Nearly $1 million in study abroad scholarships given to UC students

The U.S. Department of State awarded nearly $1 million to University of California students participating in study abroad programs this academic year. The money was awarded to winners of the Congressionally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is designed for federal Pell Grant recipients who will be participating in a study abroad
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UC reaches new pension, health care agreement with union

The University of California announced Monday that it finalized an agreement with a union representing research and technical employees in which both the university and the union will increase contributions to the university’s underfunded pension plan. Under the agreement, members of the University Professional and Technical Employees union will contribute 3.5 percent
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SHIP-enrolled students no longer able to receive Walgreens pharmacy benefits

Students enrolled in the systemwide UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) can no longer receive in-network benefits at Walgreens pharmacies. The Tang Center announced Jan. 1 that SHIP-enrolled students can no longer receive in-network pricing on medical prescriptions filled at Walgreens. However, Kim LaPean, communications manager at the Tang Center,
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Study: state suffered dramatic drop in funding for higher education

State funding for California higher education dramatically decreased by $1.5 billion between fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12 as part of a nationwide decline in education funding, according to a report released Monday. Among what the annual Grapevine study deemed the “megastates,” California suffered the largest decrease in state funding over
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Former UC regent Ward Connerly accused of mishandling funds

Former University of California regent Ward Connerly, best known for his efforts to end affirmative action in California and across the nation, has been accused of mishandling funds by a former employee. In addition to facing allegations of excessive compensation by former employee Jennifer Gratz, the nonprofit American Civil Rights
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Two arrested, plastic pellets fired during Thursday Riverside protests

Police officers arrested two protesters and struck several others with plastic pellets during a demonstration Thursday surrounding the UC Board of Regents meeting at UC Riverside. The two individuals arrested — identified as Kenneth Ehrlich, 39, and Humberto Rivera, 25 — were booked on suspicion of felony assault on a
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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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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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