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Issue #152 :: Thursday, April 27, 2000

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Universe May Be Flat, Say Scientists
In 1492, geographers were considered out of step if they believed the world was flat, but in 2000, new findings are forcing another kind of scholar out of scientific favor - cosmologists who believe the universe is anything but flat.

Opiate
"If you want to get your soul to heaven, trust in me. Don't judge or question. You are broken now, but faith can heal you. Just do everything I tell you to do. Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow. Let me lay my holy hand upon you."


Bears Swing Short of Glory
Sigmund Freud never studied golfers, but the effects that the game can have on a player's mind would likely have given the good doctor another meaning for the term, "performance anxiety."

Mayor's Address Touches on Schools, Commerce, Housing
Mayor Shirley Dean began her annual State of the City speech Tuesday night with resolve to focus on the year ahead and work at the grassroots level to build a "brighter future for all the people of Berkeley."

News

Universe May Be Flat, Say Scientists
In 1492, geographers were considered out of step if they believed the world was flat, but in 2000, new findings are forcing another kind of scholar out of scientific favor - cosmologists who believe the universe is anything but flat.

Mayor's Address Touches on Schools, Commerce, Housing
Mayor Shirley Dean began her annual State of the City speech Tuesday night with resolve to focus on the year ahead and work at the grassroots level to build a "brighter future for all the people of Berkeley."

UC System Held Liable In Case of Suicide
A jury slapped the UC system with an $8 million negligence fine Tuesday, the result of a six-year legal battle over the death of a 26-year-old man.

Speaker Examines Salary Differentials Between Genders
Male UC Berkeley professors make an average of $12,000 more than their female counterparts, a university spokesperson said yesterday.

Council Works to Save ‘Living Wall'
The Berkeley City Council gathered for a special meeting yesterday to determine the best way to prevent transportation agencies from building a concrete wall between Interstate 80 and Aquatic Park.

Murder Trial of Student Nears End
Closing arguments are scheduled to continue today in the homicide trial of a former UC Berkeley student accused of slaying his ex-girlfriend, their infant son and her unborn child.

Students Say Senate Lacks Input
As UC Berkeley's Academic Senate prepares to meet today, some students said that their views are not strongly represented in the important policy-making body.

Journalist Analyzes Myths Of Campaign Finance
A highly acclaimed journalist and political commentator came to Berkeley to promote her book about the corruption of American campaign finance.

News in Brief: UC System, Grad Students Continue Labor Mediation
The UC system and the union representing graduate student instructors resumed mediation toward a contract yesterday.

Downtown Renovations Attempt to Create Improved Cultural District
Beneath the dingy exterior of Downtown Berkeley, a revival is taking place.


Sports

Bears Swing Short of Glory
Sigmund Freud never studied golfers, but the effects that the game can have on a player's mind would likely have given the good doctor another meaning for the term, "performance anxiety."

NCAA to Vote on Hoops Measures
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote today on whether to adopt a set of basketball measures ranging from changes in the summer recruiting calendar to scholarship limits.

Bears In the Hunt for Title
They've held their own for most of the season, losing twice in conference play to undefeated Stanford and most recently to a talented UCLA squad.

Men's Tennis Heads To Pac-10 Tourney
They're called the Pac-10 Championships, but they might as well be the NCAA Tournament Preliminaries.

Lacrosse Takes its Time in Victory
Nothing was on the line for the Bears yesterday, and their effort showed it.


Opinion

Opiate
"If you want to get your soul to heaven, trust in me. Don't judge or question. You are broken now, but faith can heal you. Just do everything I tell you to do. Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow. Let me lay my holy hand upon you."


Group Defied Rally's Noble Purpose
A week ago, on Thursday May 20, I attended the Take Back the Night rally and march held on Sproul Plaza. The movement has recently been gaining strength here and there was, in my eyes, a remarkable turnout (in terms of sheer numbers) that evening.

The Rules of the Trade
Though few students know it, the Free Speech Movement Cafe, among other cafes in Berkeley, started serving Fair Trade Certified Coffee after, appropriately enough, student protest. Even Starbucks, the transnational corporation notorious for labor and environmental transgressions, has recently promised to sell Fair Trade Coffee by the pound for a trial period, as a result of pressure from concerned people.

Letters to the Editor: Personal Attacks Aside
It is rather unfortunate that yesterday's column "In the Name of Nothing," highlighted the ignorance and sheer bitterness of at least one writer at The Daily Californian.

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