Campaign for undocumented students could help cover fees

UC Berkeley has started fundraising for a scholarship pool earmarked for the campus’ undocumented students. The philanthropy campaign was started by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first part of the California DREAM Act — AB 130 — in July, which allows undocumented students
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Lawyer files appeal on behalf of imprisoned hikers

The lawyer for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer — UC Berkeley alums who were sentenced on Aug. 20 by Iranian court to eight years in prison — filed an appeal against the decision on Sunday, according to major media outlets. The hikers had been given 20 days to file an appeal
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ntro app

Students experiment with new social networking app

Students strolling through Sproul Plaza Thursday — many enticed by the free hot dogs — stopped to explore a new social networking app, which allows students to meet people in the university community with similar interests. Ntro — created and promoted by the company nProgress, Inc. — connects people based
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UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau released audio recording Tuesday apologizing for police actions during Occupy Cal.

Birgeneau talks cuts at year-opening press conference

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande met with reporters from The Daily Californian and other media outlets to discuss the major issues the campus will be facing this school year. Among the issues discussed were
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Cloud of budget cuts hangs over Caltopia

On a cloudy Monday morning, students flocked to Caltopia — Cal Recreational Sports’ annual festival — where 30,000 guests enjoyed giveaways and games at the Recreational Sports Facility. But despite the lighthearted atmosphere of the event — which featured activities hosted by over 100 local and national sponsors and exhibitors
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Professor of German named first female director of Bancroft Library

A current UC Berkeley professor will become the new director of the Bancroft Library starting in September, the campus announced Monday.Elaine Tennant  — a professor specializing in the medieval and early modern periods in the German and Scandinavian departments — will be the first woman to fill the position of James
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UC hikers detained in Iran sentenced to eight years in prison

After more than two years of detention in Iranian prison, two UC Berkeley alumni were sentenced to eight years in prison Saturday, though supporters from throughout the world have stepped forward to declare their innocence and remain hopeful that they will be released. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were convicted
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Gift to help campus develop online programs

Five UC Berkeley professional schools and the UC Berkeley Extension will develop cutting-edge tools for online education thanks to a $1 million gift from a campus foundation, officials announced Tuesday. Over the next 18 months, the five schools and extension will use the money from the Chamberlin Family Donor Designated
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UC Berkeley alumnus discovers $2 trillion calculations error

A UC Berkeley alumnus found a $2 trillion calculation error used by a major credit rating agency to decide on a historical downgrade of the United States’ credit rating. John Bellows, acting assistant secretary of economic policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury who received his Ph.D. in economics
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UC researchers funded to study nuclear energy

Three University of California campuses have received $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund nuclear energy research over the next several years, beginning what some researchers have said will be a transformation in the way nuclear energy is generated in this country. As part of the department’s
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