News in Brief: Night Safety Shuttle Collides with Motorcyclist



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A campus night safety shuttle collided with a motorcycle Thursday night while travelling its usual route, said a university official.

The accident, involving a safety shuttle on the "E" line route, occurred at the corner of Warring Street and Channing Way at approximately 10:30 p.m., said Nadesan Permaul, UC Berkeley director of transportation

"The safety shuttle was doing its normal route when it turned the corner and the motorcycle ran into it," Permaul said. "The bus didn't hit the motorcycle."

He said that the motorcycle rider spoke to the Berkeley police department after the incident and Permaul did not think the motorcyclist was seriously injured.

The driver has been under the employment of the university for six months, Permaul added.

"The shuttle driver was a nervous wreck," said senior Cecilia Casteneda, one of five students on the bus at the time of the accident.

Casteneda said she and a few other students checked on the cyclist to see if he needed an ambulance but he appeared to be unharmed.

She added that the driver's supervisor was unsympathetic to the passengers.

"The supervisor was unhelpful and rude," Casteneda said. "Nobody took our story down or checked to see if everyone was OK. The supervisor just told the driver to move the bus out of the way so that traffic may pass and took pictures of the skid marks."

Six Pac-10 Schools Discuss Diversity

The student body presidents from six Pac-10 schools met on campus over the weekend to draft a joint resolution on increasing diversity within their respective universities.

The presidents from UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Washington and Washington State University gathered to brainstorm on issues that affect their schools.

"This was the first real successful conference of Pac-10 presidents," said ASUC President Patrick Campbell. "It was productive and fun. It was an opportunity to network and bond and take real solid action."

During their annual meeting, the presidents drafted a resolution that calls for a day of action in February to promote diversity. The six presidents said they hope to contact the four absent universities and obtain their support for the resolution.

"The issue of diversity as a system is important and a growing concern," Campbell said.

Jenny Holsman, president of Arizona State University, said she hopes the resolution will have an impact on the ten campuses.

"It comes from a powerful group of people," she said. "It holds bearing."

UC Berkeley participated in the three-day conference for the first time in at least four years, Campbell said. The next conference will be held at Arizona State University.

The student body presidents of the UC schools are also expected to hold a round-table discussion in April.

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