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Hell-bent on getting out the vote

Hell-bent on getting out the vote October 28, 2014:

Sarah Funes’ million-dollar question is how to get minorities excited about voting. The UC Berkeley junior, who has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advised transit agencies and been a poll worker, says her political passion comes from being “Latin, a woman and disabled. I want to elect people who look like me.”

Berkeley ranks 3rd among US News’ 2015 ‘Best Global Universities’

Berkeley ranks 3rd among US News’ 2015 ‘Best Global Universities’ October 28, 2014:

UC Berkeley was rated the No. 3 global university in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released this week. Topping the annual list were Harvard and MIT, while Stanford and the University of Oxford rounded out the top five.

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public October 27, 2014:

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, the 29-year-old UC Berkeley psychology graduate has uprooted her life in the Bay Area and moved to Oregon so that when her symptoms grow intolerable, she can legally swallow a lethal dose of medication. Her story is in California Magazine.

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit October 27, 2014:

AC Transit planners will hold a campus workshop Thursday, Oct. 30, to get feedback on East Bay and transbay bus service. Members of the campus community are also invited to answer online surveys about AC Transit and BART, as part of the agencies’ long-range planning.

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award October 27, 2014:

The campus recently celebrated a $500,000 incentive award from Pacific Gas & Electric’s “Savings By Design” program, for building and maintaining Maximino Martinez Commons as a sustainable student-residence hall. The LEED Gold-rated facility is designed to save energy and water and to filter storm-water runoff.

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court October 22, 2014:

If upheld on appeal, changes mandated by the state Supreme Court ruling in Vergara vs. California would eliminate some employment protections for teachers, extending the time to “tenure” and limiting the role of seniority in decisions about employment and assignment. An Oct. 29 forum will explore whether and how these changes matter as the state seeks to provide high-quality teachers for students in California schools.

At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds with photos

At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds October 21, 2014:

More than 200 attended the Oct. 17 launch of “SLC Friday Jam,” featuring a multicultural array of spoken-word, rock and dance performances.

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday October 15, 2014:

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, campus sirens will sound as UC Berkeley participates in the “Great California ShakeOut,” a day of events designed to encourage Californians to prepare for major earthquakes and other emergencies.

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture October 7, 2014:

Environment, Health and Safety is distributing lab coats and other personal-protective equipment to new lab researchers and staff Oct. 7 and 8 at the foot of the Campanile.

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks with photos

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks October 7, 2014:

More than 1,000 inventive students from across the country inhabited California Memorial Stadium this weekend as they sought glory, prize money and the sheer thrill of solving problems together in a 36-hour tech event, Cal Hacks.

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty October 6, 2014:

A new generation of development engineers, “dedicated to using engineering and technology to improve the lot of the world’s poorest people,” is emerging around the world, write Shankar Sastry and Lina Nilsson of UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues with video

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues October 3, 2014:

At a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing, UC Berkeley senior Ann Kwong delivered forceful testimony regarding federal policies affecting people with disabilities. Video and a written transcript are now available.

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos with video

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos October 2, 2014:

Durante el verano, seis madres estudiantes de UC Berkeley, junto con sus hijos, caminaron 350 millas en “Un Sendero por la Humanidad,” en el que clamaron por una reforma migratoria a lo largo del camino, que concluyó en la frontera con México. La acción fue “ponerme en los zapatos del inmigrante,” dijo una de las líderes, Valeska Castañeda, estudiante del último año. (English verion here.)