New senate convenes, sets goals

ASUC senators opened the year’s inaugural meeting Wednesday night with brief discussions about impending campus issues — including the Lower Sproul Plaza renovation and further tuition increases — and executive goals for the academic year. The roughly six-hour senate meeting — which according to Executive Vice President Chris Alabastro was
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Activist group urges Gov. Brown to pass DREAM Act

A small group of demonstrators bearing signs and chanting slogans gathered in front of California Hall today, demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown sign AB 131, otherwise known as the second part of California DREAM Act. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande briefly addressed the
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Free Adobe software pilot program to cost campus $500,000

This fall, UC Berkeley will begin a year-long program for students that will allow them to download Adobe software packages for free as part of an agreement with the company that will cost the campus about $500,000. Beginning Sept. 6, students will be able to download the Adobe Creative Suite
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UC Berkeley lawyer sworn in to California Supreme Court

UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu was sworn in to the Supreme Court of California today at a ceremony on the State Capitol, after having been confirmed at a hearing yesterday. Liu received unanimous confirmation from a three-member panel at a hearing in San Francisco yesterday in front of the
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UC Berkeley law professor confirmed to California Supreme Court

The Commission on Judicial Appointments voted unanimously to confirm UC Berkeley professor of law Goodwin Liu’s appointment to the Supreme Court of California. Colleagues from the UC Berkeley School of Law, as well as members of the business and legal community, spoke about his dedication to the legal profession, his
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Team doubles efficiency of converting seaweed into biofuel

A team of scientists from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign reached a scientific breakthrough in their research — they doubled the efficiency of converting seaweed into biofuel. The researchers, who published the study in the August issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, focused on converting marine biomass,
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Admissions director to leave post for UC Davis

UC Berkeley admissions director Walter Robinson will depart from his position effective Sept. 5 for a new role in undergraduate admissions at UC Davis, the Berkeley campus announced Friday. Robinson — who serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions — has worked on the campus for six
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Campaign for undocumented students could help cover fees

UC Berkeley has started fundraising for a scholarship pool earmarked for the campus’ undocumented students. The philanthropy campaign was started by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first part of the California DREAM Act — AB 130 — in July, which allows undocumented students
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Lawyer files appeal on behalf of imprisoned hikers

The lawyer for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer — UC Berkeley alums who were sentenced on Aug. 20 by Iranian court to eight years in prison — filed an appeal against the decision on Sunday, according to major media outlets. The hikers had been given 20 days to file an appeal
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Brief calls for stronger federal policy on safety net providers

In order to continue the implementation of efficient, integrated health care across the nation, federal policy regarding safety net providers must be strengthened, according to a brief recently released by UC Berkeley School of Law researchers. Fellows at the school’s Warren Institute’s Health, Economic and Family Security Program released the
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