Wheeler Hall
Wheeler Hall

Dead Week — that time between the end of classes and start of finals — will be better known as Live Week if a group of UC Berkeley students and staff create as much fun as they hope. An organization called Live Week is pledging to set up a “24-hour university” on the steps of Wheeler Hall today. Here’s the blurb from their website:

Over the past months, we, the workers, students, and faculty of this campus, have shown the world that we can shut this university down.

Now, we show that we can run our public university the way it should be—by the public.

Starting Monday, December 7 on the steps of Wheeler Hall at 2:30 p.m., we will transform Wheeler Hall into a 24-hour open university.  We will open the space for anyone in the community to come and go as they please, to organize study sessions, teach-ins, concerts, forums, club meetings, dance parties, and anything else our creative minds dream up.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...