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UC Berkeley Paper Cuts Production to 3 Days a Week

September 17, 1993|Associated Press

BERKELEY — The Daily Californian isn't a daily anymore. The 96-year-old newspaper, a leading voice of student dissent on the UC Berkeley campus in the 1960s, has cut production to three days a week to save money.

"I'm learning about the real world here, the real journalism world," editor-in-chief Nick Perlmuter said Thursday.

Newspapering at UC Berkeley goes back to 1871, when students established the monthly University Echo. In 1897, the Daily Californian took over, publishing every weekday during the school year.

"I'm in a very unenviable position of being someone who breaks tradition," Perlmuter said.

Starting this week, the newspaper has switched to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday printing schedule, which management hopes will save $6,000 a week.

Since 1971, the newspaper has been independent of the university, a split that stems from a controversial editorial about People's Park, the much-contested plot of land that activists say belongs to the people, but administrators say belongs to the university.

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