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Cortén was editor of the California Pelican, UCB’s student humor magazine (1903-1980-something) in the sixties, which might explain his lingering sentiment for that kind of bird. He is now a senior writer and editor in the Graduate Division’s Communications and Events Office.This article originally appeared in the online publication of the Graduate Division.

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Exhausted pelican makes surprise visit to UC Berkeley

April 17, 2012 by Dick Corten via Berkeleyside

Brown pelicans don't often look for collegiate settings to make landings. But one weakened and disoriented female showed up in front of Sproul Hall recently and provided dinner-going passerbys with a reason to pause until a trained wildlife responder by chance appeared and took the bird under her wing. A campus police officer muttered: “This was definitely not covered at the academy.”

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