Issues

This Issue
Monday, Aug 22, 2005
Next Issue
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008
(SI:Spring Orientation)
Search this issue:

Issue #1207 :: Monday, August 22, 2005

Top Headlines

Governor Tours Lab in Midst of Funding Crisis
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the "incredible brain power" of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in a tour Friday, but behind the surface had a more practical concern: the millions in federal funding cuts the lab expects this fall.

Sister, Where Art Thou?
Digging through some boxes in my basement the other day, I came across a bin of old middle school homework assignments. As I was sorting through my reports on things like kangaroo rats, Idaho and the future of Martian civil society, a crinkled scrap of paper caught my eye. Unfolding it, I recognized the writing as my little sister's at around age six-it was a letter to my mother, citing reasons why she had decided to move out of the house. Among them, me.

Cal Shows Fresh Faces in Preseason Workout
Cal football coach Jeff Tedford is the first one to admit it-there is still a lot of work to be done, and there isn't much time to do it.

UC Berkeley Named Best Public University, But Administrators Downplay Importance of Rankings
UC Berkeley ranked again as the top public university in the nation according to the US News and World Report's college rankings released Friday, but university officials are skeptical about the value of the heavily-publicized rankings.

News

Governor Tours Lab in Midst of Funding Crisis
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the "incredible brain power" of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in a tour Friday, but behind the surface had a more practical concern: the millions in federal funding cuts the lab expects this fall.

UC Berkeley Named Best Public University, But Administrators Downplay Importance of Rankings
UC Berkeley ranked again as the top public university in the nation according to the US News and World Report's college rankings released Friday, but university officials are skeptical about the value of the heavily-publicized rankings.

For Students, Rankings Convey Prestige And Peace of Mind
For many UC Berkeley deans and administrators, the university's most recent continued rank as the nation's number one public university doesn't say much.

Lack of Dough Forces Elmwood Bakery to Close
After a year of financial uncertainty, the Elmwood landmark Nabolom Bakery will soon bake its last danish.

Movin' On Up
For the first time in memory, UC Berkeley freshmen were greeted on move-in day not by overcrowded chaos and long lines but by open parking spaces and empty elevators. Residence hall directors decided to split the move-in into two days: Saturday for those living in triples and Sunday for those in doubles. Returning parents credited the change in schedule and extra parking spaces for the relatively calm weekend.

Police Call for Witnesses in Fatal Crash
Police are looking for witnesses to help identify several people they believe drove recklessly and caused an Interstate-80 crash that killed three UC Berkeley chemistry graduate students last month.

News in Brief
Pioneering Professor of Japanese Studies Dies

Corrections
Monday's article "Haas School to Receive $25 Million Donation" incorrectly stated that the donation will be used to construct an executive learning center and common area for Haas School of Business and Boalt Hall School of Law as part of the plans for the renovation of Memorial Stadium.


Sports

Cal Shows Fresh Faces in Preseason Workout
Cal football coach Jeff Tedford is the first one to admit it-there is still a lot of work to be done, and there isn't much time to do it.

Making the Grade
Only three miles separate the football field at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland and Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

I Believe in the Blue and Gold
I believe in Cal sports like I believe in the perfect game.

Bears Swimmers Good As Gold in Turkey
A simple hamburger can cost up to $30 in Turkey. That price may seem ridiculous, but for a swimmer who desperately wants a burger in a country where they are hard to find, the fee almost seems worth it.

Cal Blanks Sac State in Opener
It was the start of a new season, with new uniforms and a new emphasis for the No. 24 Cal women's soccer team as it took on visiting Sacramento State on Friday in an exhibition game at Edwards Stadium.

Sports in Brief
Men's Hoops Off to an Undefeated Start in Italy


Opinion

Sister, Where Art Thou?
Digging through some boxes in my basement the other day, I came across a bin of old middle school homework assignments. As I was sorting through my reports on things like kangaroo rats, Idaho and the future of Martian civil society, a crinkled scrap of paper caught my eye. Unfolding it, I recognized the writing as my little sister's at around age six-it was a letter to my mother, citing reasons why she had decided to move out of the house. Among them, me.

Editorial: Home Cheap Home
Change is good, but that doesn't mean everybody is always happy about it. UC's recent move to eliminate free parking for Smyth-Fernwald Housing Complex residents demonstrated that maxim. This complex, which offers apartments to students raising families, provides often-struggling parents with inexpensive housing. Some residents are labeling UC "family unfriendly" because as young parents, they need the mobility of cars more than other students. But there are good reasons for eliminating the parking spaces-and students will still keep the other advantages living in Smyth-Fernwald affords them.

Editorial: Exceptions, Exceptions
As if discrimination and state bureacracy aren't already hopelessly convoluted issues, California has managed to make them even more so. A Court of Appeal panel has dismissed a suit alleging discriminatory practices at a Cal State campus not on the basis of the plaintiff's claims, but on a legal technicality. While students looking to change the admissions process shouldn't target individual universities, Cal State shouldn't hide behind a loophole in state law.

UC Heaping Class Pass Fees on Students
This November, UC Berkeley students will be voting to extend the successful Class Pass program for another seven years.

Nurses Strike Because Patients Can't
In the largest voter turnout ever, over 95 percent of UC nurses have voted to strike. This decision was not made lightly. For over five months our bargaining team has been negotiating with UC in an effort to get a new contract. Reports are that more time has been spent waiting for the UC team to come to the table than has been spent in negotiation. Consequently, after the third contract extension, the strike vote passed. We UC nurses are angry, disappointed and united.

End Preoccupation Now
This past weekend, in an event that was little-noted outside of the Washington Post, three gunmen in Mosul kidnapped and publicly murdered Sunni activists that were working to draw their disgruntled minority more into the Iraqi political mainstream.

Letters to the Editor
There are some interesting issues Chelsea Collonge raises in her op-ed ("Demilitarize UC, Democratize the Regents," Aug 8). For one, it's not clear who she's attacking, aside from the UC Board of Regents; what I'm worried about is how she seems to see Los Alamos National Laboratory as nothing more than a weapons lab. To be sure, nuclear weapons research is conducted at Los Alamos, as is a ton of other nuclear research. And most conventional weapons research is done by Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, etc, not UC. Considering that nuclear weapons have only been used twice (though if Bush has his way this may not last) I feel it's a little unfair to condemn all the Los Alamos research programs because you find fault with those related to nuclear weapons.

Editorial Cartoon by Jessica Chan


White Space