Cover: Sproul Plaza buzzed with anticipation on the morning of January 20, as the inauguration of President Barack Obama was broadcast on the Mario Savio Steps of Sproul Hall. The throng of students, faculty, staff, and community members estimated at 10,000 was one of the largest ever gathered at the site. Loud cheers erupted as the new president said, "We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders . . . And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age."

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