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The fall semester starts today at UC Berkeley. Cal officials made a new video, “This is Bear Territory,” to drum up school spirit. It’s got Nobel Prize winners, Olympic athletes, the famous “Play” when Cal beat Stanford in the 1982 Big Game, and a lot of blue and gold. Classes begin Aug. 23.

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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...