Muslim group holds blood drive to dispel uninformed perceptions

UC Berkeley senior Osaama Saifi jokes, “Being named Osaama, I have a connection to 9/11.” But although Saifi takes the link lightly, he said he has been perceived differently as a Muslim in America since 9/11. Saifi is a youth leader for the San Francisco chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
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Native American figure remembered at campus conference

A man known as the “last, wild Indian” who died in 1916 was remembered Wednesday for his contributions as the cultural ambassador and representative of the Native American population in California. The late Native American figure and educator Ishi was honored by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, faculty members and
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Former UC Berkeley golfer dies of unknown causes

Diane Kwon, a former UC Berkeley women’s golf team member known for her bright personality on and off the course, died Tuesday at her Fremont home of unknown causes. She was 21 years old. Kwon competed with the Bears for two seasons from 2008 to 2009 — during which she
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UC Berkeley student dies while volunteering in Haiti

UC Berkeley undergraduate Christopher Zahuta, known for his heart and humor, died in Haiti on July 17 after falling from a roof while sleeping three days prior. He was 20. Zahuta had been building schools with the nonprofit organization All Hands International in Leogane, Haiti, for over a month before
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Campus study finds origin of spread of tree pathogen

Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that the spread of a cypress tree-killing pathogen to six continents very likely originated in trees exported from California to Europe in the 1920s. The study, published Thursday in the journal Phytopathology, determined that the cypress canker disease — Seiridium cardinale — has infected
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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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