Day: December 1, 2023

Walking through the University of California, Berkeley campus, a Stanford student may be struck by déjà vu. Some of the building names on the two campuses are identical — but does it boil down to mere coincidence? Looking closely, the stories behind these building names are a reminder of the decades-long history that bonds us to our neighbors (and rivals) across the Bay.

1. Li Ka Shing

Each school has its own medically-focused Li Ka Shing building, named after the business magnate and philanthropist Li Ka-shing.

Berkeley named the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences after Li donated $40 million for its construction in 2005. The 200,000-square foot building is currently home to research that investigates the root causes of diseases such as Alzheimers, cancer and tuberculosis. Li was awarded the Berkeley Medal for his financial contribution. 

Stanford’s five-story Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is the pedagogic heart of the School of Medicine. In use since 2010, the $90.2 million building houses classrooms, lecture halls and an immersive learning center with simulated examination and operating rooms. Li, whose eldest son studied at Stanford, has donated more than $37 million to the School of Medicine for a variety of projects through his Li Ka Shing Foundation charity.

2. Haas

Stanford students familiar with the Haas Center for Public Service may be surprised to find not one, but two Haas buildings on Berkeley’s campus.

The Bears’ business school and arena are named for a father and son pair. Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business is named in honor of the 1910 graduate and former president of Levi Strauss & Co. The school’s Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion, home to the school’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams since 1999, was named for his second son. A

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Is there anything cooler than Batman wearing his Batsuit? When Bruce Wayne becomes the Caped Crusader and fights bad guys in Gotham City, that’s as cool as it gets. A well-designed Batman suit on an actor or cartoon character turns Bruce Wayne into something else entirely. The Batman costume is an easily recognizable visual sign both young and old recognize. It has become an iconic image seared into our collective minds.

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From DC Comics to The Screen

The Best Batman Costumes in Film, Television, and Cartoons

The worlds of film, television and animation have had their fair share of Caped Crusaders romping about onscreen; some wore questionable Batsuits, while others donned outstanding Batman costumes.

The Dark Knight’s costume has undergone numerous transformations throughout his history, each version reflecting the evolving portrayal of the character. In the early days of comic books, Batman’s costume was a more straightforward affair, often consisting of a grey suit, a blue cape, and a bat-shaped cowl. This minimalist design emphasized the character’s agility and stealth, essential to his crime-fighting endeavours.

Batman (Movie Serials) 1943 Costumes


The first live-action version of Batman was released as a 15-chapter theatrical series. It starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as his sidekick Robin. The Batman and Robin suits in the serial were basic. They seem crude and unsophisticated to modern audiences, but these costumes must have been mindblowing to a kid in the 40s. Early versions of Batman’s costumes drew inspiration from characters like Zorro and the Phantom of the Opera, and the similarities are evident in the sparse and loose-fitting clothes and capes worn by the actors.

As the character matured in the comics, so did his costume. The 1940s saw the introduction of a more imposing suit, introducing a darker colour palette and

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