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Issue #1320 :: Monday, July 24, 2006

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Column
Where Is My Mind?

Last Tuesday, I attended Muse's concert at the Concourse. With frontman Matthew Bellamy being an avid conspiracy theorist, Muse's lyrical range includes song topics about aliens and being controlled by the government. As I was getting smushed and pushed amidst a mass of sweaty arms at the energetic and inspired performance, bouncing my head with conviction alongside every word, conspiracy theories had never seemed so intriguing-at least in Muse-form.

M. Tennis
Around the World in 90 Days

When he's not getting lost among Tokyo's asphyxiating throng of people, Ken Nakahara, who is back at home in Japan for the summer, finds himself assimilated into a hectic daily routine of tennis practice and driving lessons.

Regents Approve Pay Raises for Executives
SAN FRANCISCO-Amidst recent criticism following the disclosure of millions of dollars in executive perks, the UC Board of Regents approved pay increases Thursday for university executives who they say are paid less than their peers at other universities. Most of the previously unauthorized compensation increases for about 60 high ranking executives, totaling around $1 million, were approved retroactively by the board.

Editorial
President Bush Sells Stem Cells Short

Last week the president told a room full of supporters that federal sponsorship of stem cell research "crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."

News

Regents Approve Pay Raises for Executives
SAN FRANCISCO-Amidst recent criticism following the disclosure of millions of dollars in executive perks, the UC Board of Regents approved pay increases Thursday for university executives who they say are paid less than their peers at other universities. Most of the previously unauthorized compensation increases for about 60 high ranking executives, totaling around $1 million, were approved retroactively by the board.

Telegraph in Transition
Waning Student Interest Cited in Store Closures

Telegraph Avenue holds an important place in the history of UC Berkeley and its students. But many say student attraction to the area has faded, with some saying they have left the street almost entirely.

Council Resolution Would Lend City Support to Student Action
The dispute over the disqualification of four Student Action executive candidates has occupied the ASUC Judicial Council for weeks and gone before a state court. Now, it has reached the Berkeley City Council.

Peachy Keen at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market


Campus Official for Greek Life to Leave Post
The Greek system faces a staff shortage after the campus Interfraternity Council advisor announced her resignation Friday.

Coalition Recommends Changes to Alcohol Policy
A coalition of Berkeley residents and students are lobbying the City Council to combat underage drinking and what they call an overconcentration of liquor stores in South and West Berkeley.

Graduate Assembly Referendum Results Will Stand, Council Rules
The ASUC Judicial Council upheld the Graduate Assembly referendum in a decision released Saturday, ruling against a case challenging the passage of the referendum. Outgoing SQUELCH! Senator Ben Narodick filed the suit against the referendum, arguing that its passage was illegitimate because of the high number of abstention votes the referendum received.

Alumnus to Join Race for Water Board
A former city council candidate and UC Berkeley alumnus is throwing his hat in the ring for a seat on the East Bay Municipal Utilities Board of Directors.

News in Brief
Professor Named to Prestigious Honor Society

Correction
Last Monday's news brief "Acting Chancellor Chosen for UC Santa Cruz" misspelled former chancellor Denice Denton's name.

Clarication
Last Monday's editorial, "The Spying Game for the New Millennium," may have implied that a Pentagon document explicitly referenced war protests of the 1960s. In fact, it did not specifically mention them.


Sports

M. Tennis
Around the World in 90 Days

When he's not getting lost among Tokyo's asphyxiating throng of people, Ken Nakahara, who is back at home in Japan for the summer, finds himself assimilated into a hectic daily routine of tennis practice and driving lessons.

Football
Straighten It Like Schneider

Daily Californian: You didn't play football until your senior year of high school, how did you get started?

Column
Promoting Lynch is Right Idea for Bears

It is only 40 days and 40 nights, folks. In a little under six weeks, the Cal football team will take the field in front of over 100,000 fans at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, orange checkerboard end zone and all.

W. Hoops
Greif Looking to Make Impact

Lauren Greif was relieved when she made her first visit to the Berkeley campus last year.

Sports in Brief
Billups Named Full-Time Coach for Bears


Opinion

Editorial
President Bush Sells Stem Cells Short

Last week the president told a room full of supporters that federal sponsorship of stem cell research "crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."

City Council Has No Business Meddling in ASUC Affairs
Never in recent memory have three pieces of paper threatened such a profound impact on the autonomy of the Associated Students of the University of California. With the wave of a pen, one Berkeley politician has potentially wiped out 40 years of the students' struggle for the protection of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech and press, while he is attacking the most autonomous student government in the United States.

International Community Owes Africa Its Support
Middle East violence has swelled again, and suddenly, yet unsurprisingly, Africa is back-page news. Meanwhile, the genocide in Darfur, Sudan continues to escalate. The recent peace deal remains shaky as ever-millions of refugees lie on the brink of survival, and the death toll continues to rise. The conflict has also now become a regional crisis; Civilians in neighboring Chad are enduring death and massive displacement at an escalating pace.

Letters to the Editor
Student Action's Foes Are Threatening Democracy

Cartoon by Kelly Tsou


Column
Where Is My Mind?

Last Tuesday, I attended Muse's concert at the Concourse. With frontman Matthew Bellamy being an avid conspiracy theorist, Muse's lyrical range includes song topics about aliens and being controlled by the government. As I was getting smushed and pushed amidst a mass of sweaty arms at the energetic and inspired performance, bouncing my head with conviction alongside every word, conspiracy theories had never seemed so intriguing-at least in Muse-form.

White Space