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May 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
University of California undergraduates are pleased with the education and social life on their campuses but are worried about how to pay for it all, according to a new survey. The 2012 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey found that about 82% of those who answered the survey were somewhat satisfied, satisfied or very satisfied with their overall academic experience. About 79% reported similar satisfaction with their social life. The survey was answered by 36% of undergraduates, or about 63,500 students.
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.
October 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Students at UC Santa Cruz are fighting flier with flier after a string of racist paper postings cropped up on the campus this week. The first fliers contained anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and white supremacist messages and were discovered early in the week. In response, Oakes College at the UC campus launched its own flier campaign, declaring the university a "hate-free" zone in five languages.
March 20, 2014 | By Jason Song and Larry Gordon
Students at UC Irvine say they are excited about having President Obama speak at their commencement this year after the news was announced Thursday. “I feel it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alex Liao, an international studies major who is scheduled to graduate. The president will deliver the address at Irvine's 50th anniversary ceremony in June. Liao had been worried there would be only one large ceremony that would deprive students of the chance to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, but having Obama and smaller ceremonies was the “optimal solution,” he said.
A violent melee between 50 police and more than 400 youths outside a controversial UC Berkeley housing facility early Saturday led to 17 arrests and left at least eight people hospitalized, authorities said. The demonstrators sealed off a major street for three hours, lighting bonfires and throwing bricks and bottles at firefighters trying to put out the blazes.
June 11, 2009 | Larry Gordon
University of California students are generally satisfied with their education and professors but spend more time on such non-academic activities as socializing, cruising the Internet and exercising than they do on classes and schoolwork, a new survey by the university has found. About 89% of UC undergraduates report they are somewhat satisfied, satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of faculty instruction at the public university, and 84% expressed at least some satisfaction with their access to faculty outside class, according to results of the online student survey released Wednesday.
November 24, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Bloomekatz is a Times staff writer.
The undocumented student from Peru recounted a gloomy tale: She had to quit UCLA this fall because her family fell on hard times. She needed to earn enough money to re-enroll in her political science courses. On Sunday, 18-year-old Sofia Campos stood in front of hundreds of university students from across the state and asked how she was supposed to finish her studies if tuition keeps rising. "Tell me," she said, "how I'm supposed to do that. Please!"
December 10, 1997
Judi Kessler bemoans the poor writing skills of students at UC Santa Barbara (letter, Dec. 1). Her remedy: eliminate social promotions. It is unlikely that any UC students have been socially promoted. The problem is grade inflation in the high schools. The remedy: higher standards for college-recommending grades. Social promotion is an entirely different matter, requiring strenuous efforts to raise failing students to legitimate D and C grades. By definition, the academic achievement of some students will be below average.
February 25, 2001
Re "Looking Beyond the SAT," editorial, Feb. 21: My spouse taught in the University of California system for 10 years. This year he is teaching at a university in another state. He is shocked at the high level of the "out of state" students compared to his UC students. Even though this college is in a depressed area and the student body is less middle class, they are far better educated than their middle-class UC counterparts. And to his joy, they are incredibly enthusiastic about learning.
November 22, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Since he entered UCLA in 2006, Carlos Juarez has interrupted his studies at the Westwood campus four times in response to increasing fees. At Cal State Fullerton, the rising cost of her education has caused Michelle Santizo to reduce her status to part time, and the health science major will leave the school next semester to complete her coursework at a less-costly community college. The two students have come of age at a time of unprecedented change at California's public universities, when students and their families are being asked to pay a greater share of education costs because of declining state funding.
February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Bay Area officials say scores of commuters and other residents may have recently been exposed to measles after a UC Berkeley student who has the virus attended classes and took public transit. The student, who was not identified, took a Bay Area Rapid Transit train from his home in Contra Costa County to the college campus to attend class, officials said. "Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease," said Berkeley's health officer, Dr. Janet Berreman. "It spreads through the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
November 23, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A UC Irvine student brought a loaded gun onto campus this week and was clutching it close to his chest when another student spotted the weapon, a campus representative said. Within 12 minutes of the reported sighting, police Monday had taken Manas Moole Reddy of Irvine into custody not far from the Ayala Science Library, according to UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney charged Reddy, 28, with one felony count each of possession of a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
October 30, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC President Janet Napolitano, tackling one of the hot button issues facing her new leadership, announced Wednesday that she will authorize $5 million in university funds to help students who entered the country illegally and do not qualify for federal financial aid. In her first major address since taking office, she also said she will boost support for graduate and postdoctoral researchers by $10 million. Napolitano has encountered some protests in her first month on the job because of what critics contend was the increase in deportations that she oversaw as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
October 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
You have 10 minutes to sell someone on Catholicism, no more than that to distill the teachings of the Koran or the foundations of Mormonism. It's speed-dating for religion, and in a burst of faith-driven curiosity, dozens of students at UC Irvine raced from room to room Wednesday to listen to religious students (and two atheists) break down the core tenets of their belief system while on the clock. "Is it required to wear wraps on your head?" "What exactly do you do on a mission?"
October 19, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Police have arrested a UC Irvine student on suspicion of assaulting two people, battering two others, exposing himself and brandishing a fake gun in a campus residence hall. Andrei Tatuiko, 18, has denied the allegations, pleading not guilty before an Orange County Superior Court judge on Oct. 11. The defendant posted a $50,000 bond and was released from jail early Saturday. UCI police declined to release details about the incidents, saying they are part of an ongoing investigation, but charges filed by the Orange County district attorney show that the alleged crimes took place over the span of a week in early October.
March 17, 1995
Kenneth Rogers' Commentary piece "Don't Lower the Bar--Elevate the Students" (March 10) ignores the facts about the success of University of California diversity programs and continues to perpetuate a myth that UC turns away qualified students. This only serves to increase tension at a time when informed dialogue should be paramount. Thanks in part to university programs to help students develop academically, UC graduation rates for African American, Chicano and Latino students have increased, as have the rates for all UC students.
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.
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