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University of California to Launch $0 Tuition Program, Says Spoofed Press Release

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A press release from the University of California today announced a new revolutionary program wherein tuition will be free. Pretty cool, right? Too bad it's a fake press release from a fake website mocking University President Mark G. Yudof and the Regents. Here's a fun little sample:

We, The Regents and UCOP, will no longer be the zombies of global capitalism-always-in-crisis-for-our -benefit. Instead we will seek to create an educational and research vision for a UC that will offer free access for all those who wish to have higher education in our communities, for those who dream of new technologies for the people, for all of those who want to build a world that establishes global education for all, global health care for all, global rights for labor, and push our selves to follow the speed of dreams and not the greed of the latest ponzi scheme.

And how!

Officials at the real University of California could not be immediately reached for comment. It appears the fake website is coming from art students at UC San Diego. A masked domain leads to b.a.n.g. lab, which carries the only mention of $0 tuition on Twitter.

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[Update: Searching deeper, looks like there is an event tonight at UCSD called "$0 Tuition - Reimagining the University of California." It's a panel discussion and open forum on the UC Budget Cuts.]

The full fake press release can be found below. A fake website has also been set up and to compare, here is a link to the real website. Funny enough, part of the fake website is hosted on UC servers.