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Issue #1216 :: Friday, September 2, 2005

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AC Transit To Hike Fares on Tuesday
AC Transit bus riders will face fare increases beginning Tuesday as the transportation agency looks to offset a projected $40 million deficit for 2008.

Off the Beat: New Orleans Is Sinking
As most of you know, one of the most devastating years for natural disasters in recent memory just managed to grow even more devastating. Sweeping through the western Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina initially left the city of New Orleans relatively unscathed-until a pair of protective levees broke and submerged 80 percent of the below-sea-level city.

Anticipation for '05 Season Almost Over
After blasting through the Southern Mississippi defense for 261 yards in the 2004 regular season finale, former Cal football running back J.J. Arrington shocked reporters after the game by saying what was on many people's minds-he deserved the Heisman Trophy.

Soaring Gas Prices Exhaust Students' Budgets
In addition to the massive devastation in New Orleans and southern Mississippi, rising gasoline prices caused by the fury of Hurricane Katrina have UC Berkeley students reeling.

News

AC Transit To Hike Fares on Tuesday
AC Transit bus riders will face fare increases beginning Tuesday as the transportation agency looks to offset a projected $40 million deficit for 2008.

Soaring Gas Prices Exhaust Students' Budgets
In addition to the massive devastation in New Orleans and southern Mississippi, rising gasoline prices caused by the fury of Hurricane Katrina have UC Berkeley students reeling.

A Presidential Welcome
ASUC President Manny Buenrostro emphasized his dedication to representing every student at the university during his state of the association speech at the first ASUC Senate meeting of the semester Wednesday night.

Berkeley Schools Flunk Federal Standards
More than half of Berkeley public schools failed to meet federal standards outlined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, even though most of the schools have shown overall improvement from last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

New Graduate Assembly President Aims High
UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Lola Odusanya is stepping out of the lab and into the spotlight as she starts her post as Graduate Assembly president this fall.

Officials Ponder Online Course Evaluations
University and ASUC officials are investigating alternative ways of handling course evaluations this fall, including the possibility of publishing student feedback on professors and courses online.

News in Brief
Argument Between Two Men Turns Physical

Correction
Yesterday's caption for the feature photo "Time to Pray at the End of the Day" erroneously attributed "beauty and tranquility" to Aubrey Weger.


Sports

Anticipation for '05 Season Almost Over
After blasting through the Southern Mississippi defense for 261 yards in the 2004 regular season finale, former Cal football running back J.J. Arrington shocked reporters after the game by saying what was on many people's minds-he deserved the Heisman Trophy.

Men's Soccer: Hatzke-less Bears Kick Off Season Today
Both teams boast five or more players returning. Both teams also boast leading scorers in their conferences.

Cal Looks for Numbers to Hang on New Scoreboard
A new scoreboard adorns the west side of Edwards Stadium this season.

Sports in Brief
Field Hockey to Host Michigan State in Third Consecutive Home Game


Opinion

Off the Beat: New Orleans Is Sinking
As most of you know, one of the most devastating years for natural disasters in recent memory just managed to grow even more devastating. Sweeping through the western Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina initially left the city of New Orleans relatively unscathed-until a pair of protective levees broke and submerged 80 percent of the below-sea-level city.

Editorial: Slimming Down the RSF
It's a hard-knock life at UC Berkeley. Students here certainly don't get the perks many high-profile private universities shower upon their students. But one of the silver linings of our university experience is the Recreational Sports Facility. For $45 per semester students can access sports facilities at nine UC campuses. Compare this to 24 Hour Fitness, where people can go to just one gym for forking over a $79 processing fee and $28 per month on top of that.

Editorial: Big Bad Brother
Nothing shouts "Big Brother" quite as loudly as having to wear a global positioning device for the rest of one's life. This creepy suggestion is part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new legislation to impose more stringent guidelines on dealing with convicted sex offenders. While much of the legislation nicknamed "Jessica's Law" lays out other sensible preventive measures, this one will only set a frightening standard for the treatment of convicts and waste tons of taxpayer money.

One Fascinating Freshman: Campus Luminaries Weigh In on Birgeneau's First Year as Chancellor
Smitten But Not Blinded: A Former President's Perspective

Don't Get Comfortable, Keep Taking Risks
When Robert Birgeneau first became chancellor in the fall of last year, we were apprehensive. Here is another rich, white man that is taking the helm of a UC campus-what else is new? But as the year progressed the chancellor redefined the role students can and should play in setting the university's priorities. Still, if Birgeneau allows himself to be bogged down by the typical UC Berkeley bureaucracy surrounding him, we'll have a chancellor out of touch with the stark realities facing the UC Berkeley community.

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