The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
AUGUST 31, 2010
Sather GateSather Gate is bustling, the dorms are full - the 2010-11 academic year is here. And it arrived with a new attitude. The new year promises to be markedly more upbeat than the last, with ramped-up faculty hiring, dozens more lower-division courses to help students graduate on time, and major progress on key construction projects, including the renovation of Memorial Stadium.

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 Chancellor 'cautiously optimistic' about the year ahead
A look at the new, geographically diverse freshman class

Nest egg logoIncreased employee and employer contributions to the UC Retirement Plan and reductions in post-retirement health insurance are among the recommendations of a special UC task force. The regents will consider the options in September.

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Also: More post-retirement news in UC's August "Our University" newsletter

Hubbard Street Dance companyFall 2010 promises a wide range of cultural offerings at Berkeley, including a full day of free arts performances Sept. 26. The semester's arts calendar also holds appearances by violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff, the much-loved Mark Morris Dance Group, director Peter Greenaway and bestselling writer David Sheff.

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Are you ready if a big quake hits campus? Register for emergency alerts, or update your contact info.

Initiative is paying off with less waste heading to the dump.

Lottery for free student tickets starts Sept. 1.
Purchasing system upgrade, begun over the summer, gets some improvements.

Berkeley team studies solar disinfection, sustainable building.

Police shoot 90-pound female near Oxford and Walnut streets Monday night.
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