Statements & news

May 15, 2017

The Daily Californian

Francis, or "Frankie," Guzman, a 2007 UC Berkeley graduate, returned to his alma mater Sunday afternoon to address the second graduating class of the Underground Scholars Initiative, or USI, a pioneering program unique to UC Berkeley that connects campus resources to formerly incarcerated students and students with formerly incarcerated family members.

Guzman, who went behind bars at 15 years old, recounted a childhood in which police presence was to be expected, a sentiment reiterated by several other underground scholars.

May 12, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle

Natalie Ruiz hears this a lot from people: "I don't know how you do it."

To grasp why they ask, we have to go back nearly four years. Ruiz had just moved into her dorm at UC Berkeley, a transfer student from Solano Community College who worked hard to get into the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States.

And the pregnancy test she was looking at was positive.

May 8, 2017

The Daily Cal

UC President Janet Napolitano hosted a joint interview Friday afternoon with student journalists from across the UC campuses and UC Student Association President Ralph Washington Jr. The students and Washington asked questions regarding the recently released UC Office of the President audit, and Napolitano's subsequent apologetic response.

May 7, 2017

The Daily Cal

At the Battle for Berkeley event Thursday night, a young woman stood up and asked speaker Sunsara Taylor, a radical leftist advocate and self-described communist, to acknowledge common ground she had come to with an opponent.

"I actually... I hate to say it but I don't think that was a point of common ground," Taylor countered as the packed classroom erupted in jeers and shouts.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Charlie Kirk, higher education is a political battleground — a place where his "Team Right" has been losing for too long.

April 26, 2017

Cal Messages

To the Members of the Berkeley Campus Community,

As I write this, I am aware of the uncertainty surrounding Ann Coulter's stated intention to come to campus tomorrow afternoon. We will be sending out a separate message later today with updated information about safety arrangements, as well as our hopes and expectations regarding how members of our campus community should conduct themselves. For now, I want to share my thoughts about all that has led up to the current situation in which we find ourselves.