Tents on the steps of Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

The wet weather did not deter a group of protesters from setting up a new Occupy Cal tent settlement on the steps of Sproul Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus.

The group set up five tents on Thursday Feb. 9 to commemorate the three-month anniversary of the Nov. 9th 2011 protest, when 40 people were arrested in a violent clash with police. The encampment has since grown to seven tents, despite university regulations prohibiting overnight camping.

About 30 to 40 protesters gathered for a potluck supper on the steps of Sproul Hall Sunday night, according to the Daily Californian.

UC officials are monitoring the situation and have told students they are not permitted to be there. Police have not attempted to remove them, however.

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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 Created California, published in November...