UC Berkeley professor withdraws nomination

UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he is bowing out of the nomination process to an appeals court position, as he felt there was not much chance the Senate would confirm his nomination, according to major media outlets. Liu, who
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Aaron Benavidez speaks to his fellow graduates at UC Berkeley’s 2011 Commencement.

University Medalist takes an educational path less traveled

For UC Berkeley University Medalist Aaron Benavidez, who graduated this month with a 3.98 GPA and 11 A-pluses, part of being successful at UC Berkeley came as a result of years behind a cello. Benavidez, a 31-year-old sociology and rhetoric double major who grew up in Stockton, began an unusual
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Ricky Gill, right, who served on the California State Board of Education, plans to run for a congressional seat in the 11th District.

Law student plans congressional run

Ricky Gill started volunteer work at St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services for the Homeless in Stockton, Calif., served as co-chairman of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission and was appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Board of Education — all before he even started college. But
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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s career has been characterized by social activism as well as academic research.

Activist past gives campus chancellor unique worldview

It was the summer of 1965 — well before UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was a professor, a world-renowned physicist or an administrator at top-notch universities in both the United States and in Canada. In fact, Birgeneau was just a graduate student studying physics at Yale University, wanting to do
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UC Berkeley professor a Green Star Award recipient

UC Berkeley professor of architecture Mary Comerio was one of a select few to receive the Green Star Award, a distinction aimed at honoring those who have made significant impacts in the efforts surrounding environmental emergencies across the globe. At the second-ever awards ceremony last Wednesday, Comerio was one of
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Filibuster blocks professor’s nomination to Court of Appeals

United States Senate Republicans and one conservative Democrat used a filibuster to block the consideration of Goodwin Liu, an associate dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday. In a 52-43 tally, Democrats were eight votes shy in ending the filibuster
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Small chemical spill in Latimer Hall leaves no one injured

A small chemical spill occurred in Latimer Hall on Wednesday night, though no one sustained any injuries. At about 8:53 p.m., UCPD received a call that there had been a small amount of chemicals spilled in 505 Latimer Hall, according to department spokesperson Lt. Alex Yao. He said UCPD, the
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Austin Whitney, who has been paraplegic for four years, walked across the stage to receive his diploma.

Campus graduate takes new first steps

UC Berkeley’s graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whitney because he was able to experience it in an ordinary way. Not only did he earn his degree, but he received it while standing upright, looking Chancellor Robert Birgeneau directly in the eyes. Whitney, who has been paraplegic
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The Board of Regents unanimously voted to partially rescind approval for the Memorial Stadium construction project.

Regents rescind part of approval

The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for the renovation and retrofit of California Memorial Stadium continued at the May UC Board of Regents meeting this week, with a board committee and the board itself unanimously voting to partially rescind their previously  accepted stadium project approval. On
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