UC Berkeley Students Cling To Mystical Murals

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A magical charm protects a small area of the UC Berkeley campus, it is said.

If that idea sounds incongruous with academia in general, then it's especially jarring to imagine that the supernatural safeguard envelops undergraduates studying unit vectors, metrology, emission mapping and other such grounded pursuits in Stephens Hall, headquarters for a diverse group of science geeks.

Yet that power is about to be tested.

The students face possible eviction from historic Stephens Hall as others eye their desirable location on the second floor of the 89-year-old Gothic-style building.

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