BERKELEY (KCBS) – Thousands of students are moving into the dormitories at University of California Berkeley this weekend before Thursday’s start of classes.

Incoming students and their families rolled luggage and carried boxes filled with all the essentials for starting life away from home.

“There’s so much stuff, and you don’t realize how much stuff they need,” said Lisa Parsley of Sacramento who helped move her son Jonathan into Cal’s Unit-3 dorm complex on Durant Avenue.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth:

Jonathan Parsley, who will share a room with two other incoming freshmen, said he knows it will be an experience and is grateful scholarships are paying for nearly 80% of his tuition.

“The expected cost for every student is $32,000 a year and that’s for in-state students. Out-of-state students I believe is $50,000 which is ludicrous,” he said.

The family still had to take out loans but Jonathan’s mother said the emotional toll is a lot higher than the price of the education, since he’s the first child to leave for school.

“I’m going to miss his voice and his hugs and just his presence,” she said.

About 6,300 undergraduates are moving into UC Berkeley’s dorms.

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Comments (2)
  1. Milan Moravec says:

    UC gains from California’s economy pain. No deal! University of California Berkeley (Cal) to sharing financial sacrifices with Californians, students.

    Democrats, Republicans face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. No layoff or wage reductions for Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty during longest deepest recession.
    There is no good reason to raise tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
    In the spirit of shared economic sacrifices stand up for UC!
    No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
    Chancellors’ Vice-Chancellors’, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
    Non-Tenured, 10% reduction. Academic Senate, Council remove 100% costs salaries.
    It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, vice-chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, vice-chancellor turnover is the lowest of USA public universities.
    The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality and fairness.
    The California Legislature needs a Bill to oversee higher education salaries, tuition.
    Email your opinion

  2. IVAN V says:

    the u.c and the state system is for the profit on behalf of the students…
    students are held in BONDAGE with the Educational system…

    if they were real intellectual AND REAL TEACHERS they would follow the teacher life.model of emmanuel kant..

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