It's been well over a year (some would say "forever"), and the legal battles rage on for tree sitters and administrators at UC-Berkeley. As the Daily Cal fastidiously covers the story, we're all left to wonder: Does anyone else on campus think this story is as important as the student newspaper makes it out to be? The answer, in short: Not really.
"It's not in the zeitgeist right now," says Will Kane—the most recent reporter on the tree-sitter beat. Kane admits he does his best not to think about it all the time ("No, I don't dream about the tree sitters") and that the average students don't discuss the latest news in the hippie saga. But then again, when something exciting does happen (falling poop, a naked photo shoot, or maybe some actual progress in the courtroom), Kane insists students on campus do care—perhaps something we cynical East Coasters may not get about the whole Berkeley protesting thing.
As for the activists who continue to live the aerie life, is there an end in sight? "They say they're there for as long as it takes the university to take them down," Kane says. It's a good thing Kane is currently a sophomore: Looks like this won't be over anytime soon.