- A new school year is under way at the University of California,
Berkeley, where, for most of the 31,300 students expected
to enroll, classes begin next Monday, Aug. 28. Currently,
the campus's newest students are in the midst of Welcome Week
activities - orientation sessions, campus tours and students
receptions - that traditionally are held the week before school
at UC Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall) began on Monday,
Aug. 24), from noon to 2 p.m. at the Underhill parking area,
incoming students are invited to CALapalooza 2000, where they
can learn about campus services available to them and meet
representatives from more than 150 campus groups.
at UC Berkeley this fall are 22,675 undergraduates and 8,625
graduate students. The freshman class, comprised of 3,759
students, already has one distinction - it has the highest
number of women ever to enroll in a fall freshmen class and
the highest percentage of women, 54.1 percent, to enroll during
non-war time, according to Gregg Thomson, director of UC Berkeley's
Office of Student Research.
will flock this fall to the ever-popular Freshman Seminars,
small classes of no more than 15 freshmen taught by some of
the campus's most distinguished faculty members. This semester's
seminars include a class on the Golden Gate Bridge taught
by one of the world's foremost bridge engineers; another on
modern advertising theory taught by a noted professor of rhetoric
who also happens to be a five-time Jeopardy champion; and
a new examination of Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice" -
taught by reading the entire text aloud in class.
fees hold steady; other costs rise
fees for the 2000-2001 school year remained steady. The $4,046
in fees, including health insurance, paid by California residents
remains the same as last year. (Fees are higher for the professional
schools of law and business; non-residents pay an additional
$10,174 in tuition above fees charged state residents.)
cost of housing has gone up this year, just as it has for
renters everywhere in the Bay Area. For students living in
campus residence halls, the total cost of a year at UC Berkeley
- including fees, room, board, books and personal expenses
- is estimated at $15,642, an increase of $598 over last year.
For students living off-campus, the upcoming year's budget
is estimated at $15,220. Last year, it was $14,230.
estimated budget for undergraduates in residence halls breaks
down this way:
demand is up
housing office was able to provide rooms to all 4,009 incoming
freshmen and transfer students who sought campus housing.
Campus housing facilities can accommodate 6,250 students,
including those in graduate student and family housing. Plans
are underway to build housing for an additional 840 students
on the south side of campus beginning this year.
seeking housing off-campus this fall are finding a tight and
expensive rental market again this year. "What's available
is expensive, and there's less available than in past years
- and there's more competition for it," said Sondra Jensen,
director of administrative services for the UC Berkeley Department
of Housing & Dining Services.
hostel-type operation has been set up to temporarily house
up to 36 students, she said.
to Cal Rentals, the campus's community housing listing agency,
the average studio apartment in Berkeley commands $816 a month,
a one-bedroom apartment goes for $1,100 a month, and a two-bedroom
apartment is $1,600 a month.
a lot of students doubling, tripling, quadrupling to make
it affordable," said Jensen.
the incoming class
class of 2004 totals 3,759 students. There also are 1,575
incoming transfer students.
breakdown of the freshman class is similar to last year's,
with slight increases in the number of Chicano and African
These percentages do not total 100 percent because of students
who identified themselves in the "other" and "decline to state"
continue, according to the Office of Student Research. The
number of Vietnamese students continues to increase, from
3.6 percent last year to 4.2 percent this year. The number
of Southeast Asian students again increased, from 3.8 percent
last year to 4.4 percent this year.
construction moves campus into 21st century
Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl's major goals is to "renew the
foundations of excellence" at UC Berkeley. That is translating
into a campus abuzz with construction.
is critical to sustaining the preeminence of our faculty and
supporting the extraordinary work they do as we educate the
very best students of each generation," said Berdahl. "All
across campus we are working to improve the usefulness of
our laboratories, we're upgrading our classrooms and addressing
the very real issue of seismic safety."
currently underway include an ambitious modernization of the
historic Hearst Memorial Mining Building and seismic overhauls
of Barrows, Hildebrand and Latimer halls, and of Silver Laboratory.
also underway on the south side of campus to balance the pressing
need for more student housing with the demands for more faculty
and staff parking and more student recreational space. The
Underhill projects call for new housing for more than 800
students, a seismically secure central dining facility and
a three-story parking facility for 1,000 vehicles topped by
a new sports and recreation field.
B vaccines required of some students
new state law, all California students 18 years old and younger
require a hepatitis B vaccination as a condition of enrollment.
The state-mandated requirement affects about 3,800 incoming
UC Berkeley freshmen.
must return to University Health Services a hepatitis B form
sent to them earlier this year that requests their hepatitis
B immunity status. If they haven't had the series of three
doses upon enrollment, the health service can provide them.
The vaccine is considered a safe and effective way to prevent
July 1, 1999, the state requires that California children
get a hepatitis B vaccine as they enter 7th grade or show
proof of hepatitis B immunization," said Pam Cameron, assistant
director of clinical services at University Health Services.
"We would expect, over the years, that more and more of our
incoming freshmen will be previously immunized."
appointments made in leadership positions
five new senior managers in the academic administration for
the new school year.
Gray, former dean of the College of Engineering, is the new
executive vice chancellor and provost. History and economics
professor Jan de Vries is vice provost for academic affairs
and faculty welfare. William C. Webster, an engineering professor,
is vice provost for academic planning and facilities. Mary
Ann Mason, a professor of social welfare, is the new dean
of the Graduate Division. And in January 2001, Mary Beth Burnside,
former dean of the biological sciences, will become the new
vice chancellor for research.
also has three new deans: John P. Dwyer, dean of the law school,
Boalt Hall; A. Richard Newton, dean of the College of Engineering;
and Richard Malkin, who for the next two years will serve
as interim dean of the College of Natural Resources.
leader emphasizes Cal spirit
At UC Berkeley,
Teddy Liaw is this year's president of the Associated Students
of the University of California (ASUC). Liaw said he hopes
to create a new "Cal spirit" among students that reflects
their feelings of pride about the campus as a whole - not
just about a team or student organization or academic department.
he said, " is a sense of attachment to and ownership of Cal.
I'd like to see people of my generation graduate from Cal
with a united school mentality - not just pride in only the
things they were part of."
there are some 450 to 500 student organizations on campus,
but not many activities or goals that unite those groups.
to launch the "One Campus Campaign," a series of projects
to bring UC Berkeley's diverse student body together. Liaw's
proposed projects include a multi-cultural show at which students
share music, dance and food; the chance for students to watch
"away" football games together on a moveable projection screen
on lower Sproul Plaza; and a student leadership conference
for representatives from many of the campus's diverse groups.
Cal athletes, one coach, head to Olympics
current students at UC Berkeley and one of the campus's coaches
are headed to the upcoming summer Olympics in Sydney. In addition,
22 former UC Berkeley students - including basketball star
Jason Kidd, who left campus in 1994 to turn pro, and soccer
champion Joy Biefeld Fawcett, who graduated from Cal in 1990
- also will participate in various competitions.
current students headed to Australia is Anthony Ervin, the
first person of African American heritage to compete for the
U.S. Olympic swim team. Ervin will race in the 50-meter freestyle
and the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
UC Berkeley swimmer, Staciana Stitts, will swim the 100-meter
breaststroke; Nicole DiSalvio, a softball pitcher, will pitch
for Italy's team; Ericka Lorenz and Heather Petri, both on
UC Berkeley's women's water polo team, will compete for the
United States; and six male rowers at UC Berkeley will compete
for various countries. Filip Filipic, Ivan Smiljanic and Mladen
Stegic will row for Yugoslavia; Nito Simonsen will row for
Norway; Jake Wetzel will row for the United States; and Kevin
White will row for Canada.
UC Berkeley's gymnastics coach, has been chosen as assistant
coach for the U.S. men's gymnastics team.