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December 26, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As 1998 winds down, the University of California is ramping up a new program to encourage collaboration between academic researchers and the state's burgeoning multimedia industry. The Digital Media Innovation Program, affectionately known as DiMI, will facilitate research on topics ranging from fingerprint identification to agricultural systems that track pesticides, fertilizer and water with satellite images.
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NEWS
October 15, 1998 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
College enrollment in California is rising faster than predicted and the state's next governor will have to help colleges find room for an extra 538,000 students in coming years, according to two reports released Wednesday. The reports came, in part, as a rebuttal to a state legislative analyst's report this year dismissing the notion that a "tidal wave" of students will swamp the state's colleges and universities by 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998 | KENNETH R. WEISS
On many campuses, biology is often the most popular major, drawing brainy teenagers who figure that they're destined to become doctors. But many of those premed majors veer off into other fields, as students are seduced from the hard sciences by, say, the pleasures of reading great books or exploring the arts or social sciences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1998 | LIZ SEYMOUR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Future engineers, anthropologists and other graduate students at UC Irvine are locked in a labor stalemate with the very university where they are receiving their education. Though their studies may be esoteric, the graduate students' dispute centers on the most mundane roots of labor strife: pay, workload and benefits. Perhaps that is why in forming a union, they have aligned themselves with the mighty United Auto Workers. The students held their first organizing meeting a year ago.
NEWS
May 20, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Democrats in the Legislature on Tuesday called for spending the state's $4.4-billion surplus to repeal student fees at California universities and colleges rather than give motorists a tax break. The proposal to eliminate tuition--a 1960s legacy of former Gov. Ronald Reagan--"amounts to a tax cut for middle-class families," said state Sen. John Vasconcellos, a liberal Democrat from Santa Clara.
NEWS
May 10, 1998 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With this year's budget surplus expected to be about $4 billion, Gov. Pete Wilson's administration Saturday called for the first of what will be several spending proposals--$170 million for new computers, books and long-needed maintenance at public universities. That money is in addition to the nearly $6 billion that Wilson offered to spend on the University of California and California State University systems in January when he issued his proposed budget of $73.8 billion.
NEWS
April 18, 1998 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Latino leaders Friday brought to the nation's capital their concerns about decreased minority university admissions in California, warning that the poverty and dropout problems among Latino youths will only worsen unless the trend is reversed. Officials of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other organizations who sponsored a Capitol Hill press briefing said they were determined to overcome anti-affirmative action policies in California.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A consortium of California universities will unveil details today of a super-high-speed, $15-million computer network that will carry data more than 100 times faster than today's Internet. The California Research and Education Network, or CalREN-2, will primarily serve academic institutions throughout the state that have been squeezed off the Internet as it has gained popularity among commercial users. The Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Cal State Fullerton student Thomas Smith joined Phi Kappa Tau four years ago, the fraternity seemed like something out of the movie "Animal House." Pledges underwent humiliating hazing rituals, such as running around in the nude. Alcohol was never in short supply. Some fraternity brothers missed so many classes that their grade point averages were 0.0. But over the last year, Phi Kappa Tau has undergone a transformation.
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