Shots fired at UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Plaza 

A suspect non-affiliated with campus fired several gunshots at UC Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Plaza on Friday night, Feb. 9, according to the Daily Californian.

UC Berkeley dance organization AFX Dance was practicing in the plaza when the suspect arrived on a motorcycle and demanded the students turn the music down and give him a phone charger, the Daily Cal reported. When he became more agitated, students called the police, and the man pulled out a gun and fired it in the air at 8:40 p.m. 

A shelter-in-place was ordered at and then lifted at 9:45 p.m. after the suspect was detained. Although no one was injured, a bullet shattered a window in Eshleman Hall. Officials did not confirm the exact number of shots fired, but several outlets estimated it to be three to nine.

The suspect was identified by campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore as a 59-year-old male unaffiliated with campus. He will be charged with possession of a loaded firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm, according to the Daily Cal.

UC San Diego UAW 2865 rallies to support international postdoc worker released from position

UC San Diego UAW 2865 members rallied at UC San Diego Health on Jan. 26 in support of Suresh Madheswaran, an international postdoc worker who was released from his position in November, the UCSD Guardian reported. 

Madheswaran is a postdoc with research interests in tumor immunology, and moved from India to UCSD after being promised long-term appointment by his principal investigator (PI), according to the UCSD Guardian. His initial one-year contract was extended until Jan. 2025 after positive performance reviews, but on Nov. 13, his PI informed him over Zoom that he was to be immediately released from his position with no warning.

The termination notice occurred seven days after the birth of his child and began the one-month notice before termination of employment. After, there is a one-month grace period before he must leave the country in February and separate from his wife and child. The university officially stated his termination was due to a lack of funding, the UCSD Guardian reported.

The union held its first rally on Jan. 17, demanding the university extend Madheswaran’s visa and call for better job security. Following the rally, a tentative deal for Madheswaran to keep a temporary position at the university and thus remain in the U.S. was abruptly struck down by UCSD Human Resources, prompting the most recent sit-in.

Two hours into the Jan. 26 sit-in, UCSD Health CEO Patty Maysent agreed to meet with Madheswaran and UAW representative Srividya Ganapathy. Madheswaran was told the original deal would not go through as it would set a precedent the university anticipated international postdoc workers would exploit. 

UCSD representatives confirmed to the UCSD Guardian, however, that they would hold Madheswaran’s visa until March 1.

As of Feb. 11, Madheswaran has been unable to secure a position. UCSD holding his visa allows him to volunteer at any other non-university affiliated organization or institution, but does not give any long-term solutions. 

UAW continues to support him in his search.

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the Feb. 15, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Sindhu Ananthavel
Sindhu Ananthavel (she/they) is the Lead News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Ananthavel was the Deputy News Editor for the 2022-23 school year, the Community Outreach News Editor for the 2021-22 school year and an assistant news editor for the 2021-22 school year. She can be reached at