Berkeley -The fall semester is under way at
the University of California, Berkeley, where some 31,500
students - including 3,955 new freshmen, 1,728 new transfer
students and 2,590 new graduate students - are expected to
enroll. For most students, classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.
Today, (Thursday, Aug. 23), as part of Welcome Week,
students will flock to the annual Calapalooza Residence
Hall Fair on the Campanile Esplanade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There, they can find information about a wide array of campus
services and meet with more than 150 campus groups.
A prominent message being delivered to all students this
year is to be fire safe in both on- and off-campus housing.
Every student this year will receive a detailed guide to
fire safety and information on ways to secure safe living
quarters. Last year, in separate but equally tragic fires
in rental housing, two UC Berkeley students lost their lives.
The Student Safe Housing Task Force was formed by UC Berkeley
Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl in the wake of a fire safety
summit he convened with representatives from the campus
and the cities of Berkeley and Oakland. The task force has
marshaled efforts to inform all students about their rights
as tenants, to alert them to safety risks in rental housing
and to urge them to make sure - one way or another - that
they do not move into houses and apartments until a working
smoke detector is in place.
The Berkeley Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors
to students living in the city and is offering free window
bar inspections as well. UC Berkeley's fire safety Web site
provides students with information about the best locations
to install smoke detectors and how to test and maintain
them, as well as a general fire and life self-inspection
checklist. (The Web addresses are at end of release).
This fall's Freshman Seminar Program, which offers small
classes of no more than 15 students taught by some of the
campus's most distinguished faculty members, is expected
to fill up quickly. Offerings include a dramatic arts class
on the school integration movement taught by professor emeritus
Dunbar Ogden. His father, a Presbyterian minister, participated
in the famous Sept. 4, 1957, "Little Rock Nine" incident
in Arkansas by escorting nine African American students
into segregated Central High School.
Other seminars include a College of Natural Resources class
in which students go on suppertime outings with faculty
members; a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearly 19,000 Egyptian
artifacts stored at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of
Anthropology; and "Automobility," a course on America's
love affair with the car, including the sport utility vehicle.
Meet the incoming class
For a second year in a row, a record number of UC Berkeley's
incoming students are women. The proportion of women in
the new fall freshmen and transfer classes - 55 percent
and 55.1 percent, respectively - continues to set records.
Last year, a record was set when women comprised 54.1 percent
of the freshman class. Only during the years when huge numbers
of young men served in World War II has there been a larger
percentage of women on campus.
Other new student facts:
* Of the 3,955 new freshmen who stated their intent to
register, 44.6 percent are Asian American, 29.9 percent
are white, 10.5 percent Chicano/Latino, 0.6 percent American
Indian, 3.8 percent African American, and 1.5 percent listed
"other." Another 9 percent did not indicate their ethnicity.
* Of the transfer students who said they intend to register,
41.1 percent are white, 30.9 percent Asian American, 3.9
percent African American, .9 percent American Indian, 9.1
percent Chicano/Latino, and 3.1 percent listed "other."
Eleven percent did not give their ethnicity.
* Most of the incoming freshmen - 91.2 percent - are from
California. Of the transfer students, 92 percent are from
California schools - 5 percent of this group are international
students transferring from California community colleges.
An additional 5 percent are international students from
abroad; and 3 percent are from out of state.
* The youngest freshman is 15 years old, the oldest new
students are a 69-year-old female transfer student and a
68-year-old male transfer student.
* New students come from 53 of California's 58 counties,
and nearly 80 percent of both new freshmen and transfers
come from nine counties - Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Alameda,
Orange, San Diego, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Sacramento
and San Mateo.
* The freshmen hail from 671 different California public
high schools and 186 California private schools. About 82
percent of transfer students are coming from about 100 California
community colleges. However, one in four transfer from just
three campuses - Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill,
City College of San Francisco and De Anza College in Cupertino.
* Among Bay Area high schools, Oakland High and Mission
San Jose in Fremont are providing the highest number of
UC Berkeley freshmen. Both schools are sending 34 students
to the campus. Lynbrook in San Jose is next, sending 33
students. Of the 34 students coming from Oakland High, more
than half of them report their parents had no high school
education and have a median parental income of $15,000.
Student fees hold steady
Fees paid by California residents have remained steady
compared to last year, but overall expenses for UC Berkeley
undergraduates have edged up slightly for the 2001-02 school
year, reflecting the Bay Area housing market and higher
For in-state undergraduates living in residence halls,
the cost of two semesters at UC Berkeley - including educational
fees, mandatory health insurance fees, room and board, books
and supplies, personal expenses and transportation - is
estimated at $16,926, an increase of $1, 284 over last year.
Fees are higher for the professional schools of law and
business; non-resident undergraduates pay an additional
$5,352 in tuition fees.
Campus housing supply holds, more
units under construction
All the freshmen who requested on-campus housing have been
offered spaces in the campus residence halls. In all this
year, 5,183 students are housed in residence halls. Meanwhile,
the campus is busy constructing apartment-style housing
at College and Durant avenues to provide another 120 beds
for upper division students. This is expected to be ready
for occupancy for the fall 2002 semester. UC Berkeley also
is developing plans to build residence hall and apartment-style
housing on the south side of campus for more than 800 additional
students during the next five years.
The campus also is constructing a central dining facility
on the corner of Channing Way and Bowditch Street to replace
two seismically deficient dining halls. The dining center,
scheduled to open in early 2003, will serve students in
two residence halls and also act as a community shelter
in a disaster. The new dining hall will feature fresh, individually
prepared meals and longer hours.
Library hours extended into evening
Students and faculty members will be able to study longer
hours on Friday and Saturday nights this fall in the Doe/Moffitt
library complex. Instead of closing at 5 p.m. as in past
years, the two libraries - including the microcomputer lab
in Moffitt - will stay open until 10 p.m.
The extended hours grew out of requests from the Associated
Students of the University of California (the student government
body) and faculty members. Last spring, Doe successfully
experimented with keeping the library doors open past 5
Construction continues, residence
hall gets a name
In addition to constructing more places for students to
live and eat, the campus continues this fall with a series
of seismic safety and other improvement projects.
Major capital projects in progress include Barrows Hall,
where classrooms are to be completed in spring 2002. Seismic
work continues at Hildebrand and Latimer halls, Barker Hall,
the Hearst Memorial Mining Building and Wurster Hall, where
Ramona's Café is scheduled to reopen this fall. Construction
also is underway to replace an insectary on Oxford Tract
and add onto the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public
Occupants of the Archaeological Research Facility have
moved to a temporary location at Shorb House on the corner
of Channing Way and Bowditch Street. The archaeology facility
is on the site of the Zeta Psi fraternity house, built in
The retrofit of the Berkeley Art Museum will finish just
in time for its reopening on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Featured
will be African American sculptor Martin Puryear, nominated
recently by TIME magazine as "America's best artist" and
the first-ever retrospective of Korean-American conceptual
artist and UC Berkeley alumna Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.
On UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr campus, an Aug. 30 ceremony
will revive a tradition of naming campus residence halls
after people who have made contributions to student welfare.
Chancellor Berdahl will join campus dignitaries and students
to formally name Maslach Hall after George and Doris Cuneo
Maslach, both UC Berkeley graduates.
George Maslach, a retired dean of the College of Engineering,
is known for fostering student interests in engineering.
Doris Cuneo Maslach is a tireless community activist for
housing and education. She helped negotiate the city/university/neighborhood
agreement that led to university acquisition of the Kerr
campus, and its use for student housing. Her interest in
student housing issues dates back to the 1930s, when she
was involved in student government and co-ops.
The Maslachs are the parents of Christina Maslach, UC Berkeley
professor of psychology and the campus's vice provost for
New deans, new faces
Two new deans are in place for the new school year, and
a third has been named to assume a deanship next July.
P. David Pearson, a leading scholar in reading and reading
assessment, is taking over the helm at the Graduate School
of Education. Former dean Eugene Garcia returns to teaching.
At the School of Optometry, Dennis Levi, a vision scientist
comes to UC Berkeley from the University of Houston. He
will be teaching and conducting research. He takes over
as dean from Anthony Adams, who returns to the faculty and
On July 1, 2002, in the College of Letters & Science, Mark
Richards will become dean of the Division of Physical Sciences.
Richards, a UC Berkeley professor and former chair of earth
and planetary science, will replace Buford Price, professor
of physics, who will return to the laboratory. Peter Bickel,
professor of statistics, is interim dean until July.
In addition to Pearson and Levi, other new faces on campus
this fall include Davitt Moroney, a renowned harpsichordist,
organist and musicologist who left Paris to join the music
department as a professor and university organist. Moroney
earned his PhD at UC Berkeley in 1980 and as a solo concert
performer recorded 50 CDs, many devoted to the music of
J.S. Bach and the French musicians in the court of Louis
XIV. He is the winner of three British Gramophone awards.
Moroney will teaching an introduction to Bach this fall.
"The course will be very hands-on, since in class I'll be
performing many works live on the harpsichord," Moroney
said. "One of my aims is to communicate how modern, exciting
and joyful Bach's music can be. We'll also look at why he
liked coffee so much that he first performed some of his
compositions in a coffee house."