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Safety concerns

1959: The first suicide occurs at the tower; another takes place in 1961. Over the years, the campus will experiment with a variety of barriers including glass panels and today’s open metal grill.

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Herbie Hancock in concert

April 19, 1968: During UC Jazz Festival week, Herbie Hancock, pianist with the Miles Davis Quintet, gives a 10-minute-long concert on the chimes. The administration funds Hancock’s performance at the student-run festival, with a group of campus deans recalling “how the campus went wild one afternoon years ago when Alec Templeton played ‘Sweet Sue’ in [...]

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Another cover story

March 12, 1978: The Campanile and two male students walking toward it holding hands are pictured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine for a story called “Homosexuality on Campus.” Two writers who visited six American colleges and universities over four months report that a growing openness toward gays is not helping students [...]

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From chime to carillon

1978-1979: In 1978, as a 50th anniversary gift to UC Berkeley, the Class of 1928 raises funds to add 36 bells to the tower, transforming the chime into a 48-bell concert carillon. The new bells for what will be “The Class of 1928 Carillon” are cast by the Paccard Bell Foundry in France. A dedication [...]

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Original Berkeley Medal

Sept. 13-21, 1980: : An International Festival of the Bells, subsidized by 1928 alumnus Jerry Chambers, draws to the Campanile the world’s top carillonists, who arrive from Canada, Holland, Belgium, France, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Chancellor Ira Michael Heyman holds a banquet for them and presents each with a newly created bronze Berkeley [...]

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A grander carillon

1983: The carillon becomes a 61-bell grand carillon thanks to a multi-million-dollar gift from Jerry Chambers and his wife, Evelyn. Thirteen new bells are cast and installed, allowing the instrument’s range to span five octaves, and the bells’ weight to range from 20 pounds to 5.25 tons. Sculptor Ruth Asawa creates bas-relief images of young [...]

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University Carillonist #1

1983-1995: UC Berkeley moves to the international forefront of modern carillon music through the achievements of Ronald Barnes, one of the most important figures in the instrument’s history. The financial security provided by the Chamberses’ 1983 endowment of the carillon program allows Barnes – UC Berkeley’s first University Carillonist – time to write dozens of [...]

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High jinks up high

April 5, 1984: A Mickey Mouse prank is played on the tower. The scene of many escapades, the Campanile gets its south clock festooned with the Disney character’s face and white-gloved hands; two students are arrested. One is injured slightly when he falls some 40 feet from a rope to the ground. Previous Campanile mischief [...]

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Overdue fossil TLC

1990-1993: Relatively untouched in the tower for nearly 50 years, the Rancho La Brea fossil collection is reorganized and inventoried by Berkeley graduate student Robert Dundas and a team of undergrads. The mammalian fossils are moved from open wooden bins and trays and placed into metal storage cabinets, then arranged by locality, taxon and skeletal [...]

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The Campanile Movie

1997: “The Campanile Movie,” a short film by alumnus Paul Debevec, premieres at a Los Angeles computer graphics convention, and its novel virtual-cinematography techniques are used for the 1999 major motion picture The Matrix. Debevec’s 1996 Ph.D. thesis demonstrated Façade, a new image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photorealistic architectural models from photographs. His [...]

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