With a blare of brass and the thump of drums, UC Berkeley plunged into the 2015-16 academic year this week with solemn speeches, festive gatherings and, of course, the start of classes.
Thousands of new and returning students are landing on campus to find a heady mix of the old and new, presented in this grid of stories, videos and photos that convey all the flavors of the week, from the chancellor’s traditional welcome to the boldly revamped ASUC Student Union complex to a new course in modern Icelandic.
Love the Cal Band? You can catch up on the news of its upcoming Asia tour, and listen in as they practice long and hard under in the late August heat.
Find out all about the big plans in store for Moffitt Library and the hundreds upon hundreds of events — lectures, dance and music performances, plays and author interviews — taking place this fall at Berkeley. Meet Equity & Inclusion’s new leader, Na’ilah Nasir, who says Berkeley can be a model of diversity for the nation, and the psychologist and lawyer hired to support undocumented students.
Click on any of the photos in the grid to get the story. And go Bears!