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The City of Berkeley has finally hounded The Crucible into shutting down their classes, reports Kenneth Baker. The city’s demands for code compliance were certainly a major factor in the closure, but rumor has it that the final straw was a rave party, organized by a promoter who rented the space for a “fraternity party with about 150 people.” Over a thousand party-goers crowded in, trashing the space and wrecking equipment. The school’s classes in ceramics, glass, and welding, will be especially missed (maintaining fire facilities is considered too expensive by many institutions.) A fund-raising drive to support reopening The Crucible in another location is in motion.

- Meredith Tromble [Wednesday, September 11th, 2002]

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