Vice President Al Gore visits campus
With 150 undergraduates surrounding him, and an army of TV cameras fixed
on him, Vice President Al Gore brought the administration's vision
for education to UC Berkeley Feb. 19.
A relaxed and conversational Gore met with students in a town hall discussion
at the Clark Kerr Campus. He is the first vice president or president to
visit campus since President John F. Kennedy visited in 1962.
Students, clearly delighted with an opportunity to share their views
with the vice president, applauded the administration's proposals to increase
financial aid and provide tax credits and deductions for tuition costs.
During Gore's hour-long visit he was asked about everything from campaign
reform to affirmative action.
People in the news
Anita Hill is a visiting scholar on campus this semester at the Institute
for the Study of Social Change. She is doing research for a book on sexual
harassment in the workplace and giving seminars.
Molly Ivins, columnist and author, is teaching a class on political
reporting this semester at the Graduate School of Journalism. (You may have
noticed her dateline moving from Texas to Berkeley.)
Terry McMillan, alumna and best-selling author of "Waiting to
Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" lectured on
campus Feb. 19 as part of African-American History Month.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed world premieres with the Mark Morris
Dance Group on campus March 6-8.
Janet Yellen, a professor of international trade on leave from
the Haas School of Business, is the new chair of President Clinton's Council
of Economic Advisors, following in the footsteps of Berkeley professor Laura
D'Andrea Tyson, who has returned to campus.