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Issue #2340 :: Thursday, October 1, 2009
SPECIAL ISSUE: Homecoming 2009

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Editors' Note
Let's face it. Homecoming is all about the football game-without fail, a good majority of homecoming visitors are here to sit in Memorial Stadium for three hours. But this year especially, homecoming has come to mean something more than a battle on the gridiron. With a rapidly changing economy that greatly impacts universities like USC and UC Berkeley, we've come to ask ourselves how much the symbolism of homecoming is still relevant. Will we, in a few years, still be able to enjoy the same traditions we've come to know and love for years beforehand-or are we at a crossroads where the future just won't have any more room for traditions?

UC Berkeley, USC Have Rich History of Academics
Though UC Berkeley and USC are enemies when it comes to the football field, they're alike in more ways than one in the realm of academics.

At UC Berkeley, Activism Comes With the Territory
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement put UC Berkeley at the forefront of student activism, creating a lasting legacy of protest and dissent. Forty-five years later, many current and former student organizers point to the Sept. 24 UC systemwide walkout, which drew thousands of students, faculty and staff, as a resurgence of that tradition.

Cal Football Encourages Legacy Of Commitment and Support
With homecoming weekend only days away, one Cal fan who will surely be in attendance is Mark Biestman, executive vice president for the software company Enquisite.

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UC Berkeley, USC Have Rich History of Academics
Though UC Berkeley and USC are enemies when it comes to the football field, they're alike in more ways than one in the realm of academics.

At UC Berkeley, Activism Comes With the Territory
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement put UC Berkeley at the forefront of student activism, creating a lasting legacy of protest and dissent. Forty-five years later, many current and former student organizers point to the Sept. 24 UC systemwide walkout, which drew thousands of students, faculty and staff, as a resurgence of that tradition.

Cal Football Encourages Legacy Of Commitment and Support
With homecoming weekend only days away, one Cal fan who will surely be in attendance is Mark Biestman, executive vice president for the software company Enquisite.

Football and Water Polo Teams Share Game Dates
The hill on Bancroft Way leading up to Memorial Stadium often bustles on game days as passers-by grab food and merchandise along the southern border of the UC Berkeley campus. When the USC football team comes to town, it seems the mile of sidewalk between Dana Street and the International House serves as the path for somewhat of an exodus.

Thumb Wars
USC athletics gets the huge following that it does mainly because of one reason: success. Across the board, the Trojans put out teams that are perennially in line to win national championships. This is beyond just football, although Pete Carroll's team has been the most publicized. The men's water polo team is one of the best in the country. The women's volleyball team makes a push for the Final Four seemingly every year. The men's tennis team is coming off a national championship. It is simply hard to find a USC team that isn't annually competing at a high level.

Editors' Note
Let's face it. Homecoming is all about the football game-without fail, a good majority of homecoming visitors are here to sit in Memorial Stadium for three hours. But this year especially, homecoming has come to mean something more than a battle on the gridiron. With a rapidly changing economy that greatly impacts universities like USC and UC Berkeley, we've come to ask ourselves how much the symbolism of homecoming is still relevant. Will we, in a few years, still be able to enjoy the same traditions we've come to know and love for years beforehand-or are we at a crossroads where the future just won't have any more room for traditions?

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