Summer news in review

summernewsreview

May 16: Berkeley SHIP

UC Berkeley announced the details of its new campus-run health insurance plan, which expands coverage but increases premiums, after the emergence of concerns about a projected $46.5 million deficit faced by the university’s previous health care provider, UC SHIP.

May 21: UC medical strikes

Thousands of health care workers employed by the University of California participated in a two-day strike regarding pension reforms at UC medical centers and student health centers across the state.

May 22: Students file complaint alleging that UC Berkeley violated federal regulations regarding sexual assault

Nine UC Berkeley students filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging that the university violated federal regulations on the handling of sexual assault.

The complaint said the university discouraged sexual assault survivors from reporting incidents to local authorities, failed to notify the campus community of immediate threats to their health and safety, and persistently underreported sexual battery, sexual assault and rape.

UC Berkeley students filed complaints under the Clery Act in coordination with students from Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California.

On Aug. 21, a committee of the California State Legislature approved plans to audit the university’s compliance with Title IX — a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs that receive federal funding.

May 26: Judicial Council rules divestment bill violated ASUC bylaws

The ASUC Judicial Council unanimously ruled parts of SB 160 unconstitutional, removing clauses that require the ASUC to divest from companies affiliated with the Israeli military.

June/cont’d August: BART Strike

Unions representing BART workers announced they would strike July 1, after unsuccessful negotiations with BART administrators over a labor contract four days in June and again in August. Parties disagreed over pay increases and policy changes to improve worker safety, among other issues.

June 12: Man killed after leaving RSF

Aya Nakano, 22, was shot and killed on his way home to Emeryville, after playing basketball at the Recreational Sports Facility, in a confrontation with another driver after being rear-ended in north Oakland.

June 12: Residence halls found to be below seismic safety standards

An April inspection of the seismic safety of Units 1, 2 and 3 found four high-rise buildings in each residence hall complex were below UC safety standards. The buildings are rated between a IV and a V on the university’s scale for seismic safety, implying a risk to life between “small” and “serious,” according to UC policy.

June 16: Middle Class Scholarship Act

California lawmakers voted to establish a middle-class scholarship program that will cut tuition for middle-income students at UC and CSU schools by up to 40 percent.

June 16: Shooting near CREAM

Multiple gunshots were fired at a vehicle near the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way near popular ice cream sandwhich shop CREAM.

June 24: U.S. Supreme Court sends Fisher vs. UT Austin back to circuit court

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case regarding the constitutionality of considering race in university admissions, sent back to lower courts.

June 27: Brown signs state budget increasing UC funding

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state budget that aims to improve higher education in California by increasing funding of the state’s public universities by 5 percent, or about $125 million more than in the previous year.

July 2: Cream vs. Dream

Berkeley City Council approved the construction of an ice cream shop named Dream on Telegraph Avenue across from ice cream shop CREAM at its meeting, despite opposition from CREAM.

July 2: City Council moves forward with ASUC redistricting map

Berkeley City Council moved toward approving a new district map by passing a motion supporting the ASUC-sponsored redistricting plan, which would create a student-majority district south of the UC Berkeley campus.

July 5: Eshleman comes down

Eshleman Hall, a campus building that housed a variety of UC Berkeley student groups — including the ASUC and The Daily Californian — officially came down after a month of slow demolition.

July 17: Man shot and killed on Derby Street

Jermaine Davis, 26, was shot and killed on the 1800 block of Derby Street.

July 27: Protesters camp out to fight sale of local post office

Between 20 to 30 protesters began camping outside of the historic Berkeley main post office on Allston Way to fight its sale by the U.S. Postal Service.

Aug 1: 24-year-old man killed on San Pablo Avenue

Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot and killed on 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue near Delaware Street, marking the second homicide at the intersection this year.

Aug. 2: Open Access Policy

The UC Academic Senate announced that it will require UC faculty to make their research freely available to the public.

Aug. 19: Christopher Edley, Berkeley Law dean, announces resignation

Christopher Edley, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law since 2004, announces his resignation, citing health concerns.