News In Brief: Suspects Arrested In Campus Robbery

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Two cyclists were robbed near UC Berkeley's Valley Life Sciences Building Tuesday night, police said.

Axel Tschentscher, 37, and Susan Emmenegger, 35, were riding along the pathway through the Eucalyptus Grove at about 11:30 p.m., when an assailant from a group of five young men punched Tschentscher, knocking him off his bicycle, said UC police Sgt. Andrew Tucker.

The suspects proceeded to take an unspecified amount of money from the victims.

Tschentscher was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley after suffering a laceration to the nose, which resulted in a large amount of blood loss, Tucker said.

Shortly after the robbery, UC police officers spotted a group matching the suspects' description on Shattuck Avenue and detained three of them, Tucker said.

Police arrested Nicholas McKissick, 21, and a 17-year-old male in connection with the robbery.

The third man was released because there was insufficient evidence to arrest him at the time, Tucker said. Police still believe the man played a role in the robbery, he added.

Two outstanding suspects are described as black males who are about 20 years old, Tucker said.

Exactly one month prior, a UC Berkeley student was robbed on the same pathway.

Nate Tabak

New Dean Named for Letters and Science

UC Berkeley professor Ralph Hexter was named executive dean of the College of Letters and Science, the university announced last Friday.

Hexter, who teaches comparative literature and is a scholar of classical and medieval Latin, will also remain the dean of the college's arts and humanities division.

As executive dean, Hexter will work with deans from the college's five divisions, which also include the physical, biological and social sciences and the college's undergraduate office.

"(Hexter) has a profound regard for the college and educational objectives and will draw on his leadership and consensus-building skills to sustain and advance its excellence," said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Gray in a statement.

Hexter will also oversee finance operations and fundraising.

He said in a statement that he wants to help raise the college's awareness among the community.

"All the deans are working to raise the profile of Letters and Science as Berkeley's college of liberal arts," Hexter said. "In that effort, my role as executive dean is a coordinating one."

Paul Licht formerly held the executive dean position but will leave July 1 for a one-year sabbatical.

Local Youth Radio

Wins Peabody Award

Berkeley's Youth Radio joined the ranks of ABC News, HBO and CNN last week when it was awarded a prestigious Peabody Award.

The youth-run radio station impressed a panel of judges that includes professors and critics. Its staff was granted one of 34 awards sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communica-tion at the University of Georgia. There were 1,100 entries in the competition.

Youth Radio is a program that gives high school students training in radio broadcasting. Programs generated by the teenagers are carried by National Public Radio, KQED and other media.


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