one social movement sociologists can safely ignore
From the SF Gate, a report about an anti-Panda Express group at UC Berekeley. Choice clips:
UC Berkeley student Yonatan Landau shelled out $90 to rent a panda suit. That’s the form political protest is taking at Cal these days.
Landau is one of the leaders of a campaign to prevent Panda Express from coming to campus. So far, more than 1,300 students have signed a petition opposing a plan to bring the fast-food outlet to Lower Sproul Plaza.
A resurgent identity indeed:
Byron Mazire, an 18-year-old freshman, played the role of the profiteering panda. He wore the suit Landau had found in a San Francisco costume shop and carried two enormous fake money bags.
“I’m very new to a lot of this stuff,” Mazire said. “It’s my first protest and my first time as a panda.”
Perhaps Brayden can get a sit down interview with the Panda Express leadership:
The chain’s slogan is “Experience Pandamonium.” But the resistance at Cal is not what Panda officials had in mind.
“Students are usually very excited about us,” said Arthur Chang, real estate manager for Panda Express. “But let’s put it this way: We understand Berkeley is a very unique culture.”
He said Panda Express has 1,100 locations in the United States. The restaurant can be found at 36 universities, including UC campuses in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.
On Thursday, Chang flew up from Los Angeles to meet with the Store Operations Board of the ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California), which controls use of the space that Panda would occupy. He encountered scores of protesters.
“It’s the only time this has happened,” Chang said.
Better watch out for that stock price dip.
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