The University of California at Berkeley (also known as Cal) is one of the most distinguished research universities in the United States. Although the university has been home to 18 Nobel Prize winning faculty members and its graduate programs are consistently ranked among the top five by US News & World Report and the National Research Council, the university is most famous for its ultraliberal student body and their political activities.
The UC campus is situated in the heart of Berkeley, California, which is adjacent to Oakland and directly across the bay from San Francisco. For an urban campus, it is surprisingly lush and beautiful. There are botannical gardens, streams, redwood groves, and spacious lawns. Many of the buildings are wonderful displays of classical Greek architecture. Towering over the campus and the city of Berkeley is a campanile, which can be seen from San Francisco on a clear day.
UC Berkeley-related nodes that already exist
- Free Speech Movement--A UC student-led rebellion over the right to protest (the Vietnam War) on campus. The movement is now memorialized by the popular Free Speech Movement Cafe adjacent to the main library.
- Sproul Plaza--The zaniest place on campus. During the school year Sproul Plaza is filled with protestors, special interest groups, musicians, solicitors, dancers, bums, druggies, etc. Popular protest topics currently include (this is the language of the protestors) the condition of apartheid in Israel, UC's use of the racist SAT, the evils of capitalism, the lack of an affirmative action policy at UC, the ongoing racist war in Afghanistan, unfair stereotyping of Muslims, and the terrorist activities of the United States.
- Telegraph Avenue--This runs into Sproul Plaza and can be even nuttier. Telegraph Avenue is lined with bums asking for money and hippies selling incense, pipes, shirts, bumper stickers, etc.
- Sather Gate--A nice gate (well the node exists!)
- Sather Tower
- Berkeley in the 60's
- People's Park--This means a lot to some people, as evidenced by the writeup.
- Tilden Park
- San Francisco
UC Berkeley Nobel Prize winners
And let's not forget the unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.