A worker places absorbant plume onto oil in Strawberry Creek.

More than half of oil spilled at UC Berkeley removed

About 880 of the 1,650 gallons of oil spilled in Stanley Hall at UC Berkeley have been removed as of Thursday, according to campus spokesperson Kathleen Maclay. After a tank overflowed in the basement of Stanley Hall, diesel fuel collected in the basement of the hall, some of which ended
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Community members gather around warm water pool at Berkeley High School Wednesday evening to hold a mock funeral.

‘Funeral’ marks closure of Berkeley high’s warm water pool

To recognize the closure of Berkeley High School’s warm water pool, roughly 40 people gathered for a “funeral” Wednesday evening to express their discontent at losing the facility, which is set to have its last day of operation Thursday. The pool  —  which city residents have fought to keep open for
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State legislators question university officials about November protests

Over the course of a more than four hour joint legislative hearing in Sacramento Wednesday, state legislators sought answers from UC and CSU officials regarding police use of force against nonviolent protesters in recent weeks. Legislators repeatedly questioned officials — including UC President Mark Yudof and UC Davis Chancellor Linda
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The fire-damaged building at the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue during demolition.

After Nov. 18 fire, Telegraph Avenue area now a disaster zone

Those affected by the Nov. 18 fire that destroyed a building on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue are eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans after the area was deemed a disaster zone Wednesday. The area was declared a disaster zone by the U.S. Small Business Administration, meaning
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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, along with other members of the UC Berkeley administration, held a press conference to announce a new financial aid plan targetted at middle class families.

UC Berkeley announces new financial aid plan for middle-income families

UC Berkeley officials announced a new financial aid plan Wednesday for middle-income families that caps parent contribution toward undergraduate student education at no more than 15 percent of family income. Starting next academic year, students whose families’ gross income ranges from $80,000 to $140,000 annually and have assets of less than $200,000 —
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UC reaches wages, benefits agreement with employee union

After more than three years of negotiations, the University of California reached a five-year agreement Monday on wages and benefits for more than 12,500 university clerical staff, a deal which will be effective through November 2016. Under the new contract between the university and the Coalition of University Employees —
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Microsoft software to be available free to students

Beginning Jan. 9, UC Berkeley students will be able to download Microsoft Office and operating system software for free, student and campus officials announced in a campuswide email Tuesday. The free software to students comes as the result of a license agreement arranged through the campus cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative’s
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UC Berkeley to unveil new financial aid program for middle class

Top UC Berkeley administrators will unveil a new financial aid program Wednesday aimed at making the campus more affordable for middle-class families. Campus officials say the program is the first of its kind in the nation at a public university, according to a statement released by the campus Tuesday. The
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UC budget slashed by $100 million

Gov. Jerry Brown slashed the University of California’s budget by $100 million Tuesday, bringing the total budget reductions for the system to $750 million for the current fiscal year. Since state revenues fell more than $2.2 billion short of projections, Brown was forced to initiate “trigger cuts” to education and
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