Forum to continue discussion on state of public universities

Campus deans and student leaders will meet Tuesday for the second installment of the Future of Public Universities forum, which will feature five speakers who will discuss the roles of taxation, citizenship and protest in the current higher education financial crisis. The forum — which will take place from noon
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Calmail crashes last multiple days

UC Berkeley’s campuswide email system crashed Friday afternoon and was inaccessible for over 50 hours, leaving tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff e-stranded as problems persisted into the week. The system, CalMail, went down Friday at 9:53 a.m. when a piece of system hardware failed, causing the entire
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Police Review Board meeting will not discuss Occupy Cal

Despite the controversy surrounding the use of police force at the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest, the chair of the Police Review Board said not to expect any discussion of the demonstration during the board’s public meeting Thursday. The aim of the annual meeting — set to take place in
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By 9:30 PM, around 100 protesters gathered on the steps of Sproul Hall to listen to music and prepare for the Mass Sleep-Out.

How will winter break affect Occupy Cal?

As Occupy Cal finishes its third week and the end of the fall semester approaches, public participation is waning. The general assembly still meets regularly to discuss upcoming action days and proposals, but participation has been low in the last week, according to Berkeley resident Nick Porter, who was one
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State senator meets with Birgeneau, addresses students

State Senator Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, spoke separately to UC Berkeley students and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau Tuesday in an attempt to garner support for efforts to address the financial issues facing the state and the University of California. Though de Leon had originally called for Birgeneau to meet him
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A protester is brought to the ground by a police officer in front of Sproul Hall.

Occupy Cal demonstrators file lawsuit against campus administrators, police

Students and community members have filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley officials and campus and local law enforcement in response to police actions against demonstrators earlier this month. The lawsuit was filed by BAMN, a national pro-affirmative action group, on behalf of 24 demonstrators who say they witnessed and experienced violence
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Firefighters place large fans at one of the entrances of Dwinelle Hall after a fire broke out in a bathroom trash can.

Fire breaks out in trash can in Dwinelle Hall bathroom

A fire broke out in a men’s bathroom in Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley Monday evening, forcing about 100 students to evacuate the building. According to UCPD officer William Kasiske, UCPD and the Berkeley Fire Department arrived just minutes after the fire broke out in a bathroom trashcan on Level
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UC Berkeley professor Judith Butler addresses a crowd gathered at International House for the Academic Senate meeting.

Academic Senate passes resolutions criticizing response to Occupy Cal

After walking through a silent protest of about 50 students holding signs expressing “no confidence” in senior administrators Monday, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau gave his account of the administration’s response to the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protests in front of about 300 faculty members. “I apologize again, and as chancellor take
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