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APTOPIX Berkeley Diversity Bake Sale.JPGIt's a uniquely Berkeley scene.

College Republicans are selling cupcakes priced according to the buyer's race to highlight opposition to a bill they believe would overturn the state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions. Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators dressed in black are gathering to protest the Republican protest.

That's how a live blog by student reporters at the Daily Cal is describing today's actions at UC Berkeley -- a massive wave of lobbying prompted by dueling views of Senate Bill 185. The bill by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, would allow California's public universities to use race as a factor in the admissions process, though it would not allow preferences for any racial groups.

Students who support the bill are working the phones on the Berkeley campus, urging people to call Gov. Jerry Brown and ask him to sign it. The Daily Cal reports that Ward Connerly is on campus to help the Berkeley College Republicans oppose the bill with their bake sale, which had advertised that treats would cost $2 for whites, $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans.

Read the student newspaper's up-to-the-minute coverage here.

PHOTO CREDIT: A student who identified herself as "Hannah" sells baked goods during the "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


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