. For a statement from the Oakland Police Officers Association expressing their frustration with a ridiculous situation, click here. For updates from The Daily Californian, here.

Shirtless Quiddich at Cal

I happened upon a Quiddich practice at UC Berkeley last Sunday. Did you know they had a team? Many college campuses are now forming teams to play this increasingly popular sport, invented by author J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series.
This team may not fly on their broomsticks, but their semi-shirtless practice sure attracted plenty of spectators.