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Freshman applications up 16%

Freshman applications increase substantially

Applications for admission to UC Berkeley’s 2012-13 freshman class increased 16.5 percent over the previous year, with academic performance such as test scores and grade point averages remaining as high as before, campus officials have announced.

“UC Berkeley: Stay Golden” wins national T-shirt design contest

A popular T-shirt manufacturer and community of T-shirt designers, Threadless, sponsored a college mascot T-shirt design contest, and guess who won? Among the winners was an image of a Golden Bear, titled “UC Berkeley: Stay Golden,” designed by artist Justin White. Ten percent of the sale of this tee goes to UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley SkyDeck open, invites first companies to startup incubator

The campus has opened the UC Berkeley Startup Accelerator @SkyDeck, an incubator that will house campus-affiliated startup companies, and the first three companies have been invited to join it. The project is a joint venture with the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the office of the Vice Chancellor of Research.

Campus opens Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in downtown Berkeley

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning downtown arts and culture district, is opening to the public on Sunday, Jan. 22. The new Magnes offers unprecedented on-site access to mostof the nearly 15,000-item collection in its new conference and research rooms, auditorium, and galleries. The new facility emerged from a groundbreaking partnership between one of the first Jewish museums in the country — the former Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley — The Bancroft Library, and several generous donors.

Philanthropy to support female students in science, technology, engineering, math

Silicon Valley executives Sandra and Douglas G. Bergeron have established a scholarship and mentorship program for undergraduate women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at UC Berkeley. Five women will be selected each year to receive scholarship benefits, academic support, and pairings with executive level women mentors in their chosen fields.

Hong Kong businessman honors father with major gift to campus

David Woo, who began his career in 1967 as an architect working on the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley, has chosen to honor his late father, Woo Hon Fai — and to celebrate the structure — with a major gift to the campus.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Berkeley in 1967

With the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this week, a Berkeley news blog called to mind the late civil right’s leader’s 1967 visit to the campus. On the steps of Sproul Hall, King gave an address on the Vietnam War and the pressing issues facing the nation on the eve of the 1968 presidential election.



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