UC Berkeley commits to funding student access to Microsoft, Adobe software after Student Tech Fund fee fails

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After a meeting between Chancellor Carol Christ, campus officials and student leaders, Christ announced a commitment to securing emergency funding for Adobe and Microsoft software. The software was previously funded by the Student Tech Fund fee, which did not pass in the 2021 ASUC elections.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ has committed to securing emergency funding for student access to Microsoft and Adobe software for the upcoming academic year.
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Cost-cutting programs could save millions more than initially estimated

If all pending and approved projects of a controversial UC Berkeley cost-cutting initiative meet their projected savings, the campus could save millions more than originally estimated. The Operational Excellence initiative — which began in 2009 as an effort to combat budget cuts by decreasing administrative costs — has saved the
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Microsoft software to be available free to students

Beginning Jan. 9, UC Berkeley students will be able to download Microsoft Office and operating system software for free, student and campus officials announced in a campuswide email Tuesday. The free software to students comes as the result of a license agreement arranged through the campus cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative’s
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The price of a free lunch

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. You’re a high school senior sitting in economics class with just about anything but markets on your mind. Indeed, your malignant case of senioritis has infected your brain to the extent that it contains little more than cravings to graduate, schemes to get
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A dubious investment

A UC Berkeley initiative’s $500,000 plan to provide free Adobe software is questionable as to why it was devised.

Photoshop amateurs and creative designers alike may light up to hear that a UC Berkeley project is doling out $500,000 for students to have free Adobe software, but the news also generates questions, skepticism and confusion — why Adobe, why the expense and how will this serve as a sustainable
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