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Best Professor: Robert Reich

Robert Reich It’s easy to see why Professor Reich, of the Goldman School of Public Policy, would scoop this distinction. There are so many things to love about him. He’s an old-fashioned storyteller, and his lectures are always something of a performance. Often he will take on a devil’s advocate character and shout at an unsuspecting student, arms flailing, eyes wide. He can draw a laugh making fun of himself, his students and public figures. His voice is that of an old-timey radio host. It’s comforting, which is a benefit when he’s teaching you about the myriad ways that the future of the American economy (our future) is doomed. But maybe the best thing about Reich is that he’s totally freaking famous. He served on the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton, and was an economic transition advisor to Obama. (That’s still something to be impressed by, right?) Seeing him on campus or at a cafe is always an Event. Truly, no other Berkeley professor packs more charm into so little a frame – I thought I could avoid a height reference in 200 words, but damnit, this man is fabulously small, and we love him all the more for it. -Hannah Jewell

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Best Place to People-Watch: Sproul Plaza

On a beautiful day in Berkeley, you’ll see Sproul Plaza artfully splashed with the eclectics of the afternoon. There’s Yoshua, handing out his doomsday propaganda. There’s the countless brigade of students handing out their own faceless fliers. Sproul Plaza is a place to meet, a place to greet; a place made famous by Mario Savio, by Barack Obama’s televised inauguration speech, and by the plethora of protests, marches and demonstrations that pass through. It defines Berkeley and its history, and serves as the beating heart to a teeming, growing city.

Sproul is considered the best place to people-watch in Berkeley because it seamlessly combines the community with the campus. For this reason, Sproul is one of my favorite places; it’s the quintessential intersection between Telegraph Avenue and Sather Gate, the place that attracts activity daily. It is a place to revel in Berkeley’s characters, and essentially, in Berkeley’s spirit. The city is known as “Berzerkeley” for its characters, its creeps, its combined insanity and its integral place alongside San Francisco in a progressive-thinking world. Come sit at Sproul. You never know who – or what – you’ll find.

-Summer Dunsmore