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Campus Remembers Journalist, Educator

The founding dean of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Edwin R. Bayley, who friends remember as a friendly individual with high ethical standards, passed away Sunday.

He died in a Green Bay, Wis., hospital as a result of chronic health problems. He was 84.

Edwin R. Bayley

Bayley first came to UC Berkeley in 1969.

"He gave the school nationwide credibility," said Andrew Stern, director of Broadcast Journalism under Bayley.

In an effort to improve the program, Bayley eliminated public relations courses and lengthened the program from one to two years. He also attempted to integrate diversity into the program by establishing the Summer Program for Minority Journalists.

Before serving as dean, he worked at The Green Bay Press-Gazette and as a political reporter for The Milwaukee Journal.

His former colleagues recall his journalistic integrity and tenacity.

"He was really dedicated to getting information, getting the facts straight, getting to the heart of the matter," said James Spaulding, who worked with Bayley at The Milwaukee Journal and at UC Berkeley. "He went into a story wide open, determined to get it right."

Bayley's career extended beyond the newsroom and classroom. He once served as President Kennedy's assistant and was the first director of public information for the Peace Corps.

He also amassed several literary awards for his book "Joe McCarthy and the Press," which was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The Chicago native graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Lawrence College in Wisconsin and attended graduate school at Yale.

During World War II, he served in the Navy.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary B. Fisk; son, Thomas Bayley; sister, Lois Matthews; and a granddaughter, Rebekah Fisk.

Under his leadership, the American Council on Education for Journalism recognized UC Berkeley's graduate journalism program as one of the best in the country.

Memorial plans are being arranged.

Stephanie Lee

Accreditation Visit to Campus Concludes

A five-person team of educational experts concluded a two-day visit to UC Berkeley yesterday after evaluating the educational quality of the university.

In a meeting at California Hall, UC Berkeley officials presented the university's undergraduate education achievements to a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits educational institutions once a decade.

The presentation described the College Writing Program and other educational initiatives started on the recommendation of the accrediting body a decade ago.

Federal agencies use the accreditation to determine federal funding allocation.

UC Berkeley education professor Norton Grubb said accreditation will not "make any difference" for UC Berkeley because it is a world-renowned university.

"I think a lot of people feel the accreditation process for the Harvards and Berkeleys and Stanfords of the world is a kind of ritual," he said.

UC officials said in a statement that they will use the report's recommendations to shape planning and programming at the university.

"It will help shape the campus's undergraduate education agenda," said Christina Maslach, vice provost for undergraduate education.

Emma Schwartz

Cafe Worker Attacked While Preparing Food

A female worker was pepper sprayed multiple times and beaten during a morning robbery attempt at a closed Downtown cafe yesterday, police said.

The attacker did not steal any money from Cafe Paninni at 2151 Allston Way in the 9:44 a.m. attack, but he left the woman with a swollen and scratched face, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

The 40-year-old woman was slicing cheese behind the counter in the cafe where a door was left open. The would-be robber grabbed her wrist from behind and swung her around.

Saying nothing, the attacker sprayed the woman's face with pepper spray. When she yelled, he remained silent and sprayed her again several times, Kusmiss said.

The woman ran to the kitchen, but the attacker followed her and punched her to the floor.

"It was brutal," Kusmiss said.

As the woman crawled outside, she could see that the attacker attempted to open the cash register. He fled when a worker from a nearby pub came to her assistance.

No arrests have been made.

The attacker is described as a black male, about 45 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 190 pounds, with a stocky build and black curly hair.

Nate Tabak

ASUC Senate Business Delayed Another Week

The ASUC Senate failed to consider any new business for the second week in a row as deadlock over the appointment of a new attorney general continued.

The senate is barred from conducting any new business until the attorney general has been appointed.

ASUC rules require that an attorney general must be appointed by the seventh week of the semester. The senate is in its 10th week of this session.

The senate adjourned after less than one hour of session Wednesday, leaving 35 bills affecting student groups unaddressed.

A senate committee to appoint the attorney general nominated its second candidate this week, Steven McCarty-Snead, by a vote of 5-2. The senate must wait a full week before voting to approve or reject the candidate.

The attorney general's chief responsibilities include investigating and prosecuting violations of all ASUC rules.

McCarty-Snead is a transfer student in his first semester at UC Berkeley.

Last week's senate meeting ended in chaos, shutting down after senators blocked the approval of the first attorney general-nominee, Justin Bernstein, alleging he had ties to the Student Action political party.

Jay Kapp

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