University of California-Berkeley

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Why Karaoke is Important to Immigrants in OC

    For Asian Americans, there's an odd sense of comfort in holding a mic and singing along to the midi version of schmaltzy pop hits. Whether they're tunes by Basil Valdez, Sin Sisamouth or Frank Sinatra, played in private rooms (such as at Ziller in Fullerton) or set against chintzy lights and throbbi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Professor Jere Lipps Speaks on Religious Threat to Climate Change Public Policy SATURDAY

    A geologist, paleontologist, marine biologist and UC Berkeley professor emeritus speaks in Irvine Saturday afternoon about how some would like public policy on climate change based on religious beliefs rather than science.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    California State Bar Honors UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky for Body of Work

    The State Bar of California has bestowed its 2014 Bernard E. Witkin Medal--which is given to individuals who have helped shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary body of work--to UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    UCI Graduate Student Workers Striking Tomorrow

    Heads up, Anteaters. You might not have discussion tomorrow because your discussion leader might be on strike. UAW 2865, the union that represents UC TAs, readers, and graders, will be striking Thursday, April 3 over what they claim are unfair labor practices. "From threats to international student ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Aaron Esser-Kahn, Sunil Gandhi, Ali Mortazavi of UCI Receive Millions in NIH Grants

    Three UC Irvine scientists have been named recipients of the prestigious 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Awards, which comes with $2.3 million each for five years to help fund their respective research in vaccinations, the adult brain and gene regulation. Aaron Ess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    End of Federal Probe into Claims Muslims Created Anti-Semitic Climate at UCI Cheered

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) office in Anaheim, which covers Southern California, is cheering news that the Department of Education (DOE) is closing an investigation into whether Palestinian rights activism on three UC campuses, including Irvine's, created an anti-Semitic clim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Backwards to the Present: More New New California Writing (Part II)

    Forgot to mention a couple of the other must-have-read already writers in the newest anthology of best California writing of the year from Heyday. You might recall from last week my weird reading triage, first noting what I remembered from journals originally printing short stories, poems and essays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Are The Feds Unfairly Targeting Muslim Students Who Oppose Israel?

    In Washington D.C. today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a probe of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), following reports that the IRS was unfairly targeting conservative non-profit groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement. Closer to home, the California chapter of the Counc ... More >>

  • Film

    April 18, 2013

    NBFF: Smaller, Shorter & Uncut

    The fabled film festival has learned that less is more

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    UCI's First Law School Class Has a Better Cali Bar Exam Passage Rate Than All But Stanford

    The end of our October blog post on University of California at Irvine School of Law students helping Nigerian activists present a case to the U.S. Supreme Court mentioned that the local school has its critics.The blasts to the law school and its founding dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, began in 2009, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Mexi, African-American Med Students at UCI Organize Conference for Their High School Peers

    The words "cardiothoracic surgeon" are most likely not found in the vocabulary of any two-year-old, except for Barbara Williams, a second-year medical student at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Williams recently completed clinical cardiovascular research at the nationally r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, Couple Accused of Planting Drugs in School Volunteer's Car, Have Hearing Delayed

    The arraignment of Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, who are accused of planting drugs in a school volunteer's car, was delayed today because of a "healthcare emergency" that left the husband "unable to speak," according to his lawyer.Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    UC President Says Ban On Affirmative Action Has Had A 'Dramatic Adverse Effect' On Campuses, Argues For Race-Based Admissions

    Before the U.S. Supreme Court hears another case on college affirmative action, this time centering on the University of Texas at Austin, leaders from the University of California want to make it known that banning race-based admissions has not been good for diversity on UC campuses.UC President Mar ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 17, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Have So Many Names?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And your last reminder to buy 'Taco USA' before Gustavo gets deported!

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Each UC Campus To Set Own Tuition Under New Proposal

    The premise is hardly debatable: No University of California school is the same. For that reason, officials at UC Berkeley want all 10 campuses to break free from Daddy Board of Regents--or at least have more independence. They've written a proposal to allow each UC to set its own tuition and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Stop Stealing Our Cars, New Documentary, Shows Santa Ana's Fight Against Unjust Impound Policies

    ​Working-class immigrant residents of SanTana have been beneficiaries of new, fairer vehicle impound policies since October 1, 2011, when activists scored a solid grassroots victory. Stop Stealing Our Cars, set to premiere this Saturday at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in the city's downtown, is an ... More >>

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Berkeley Dogs Hot-Dogs It

    [Hole In the Wall] The East Bay transplant brings its luscious wieners as part of our wave of outside regional chains

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Drunken Driving Deaths Way Down in California

    ​It will either bolster the argument that sobriety checkpoints are working or prop up the side that claims such enforcement operations are unnecessary, but in either event drunken-driving fatalities are down dramatically in California, according to state data. A record low 791 people were killed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    [UPDATED with UCI Chief "Appalled":] UC Protesters Get Help From Above to Stop Campus Cops' Baton Jabs and Pepper Spraying

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 23, 10:24 A.M.: UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake has issued a statement where he says that he is "appalled" by the police response to peaceful demonstrators on other campuses as witnessed in recent YouTube videos. The brutal actions violate UC policies, procedures and the sense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    California Elementary Schools Are Not Teaching Science, Study Finds

    Bill Nye, where are you? ​​When it comes to science, you're probably smarter than a fifth grader.  Under intense pressure to increase English and math scores, California elementary schools are shoving out the subject almost entirely, a new study reports. Research from San Francisco-bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Fruit Flies Back in OC to Bedevil Jerry Brown

    ​The bane of Jerry Brown's first go-round as governor is back.It's a teeny-weeny, eensy-weensy fruit fly. Actually, it's two of them, found in Westminster earlier this month. They join two more trapped in the Anaheim-Yorba Linda area near the end of June and start of July.How can four fruit flies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Jerry Brown Criticized For Not Going Latino With California Supreme Court Pick

    Goodwin Liu​​​Today, Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Shortly after, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, whose district includes Buena Park, issued a statement about the pick. In it, he congratulates Liu, yada yada, and then tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Irvine Gamer Gal Sets Guinness World Record in 'Guitar Hero'

    Guinness World Records​Gamers, meet your dream woman. The fast-fingered Annie Leung of Irvine set the female world record for a single track on Guitar Hero III, racking up 789,349 points on the expert level of "Through the Fire and Flames" by the band DragonForce. The September 2010 achievement i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Chapman University Dorms in Pricey Company

    ​James Doti has worked his Lilliputian arse off over the years trying to get Chapman University included in conversations about the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the land.The private Orange university finds itself ranked today with many of those prestigious institutions, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Camp Out at the Beach Pit BBQ

    ​Camp OutJune 25, 2010Beach Pit BBQThis will teach me to make assumptions. Though they're alumni of the ultra-selective UC Berkeley, the NorCal indie-pop duo Camp Out play music that is unexpectedly modest. Formed in 2007, the band is comprised of singer/guitarist Maddy Hanks, and keyboardist/sing ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2010

    Animal Research Protesters Face Terrorism Charges

    A Long Beach couple could do five years in federal prison for aggressively protesting animal research at UC schools up north

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Governor Candidates, Humboldt County Pot Growers Agree: No on Legalization!

    Jerry Brown: "I've already indicated that that's not a provision I am likely to support."​The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 was certified for November's ballot this week after backers turned in signatures from hundreds of thousands of California voters, but the three top candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2009

    UC Irvine's Day One Dance Trumps Walkouts

    Ho-hum, another first day of classes for the UC system, another student/faculty/staff walkout over budget cuts, tuition hikes and work furloughs. The photo roll above from UC Irvine is not only less inspiring than the ones from bastions of rabble-rousing UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, but even bass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Irvine Spared in Professor's Plan to Close UC Campuses

    UCI.orgAll's quiet in the center of campus at "second-tier" UC Irvine.​Capitol Weekly reports about a radical proposal to spare the UC system major financial pain amid massive budget cuts: close three campuses.Don't worry: UC Irvine makes the cut. Barely.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Padilla vs. Yoo: First of Many Such Cases to Come?

    Nick Schou blogged last week about a San Francisco federal judge having ruled that John Yoo, the UC Berkeley law professor who just finished a stint as a visiting professor at Chapman Law School, can "be held personally responsible for the indefinite military detention and alleged torture of an Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    More Controversy Dogs Yoo Amid Gig at "Teensy Joke of a College"

    Photo by Christopher VictorioYoo moves from "teensy joke" to Philly writing gig.Greg Sargent's The Plum Line blog on, a Washington Post site that runs online biographies of D.C. "players and personalities," has an interesting post on Bush White House torture memo writer John Yoo, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    The Heat is Back on John Yoo

    Photo by Christopher VictorioYoo before his Chapman debate.The April 21 morning "terror memo" lawyer John Yoo appeared at the Chapman University debate, President Barack Obama said it would be up to his attorney general whether to prosecute former Bush administration advisors like Yoo. Since that da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Yoo in Clear or Not So Fast?

    World events are moving so fast and furious, one wonders how participants in the Saturday and Tuesday Chapman University School of Law debates featuring visiting professor and Bush White House torture enabler John Yoo at the center of each are keeping up with their talking Legal A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    More Join Chapman U's Debate on John Yoo Torture Memos

    Clockwork informed you yesterday about controversial law professor John Yoo being at the center of two upcoming Chapman University School of Law debates, one he is participating in and another that he is not participating in. When it comes to Saturday's "Forum on National Security, Rule of Law & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Spain, Chapman University Debaters Are Out to Get John Yoo

    So the big question when John Yoo speaks at Chapman University next week about presidential power is: Will he be shackled? Probably not, seeing as how this is not Spain, but were Orange within the Iberian Peninsula nation and NATO ally, he'd be under criminal indictment for sanctioning torture at Gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Torture Memo Author Finds Friends and Foes at Chapman U

    Perhaps some of you have a conservative uncle who says stupid things. You know, like the U.S. is not in debt to China, or that Barack Obama is a socialist or that George W. Bush won his presidential elections. Mine recently repeated the Bill O'Reilly/Rush Limbaugh/Attila the Hun yarn about all the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2006

    Beating around the Bush, or not, in Irvine

    Good news for those of us who have never seen the power of a monarchy in action, and the servility it demands of its subjects. President Bush is extending his weekend trip to California, and will be visiting scenic Irvine on Monday. According to the Register, "Bush will speak to the Orange County B ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Aural Reports

    'I Only See Pluses'
    Shohei Urata

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    Stay Off My Lawn!

    UCI prof turns grouchy, predicts end of civilization, criticizes neighborhood kids

  • Film

    March 24, 2005
  • Film

    March 11, 2004

    Of Time and the River

    Robb Moss wayback machine; plus Nir Bergmans Broken Wings

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    As the World Burns

    Alexander Cockburn eviscerates Operation Iraqi Fiefdomand Christopher Hitchens, the barstool bombardier

  • Columns

    March 13, 2003
  • Culture

    June 29, 2000

    Nude! Nude! Nude!

    The naked truth behind Sarah Bain Gallery

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Hip! Hop! Shop!

    Black Guys Imitating White Guys Imitating Black Guys: The strange end of the hip-hop revolution

  • Features

    January 6, 2000


    Re-creating Southern California in Southern California

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Those Picket Signs?

    At UCI, they're likely to return

  • Columns

    September 10, 1998
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