Soreness, swelling signifies mumps for a sickly student

It was just a normal, busy end of the week for UC Berkeley junior Janki Patel: she dutifully participated in a discussion section for class the morning of Sept. 29, attended a press conference on the new redistricting proposal the following morning and organized UC Berkeley’s annual Raas Garba later
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Pat Brown’s Grille to revamp its image with renovations

UC Berkeley eatery Pat Brown’s Grille closed its doors Monday for the next few months to completely remodel its interior, in hopes of revamping the reputation of Cal Dining. The eatery will finish its makeover and reopen its doors in late January 2012, if construction goes as scheduled. The renovations
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District awaits results as 2020 Vision plan enters early stages

Although nearly all of the Berkeley Unified School District’s plans to close the district’s racial achievement gap by 2020 are under way, measuring the progress so far remains difficult, since the programs are still in their early stages. The plan, called 2020 Vision, is composed of 87 action steps that
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Occupy Berkeley movement lacks numbers, leadership

In a space crammed with tables of food and plastic utensils, blankets and a haphazard arrangement of colorful cardboard signs, members of Occupy Berkeley are camping out — and have been for almost a week. In front of the Bank of America building in Downtown Berkeley, protesters are joining the
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Power outage Tuesday delays BART commuters

Authorities closed the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit station Tuesday after a power outage hit the Downtown area, preventing commuters from stopping at or leaving the station for almost two hours. About 1,150 customers were affected when an underground cable failed just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of
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UC Berkeley group advertises cupcakes — for $22,000

The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization jumped on the bake sale bandwagon Wednesday afternoon when its members came out on Sproul Plaza to satirically raise awareness about rising cost of public education. Representatives from the group promised free cupcakes if students signed up for $22,000 student loan applications provided by
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Coalition discusses overturning Proposition 209

A pro-affirmative action coalition hosted a forum Tuesday night to address the legal issues of a lawsuit it has filed against Proposition 209 — a California law that bans public institutions from considering race, sex and ethnicity in, among other things, the college admissions process. Shanta Driver, lead attorney for
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City Council members consider impact of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council discussed implementing new fees on development projects in the city that would go toward beautification and transportation projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care and affordable housing — collected at $1
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Number of confirmed campus mumps cases rises to 15

Over 750 people attended UC Berkeley University Health Services’ second mumps vaccination clinic Tuesday in light of the mumps outbreak that emerged on campus in the last two weeks. Unlike the first vaccination clinic held Thursday, which prompted more than 900 students, faculty and staff to wait in line for over
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