Editors' Note

Anna Vignet/Staff

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Amid record fee increases, systemwide protests and rising fears over the fate of public education, Homecoming provides a temporary respite. At first it may seem out of place - why take the time to celebrate when there's seemingly so much at stake?

2010 marks the beginning of a new decade in Cal's storied history. Through over 140 years, the university has witnessed pioneering administrators, leading academics and jaw-dropping feats of athleticism. As a perennial campus tradition, Homecoming has never just been about the football game - especially now - and this weekend provides students, faculty and their families with the opportunity both to commemorate UC Berkeley's legacy and look forward to the future.

With this issue, we spotlight the qualities that have historically kept this university at the forefront of public awareness as one of the world's finest collegiate institutions. From memorable individuals to indelible rivalries, from 1956 to the present, our stories provide a variety of perspectives on Cal as it evolved into the mighty athletic and academic powerhouse it is today.

Above all, Homecoming offers us an invaluable opportunity to celebrate Cal's vaunted roots. In doing so, we engage the uncertain future by taking a chapter out of the past.

-Matthew Putzulu & David Liu

David Liu is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Matthew Putzulu is the assistant opinion page editor.

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