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4/12/00 - File # 15310 Contact: Tamara Keith (510) 642-3734

WHAT: Cal Day, the University of California, Berkeley's annual open house. Each year, the campus opens the doors of its labs, lecture halls and museums to give more than 30,000 visitors from around the state an inside look at the nation's top public university. This year's turnout is expected to be strong.

In all, more than 70 departments and units have special programs and events scheduled throughout the day. Highlights include a discussion by authors Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Rodriguez and Al Young about "California Literature in the 21st Century;" a match between the Cal and UC Davis women's lacrosse teams; and dozens of tours, such as a walk across the Hayward Fault on campus, a 30-minute cable car ride to view UC Berkeley's architecture and history, and a look at the campus's bear statues - symbols of the state and the university.

WHEN: The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 15.  
WHERE: The UC Berkeley campus. Cal Day headquarters will be set up on Saturday in Dwinelle Plaza. Copies of the Cal Day program guide will be available there.  
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Visitors are invited to rappel off the face of Wheeler Hall in a clinic and demonstration offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by the campus Army ROTC program.

See the latest technologies being developed to make automated highways. Engineers from the Institute of Transportation Studies will show off a "driverless" car - no hands or feet needed - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the east side of Memorial Glade.

The wonders of chemistry will come alive as professor Angelica Stacy demonstrates chemical reactions to an audience of children and adults. The scientific magic show starts at 1 p.m. in 1 Pimentel Hall. This annual demonstration traditionally has provided the media with great visuals.

Throughout the day, children will flock to see the giant, 30-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Paleontology Museum in the Valley Life Sciences Building.

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