Faces of Berkeley: Kenya Wheeler, cancer survivor

Berkeley graduate student wins against cancer, loses insurance

On the top of his buzzed head, Kenya Wheeler has a thin, almost unnoticeable line where his hair does not grow — a surgical scar that reminds him that he, as a brain cancer survivor, will always have to live with the fear of relapse. For the last seven months,
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UC Berkeley research group rethinks solar cell design

If different materials, textures and shapes are used in solar cells, the technology could produce more efficient electricity, a campus research group has found. Research conducted by Eli Yablonovitch, a campus professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and graduate student Owen Miller showed that reimagining the construction of solar
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4 Occupy Cal protesters’ criminal charges dropped

Following the direction of UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, the criminal charges against four protesters involved in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstrations were dropped Wednesday in court. The decision to drop the charges against UC Berkeley students Ashley Pinkerton, Justin Tombolesi, Ramon Quintero and Ricardo Gomez comes after charges
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Daily Cal fee passes following controversy

Elections chair says referendum passes in popular vote after ASUC Judicial Council overturns executive order

A fee referendum asking students to support The Daily Californian passed in the ASUC general election, according to ASUC Elections Council chair Pamudh Kariyawasam. Following the ASUC Judicial Council ruling Tuesday night to overturn ASUC President Vishalli Loomba’s executive order invalidating the initiative, the elections council chair said Tuesday that
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Birgeneau calls increasing campus autonomy appropriate evolution of UC

In an interview Tuesday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau responded to criticism of the controversial report he and other campus officials released Monday urging for increased local governance at UC campuses. The proposal — which recommends that campuses be given control over approval of capital projects, academic programs and salaries
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Albany encampment could be forced out by lack of resources

ALBANY, Calif. — Though UCPD had not yet interfered with the encampment on UC-owned farmland in Albany as of Tuesday evening, the protesters may be forced away from their occupation by dwindling resources. While some of the occupiers — who broke into the property, farmed it and established a camp
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Berkeley City Council to explore funding options for city’s pools

Next Tuesday’s Berkeley City Council meeting may mark the beginning of a revitalization of the city’s warm therapeutic pools, nearly five months after the city’s last warm pool was closed down. The council will consider a recommendation at its May 1 meeting that deals with the city’s efforts to build
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UC Student Association director runs for San Francisco Board of Education

University of California Student Association Executive Director Matt Haney is running for a spot on the San Francisco Board of Education. Haney filed paperwork indicating his intention to run April 11, joining five other candidates who will square off in November for four seats on the board. As executive director of the UCSA,
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