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Issue #1296 :: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Top Headlines

The Other Phylum
If Mother Nature has taught us one thing, it's that you don't need a spine to be successful. Take bacteria, for example: Those little bastards multiply at exponential rates and can populate many square feet of nutrient-rich areas in hours, if my ketchup-covered kitchen counter is any indication.

Program Creates Easy How-To Directions
"Some assembly required" has been a sitcom punch line for ages. Just think of Bart Simpson's new 10-speed bicycle assembled by Homer, or any number of similar examples. Newly arrived UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Maneesh Agrawala, hopes to change that.

With Extra Money, ASUC Weighs Options
The ASUC Senate financial committee mulled proposals for the allocation of more than $300,000 in surplus funding Monday, after a change in allocation procedures.

Cal’s ‘Show’ to Re-Air Against Spartans
Near the end of a recent practice, Cal men's basketball coach Ben Braun took the opportunity to lighten the mood-and get his star player a little riled up.

News

Having Missed Appeal Request Deadline, Man Must Pay Berkeley Resident Injured in Accident
After missing the deadline to refile an incomplete appeal in a San Francisco appeals court yesterday, an Oakland man must now pay a $53 million settlement to the Berkeley woman whose car he hit while driving drunk in 2000.

News in Brief
Man Struck With Golf Club in West Berkeley Altercation

With Extra Money, ASUC Weighs Options
The ASUC Senate financial committee mulled proposals for the allocation of more than $300,000 in surplus funding Monday, after a change in allocation procedures.

UC Berkeley Senior Wins Marshall Scholarship
UC Berkeley senior Daniel Zoughbie was awarded the Marshall Scholarship two weeks ago, making him one of 43 recipients of one of the nation's most prestigious scholarships for undergraduates.

For 25 Years, DE-Cal Gives Students a Voice
DE-Cal, UC Berkeley's student-led education organization, celebrates its 25th anniversary today, marking a milestone in the program's evolution.

Civic Center Leaves Lights on in Death Penalty Protest
The Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building in Downtown Berkeley was illuminated last night to represent the city’s opposition to the death penalty.


Sports

Cal’s ‘Show’ to Re-Air Against Spartans
Near the end of a recent practice, Cal men's basketball coach Ben Braun took the opportunity to lighten the mood-and get his star player a little riled up.

Inconsistency Plagues No. 3 Bears in 2005
When a regular season ends for a team ranked No. 3 in any sport, one may assume it would translate into an automatic spot in the NCAA finals.

Blondes in the Bleachers ...with Gina Merlone and Nora Desruisseaux
Gina Merlone: Today marks a sad occasion in your lives, readers. This will be our last ever Blondes in the Bleachers.


Opinion

The Other Phylum
If Mother Nature has taught us one thing, it's that you don't need a spine to be successful. Take bacteria, for example: Those little bastards multiply at exponential rates and can populate many square feet of nutrient-rich areas in hours, if my ketchup-covered kitchen counter is any indication.

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