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Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

1. College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims
Washington Post (*requires registration)

KALX-FM, Berkeley's campus radio station, was very hard hit by the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland Friday night, with several volunteers lost. Students Jennifer Morris and Vanessa Plotkin were roommates at Cal, and both volunteered at KALX. They were not DJs yet themselves, but assisted them in processing music sent to the station. Jennifer was majoring in media studies, and Vanessa was studying sociology. Alum Griffin Madden, who graduated from Berkeley last year, was a DJ who was becoming an important promoter in San Francisco. He studied philosophy and Slavic language and literature, and worked as an usher and audience services associate at Cal Performances. He attended the Ghost Ship party with his college friend David Cline, who also graduated last year. David had studied computer science and cognitive science. Another victim, Chelsea Dolan, was also a community volunteer DJ at KALX. A vigil for these campus community members is being held today (Thursday) at Zellerbach Hall from noon to 1. This story appeared in more than 100 sources nationwide. For more on the vigil, see our story at Berkeley News. Other stories on the vigil and tragedy appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, ABC Online (AP), East Bay Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and KGO TV (link to video).
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2. Income inequality helped elect Donald Trump and would grow wider under his policies

Growing economic inequality and anxiety in the U.S. won Donald Trump the election, and he's apt to worsen the problem, argue economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman in a new paper they co-authored with Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics. "The anti-establishment mood we have seen in this election [Vermont Senator Bernie] Sanders on the left, Trump on the right is in part the consequence of an economy that has stopped working for too many," Professor Saez says. "The scary thing is that, unlike Reagan in 1980," he adds, indicating the year the income divide began to soar, "we are starting in 2016 from an already record-high level of inequality. ... Very high inequality goes with low opportunity for children growing [up] in low-income families."
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3. Wonkblog: American Dream collapsing for young adults, study says, as odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents
Washington Post (*requires registration)

American children are increasingly unlikely to earn more than their parents when they grow up due to rising income inequality, asserts a new study co-authored by Berkeley economists Patrick Kline and Emmanuel Saez. The study found that only half of the children born in the 1980s are earning more than their parents did, after adjusting for inflation, and that represents a plunge of 92 percent over children born in 1940. The drop affects children born into the middle class the most. Another story on this topic appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
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4. Op-Ed: Dreamers fear deportation
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

Alumna Denisse Rojas is the "human face of a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," or DACA, writes Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a commentary about her intention to join other U.S. senators in introducing legislation that will extend deferred action status if Donald Trump does not change course on this. Making her case, she profiles Rojas, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 10 months old, and then grew up to excel in high school, study biology at Berkeley, and -- through many hardships -- make her way to medical school. "Upon his election, President-elect Trump said he wants to be the president for all Americans," Sen. Feinstein says. "Unequivocally stating that he will not overturn the deferred action program and target Dreamers like Rojas for deportation would send a strong message that he's serious about turning the page from the toxic campaign rhetoric to governing the nation."
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5. We Talked To Experts About What Terms To Use For Which Group Of Racists
Mother Jones

The term "alt-right," widely used since the election to lump together far-right extremist groups, is increasingly the subject of debate in the press, and publications are issuing new policies concerning its use. Assistant adjunct public policy professor Lawrence Rosenthal, chair of Berkeley's Center for Right-Wing Studies, describes the alt-right as "an internet-based, social media-based affinity group that covers a fairly wide spectrum," ranging from populist nationalism to the realm of the KKK and neo-Nazis. Parsing differences between certain subsets of the alt-right, he notes, for example, that the term "white nationalist" carries a distinct meaning, in that white nationalists want to be apart from other races but do not necessarily claim to be superior. By contrast, white supremacists claim that whites are better than other races and "need to dominate."
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6. Robert Reich Pleads With Trump To Quit It With The 'Petty' And 'Vindictive' Tweets
Huffington Post

Public policy professor Robert Reich went on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday to issue a plea to Donald Trump to stop his nasty tweets against people who criticize him. Itemizing examples, he said: "Let me just say with all due respect, Mr. Trump, you are president-elect of the United States, you are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin-skinned and vindictive. Stop this. ... This is not a fireside chat. This is not what FDR did. This isn't lifting people up. This is actually penalizing people for speaking their minds." Link to video.
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7. A ritual for Theresa Hak Kyung Cha at BAMPFA

Alum Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, an avant-garde Korean-American artist sadistically killed in New York in 1982 at the age of 31, will be memorialized at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on Dec. 13. Coinciding with the full moon, Oakland performance artist Dohee Lee will perform a ritual "to bring her spirit back to her home," as part of the museums monthly series on experimental music and performance, called "Full: Adapt." This critic writes: "Visceral and exquisitely wrought, Lee's work erases distinctions between traditional and avant garde, primordial and futuristic. At a time when there's so much to mourn in the Bay Area, she's an artist who fully understands the role of ritual in coming to terms with grief. Too often, she feels, we're told to 'just move on,' Lee says. 'We just hide. We need to grieve and be aware of what's happening and to connect with our ancestors. Digging into the roots of music and dance from shamanism I felt so many rich elements and resources in the ritual form. It connects to the land and how we relate to people, things and nature.'" For more on this event, visit: BAMPFA.
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