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December 10, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
University of California President Mark G. Yudof went to Sacramento this week in another valiant effort to convince legislators that they're playing with fire when they shortchange the state's higher-education system. In the course of his presentation, he gingerly mentioned the P-word. The state university, he told them, is a statewide boon, adding: "We do not want to partially privatize it through raising fees." "Privatization" is a crowd-pleasing nostrum for public officials seeking to shed the budgetary cost of programs and services that they nevertheless know to be a public responsibility.
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March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
The University of California system on Friday issued new sexual assault guidelines that require campus and system administrators to report more types of violence and harassment, provide more support to victims and expand sanctions against perpetrators. The changes meet a federal deadline to comply with an amendment to the Clery Act, which requires administrators to accurately report statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assaults. Many schools across the nation, including UC Berkeley, have been criticized for their response to alleged sexual assaults.
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September 29, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Even as they struggle with budget cuts, higher tuition and declining enrollment, Moorpark College officials are reveling in one bit of good news that they hope will attract more students. Last school year, 269 graduates of Moorpark had enrolled at one of the 10 University of California campuses, making it the leading community college of its size in UC transfers, officials said.
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January 25, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
The University of California's release of data on nearly 1,500 older concrete buildings across Los Angeles marks a key step in the city's efforts to improve earthquake safety. Now the hard part begins. UC researchers spent several years compiling the list of buildings, a first-of-its-kind effort to help identify a type of building that earthquake experts have long said poses the greatest risk of death. Of all the older concrete buildings in Los Angeles, the researchers estimated that only about 75 would collapse during a huge quake.
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May 10, 2002 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Registered nurses at the University of California's six hospitals have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the prestigious medical system if contract negotiations don't produce a breakthrough soon, officials at the California Nurses Assn. said Thursday. About 95% of voting nurses supported a strike in balloting Tuesday and Wednesday, the union said. It refused to say, though, how many of the system's nearly 8,000 nurses voted.
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September 24, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Rallies, walkouts and teach-ins are scheduled today across the University of California system, with professors, students and staff expected to protest state cutbacks in higher education funding and UC's handling of the crisis. The extent of the protests was hard to predict; many faculty and students said they were reluctant to skip classes today, the first day of fall classes for the seven undergraduate UC campuses on the quarter calendar. But large turnouts were expected at lunchtime rallies at many of the system's 10 campuses, fueled by anger over pay cuts, rising student fees and reduced class offerings.
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September 27, 1990 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a victory for archeologists and historians, Gov. George Deukmejian has vetoed a bill that would have returned thousands of excavated human remains and grave artifacts to American Indians. The governor's veto Tuesday was sought by the University of California, which argued that its experts were better equipped to link remains and descendants than the Native American Heritage Commission, the state agency that would have controlled the process.
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July 25, 2003 | Kathleen Flynn, Times Staff Writer
University of California students sued the UC system Thursday, alleging it had breached a contract by raising fees without fair warning. The students are protesting three recent increases: 10% in December 2002; about 25% in May for the summer session, and 25% to 30% this month for fall classes.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Manuel Jimenez walks through the steamy greenhouse, pushing past leaves of papaya, guava and litchi. "Do you smell that?" he asks, referring to the trees' fragrant blossoms. "That's a new smell to the Central Valley." Jimenez is nowhere near the tropics, yet the hot-weather plants he's cultivating at the University of California's Kearney Agricultural Center may soon mean that crops currently being imported can be bought fresh from California farmers.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Pity the poor raisin. It starts life as a middle-class grape and never attains the social status of its cousins: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and others destined to become fine wine. But it may soon get a boost. University of California researchers taste-tested the sun-dried delights and asked consumers whether they preferred those dried traditionally on paper trays to those dried on the vine.
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January 6, 2014 | By Jason Song
Starting this year, UC Riverside and all other University of California campuses will be tobacco-free, part of a nationwide trend. The campuses are following the lead of UCLA, which barred cigarettes and other tobacco products from campus last year. Former UC system President Mark G. Yudolf called for all campuses to be free of tobacco by 2014. In a survey of nearly 1,700 Riverside students and staff, 84% of respondents said they did not smoke or use tobacco products. Nearly 86% of people who responded said they were exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis.
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July 25, 2013 | By Peter Schrag
Janet Napolitano will be the first female president of the University of California, the first non-academic, the first politician and, most important, an indicator of the evolution of the job itself: University presidents, particularly presidents of public universities, are less recognized nowadays as intellectual leaders than as fundraisers, lobbyists and political operatives. A few other politicians have become university presidents. David Boren, former senator and governor of Oklahoma, has been president of the University of Oklahoma since 1994, and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey (also a war hero)
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July 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Congratulations to Sadia Saifuddin, who will be the first Muslim to serve as student representative to the University of California Board of Regents. Her resume for the post is a strong one: Since arriving at Berkeley, she has worked to increase the amount of financial aid available to students, to secure funding for the UC Berkeley Food Pantry and, as head of the student Senate's finance committee, to allocate money to student groups. But there's one glitch. She is also a critic of Israel.
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July 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The outgoing secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, may be a brilliant choice to serve as the new president of the University of California. But how can we tell? And how, for that matter, can the Board of Regents tell? Half of the regents haven't even had a chance to talk to her about how she would approach the job - a job that involves 10 campuses, 170,000 faculty and staff members and more than 220,000 students. That's why they should delay their Thursday vote on her appointment - which comes less than a week after the selection was announced - and instead engage in a more public and transparent hiring process that will assure Californians that this unorthodox decision is the right one. It has become more common in recent years for colleges to pick leaders with nonacademic backgrounds.
SCIENCE
March 19, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Move over, banana slug. Make way for Felimare californiensis , a sea slug sporting the California gold and Yale blue of the University of California. The Chromodoris nudibranch first named for the University of California in 1901 had vanished for decades from its native habitat in Southern California, until one was spotted off Catalina Island in 2003. Now, steady sightings have led marine biologists to believe it is making a comeback, for reasons yet to be determined.
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January 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced Friday that he is resigning in August for health reasons, ending a five-year stint in which he guided the 10-campus system through one of its worst financial crises and controversies over rising tuition. His announcement comes at a time of change throughout California's higher education system. Gov. Jerry Brown is aggressively pressing the university to cut costs and to reform its traditional methods of teaching and research.
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December 7, 1998 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Tuesday, Leonard Nevarez and thousands of other UC graduate students walked off the job. The strike, part of a 15-year effort by teaching assistants and associates to win recognition as a union, forced the cancellation of hundreds of classes. Question: What does a teaching associate do? Answer: A better title for my job is "graduate student employee." That is, I am working for the University of California system while I complete my graduate studies.
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January 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon
University of California officials on Friday proposed reducing freshman enrollment for next fall by 2,300 students, or about 6%, to cope with what they said is insufficient state funding. Enrollment would not be cut at UCLA and UC Berkeley, the most popular campuses, and expansion would continue at UC Merced, the newest school, according to the plan that is to be reviewed by the UC regents next week.
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January 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Freshman applications to University of California schools for the 2013 school year reached a record high of more than 174,700, with Latinos making up the largest portion of applicants for the first time. All nine undergraduate campuses saw an increase in freshman applicants from the previous year, with a systemwide increase of 10.7%, according to figures released by the UC system Friday. Latino students accounted for 32%. The number of out-of-state and international freshman applicants surged, 15% and 34% respectively, while the number of California students who applied for admission as freshmen grew by a more modest 6.2%.
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December 15, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The new University of California logo is a no-go. Responding to a wave of revulsion in the last week over the symbol's modern design, officials announced Friday that they would suspend further use of the logo and remove it where possible. "While I believe the design element in question would win wide acceptance over time, it also is important that we listen to and respect what has been a significant negative response by students, alumni and other members of our community," Daniel M. Dooley, UC's senior vice president for external relations, said in a statement.
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