UC student reports sexual assault

UC Berkeley police are investigating a sexual assault that happened in one of the university's dorms over the weekend.

According to police, around 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 22 the department received a report of a sexual assault that happened the previous night.

The female victim, a student, was at a fraternity party and was drinking alcohol late Friday night. When she realized she was intoxicated, police said she asked a male student acquaintance to walk her home.

The male student took the victim to her dorm room in Unit 1 and sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, he allegedly sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police said they had "identified" the suspect but did not release any information on whether he had been located or arrested. He was described as a south Asian male, roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 140 pounds with a medium complexion, brown eyes and black short curly hair.

Program on state of Cal's historic buildings

The fate of the many historic buildings on the UC Berkeley campus will be the topic of a talk by Gray Brechin from 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 at Cal's Wheeler Hall, room 315.

The program "Ruin In Progress: How the Decay of Cal's Historic Buildings Reflect Its Changing Mission" takes the view that "as costly new structures rise around the university's perimeter, the historic buildings at its core suffer advanced neglect."


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The talk will be followed by a discussion on "the crisis of maintenance at UC's flagship campus" with art history Professor Margaretta Lovell and Professor Emerita of Integrative Biology Roberta Park as panelists and audience participation is encouraged. The talk is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Faculty Association and the Department of English.

Lecture series on culture, history

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and the Berkeley Historical Society are co-hosting a series of lectures on historic and cultural topics. The series opens with a presentation by Daniella Thompson of BAHA on "The Berkeley Unitarians and Architectural Innovation" at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Berkeley History Center in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1931 Center St.

The series will continue on alternating Thursdays through April 24.

Admission to the talks is $10 and space is limited, so reservations are advised and can be made at berkeleyheritage.com. For more details visit baha-news.blogspot.com

Special screening of Cesar Chavez film set

A free screening of the Diego Luna film "Cesar Chavez" will be hosted by the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies at 7 p.m. March 5 in Wheeler Auditorium near the center of the Cal campus.

The film about the late Chavez, a migrant farmworker who became a groundbreaking labor leader, civil rights activist and the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will be followed by a discussion with director Luna, current UFW President Arturo Rodriguez and UC Berkeley Law School lecturer Maria Echaveste.

Tickets will be available from noon to 5:30 p.m. March 5 at the Cal Performances box office at Zellerbach Hall. There is a limit of two tickets per person and tickets must be picked up in person.

Audience members must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m.

'The Music Man' is marching to town

Professor Harold Hill and the classic musical "The Music Man" will be on stage through March 23 in a production by Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. Marissa Wolf directs, with music direction by Kevin Roland and choreography by Matthew McCoy. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays. There is also a performance at 7 p.m. on March 20.

For tickets or more details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

Intergenerational knitting group to meet

"Ewe" Can Knit at Berkeley Public Library is an intergenerational group knitting hour for the whole family from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. March 8 in the fourth floor Story Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. All skill levels are welcome at the free monthly program for ages 8 and older, which will also meet April 5. Details: 510-981-6236.

Homeless Art Show runs through April 18

An exhibit of artworks by and for the homeless runs through April 18 at Expressions Art Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. The Homeless Art Show features creations by more than 60 artists on display and available for sale.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details: 510-644-4930.

-- Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway