State to consider bond funding for Campbell Hall reconstruction

A public works board meeting Thursday will determine the fate of the majority of the funding for the demolition and reconstruction of UC Berkeley’s Campbell Hall. The State Public Works Board will vote on whether to authorize the sale of $65.2 million in state bonds for the building, which will
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Occupy Berkeley plans to shut down Chase Bank Saturday

Occupy Berkeley announced this week that it will attempt to shut down the downtown branch of Chase Bank on Saturday by staging a peaceful demonstration in front of the building. Starting at 10 a.m., the group plans to block the bank’s door and ATMs as well as bar patrons from entering the
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UCPD officers respond to arson at Haas Pavilion

A paper towel dispenser was set on fire in a bathroom at Haas Pavilion Sunday night, causing little damage. At about 11:35 p.m., UCPD officers responded to a fire alarm activation at Haas Pavilion, and upon arrival at the scene, they discovered that the fire sprinkler system in the men’s
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UC reaches tentative agreement with employee union

The University of California announced Tuesday that it has reached a tentative five-year deal with the Coalition of University Employees — an independent, member-run labor union representing clerical employees — on wages, benefits and working conditions. The tentative agreement would affect more than 12,500 clerical employees — most commonly administrative
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UC to request $2.8 billion in state funding for 2012-13

In an era of dwindling state support for the University of California, UC President Mark Yudof announced a proposal to request $2.8 billion from the state to fund the university for the 2012-13 fiscal year at a news media briefing at the UC Office of the President in Downtown Oakland
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State legislators pledge support for protest at UC Berkeley

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, lauded student efforts to fight budget cuts and expressed a clear willingness to support the student movement at a forum Monday night. Speaking to an audience of about 35 students, Skinner and Hancock recalled how past protests impacted them. They
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UC Berkeley Day of Action planned for Wednesday

As Nov. 9 — dubbed a “Day of Action for Public Education” — approaches, UC Berkeley students, faculty and campus leaders are expected to come out to protest against budget cuts and tuition hikes in California public universities. According to organizers, the all-day Wednesday protest is scheduled to kick off
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UC Berkeley student loan debt less than nation’s average

Average student loan debt increased by 5 percent nationally in 2009-10 — making it more than $9,000 higher than the average debt of a graduating UC Berkeley student. The average student loan debt of graduating college seniors rose to $25,250, according to the Project on Student Debt report conducted by
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