Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I was a very active participant in the party system in the UC Berkeley student government (the Associated Students of the University of California) back when I was an undergrad. They have great parties there, some of which live on for decades. I was a senator, a presidential aide, a party activist, and, for a short time, the ASUC beat reporter for the Daily Californian. And now I study local parties for a living!

So naturally I was thrilled to be interviewed for a Daily Cal story on the history of parties in the ASUC. And I was thrilled to see my name on the front page of the Daily Cal. I feel like I'm 21 again.

Meanwhile, I would love to see a serious comparative study of campus politics. I am curious why some schools seem to have venerable party systems while others just seem to form ephemeral slates around some popular students that dissipate as soon as those students graduate.

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