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Robert Birgeneau to step down as chancellor of UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced Tuesday that he will step down at the end of the calendar year. Birgeneau, who became the campus’s ninth chancellor in September 2004, said in a campuswide email Tuesday morning that he will continue as a regular faculty member of the departments of Physics
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WarnMe emergency alerts will become opt-out

A UC Berkeley notification service created four years ago that electronically alerts the campus community to emergencies will automatically  link to CalMail beginning Friday. The WarnMe emergency alert service was an opt-in system when it was introduced in 2008, but now everyone with access to CalMail will be enrolled unless
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Proposal requests that regents endorse UC-friendly ballot measures

A University of California Academic Senate proposal introduced in early February requests that the UC Board of Regents endorse specific ballot measures or legislation that would increase revenue to the state and prioritize state allocation of funds to the university. The proposal, which was distributed to all senate faculty members,
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Campus to implement shared services for administrative tasks

Following two years of planning, a campus project to consolidate administrative tasks was approved Thursday to begin preliminary implementation in April with an initial budget of up to $20.72 million. The project, which is part of the campus’s controversial Operational Excellence initiative, will group together campus administrative tasks such as
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Administrator allegedly helped sexual partner get raises

Former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor Diane Leite was demoted due to her involvement in a sexual relationship with an employee she allegedly helped receive pay increases, according to documents obtained by the Bay Area News Group. Leite received a Feb. 17 letter from Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming
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City to consider creating task force to combat sex trafficking

Berkeley City Council will consider creating a task force next week that would combat sexual exploitation of minors in the city, an effort that mirrors a push to increase the severity of human trafficking penalties across the state. The council will vote on whether or not to create the nine-person
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Future UC students may be asked to declare sexual orientation

Future University of California students may be asked to disclose their sexual orientation upon accepting an admissions offer to a UC campus. Recent legislation and efforts to obtain this information were introduced with the goal of improving campus data and resources available for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual
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The fire at 2227 Dwight Way ripped through all three floors, causing the roof to collapse.

Dwight Way apartment building to be demolished after fire

Following a fire that broke out early Thursday morning, a Berkeley apartment building at 2227 Dwight Way is set to be demolished. The six-unit apartment building, located south of the UC Berkeley campus, was home to about 10 residents before the fire ravaged through its three floors and caused the
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