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Issue #1265 :: Friday, October 21, 2005

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ASUC Passes Bill For Secure Online Voting
Voters in next spring's ASUC elections will be able to cast their votes with the click of a mouse, after the ASUC Senate unanimously passed a revised bill Wednesday that emphasizes security in online voting.

Not-So-Cool Whip
Last weekend, I got more than my money's worth for my overpriced Shattuck Cinemas movie ticket. My girlfriends and I couldn't drag any of the guys into it, so we decided to indulge in an unrealistically mushy chick flick. The lack of skill on the part of the actors was to be expected. The composition of the audience was not.

Wazzu Finds Cal on the Defensive
As the fans at Memorial Stadium rose out of their seats Saturday and darted through the aisles, eager to forget the game they had just witnessed and catch a glimpse of the waning moments of the USC-Notre Dame showdown, the Cal football team walked sullenly off the field amidst scattered boos.

Tensions Flare at Debate on Affirmative Action Laws
Nearly 500 students and community members packed Pauley Ballroom yesterday for a heated debate on affirmative action.

News

ASUC Passes Bill For Secure Online Voting
Voters in next spring's ASUC elections will be able to cast their votes with the click of a mouse, after the ASUC Senate unanimously passed a revised bill Wednesday that emphasizes security in online voting.

Tensions Flare at Debate on Affirmative Action Laws
Nearly 500 students and community members packed Pauley Ballroom yesterday for a heated debate on affirmative action.

School’s Out, But Kids Keep Learning After Classes End
The lights were kept on after classes ended at 13 elementary and middle schools in Berkeley yesterday to help raise awareness for after-school programs as part of National Lights On Afterschool Day.

After Raid, Used Bicycle Store Owner Exonerated
After conducting a raid of a Berkeley secondhand bike shop for stolen property, police concluded there was not enough evidence to confirm allegations that the shop's owner was selling stolen bicycles to customers.

Corrections
Thursday's article "Hoping to End Moratorium, Greek Council OKs New Code" incorrectly attributed that Tier 2 parties will be allowed at Greek chapter houses two weeks after Oct. 28 if there are no problems to Kerry Fleming. In fact, the statement should be attributed to Interfraternity Council President Andy Solari.


Sports

Wazzu Finds Cal on the Defensive
As the fans at Memorial Stadium rose out of their seats Saturday and darted through the aisles, eager to forget the game they had just witnessed and catch a glimpse of the waning moments of the USC-Notre Dame showdown, the Cal football team walked sullenly off the field amidst scattered boos.

Cal Looks to Bring Class, Revenge to Huskies
If there is anything more than revenge the No. 16 Cal men's soccer team wants against Washington this weekend, it would be to teach the Huskies a lesson about "winning with class."

Big-Time Offenses to Clash at Big Spike
With the No. 14 Cal volleyball team and the defending national champion, No. 5 Stanford, sporting identical Pac-10 records, this year's Big Spike, which will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, is taking on added importance.


Opinion

Not-So-Cool Whip
Last weekend, I got more than my money's worth for my overpriced Shattuck Cinemas movie ticket. My girlfriends and I couldn't drag any of the guys into it, so we decided to indulge in an unrealistically mushy chick flick. The lack of skill on the part of the actors was to be expected. The composition of the audience was not.

Editorial
Honor All Veterans

So much for unity and open-mindedness. The unofficial committee that organizes citywide Veteran's Day activities is suffering from internal political wars, and it isn't even November yet. Committee chair Country Joe McDonald, a Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist, wants to bring in Bill Mitchell, cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace with Cindy Sheehan, to speak at the day's events. The connection to Sheehan, a protester who made national news by camping outside President George W. Bush's residence in Texas and demanding that he bring the troops home, makes one thing certain: McDonald wants this to be a political event.

Editorial
Dismember New Law

Sex and violence may not be the best family values, but they certainly bring in the big bucks. Such is the holy mantra of the video game industry. So it's no surprise that the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association are taking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to court for signing a bill that would limit the amount of violence permissible in video games. At the same time, while some of the suit's arguments-such as the ambiguity of the wording and possible self-censorship-are a little laughable, the potential First Amendment violations in this new law make the industry's case a dead serious issue.

Letters to the Editor
Your Oct. 18 front-page article "Chancellor Appraises Undergraduates" shed light on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's priorities for future improvements in undergraduate education, but also drew attention to an unfortunate bias affecting many current UC Berkeley students. Concerning the high demand for limited financial aid resources, you quoted our chancellor as saying "At what stage are students going to say 'No', and stay at home where they can go to community college?" This inevitability seems to concern Birgeneau, and his concern disturbs me.

Editorial Cartoon by Aron Bothman


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