Cal has delayed an announcement that was expected earlier today on whether the athletic department would reinstate some or all of the teams it cut from its roster in September due to budget constraints. “There will not be an announcement today about Cal Athletics,” UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof told Berkeleyside. Mogulof said he did not know whether the university would be ready to make a statement tomorrow. He added: “I also need to state in no uncertain terms that the anonymously sourced stories claiming that the process has been completed and a final decision rendered are categorically false. If that was the case we would have had news to share today.” The sports in question are baseball, rugby, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse. In the fall, the university said it would require $80 million in private donations to save the sports. More recently, that has been scaled back to $25 million and a plan to ensure long-term funding from private sources.
As rumors swirl that the military has seized power in Egypt and that President Hosni Mubarak (left) might step down, UC Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies will host a panel discussion this evening on the pro-democracy protests. Titled “Egypt: Reflections on the Uprising,” the panel will feature professors from Cal and other institutions. It will take place from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in room 112 of Wurster Hall.
As soon as word leaked out that Joyce Carol Oates, one of the country’s most prolific and respected writers, would be appearing at the Berkeley Public Library 9th Annual Authors’ Dinner, tickets were snatched up.