Sather 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.
Increased 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.
Fall 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.