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Berkeley students launched what was to be a week-long occupation of a major classroom building, Wheeler Hall, as part of what they called an open university week during the period leading up to finals, in which several UC professors gave presentations.
In a before-dawn raid Friday morning, UC police arrested 66 of the occupiers ahead of a concert planned in Wheeler for Friday evening. Later that evening, eight demonstrators were arrested after a march to the chancellor’s house, at which windows and planters were broken.
Time magazine got a stack of reader mail challenging its listing of UC president Mark Yudof as one of the “ten best college presidents.”
Cuts ripping through the state’s community college system are taking a huge human toll among students and workers. At UC, the cuts come even though the university maintains a huge pool of unrestricted funds and is in excellent fiscal health.
UC has released a new compensation study by private consulting firm, Mercer, which makes the mind-boggling claim that executives are vastly underpaid while union custodians are overpaid. As one critic points out, the consultant obtained these conclusions by leaving out executive bonuses and non-base pay, which accounts for 36% of the pay of those UC employees making over $200,000.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the regents’ new fee schedule for professional schools starts soon. The fees for a year of law school at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall will now cost $44,200, while a year in the School of Social Work will be just $18,163.
The Sacramento Bee reports that UC Davis is receiving a record $622 million in research funds this year, up 6% from last year.
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