UC Berkeley enters shelter-in-place following campus-wide threat
UC Berkeley announcement a shelter-in-place order – closing the campus and alerting all people to stay indoors – on the morning of April 21 after threats were made against professors at the Center for Educational Equity and Excellence, according to The Daily Californian . The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 2 p.m. the same day after the suspect was located off campus and no longer considered a threat by the UC Berkeley Police Department.
According to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof, the suspect issued threats directed at specific campus members at 7:30 a.m. that morning, and the UC Berkeley Police Department (UCPD) issued a shelter-in-place order after deeming the threats credible.
A Tweeter of Berkeley, the UCPD said the suspect was not an active shooter and that police were “actively looking for anyone who may want to harm specific people.”
“The threats that the UCPD was made aware of this morning were extraordinarily serious and very credible,” Mogulof said at a press conference the following day, reported by The Daily Californian. “When such threats are received, we are not going to take any risks regarding the safety of the community.”
All in-person classes were canceled for the rest of the day after the shelter-in-place order was lifted. Mogulof said the university will release more information on the situation in the coming days.
UC Merced launches initiative to increase enrollment of students of color
UC Merced joins the 1300 Campaign, an initiative to send 1,300 North Central Valley students of color to the UC and California State University (CSU) systems by 2030. The university announcement the Saturday effort, which will be in conjunction with CSU Stanislaus.
“This project requires the will and commitment of everyone who works with us, to lay the academic and social foundation for students of color to succeed,” Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz told UC Merced News. “UC Merced, where more than 90 percent of our undergraduates are students of color, fully embraces this challenge to do even more.”
The initiative aims to target schools that “are underperforming state averages for graduation rates, GA completion rates, college attendance rates, 4-year college attendance rates, expulsion , suspension, and free or reduced lunch,” according to the 1300 Campaign website. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for a cohort of high school students this summer to experience college life for a week at UC Merced or CSU Stanislaus.
“I am committed to developing a strong relationship with our institutions to guide our students through the system,” City of Modesto Schools Superintendent Sara Noguchi told UC Merced News. “I can’t wait to see the improvements we’ll see in our city and across the state.”
UCSF celebrates 1,000th lung transplant since program’s inception
UC San Francisco Hospital completed its 1,000th lung transplant last week as part of the clinic’s lung transplant program, which was established in 1991.
Patrick Alexander, a 60-year-old man from Fresno, is patient number 1,000 and is currently retrieve in the hospital after the procedure.
“We don’t know much about the donor’s family or the donor himself, but we’re so grateful,” Alexander told ABC7 News.
Alexander sought treatment after discovering scars on his lungs, preventing oxygen from entering his bloodstream. According to UCSF transplant surgeon Dr. Jasleen Kukreja, the operation is expected to extend Alexander’s life by 10 to 12 years.
“We’ve gone from 19%, almost 19-20% of airway complications requiring some sort of intervention to less than 1% now, which is quite remarkable because no other program has been able to reach this result,” Kukreja told ABC7.
A version of this article originally appeared on p. 2 of the April 28 print edition of the Daily Nexus.