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Student ID Cards Will Get a New Look

Beginning this fall, student identification cards will have a new image, blue and gold of course, and now they can be created within minutes.

Cal Photo ID cards will now be produced by the Department of Housing and Dining Services, using digital imaging equipment and special printers that allow the cards to be issued on the spot. Not only is it almost hassle free for students, but the new cards can be produced at almost 50 percent less than the cost of the previous campus identification cards.

For students living in the residence halls, the new card will make life easier and safer because it will be encoded for entry into the halls, for meal plans, and later for use in vending and laundry machines.

While new Berkeley students will receive the new photo ID, the older version of the card will still be accepted all over campus.

Continuing students who want the new card can have one made for a $10 replacement fee.

The Cal Photo ID Office is located at the Unit 2 Dining Room, 2650 Haste St. For more information, call 643-6839.

A 16-Year-Old Braine

What's in a name? Everything, if you're 16-year-old Andrew Braine. This fall, the Castro Valley resident is an incoming junior at Berkeley. He finished four years of high school and two years of junior college in two and a half years.

Braine, a history major, hopes for enough time to join the Cal Marching Band. He's also signed up for orchestra and chorus. He plays several instruments, including trumpet and string bass.

Admitting he's an "Old Blue, through and through," Braine never considered attending any other college or university.

His parents, Raymond and Jean, both received their PhDs from Berkeley, and Braine says he's hardly missed a Cal football game.

This summer, Braine got his first taste of college life by taking a Berkeley ethno-musicology class. He earned an A+.

Poetry for Lunch

The man who is bringing poetry to the public eye, U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, is bringing poetry to campus with a new monthly lunch-time poetry reading. Launch of the "Lunch Poems" series is scheduled for Sept. 5 with 10 faculty members including Chancellor Tien reading their favorite poems. Hass, a Berkeley English professor, and series organizer Zack Rogow scoured the campus in search of a broad range of poetry readers and found them in unexpected places.

Their final choices: brain biologist Marian Diamond; anthropologist and folklore specialist Alan Dundes; Walter Alvarez, better known for his theory that an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs but who occasionally uses poetry in his geology classes; plus faculty from music, drama, athletics, African-American studies and electrical engineering.

In October the series switches to its standard format readings by a well-known poet.

Poets slated to appear in the series are Mark Doty (Oct. 3), Alan Williamson (Nov. 7), Lorna Dee Cervantes (Dec. 5), Sekou Sundiata (Feb. 6), Linda McCarriston (March 6) and Sharon Olds (April. 10). Readings will take place 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Morrison Room of Doe Library.

BRIE Wins a Grant to Study Asian Trade Policies

Julia Chang Bloch, newly elected president of the US-Japan Foundation and former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, visited the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy Aug. 5 to award a grant to BRIE to participate in a project that will explore common ground as well as differences among China, Japan and the U.S.

The international cooperative project is entitled "China-U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Promoting Trade Liberalization in the Asia Pacific Region."

The project will include a series of meetings involving high-level individuals from all three nations in Shanghai, Tokyo and Berkeley.

It will also serve a public education purpose as briefings and publications underscore the importance of trade liberalization policies among the Pacific powers.

The project will be undertaken in cooperation with the Council of Policy and Strategy in Shanghai and a Japanese group led by Shinji Fukukawa, former vice minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry.


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