News In Brief: Prominent Scholar Passes Away



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UC Berkeley's dean of African archaeology John Desmond Clark died from pneumonia Thursday at a hospital in Oakland.

Clark, who retired as chair of the Department of Anthropology in 1986, was best known for his extensive knowledge of prehistoric African artifacts.

"(Clark) towered above anybody else in African archaeology with his breadth and depth of knowledge about the rise and development of prehistoric culture," said Tim White, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, in a statement.

After serving as director of the National Museum in

Zambia, Africa, Clark came to UC Berkeley in 1961, where he helped develop a world-renowned research and graduate student training program.

Clark studied stone tools and other artifacts at sites in Africa, India and China. His more than 18 books covered archaeology and paleoanthropology and provided new information to the archaeological field.

Some of his books are still used in college courses today.

"He literally wrote the book on African prehistory," White said. "His lifelong quest was to elucidate the very beginnings of human culture and technology and its development through time in Africa."

New A-Suck Party

Could be Damaging

Co-op senator Michael Olin registered as signatory for the A-Suck party at last week's ASUC meeting.

The party, Olin said, isn't serious and probably won't run anyone in the upcoming spring election.

Some feel it could damage the already-shaky reputation of ASUC.

"It plausibly could perpetuate the lack of respect in the student eyes," said APPLE Senator Daniel Frankenstein. "But I don't think it will make a big difference. We embarrass ourselves enough already."

Jennifer Kline

ASUC Starts Reciting Pledge of Allegiance

The ASUC Senate last week recited for the first time in recent history the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of its meeting.

The bill providing for the pledge to be recited at the first meeting of each semester was sponsored by Berkeley College Republicans Senator James Gallagher.

He tried passing a similar bill last semester, but it failed to garner support from the required two-thirds of senators.

"It was one of my goals, because I want to bring a newfound appreciation of America to the campus," he said.

Jennifer Kline

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