Today marks the 8-month anniversary of the Berkeley Beet. Its first post came out last summer and detailed the acceptance of a 4.0 earthquake which, despite all odds (or any extracurriculars) managed to get into Berkeley. (Chancellor Dirks, for the record, thought it was “very cute.”) Exactly 8 months ago, I quietly purchased a website and began writing satirical articles about issues concerning Berkeley students.
And since then, I have been the sole owner and writer for The Berkeley Beet, writing articles weekly for a semester and a half to an audience of more than 20,000 of my peers at Cal about topics ranging from Trump’s hairpiece at the Berkeley Forum to CS classes being held at Memorial stadium. Though I have been writing under the pseudonym Burr K. Lee, to my friends I am more commonly known as Brian.
While I remain deeply humbled by the Cal Community’s response to a magazine that I created in my bedroom, I have realized that one voice, no matter how well meaning, can encapsulate only so much of the Cal experience.
The greatest thing I have ever loved about Cal is its diversity- the fact that it has students of various creeds, colors, and sexualities and even ages, all with diverse experiences and perspectives to offer, and jokes to tell.
[/pullquote]The greatest thing I have ever loved about Cal is its diversity- the fact that it has students of various creeds, colors, and sexualities and even ages, all with diverse experiences and perspectives to offer, and jokes to tell.
The Berkeley Beet was built on the simple premise of taking one person’s problems and exaggerating them for other people to laugh at, but now I believe that it is time that I invite others with problems larger than mine to the table.
And so, to those diverse voices who wish to contribute to the satirical conversation at Cal, I cordially extend an invitation to apply for The Berkeley Beet.
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The great Robin Williams once said that “You’re only given one spark of madness.” I invite you to add your little spark of madness to mine and the other comedic voices at Berkeley. Let’s build a fire.