Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
1. KCBS Cover Story: UC Berkeley Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Free Speech Movement
Fifty years ago today, a momentous event took place on Sproul Plaza, marking the beginning of the Free Speech Movement on campus. UC police tried to stop students from distributing political leaflets in violation of a ban on political activity on campus. Alum Jack Weinberg was arrested, and a 33-hour standoff ensued with an occupation of Sproul Hall (Joan Baez sang in the stairway), and nearly 800 protesters were arrested. Mario Savio emerged as their leader. Alix Schwartz, Berkeley's director of Academic Planning, says the Free Speech Movement’s impact still resonates today. “To the students it’s a very live legacy. I think they’re still inspired by this and they still feel that they can make a difference,” Schwartz said. Link to audio.
2. UC Berkeley watches Hong Kong student protests on anniversary of Free Speech Movement
While the campus celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, some students on campus have been keenly interested in the protests currently taking place in Hong Kong. They are watching the massive crowds and conflict through social media and the web. At a gathering at the International House, students expressed their sympathy and, for some, their recollections of similar democratization movements. "I think they're showing great courage by doing that," said doctoral student Samuel Lim. "Korea also has some history with democratization movement so I felt some sympathy toward the students there." Link to video.
3. The World's Top Universities 2014
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 has been issued, and Berkeley ranks 8th. While some American universities rankings have declined significantly due to funding cuts, Berkeley is one of "two glowing exceptions," according to this article. While state funding used to supply the biggest share of revenue for Berkeley, with philanthropic fundraising, research grants and out-of-state tuition bringing in the greatest share of the rest, now the order has flipped, with state funding at the bottom, says campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. Link to the original ranking at Times Higher Education.
4. Cal could face Title IX suit with field hockey now homeless
San Jose Mercury News (*requires registration)
Cal could face a Title IX suit brought by field hockey players since the team lacks a place to practice or play games on campus. Their field is closed due to construction in the area, and now they’ve heard it will be turned into a field for the football team beginning in 2015. As a result, they don’t know when they will be able to play on campus again. A Title IX lawsuit would be a gender equity claim that would depend on whether there are men's teams at Cal that must also go off campus to practice and play games, according to one expert. Currently, Cal's platform divers train at Stanford, but the UC Regents approved a plan to build an aquatics facility with diving included, as soon as fundraising is complete. Another story on this topic appeared on NBC Online.
5. All Things Considered: Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line
Psychology professor Christina Maslach discusses burnout, a term she helped popularize through four decades of research on the topic. She says it's a loose term encompassing a combination of work overload, lack of autonomy and reward, and social and moral discord at work. Although it generally stems from interpersonal strife, she says most employers see the solution as time off. Yet if they really want to know what's causing burnout in their workplace, she suggests they assess the core problem, then design solutions to mitigate those issues. "When it's time off, I mean, that might be time away from work. ... Maybe you're addressing issues of exhaustion, but it's not really addressing what may be the problems at work." Link to audio.
6. Deal Professor: In Trying to Save Darden, a Board Sealed Its Own Demise
New York Times Online (*requires registration)
Law professor Steven Davidoff Solomon writes about the refusal of Darden Restaurants to meet activist shareholder demands. "It would be touching if it didn't appear so inexplicably foolish," he says.
7. The Experts Blog: Simple Ways to Save Energy (and Money)
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)
Business professor Severin Borenstein suggested recently that driving 70 mph instead of 72 mph can improve average fuel economy by 2.5%, or the equivalent of roughly 10 cents per gallon at current California prices. This blogger says, "Imagine how much more you’d save by actually driving 65."
8. Lingua Franca Blog: Grammar: The Movie
Chronicle of Higher Education Online
Information professor Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist, is one of an "all-star cast" of academics in the new documentary Grammar Revolution. The reviewer says the "quirky" feature-length documentary "is intended – I think – to wake us all up," but he goes on to say he's "not certain what we're waking up to." He concludes: "Look, I’m in the movie. I’m an avid—nay, rabid—Reed-Kellogg sentence diagrammer. And I loved the kids moving parts of sentences around by manipulating differently shaped and colored blocks. But there are debates, more than one of them, that aren’t quite so easily resolved. Maybe a movie, with its need for a wrap-up conclusion, can’t capture those debates. Or maybe the best thing is to download the movie yourself, and then we can have at it."
9. Gardening for Wild Bees? Now There’s an App for That
Inspired by entomology professor Gordon Frankie, environmental science, policy and management professor Claire Kremen and UC Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp, master gardener Celeste Ets-Hokin has developed a new iPad app called Wild Bee Gardens. The app provides a detailed reference tool for city gardeners and bee conservators to create bee gardens. Ets-Hokin writes in the app's introduction about the importance of supporting native bees: "As natural areas are steadily diminished ... we are discovering that our residential gardens can provide valuable habitat for many bee species.”
10. A Family Affair: The Close-Knit World of Georgian Filmmaking Emerges From Obscurity
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)
"Discovering Georgian Cinema," a more than 100-year retrospective, is currently running at Berkeley's Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The program was co-organized by senior film curator Susan Oxtoby, who spent several years tracking down prints in European archives. According to this review: " The story of Georgian cinema stretches back more than a century and is filled with remarkable achievements, from silent films featuring stunning landscapes and dynamic editing to subtle anti-Soviet critiques and startlingly inventive poetic narratives. Georgia's independent-minded filmmakers have often drawn on a rich culture, at once ancient and avant-garde, that includes art, polyphonic music, theater and dance. It's an aesthetically diverse but often daring cinema that has been internationally acclaimed, and yet some of its filmmakers have been underappreciated and many films have long been unavailable." The BAM/PFA edition will run through April 19, 2015.