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September 6, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Construction of UC Merced will begin in February, with groundbreaking set for May 3, University of California officials said. The complicated permit process for the 10th University of California campus should be completed by then, said James Grant, UC Merced's director of communications.
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March 7, 2014 | By Karthick Ramakrishnan
Is the debate on affirmative action versus race-blind policies mainly about principle, or mostly about preserving narrow group interests? We are beginning to find out in California. A bill passed by the state Senate and pending in the Assembly would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would overturn portions of Proposition 209 to exempt public college and university admissions from the ban on racial, ethnic and gender preferences. There are principled reasons to support as well as to oppose affirmative action in higher education.
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NEWS
February 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The University of California Board of Regents today named Chang-Lin Tien chancellor of UC Berkeley. He is the first Asian-American to head a UC campus. Tien, 53, a mechanical engineer born in China, is now second in command at UC Irvine and has been a vice chancellor and professor at the Berkeley campus. The appointment was made by the regents at a meeting in San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The fall quarter at most UC campuses will start a week later than usual and winter break will be a week shorter in the 2014-15 school year as the schools seek to avoid beginning their terms during Jewish High Holidays. Most UC campuses will start fall classes Oct. 2 and the fall quarter will end Dec. 19, giving students two weeks of vacation before the winter quarter begins Jan. 5. Officials said the schedule change was in line with a policy that was issued in 2007 in response to complaints from Jewish families that “move in” days at UC dorms had been held on the Jewish High Holidays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
County supervisors voted this week to ease building regulations around the new UC Merced campus. Supervisors decided not to require developers to substitute other farmland for acreage lost to development and not to require phased development around the campus. The decision follows weeks of plan revisions and hearings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Beginning this fall, all freshmen and undergraduate transfer students at UC Berkeley will be required to complete an online alcohol-awareness course. The course is part of an effort to reduce student drinking after an upsurge in alcohol-related incidents last year. In May, the campus banned the use of alcohol at fraternity and sorority events.
NEWS
March 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The regents of the University of California chose sites in Merced, Madera and Fresno counties as the three finalists for what may become the system's 10th campus. A winner among those San Joaquin Valley locations will not be selected until at least next year and the campus probably will not be built until the year 2000, although UC President David P. Gardner warned that the school could be delayed or not built at all if the state's financial picture does not improve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
UC Riverside, long considered a consolation prize by students not admitted to more coveted campuses, registered the biggest increase in applications this year among the University of California's nine undergraduate campuses, officials announced Friday. The Inland Empire's surging growth in applicants in the last two years prompted officials there to announce that it would no longer accept referral pool students ? those eligible to attend UC but who fail to win admission to their preferred campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, who became the first female founding chancellor of a UC campus when she was named to head UC Merced in 1999 before the university broke ground, has died. She was 66. Tomlinson-Keasey, a distinguished developmental psychologist, died Saturday at her home in Decatur, Ga., from complications related to breast cancer, a university spokeswoman said. UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang, who succeeded Tomlinson-Keasey in 2007, said in a statement that "UC Merced would not exist were it not for her visionary leadership, her tireless determination and her remarkable gift of persuasion."
NEWS
January 27, 2002
Re "UC Tuition Cut OKd for Some Immigrants," Jan. 18: For every illegal immigrant accepted to a UC campus, a legal resident will be denied admission. Subsidizing illegal immigration will serve only to ensure that there will be more of it. Anyone who is in this country illegally should be deported, not rewarded. Randle C. Sink Brea
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - In an unusual effort to bolster financial aid for undergraduates, UC on Wednesday launched an online crowdfunding campaign that has movie stars, politicians, students and faculty members pledging to lead hikes, sing rap songs and work in soup kitchens to win donations. The “Promise for Education” campaign will last six weeks and is designed in part to attract donations from students, young alumni and others who might not respond to more traditional fundraising appeals but may be intrigued by a social media appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses -- Irvine and Santa Cruz -- of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harrassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the federal department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also are completed with findings that the schools are not at fault, officials said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses - Irvine and Santa Cruz - of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also finished with findings that the schools were not at fault, officials said Wednesday.
OPINION
August 11, 2013
Re "A new chief for a UC campus," Aug. 9 University of California President Mark G. Yudof stated that "it's a philosophical disagreement" in defending the 9% higher salary ($354,000) for the new UC Riverside chancellor. No, it's basic math. The increase may be paid for by private contributions to the university, but now those contributions won't be used to keep tuitions low, increase class offerings or pay professors and staff. The UC Board of Regents may feel justified in paying more than twice the compensation to every state governor in the nation to persuade him to live in a campus residence in Southern California instead of spending winters in Michigan.
OPINION
June 18, 2013 | By Tony Platt
In 1974, Berkeley's distinguished anthropologist Robert Heizer issued a public mea culpa for the practices of his profession in treating "California Indians as though they were objects. " In particular, he apologized for the "continued digging up of the graves of their ancestors. " In 1999, the department of anthropology at Berkeley issued an apology to the cultural descendants of Ishi, a Yahi native, for sending his brain to the Smithsonian after his death in 1916. "We regret our department's role in what happened to Ishi, a man who had already lost all that was dear to him. " This was a good beginning to a journey of accountability and reconciliation.
NEWS
April 21, 1996
Thank you for giving us "The Promise Keeper" (March 31) in which Gregg Zoroya profiles Congresswoman Andrea Seastrand running against those terrible (liberal) people who support government. Unfortunately, Zoroya did not mention that Seastrand's district is full of government facilities--such as Vandenberg AFB, prisons, a UC campus and a Cal State campus. U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray of San Diego is another one of these so-called conservatives. HAROLD WEBER Oceanside
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999
University of California president Richard Atkinson's hope that more community colleges will produce students who complete work at a UC campus makes eminent sense (Commentary, Sept. 20). The issue, however, is not simply a numerical one. Better cooperation between the two systems could result also in stronger community colleges. The University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges exist in separate worlds. Increasing articulation agreements and partnerships between community colleges and UC campuses would soften the irritant of a class system where only the best and the brightest high school students can aspire to a world-class education in a world-class university system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing the ashtrays were empty and askew. The graduate student in electrical engineering had no idea the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. "I know others don't like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke, so I thought I'd be OK," Yan said, flicking the butt into an ashtray. UCLA is the first school in the UC system to implement the ban, following a call by President Mark G. Yudof for all 10 UC campuses to go smoke-free by 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
A high-ranking Columbia University administrator and an expert on the history and culture of India will be the next chancellor of UC Berkeley, officials announced Thursday. Nicholas B. Dirks will succeed Robert J. Birgeneau in one of the most prominent positions in American higher education. Dirks is Columbia's executive vice president and dean of the faculty for Arts and Sciences at that New York campus, overseeing 29 academic departments. He will start as UC's Berkeley leader June 1. The 36,000-student UC campus often ranks as the best public university in the nation by various measures, and its student body is among the most politically active.
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