Despite possible cuts, regents remain optimistic about Brown’s budget

Though the possibility of future tuition increases and a $200 million cut in state funding loomed over Thursday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside, the board’s tone was cautiously optimistic during budget talks. The stated goal of the meeting was to consider alternative, nontuition sources of revenue, but
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Lobbyists from UC spoke to lawmakers about Internet bill

Months before controversial Internet legislation ignited a national media frenzy, University of California lobbyists approached legislators about the bill, a UC report states. According to the UC Lobbying Disclosure Report — which outlines lobbying activity from July 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2011 — three UC lobbyists spoke with legislators
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Man detained for allegedly hanging banner from Sather Tower

A man aligned with the Occupy Berkeley movement was detained for allegedly helping hang a banner from Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday afternoon. The banner was raised shortly after the noon bells rang in the tower. It read, “Time UC us,” with the word “OCCUPY” running down
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Riverside faculty member dismissed

The UC Board of Regents voted to dismiss a UC Riverside faculty member in a closed session meeting Wednesday, according to a statement provided Thursday by UC spokesperson Dianne Klein. Though the meeting agenda item referencing the decision leaves the professor unnamed, the Los Angeles Times names the faculty member
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Suspect wanted for alleged fraudulent credit card use

Berkeley police are looking for a suspect they said fraudulently used credit cards stolen from a Berkeley resident’s wallet in December. According to Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the female suspect, who was captured on surveillance video, used the cards at various retail locations in a nearby city before
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Regents meeting halted again by protests

Protests sparked by Thursday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside stalled proceedings for almost an hour and also later resulted in the detainment of at least three protesters. The initial protest marked the second consecutive time that demonstrations have held up a board meeting. During the public comment
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Occupy Cal to hold demonstration in Anthropology Library

Occupy Cal protesters plan to hold a “study-in” encampment in the UC Berkeley anthropology library Thursday to protest recent cuts to library hours and unfilled staff positions. The protesters plan to use the George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library in Kroeber Hall as a study-in space for two hours in
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Volunteers repair wells, communities in northern Ghana

Instead of being surrounded by family and friends on Christmas Day, UC Berkeley junior Donovan McNiff spent the holiday refurbishing a well in a west African village. The mood was nevertheless festive as the people of the village, Winkogo-la Bisi in northern Ghana, celebrated while McNiff and other volunteers worked
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