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21 November 2009 @ 02:35 pm
Ummm, my roommates and two high school friends and I had a totally-super-awesome pre-Thanksgiving last night. It was excellentastic; we had chicken and mashed potatoes and fried rice and corn and homemade salsa and salad and then cookies and ice cream and a fruit plate and amazing pumpkin bread. MAN, I ATE SO MUCH. :D Good practice stretching my stomach out for real!Thanksgiving next week. XD

I pity my international darlings who don't have a holiday dedicated to being happy about your life and then eating until you think you're going to blow up. ;_____;

Anyway, there were a lot of card games and a lot of fits of hysterical laughter, and it was all very enjoyable. :D

While we were doing the cooking, though, and while I was 'supervising' (i.e. making lame jokes while people had knives in their hands :D), there was a constant hum of news helicopters.

Becauuuuse... the regents passed the bill raising the fees thirty percent, and people are pissed.

Remember how UCLA students took over one of their buildings Thursday? Not to be outdone, some of our students invaded Wheeler Hall, the English building. There's a really striking series of pictures, too, which is just surreal to me -- I walk by these places multiple times daily, and I have tons of classes in Wheeler, which is also where all the English professors' offices are. Looking at familiar facades in this context is just bizarre.

Though they mislabeled the fourteenth one; that's actually Dwinelle Hall, the Monster Building where students get lost and die.

The Dean kept sending out emails all afternoon updating us on the status, and professors and police were trying to coax the kids out starting at 5 PM or so. The 10:58 email started like this:

The Wheeler Hall protest ended peacefully this evening when 40 protestors who had occupied the second floor of the building were cited for trespassing by UC Berkeley Police and released.

I'm really ambivalent about all of this -- I completely support the idea; nobody should take this bullshit sitting down. But throwing a tantrum and acting like militants just isn't the way to solve the problem, and, like one of my professors was saying Thursday, you can't reject staff layoffs and fee hikes -- you can't have it both ways. The money has to come from somewhere. Sorry; that's the way it is.

Honestly, building takeovers are exciting as hell, as is having your class interrupted periodically by wild yelling and cheering outside. (My Swedish teacher, who was part of the protesting on Wednesday, told us Friday that anybody who wanted to to go out and join them should. Nobody left, though because she's adorable and has the greatest giggle in the known universe. Plus we were learning about object pronouns.)

I admire the dedication and tenacity of the people who stood out there when it was pouring rain at noon yesterday, refusing to back down, but I really don't think picking fights with the police, preventing 3,800 students from going to classes in Wheeler, deliberately pulling fire alarms in other buildings, and generally pitching a fit is the way to prove to the regents -- and, more importantly, to Sacramento, where they make the laws -- that we deserve the money at all. We're supposed to be some of the brightest students in the country; is forming mobs and taking property hostage the best we can do?

I'm positive I'm going to get shit for my Facebook status to this effect, but I'm ready for it.

It's hard for me to tell myself I sympathize properly, though, because I know very well that I'm not going to be here when the axe falls. Next year, if all goes well, I'll be living on a stipend, and I won't be paying any fees -- and even if that doesn't pan out, I won't be at Berkeley anymore, and I won't have to find some source to pay ten-thousand-dollar fees. I'm disconnected, so I'm not angry enough. It's easy for me to say "Quit bitching and start voting" when I'm not going to have to cough up the difference.

Anyway... THAT'S A TOTAL DOWNER. O_o It's also the only thing anybody's talking about around here, for obvious reasons...

On the upside, YOU GUYS YOU GUYS in Theater 11 on Friday, we did our final performances of the monologues, and, for the first time in pretty much ever, I didn't drop a line. I said everything that was on the damn page. 8D Admittedly, I got stuck once and had one of those three-second pauses that seems like forever to me, but which nobody else notices at all, but it was the line I always trip over, and I snapped it back a lot faster than I usually do.

And I think the acting didn't suck that much. Which is important when you're eight-five percent focused on getting the stupid lines and barely remember that you're supposed to be acting at all. XD I haven't gotten the critique yet, though, so I guess we'll see. XD

And Jon and I have to do our scene on Monday. FFFFFFFFFFFF. Though if I drag eltea to rehearsal Sunday, at least we'll have a test audience first. XD

Two and a half more school days, and I get to go home for Thanksgiving.

...and fill out at least one -- and, if possible, two to four -- applications. OTL. XD

On that note, I should probably get back to my homework, shouldn't I. XD'

Man, I'm getting all inexplicably-cold-and-blah again. At least I have hormone imbalances to blame it on this time. And at least the massive mug of Ghirardelli hazelnut hot chocolate I just had helped a lot. :d

Feeling: uncomfortableuncomfortable
On the Radio: "Touches You" - Mika
marissaabitofadork7 on November 21st, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Pre-Turkey Day meal sounds yummy. XD

It's hard for me to tell myself I sympathize properly, though, because I know very well that I'm not going to be here when the axe falls. Next year, if all goes well, I'll be living on a stipend, and I won't be paying any fees -- and even if that doesn't pan out, I won't be at Berkeley anymore, and I won't have to find some source to pay ten-thousand-dollar fees. I'm disconnected, so I'm not angry enough. It's easy for me to say "Quit bitching and start voting" when I'm not going to have to cough up the difference.

Wow. Excellent point.

And I'm exciting for vacation too. :)
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on November 23rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
It was indeed! :D

Heh, I try. XD

I'd be more excited if it didn't spell "even more work." D:
marissaabitofadork7 on November 23rd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I do enjoy food. :)

My smart little scholar, you. XD

So far, the workload looks minimal for me, but I'm sad you don't get a break from it all. :(
richelle2972richelle2972 on November 21st, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Hey when what day and time are you coming home? My family has to go visit my grandparents in upstate New York for Thanksgiving. My brother doesn't get off until Tuesday, but I get the whole week off, so we're not leaving until Tuesday night and we come back Saturday. If you're going to be home sometime on Tuesday afternoon or aren't going back to school until Sunday, I might be able to give you the books Sam gave to me to give to you. Otherwise I can wait until Christmas break. :) That Berkeley stuff sounds intense! Have a super awesome Thanksgiving!!! :)
Vitamin C: Merlin - Glee!tierfal on November 23rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I'm coming home late afternoon on Wednesday, so my options are kind of limited... though I probably will go back Sunday, so maybe sometime then? :)

You, too! :D
richelle2972richelle2972 on November 23rd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Haha okay, we can try that, but if it doesn't work out, it's fine. :)
(P.S. I love your icon!!!)
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on November 24th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! :D

And y thnx! 8D
richelle2972richelle2972 on November 23rd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
This is really random but we have this book, "The Return of the Bunny Suicides", and I noticed this picture which I finally understand and thought you'd like it. It's page 53 of this online copy. :)
Vitamin C: The TARDIStierfal on November 24th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on November 23rd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
That does sound sexist! D:

That sounds reasonable, though; I'm all for feasting before we starve. XD'

Well, some people got roughed up when they started shoving police officers, I hear, but on the whole I think it was actually surprisingly not-too-bad.
I MUST: Emily the Strangesabriel75 on November 22nd, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
For every purpose there is a season and I do believe sometimes, making a little noise is necessary even if in the grand scheme of things, it seems rather idiotic and childish. But you never know, the higher up some people go the further from reality they become and tantrums like these are just what they need to ground them again. If no one was getting hurt, then I believe it was a fair enough demonstration. It is ridiculous to take that sitting down. Of course, I'd like to think that they'll eventually become more organized and make a difference where it matters too.

Yummy! Pre-Thanksgiving feast FTW.

Vitamin C: L - Bluetierfal on November 23rd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
I absolutely agree that nobody should let the government, the regents, the People in Charge get away with this without a fight, but I just don't know that turning it into a game of Hide and Seek, interrupting the classes we do have and are paying for, and refusing to cooperate with the police (who have nothing to do with this personally) is the way to go about it. :/

Very much so! :D
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Vitamin C: L and Misatierfal on November 23rd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, the apathy thing worries me a lot -- I've heard that in France, students go on strike constantly, every time they want something changed, whereas Americans usually just take it, because there's a not-quite-accurate idea that Democracy will take care of it or something... but I feel like yeah, this has gotten to a point where it's like, "Is this really the image you want them to have of you at this critical moment of decision?" XD

*glomps* :3
Rex: DN - Matt + Rainbowicequeenrex on November 23rd, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
I enjoy reading the news online about your school - despite the annoying situation it's in - because I keep thinking, "Oh! What if she ends up in one of the pictures or something??" 8D And we all know that once someone's school is on the news, they're famous by default, amirite?? XD

/is an idiot

But yaaay to Thanksgiving! :D I've...never celebrated, y'know, me not being American or anything, but it sounds yummy. :3

And hey! Congrats on your monologue!! \o/ YOU ARE AWESOME! ♥!!
Vitamin C: Matsudatierfal on November 24th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
lolololol I hide from the cameras; I don't want to be the face of riotous!Berkeley. XD ...though if someone wanted to interview me, I *would* be down. XD


And MAN I KNOW it's seriously tragic that only Americans do Thanksgiving. I mean, we get three days off just to sit around, eat until we think we're going to explode, and talk about what we love about our lives. EVERYBODY SHOULD GET THAT. XD

\o/ :33333 ♥
crazyboutremmycrazyboutremmy on November 23rd, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know what to feel about the riot. :\ *fails at emotions, but you knew that about me anyways!*

Congratulations on being your normal, amazing self! And have oodles of food and fun! ♥
Vitamin C: Merlintierfal on November 24th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I think it engenders conflicted feelings in most people. Except the people who took over the building, who are probably very able to distinguish their deeply-rooted anger from their slightly maniacal triumph...