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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.
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.
The campus residence for the UCLA chancellor bespeaks the power, culture and resources of a great American university. The elegant Florentine-style house, nearly 11,000 square feet, is surrounded by seven acres of lush landscaping. Inside, walls are lined with valuable paintings, including a Picasso and an Utrillo. The wood-paneled library is stocked with books and sculptures, and there are beautiful Oriental rugs throughout. One thing, however, is missing: No chancellor lives there.
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.
University of California President David P. Gardner on Monday vigorously denounced a proposal that UC faculty members teach one more course a year, saying it would "fundamentally change the character of this institution." In her analysis of Gov. Pete Wilson's 1992-93 budget last week, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill said that if UC's 5,600 regular faculty members taught an average of six courses a year, instead of the current five, the state eventually would save $47 million a year.
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.
May 12, 2005
* Bechtel Group Inc. said it would join with the University of California to bid on a contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Department of Energy.
At first it seemed quixotic. But today, billions of dollars in California pension funds have been pulled out of South Africa. And as Nelson Mandela concluded his U.S. tour, people who set out to force California to pull its money out of South Africa were basking in the belief that they played a part in freeing the anti-apartheid leader. "It's an affirmation of our work," Pedro Noguera said of Mandela's visit.
December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The University of California has agreed to pay the federal government $2.8 million over a security breakdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under the settlement, the university has accepted responsibility for the violations, the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a statement.
Six weeks into his new life in America, Nguyen Be Lory is doing the things you would expect a 4-year-old to do. He's discovered Teletubbies and developed a taste for Fruit Loops. At preschool, he makes friends easily and ranks recess as his favorite activity. But nothing in this small boy's short life has been typical. What his classmates don't know is that any day now, the new kid will become one of Vietnam's wealthiest citizens, when the first $7.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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%.
August 10, 1994 | ANTONIO OLIVO
A possible land transfer involving the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the University of California will be discussed at the Topanga Canyon Town Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Community House, 1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd. A proposal to transfer land in the Red Rock and Stunt Ranch parklands will be discussed. The plan was proposed to accommodate a University of California research project in Stunt Ranch, which is just over the ridge from Topanga.
November 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to create a national security laboratories board of directors. "The [board] will bring a breadth of strong expertise to the oversight of the weapons laboratories," said UC President Robert C. Dynes.
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.
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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