Two phases of Lower Sproul renovation consolidated into one

Students and administrators have struggled to fit all the pieces of Lower Sproul Plaza’s flashy, multimillion-dollar renovation within its $223 million price tag over the past year. But as the project nears one of its final major hurdles in front of the UC Board of Regents next month, the campus
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Eshleman Library to become commercial space

Eshleman Library — previously the campus’s only 24-hour study space that allowed food and drinks — will officially be turned into commercial space until Eshleman Hall’s planned demolition next fall. The ASUC Senate unanimously approved a bill — authored by Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein — at its meeting Wednesday
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State prison realignment less of a burden on local counties

California’s dramatic prison realignment plan enacted this month appears to be less of a burden for the counties around Berkeley than in other parts of the state. An attempt to reduce prison overpopulation and rates of repeat offense, Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan — which went into effect Oct.1 under
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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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