UC Berkeley would depend on city to respond to ‘Big One’

If an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude or greater occurred on the Hayward fault line, which runs through UC Berkeley and Berkeley, power would be lost, water and sewage pipes would break, freeways would be disrupted and there would likely be landslides. The campus would enter a state of emergency and
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Students prepare for final round of bioengineering competition

Students from UC Berkeley will have the opportunity to pit their animation software-created simulations of molecular processes against those of other teams in the world championship of the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition to be held from Nov. 5 to 7. The UC Berkeley team’s project focuses on engineering artificial biosensors
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Protest days at UC Berkeley rebranded ‘Occupy Cal’

The November protests planned in response to potential increases in tuition have been renamed Occupy Cal in reference to the wave of Occupy movements that have swiftly swept the nation. The goal of the protests, scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10, is to raise awareness of the possibility of tuition
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Obama announces plan to reduce debt burden on student loan borrowers

In a speech given at the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colo., Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a plan that would cap federal student loan payments starting in 2012 — two years earlier than initially expected. The plan would cap student loan payments at 10 percent of a borrower’s discretionary income
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UC student regents warn of possible tuition hikes

UC Student Regent Alfredo Mireles Jr. and UC Student Regent-designate Jonathan Stein spoke of impending tuition hikes facing students if they do not voice their opinions at Wednesday night’s ASUC Senate meeting. The UC Board of Regents will be making long-term financial decisions during the next five months and is
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Law schools check digital trail of applicants more than other schools

Law school admissions officers are more likely than business schools and other colleges to search an applicant’s digital trail, according to a national survey by Kaplan Test Prep released Monday. The survey, which included responses from 128 American Bar Association-accredited law schools, found that 41 percent of law school admissions
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Interdistrict transfers raise contention

Around 500 students transfer from different cities to attend schools in the Berkeley Unified School District each year — an issue that has raised much contention among some community members who believe local tax money should only go toward Berkeley residents. Interdistrict transfers, in which students assigned to other school
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Study: elementary school science education neglected

Researchers found that only 10 percent of California’s public elementary schools receive high-quality science-based education, according to a study released Tuesday. The study found that the state’s public elementary schools neglect the sciences in their attempts to improve scores on statewide testing, which focuses on mathematics and English. Conducted by
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Police Review Board commissioner dies at 71

Vonnie Gurgin — Berkeley Police Review Board commissioner, UC Berkeley alumna, criminology expert and dog-lover — was pronounced dead Oct. 17 after she was found in her Berkeley Hills home. She was born in 1940. Fellow Commissioner George Perezvelez describes Gurgin’s presence on the commission as simultaneously professional and personal.
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