New UCTV channel to premiere on YouTube

UCTV Prime, the University of California Television’s new YouTube original series, is set to premiere this March in what will be the website’s first production partnership with a university. The series will launch March 1, and will become the first university channel to receive a grant from YouTube, according to UCTV
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Relocation of NERDS program still uncertain

Almost four decades ago, the UC Berkeley Professional Development Program took over a room in Stephens Hall, armed with a mission of encouraging disadvantaged students to pursue academic degrees. Nowadays, the program’s roughly 250 members come and go through the mural-adorned halls, glad to have found a home away from
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Claremont and North library branches set to reopen this spring

After months of remodeling, the North and Claremont branches of the Berkeley Public Library are set to reopen this spring. Library officials announced Saturday that the North branch will open April 7, followed by the Claremont branch on May 5. The renovations come as part of a $26 million improvement
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ASUC Senate puts bus pass referendum on election ballot

UC Berkeley students will vote this April during the 2012 ASUC general election on whether to extend the campus’ Class Pass, which gives students unlimited rides on AC Transit and Bear Transit buses. The ASUC Senate voted Wednesday night in favor of a bill that places a referendum on the ballot
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Police Review Board holds second public hearing Wednesday

The UC Berkeley Police Review Board held a public hearing Wednesday evening to hear from students, faculty and community members about their experiences with police during the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protests. The forum was the second such event this week and is part of an attempt by the board to
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City Council approves mutual aid agreements

Police use of force at last year’s Occupy protests led Berkeley officials to question the city’s mutual aid agreements with outside departments. However, at its meeting Tuesday night, Berkeley City Council approved three of five previously unapproved agreements, including one with UCPD. The city’s mutual aid pact is a set
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New Occupy Cal encampment sees little UCPD presence

In a shift from the massive police presence at the first Occupy Cal encampment in November, UCPD has not confronted the camp established last Thursday, aside from announcing general dispersal orders nightly. The Occupy Cal camp, which moved from the steps of Sproul Hall to those of Doe Memorial Library
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City cannabis industry could be affected by federal intervention

Medical cannabis is viewed as both a burgeoning industry and a cause of judicial contention for many people in California and across the country. In Berkeley, federal intervention is beginning to affect the city’s small — but growing — medical cannabis industry. In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice
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UC Berkeley engineering school appoints new dean to promote equity

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering is striving to increase gender and ethnic diversity among its students following allegations of discrimination last semester, although efforts are progressing gradually. The college garnered much attention last October when a California Watch article pointed out instances of sexism in the campus’s male-dominated engineering student
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Sophomore Kyle Crews sings way to Hollywood on American Idol

On paper, Kyle Crews seems fairly straightforward: a tall, blonde and blue-eyed self-proclaimed “gentle giant” in the Kappa Alpha fraternity at UC Berkeley. But Crews on paper does not necessarily match up with the real-life sophomore. Certainly, not many would expect him to be a fan of R&B and a
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