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Renovation to Lower Sproul Plaza continues into fall

With the relocation of the UC Berkeley Career Center to Bancroft Way, this summer began the extensive $223 million renovation of the Lower Sproul Plaza that will continue in through the fall, designed to make the area more lively for students by improving the area’s functionality, safety and overall appearance.
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The destruction of Eshleman Hall will take place in the second half of the 2012-13 school year.

Eshleman Hall to be demolished months later than projected

Contrary to previous expectations, Eshleman Hall, a building that houses dozens of student groups, will now be demolished in spring 2013 — several months later than originally projected. Prompted by the B.E.A.R.S. Initiative in 2010, the demolition of the building is part of the larger multimillion dollar Lower Sproul Plaza
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English Studies Institute faces uncertainty over lease agreement

Members of an English language instruction program at UC Berkeley are uncertain about their future place on campus as plans for a major construction project push forward. The English Studies Institute currently leases space on the fourth floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building. That lease expires
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Twenty years later, mystery and legacy remain

Twenty years ago this month, a UC Berkeley student was killed in Eshleman Hall. And the crime, which created a legacy of security concern and controversy in the building, still remains unsolved. On Feb. 7, 1992, UC Berkeley junior Grace Asuncion was working with her friends in student offices of
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Lacking oversight

CAMPUS ISSUES: The failure of officials to form an oversight committee for millions of dollars of student fees is troublesome.

When students approved of a fee in spring 2010 to be spent to renovate Lower Sproul Plaza, they did so with the understanding that a committee would oversee the funding. But this committee was not formed for more than a year since the fee was implemented, during which the campus
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Lower Sproul Fee Committee made over a year after referendum

A committee charged with the oversight of the millions of dollars of student fees pouring into Lower Sproul Plaza’s renovation project is just now coming together, more than a year after it should have been formed. Despite being prescribed by student referendum, the campus failed to put the committee together.
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Two phases of Lower Sproul renovation consolidated into one

Students and administrators have struggled to fit all the pieces of Lower Sproul Plaza’s flashy, multimillion-dollar renovation within its $223 million price tag over the past year. But as the project nears one of its final major hurdles in front of the UC Board of Regents next month, the campus
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Lower Sproul project to move to one phase

Pending approval by the UC Board of Regents, Lower Sproul Plaza’s renovation will be consolidated into one part instead of two, reducing the cost of the project by millions of dollars. The $223 million project was previously split into two parts: the first including the demolition of Eshleman Hall, and
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