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September 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A squad of police today stormed a bar near the University of California campus and gunned down a heavily armed man who had killed one student and held others hostage for seven hours of terror and sexual perversion. Lt. Jim Polk, commander of the police SWAT team, said the gunman, described by witnesses as an Iranian in his 30s, had been undergoing violent mood swings and there was fear he would harm his hostages, so the decision was made shortly after 7 a.m.
April 22, 2014
Re "California students feel UC squeeze," April 19 When I was a student at UC Santa Barbara, I appreciated the diversity both in terms of ethnicity and geography on campus. Still, I was disturbed to read that non-Californians are being sought for enrollment as a way to boost the University of California system's bottom line. Enrolling students for this reason may actually detract from campus diversity on a socioeconomic level. If the university system is seeking students who can afford to pay $23,000 extra a year, it is inherently seeking out students of more affluent backgrounds.
September 12, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens -- who died in an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya -- has established a fund honoring him at UC Berkeley, the university announced Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of his death. The gift will establish an endowment for the school's Center for Middle Eastern Studies “to support research and travel to the Middle East and North Africa for students who demonstrate a high level of distinction and are pursuing a degree in or related to Middle Eastern studies,” the university said in a statement.
April 21, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
For the first time,  the number of Latinos from California offered freshman admission to the University of California was larger than that for whites. Reflecting demographic trends, 28.8% of those admitted to at least one UC campus were Latino, compared with 26.8% white. At 36.2%, Asian Americans again made up the largest ethnic group among admitted students from California. Blacks from California were just 4.2%, a number that officials said was disturbingly low. "It remains a difficult issue for the university," said Stephen Handel, UC's associate vice president for undergraduate admissions.
October 2, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Campus officials at UC Berkeley have brought in temporary generators to restore power to key buildings following an outage and explosion earlier this week. The explosion -- which prompted an evacuation -- rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, about two hours after a power system failure, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. At least four people sustained minor injuries.  Perhaps most crucial to keeping classes on schedule is the generator officials rented to restore power to Dwinelle Hall, "where hundreds of students are scheduled to take midterm exams this week," according to the UC Berkeley public affairs office.
September 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An explosion tore through a building on the UC Berkeley campus Monday evening, injuring some people and forcing a campuswide evacuation, officials said. The explosion took place at California Hall about 6:30 p.m. and resulted in "a few" victims with minor injuries, a university spokesman said. He said one person was taken to a hospital. The entire campus was evacuated. The explosion followed a power outage that was reported about 4:30 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
January 13, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Claude Steele, a social psychology expert who is the dean of Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, will become the provost of UC Berkeley, it was announced Monday. UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Monday announced his appointment of Steele, with whom he worked at Columbia University in the past. Steele's nomination and salary as provost and executive vice chancellor -- the No. 2 job at the UC campus -- will be reviewed by the UC regents at their meeting next week.
October 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A group of 11 buildings at UC Berkeley remained without power Tuesday after an outage and explosion on campus the night before prompted an evacuation. The explosion rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, about two hours after a power system failure, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. Four people suffered minor burns. Mogulof said the blast and fire north of California Hall was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical system. That theft was discovered last week and reportedly repaired Sunday.
October 1, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Robin Abcarian
Most classes were slated to resume at UC Berkeley on Tuesday after a power outage and explosion prompted officials to evacuate the campus Monday night. Four people suffered minor burns after an explosion rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m.,  about two hours after a power system failure, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. The blast and fire north of California Hall, which forced students to scramble for safety and sent a dark cloud of smoke into the air, was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical station, he said.
August 19, 2013 | By Sara Lessley
Freshman year at UC Berkeley shook South L.A.'s Kashawn Campbell to the core. Times readers were rattled too -- by staff writer Kurt Streeter's nuanced front-page portrait of Campbell, “Struggling at the crossroads.” A key theme among the responses was a sense of sadness from many readers, who saw a bright and hardworking young man who had been “let down.” Some saw his story as a failure of affirmative action; others faulted the preparation...
April 19, 2014 | Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera
California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday. Six of UC's nine undergraduate campuses accepted a smaller number of California students than last year even though the number of applicants rose. Competition was fiercest at UCLA, where only 16.3% of state students were admitted, down from 17.4% last year, and at UC Berkeley, where 18.8% were accepted, compared with 21.4% last year.
April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
April 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
California high school seniors had a slightly easier time this year in winning a freshman seat somewhere in the University of California system, according to a report released Friday. But it became noticeably more difficult at the most coveted campuses, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, the report stated. The share of California applicants who were offered a space on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses was 61.2%, up from 60.6% last year, the UC statistics showed.
April 5, 2014 | By David Colker
When professional storyteller Leslie Perry was in his prime, his performances were electrifying displays of verbal pyrotechnics, with Perry shouting out passages like a hellfire preacher while sometimes dancing back and forth on the stage, his fists pumping in rhythm with the recitation. In more recent years, with his body sapped by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Perry sat in a chair while telling his stories. And though his movements had to be far more subtle, the vocal colors he brought to his stories made them no less riveting.
April 2, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Twenty picketers were arrested Wednesday for blocking traffic at UC Santa Cruz as unionized teaching assistants and tutors began a strike at two UC campuses. The walkout at Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley is expected to extend for a second day Thursday and include the system's other seven undergraduate campuses as well, union leaders said. The United Auto Workers Local 2865 - which represents about 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors and readers - called the strike to protest what it said were unfair labor practices and intimidation by UC administrators.
March 19, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
BERKELEY - Sen. Rand Paul, a leading critic of the government's domestic spying program, came to the birthplace of the free-speech movement Wednesday to deliver a searing indictment of the intelligence community and call for a sweeping congressional investigation of its activities. Addressing a mostly student audience just off the UC Berkeley campus, the Kentucky Republican suggested the nation's surveillance agencies - "drunk with power" - were running roughshod over the Constitution by prying into the most intimate details of people's lives.
September 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Robin Abcarian and Robert J. Lopez
The powerful explosion that rocked UC Berkeley sent students scrambling for safety and left people screaming for help as they were trapped in elevators stuck between floors, witnesses told The Times. The blast and fire, which left four people with minor burns, was north of California Hall and probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical station, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. He initially said that the incident was at California Hall but revised that report during an update at a news conference Monday night.
August 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed Jewish students' contentions that anti-Israel protests at UC Berkeley created an illegally hostile and anti-Semitic atmosphere on that campus. The department's civil rights office has determined that the campus protests against Israel's treatment of Palestinians, which reportedly included mock military checkpoints, may be upsetting to Jews but “do not constitute actionable harassment,” according to a letter from the department released by UC Tuesday.
March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
March 12, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
BERKELEY - The Vienna Philharmonic is an orchestra that has always been gripped by as well as in the grip of history - the history of Western music, of which it has played a significant part, and the history of Vienna, of which it has also played a significant part. Now "Confronting the Past," has become an official project of the orchestra. In mannerly Viennese fashion, what the orchestra really means is confronting its past. That is what it did in a special residency as part of the UC Berkeley Cal Performances' series that included three concerts in Zellerbach Hall along with a two-day symposium examining the orchestra's history from the outbreak of World War I to the present.
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