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In what’s becoming a ritual of stressful times on campus, llamas returned to Memorial Glade to help soothe the students’ pre-finals nerves and bring smiles all around. The gentle animals offered themselves up for petting, feeding, grooming and hundreds of selfies in the return of Llamapalooza.
Undergrads, if you’re willing to set aside your mobile devices, embarrass yourself in front of strangers and take one for the team – personal glory be damned – here’s a class for you. Psych 24 is a one-unit, pass/no pass UC Berkeley freshman seminar that uses madcap improvisational theater to teach about the science of the human mind.
For Hari Srinivasan, a fourth-year student in psychology with nonverbal autism and sensory dysregulation, unfamiliar spaces can spark frenzy and overstimulation can send his reflexes into overdrive. Srinivasan is one of about 2,700 students in UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, which worked with him to provide accommodations and services tailed to his needs.
Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.