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Issue #1460 :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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International Athletes Part 1
Making It To Berkeley

As talented of a player as freshman Rama N’diaye of the Cal women’s basketball team is, she didn’t have many college recruiters seeking her out during her senior year of high school like other players of her caliber.

Faculty Question Deal On Biofuels Research
For some faculty members at UC Berkeley, a pending contract with a private company that will fund $500 million of campus research on alternative energy sources has raised concerns over the role of corporate sponsorship.

Which Way Is East?
Remember the Cold War? I do. I spent my high school career driving it around in the back of my Dodge Omni. Every week, my carpool full of ex-Soviets and I would arrive 20 minutes late to Hebrew school, thanks to a fresh-off-the-boat 7th grader named Jenya, whose single goal in life was to imbibe as much American culture as he possibly could via Homie action figures. He was East, and my ashtray full of quarters was the westernmost terminus of his American Dream.

Bear Witness
Everyone does something embarrassing during childhood. Well, I know I did, so for the sake of my own ego, I’d like to think everyone did, too.

News

Faculty Question Deal On Biofuels Research
For some faculty members at UC Berkeley, a pending contract with a private company that will fund $500 million of campus research on alternative energy sources has raised concerns over the role of corporate sponsorship.

Activists Say Stadium Project Site May Be on Burial Ground
Activists contended yesterday that a possible American Indian burial ground underneath the oak grove near Memorial Stadium could prevent the university from building on the site, but campus officials remain skeptical about the validity of their claims.

Top Candidates for Journalism Dean To Speak on Goals for Program
Starting next week, a series of four candidates will present their visions for the future of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism as the school’s dean search committee narrows down the possible replacements for current dean Orville Schell.

Local Grocer to Open Fourth Location in Rexall’s Place
A locally owned grocery store opening on Telegraph Avenue near campus will fill a void in the area in March, owners say, by offering organic and natural groceries and produce in a location convenient to students.

ASUC Bill Would Allow Choice On Membership—But Not Fees
Seeking to clarify the association’s membership rules, the ASUC Senate will consider a bill at Wednesday night’s meeting that will define a member of the ASUC as any student who wants to be a member.

Blogging Berkeley
A “frustrated” journalist, a former San Jose Mercury News reporter, a liberal who started blogging to fill what he saw as a void of Bush critics, a self-described “gadfly” critical of campus leaders.

Research & Ideas
Ritual Sacrifice, Ancient Faces And the ‘Ethics of Aesthetics’

In 1950, the body of a strangled middle-aged man was found in a marsh outside the village of Tollund, Denmark.

News in Brief
Officers Thwart Assault On College Avenue

City Says State Cuts Could Hurt Mental Health Support Services
Proposed cuts to the state budget could leave city programs that house and treat almost 100 mentally ill individuals in Berkeley underfunded and unable to continue housing subsidies, city analysts said.

Berkeley Mardi Gras March Has Political Beat
The blare of boom boxes and the sounds of djembe drums, tambourines and saxophones filled Downtown Berkeley yesterday afternoon in a Mardi Gras parade with a Berkeley spin—its theme was “commuting the death sentence of global warming.”


Sports

International Athletes Part 1
Making It To Berkeley

As talented of a player as freshman Rama N’diaye of the Cal women’s basketball team is, she didn’t have many college recruiters seeking her out during her senior year of high school like other players of her caliber.

Bear Witness
Everyone does something embarrassing during childhood. Well, I know I did, so for the sake of my own ego, I’d like to think everyone did, too.

Late-Inning Rally Hands Cal Third Straight Loss
It looked like a repeat of Sunday's disappointing loss to UNLV. It looked to be a repeat of a 2006 season full of disappointment.

Opportunistic Cal Sneaks Nine Runs On Gaels in Win
The No. 17 Cal softball team has seen better stat lines than its seven-hit performance against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.

Classic Series Continues Today as Cal Hosts UBC
Eventually the No. 1 Cal rugby team has to face a worthy opponent.

Pac-10 Analysis

How significant was Arizona State’s victory over USC on Saturday?

Christopher Rebounding Well From Injury
The way Patrick Christopher has been playing as of late, it seems the freshman is trying to make up for lost time.

Pac-10s to Be No Picnic for Hungry Bears
Despite being nearly 800 miles and two state lines away from Berkeley, Federal Way, Wash., is still familiar territory for the Cal men’s swimming team, which got a taste of the locale during the three-day Husky Invitational held there Dec. 1-3.

Cal’s Second Shot Starts Today at Burns Intercollegiate
Most college students would love to spend a week in Hawaii, relaxing and enjoying the scenery, but the Cal men’s golf team has added incentive to visit the Aloha State.


Opinion

Which Way Is East?
Remember the Cold War? I do. I spent my high school career driving it around in the back of my Dodge Omni. Every week, my carpool full of ex-Soviets and I would arrive 20 minutes late to Hebrew school, thanks to a fresh-off-the-boat 7th grader named Jenya, whose single goal in life was to imbibe as much American culture as he possibly could via Homie action figures. He was East, and my ashtray full of quarters was the westernmost terminus of his American Dream.

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