Small earthquake centered in UC Berkeley campus Friday

Berkeley was hit by a small earthquake Friday afternoon, with an epicenter near Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The 1.2 magnitude earthquake hit at 4:49 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The coordinates provided by the agency put
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Schedule-building program to launch in fall

Beginning next fall, UC Berkeley students will be able to schedule their courses using a new campus technology program currently in its beta version that is based off of the popular Ninja Courses website. The ScheduleBuilder beta website — which was unveiled late last semester — allows users to create
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Protesters occupy campus library

Update, Friday 12:25 p.m.  — About a dozen demonstrators remained in the UC Berkeley anthropology library Friday morning after holding an overnight study-in as part of a day of protests Thursday to coincide with the UC Board of Regents meeting and oppose cuts to library hours. The study-in — which
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Man detained for allegedly hanging banner from Sather Tower

A man aligned with the Occupy Berkeley movement was detained for allegedly helping hang a banner from Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday afternoon. The banner was raised shortly after the noon bells rang in the tower. It read, “Time UC us,” with the word “OCCUPY” running down
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Occupy Cal to hold demonstration in Anthropology Library

Occupy Cal protesters plan to hold a “study-in” encampment in the UC Berkeley anthropology library Thursday to protest recent cuts to library hours and unfilled staff positions. The protesters plan to use the George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library in Kroeber Hall as a study-in space for two hours in
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Volunteers repair wells, communities in northern Ghana

Instead of being surrounded by family and friends on Christmas Day, UC Berkeley junior Donovan McNiff spent the holiday refurbishing a well in a west African village. The mood was nevertheless festive as the people of the village, Winkogo-la Bisi in northern Ghana, celebrated while McNiff and other volunteers worked
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Study finds some forms of gossip may be beneficial

Though traditionally seen as a way to spread nasty rumors and scandalous information, gossip may gain a better reputation after the release of a new study by a team of UC Berkeley researchers that suggests some forms of gossip can actually be positive. The study — which was published online
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Protesters hang banners from Campanile, Eshleman Hall

Banners with Occupy themes were hung from the Campanile and Eshleman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday afternoon. At around 12:15 p.m., a banner reading “Time UC Us Occupy,” was draped down the West face of the Campanile. About five minutes later, three smaller banners were lowered from the seventh
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UC Berkeley signs contract with new shuttle bus service

After more than ten years of contracting shuttle buses from AC Transit, UC Berkeley has parted ways with the transit entity in favor of new buses provided by a private company. During negotiations, the campus considered contracting out the bus drivers’ positions, but eventually agreed to keep the existing drivers
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Mountain lion sighted near UC Berkeley campus

A mountain lion was sighted south of the UC Berkeley campus Tuesday at a campus-owned apartment complex. The unverified sighting occurred at about 10:14 p.m Tuesday at the Smyth-Fernwald apartment complex — near the Clark Kerr campus — when the mountain lion was spotted on top of a dumpster, according
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