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Cal Puts Up A Fence To Keep Fans Out And Keep Mother Nature In*

For Berkeley, it's an unusual move.  At the Cal football game this weekend, some 70,000 fans came to watch the Cal Golden Bears play the Tennessee Orange Volunteers, and the school was concerned about the safety of a group of tree-sitters in what's been dubbed Memorial Oak Grove, protesting a proposed, new, $125 million athletic center and the removal of the trees.

They've been living in and around the trees for 275 days.

Cal erected a fence around the trees that date back to the 1800s and the tree people, figuring that environmental protesters and football fans might not see eye-to-eye, especially after the game when the fans are, shall we say, less inhibited and perhaps more inebriated than before the game.  Good guess.  While there were some shouting matches between the groups, a phalanx of police officers kept the peace and everything went smoothly for the most part.

As people streamed into the stadium, the protesters handed out leaflets with "seven reasons why the oak grove should not be destroyed," while singing "We shall overcome."  Not to be outdone, the Bears football fans protested, shouting, "The Sixties are over. Cut down the trees."  The Tennessee fans were perhaps predictably awestruck at the whole thing considering the numerous large stands of trees in their state.  "You've got to be kidding me.  They're protesting cutting down a few trees?  Give me a chainsaw, I'll show 'em," one orange-clad Volunteer was heard to say. 

Earlier this year in March, there was a nude protest (link contains nudity; not suitable to open at work) at the site; I'm surprised they didn't revisit that stunt for the football game if they really wanted to attract attention.

The trees are still up, and Cal won the game, 45-31.  Stay tuned - we're looking for signs (link has music).

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*  With apologies to The Five Man Electrical Band

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