UC Berkeley alumna and former detained hiker Sarah Shourd advocated the release of her companions during her speech.

Former detained hiker speaks on campus

UC Berkeley alumna Sarah Shourd recounted the details of her 410-day imprisonment in Iran’s Evin Prison to a crowded lecture hall, advocating for the release of two alumni who remain detained in the country after nearly two years. The lecture, facilitated by the campus’s Berkeley Lecture Series, consisted of a
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Former detained hiker to speak on campus

Sarah Shourd, a UC Berkeley alumna who was detained in an Iranian prison for over a year after being accused of spying with two other alumni, will be speaking on campus Sunday. Hosted by the Berkeley Lecture Series, Shourd will appear with the families of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer,
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Additional cost-saving proposals will be reviewed

One of seven teams within the campus cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative may soon be another step closer to seeing its proposals enacted. After proposals from the student service initiative team received guidance from the initiative’s program committee, the coordinating committee — composed of one staff member and one faculty member
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Harold Heady

Professor emeritus of forestry dies at 95

Harold Heady, a professor emeritus of forestry in the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, known for his sense of humor and unconventional teaching style, died April 28 in La Grande, Ore. He was 95. Born on March 29, 1916, in Buhl, Idaho, Heady was orphaned at the age of
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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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