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Hip-Hop Chess Federation practices Jiu-Jitsu at Zaytuna College

Hip-Hop Chess Federation practices Jiu-Jitsu at Zaytuna College

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Metro

Thursday evening atop the hill at Zaytuna College in Berkeley: The sun had set and the lights of cars, traffic and surrounding Bay Area cities had begun to push back the night. It was a tranquil moment before the group of students began jiu-jitsu training. Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) was founded...

Berkeley City Council votes to become sanctuary city for recreational marijuana

Berkeley City Council votes to become sanctuary city for recreational marijuana

Priscila Chavez,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Metro

On Feb. 13, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to become a sanctuary city for marijuana. Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted that night, “We have become what may be the first city in the country to declare ourselves a sanctuary city for cannabis.” This means that any Berkeley city department...

Reggae artist Hirie performs in Berkeley

Reggae artist Hirie performs in Berkeley

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

‘Stay Wandering’ tour sells out first show at Cornerstone venue When Hirie was told the show was sold out she asked everyone in the green room to scream “Sold out!” as she recorded it on her phone. She later posted it to her Instagram account. The San Diego based reggae-pop band performed at C...

Free Speech week incites hate

Free Speech week incites hate

Alexander Lawrence,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Metro, Opinion

We as American citizens have the right to freely speak, but free speech becomes a problem when protests turn violent. Violent protests do not help pave the way for a better tomorrow, and yet they keep happening. On Sept. 24  Milo Yiannopoulos appeared for a brief speech on Berkeley campus. The prest...

Ganja Yoga opens in Oakland

Ganja Yoga opens in Oakland

Rebecca Olmos,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Features

When you arrive to the Ganja Yoga studio in Oakland, you’re welcomed by Jess Dugan, the instructor for the class. Candles are lit, refreshments are offered, and so is a tray of complimentary cannabis products. For $25 Ganja Yoga offers students a 30 minute social before and after an hour-long ...

Touring, not what we imagined

Touring, not what we imagined

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features

To the average spectator it may seem like traveling bands appear to music venues at a magical flick of a wrist or even through a secret portal hidden behind the curtains. The truth is usually a lot messier than that. Getting from one show to another usually consists of cramming, eating out of cooler...

Local band has Cal State East Bay influence

Local band has Cal State East Bay influence

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features

When I walked into Jupiter Pizza in Berkeley, it looked like a small, underwhelming restaurant. However, inside was a spacious venue and a large outdoor section accompanied by a stage for live music. The rustic setting was accompanied by the sounds of the West Grand Brass Band. With half of its members h...

Promoting music shows a learning process for student

Promoting music shows a learning process for student

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

It is 1 a.m. on a Saturday, the fans are gone, and I am cleaning up as quickly as possible so that I can distribute the earnings and get the bands back on the road. After a month and a half of hard work, the show was a success. It may not be evident to everybody, but there is a lot of work involved i...

Protests scheduled for Berkeley, San Francisco cancelled over the weekend

Protests scheduled for Berkeley, San Francisco cancelled over the weekend

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

After some pushback from local officials and citizens, two organizations cancelled right-wing rallies on Friday. The first rally was supposed to be at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, and it was organized by a conservative group from Portland, Oregon called Patriot Prayer. Their founder, Joey...

Right-wing ‘Freedom Rally’ planned for Saturday in San Francisco

Right-wing ‘Freedom Rally’ planned for Saturday in San Francisco

Justin Mutch,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Patriot Prayer, a Portland-based political and self-professed free speech organization has received approval from the National Park Service to hold a “Freedom Rally” at Chrissy Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 26. Oath Keepers, a Las Vegas-based militia that the Southern Poverty Law Cente...

Campus sees rising tension in 2017

Campus sees rising tension in 2017

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

May 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase

A group of four people, wearing black jackets covered in white and yellow phrases like “Fear God” on the back once again visited Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus on April 24. Members of the group shouted to passersby about how a lack of temperance in regard to instant gratification would ...

Social media saved local DJ’s album release

Social media saved local DJ’s album release

Gabriel Rubio,
Contributor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

DJ and music producer known as Mimosa was set to release his new album “Sinner/Saint” with a free performance on Friday at 4:20 p.m. at Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media, a music store in Berkeley. Advertisements promoted Mimosa as a DJ who sold out shows worldwide, and would deliver a mesme...

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