Alma mater, other matters

A few weeks ago, American author Joyce Carol Oates mused on Twitter how fascinating it was that alumni always lament the falling standards at their alma mater after they have graduated but never while they were in attendance. If this is the case, then homecoming is a charged time. It
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UC Berkeley receives $20 million for design innovation center

The UC Berkeley College of Engineering announced on Thursday a $20 million gift from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation to launch a new institute that will focus on incorporating design into engineering education. Former president Bill Clinton helped announce the launch of the design innovation institute at the annual
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Students, alumni attend Clinton Global Initiative Conference

This past weekend a group of eighteen UC Berkeley students attended the Clinton Global Initiative University in St. Louis, an annual gathering of some of the leading figures in government, the private sector, NGOs as well as innovative students from universities around the country who aim to combat some of the world’s most pressing problems.
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Taxing email? We can’t make this stuff up!

Just in case you haven’t managed to fully comprehend the meaning of the word “sequester” over the last few months – and years, really – of partisan bickering, it has massive financial implications for the entire country, and more importantly, Berkeley. While Mitt Romney’s favorite “Sesame Street” hasn’t been put
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Old soldiers and the quintessential American sex scandal

The Critic Who Counts

We’ve seen sex scandals before, but this one hurt. From the disappearance of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford in 2009 to the collapse of Eliot Spitzer’s political future in 2008 and the obliteration of John Edwards’ genteel Southern morality that same year, Americans have seen it all. From those who
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Lecture Lust: A list of famous courses at Cal

A sample of classes that students of all majors can appreciate.

Public Policy C103 “Wealth and Poverty” taught by Professor Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, is always packed with students and auditors. Reich guides the class through the factors that contribute to the gap between the rich and poor and the policies aimed at shrinking it. Many
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Faces of Berkeley: Paul Parish, campus bartender and Rhodes Scholar

Faculty club staff member became close friends with Bill Clinton at Oxford

When Paul Parish was a Rhodes Scholar in the late 1960s, he became close friends with former United States President Bill Clinton. Now, he enjoys a versatile lifestyle as a bartender at the UC Berkeley faculty club, dance instructor and dance critic in Berkeley. Parish’s life journey has led him
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