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Issue #1766 :: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Top Headlines

Glory, Glory Hole-lelujah
Glory holes may have been a punchline in high school, but in college they’re the real deal. I don’t see why people obsess over graffiti and grout puns—what about the myth of restroom sexual deviancy?

Behind Every Field Goal and Punt is Nick Sundberg, The Most Important Player You’ve Never Heard Of
This season, the Cal football team has put boot to ball a total of 112 times—not including kickoffs. Over those 17 field goal attempts, 41 point-after attempts and 54 punts, only one of two names ever enters the scorebook: Jordan Kay or Andrew Larson, the Bears’ place kicker and punter, respectively.

Council May Approve Public Commons Plan
After months of consideration and debate, Berkeley City Council members said they will likely approve a controversial plan to combat homelessness in the city at their meeting tonight.

Cleaning Up the Mess
Earlier this month, the cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge, releasing 58,000 gallons of oil into the water. The response to this disaster has been characterized by opposites, as two levels of government took two different paths in addressing the oil spill.

News

Council May Approve Public Commons Plan
After months of consideration and debate, Berkeley City Council members said they will likely approve a controversial plan to combat homelessness in the city at their meeting tonight.

Centers for Homeless Await Lease Vote
One of Berkeley’s oldest homeless services agencies could take a long-awaited step toward renovating its facilities tonight if a City Council vote makes it eligible for state and outside source funds.

Across the Nation, Foreign Language Study on the Rise
More and more students across the country are turning their attention to foreign language study, according to a recent report released by the Modern Language Association.

Giving the Gift of Life


Hospital Gets Funding for Expansion of HIV Testing
In February, a local hospital will begin testing emergency room patients for HIV with the help of a grant aimed at decreasing the number of infected people who do not realize they have the disease.

For Weight Lifters, a Glove Fit for Fitness
At first glance, the remote sensor technology embedded in UC Berkeley graduate student Keng-hao Chang’s weight-lifting gloves look more like a throwback to the virtual reality handsets of the 1990s than the latest in health care technology.

Once Again, Scientists Abuzz Over Fruit Flies
In the world of genetics, few species are as well-studied as fruit flies in the genus Drosophila.

Former Judge Chosen as UC Regents’ New Alumni Representative
Ronald Stovitz, past president of the UC Riverside Alumni Association and a retired presiding judge of the State Bar Court, was chosen earlier this month to serve as an alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

Judicial Council Suit Settled After Mediated Discussion
A lawsuit filed with the ASUC Judicial Council two weeks ago against two ASUC senators over their conduct in a Constitutional and Procedural Review Committee meeting was settled last week following a mediated discussion between the involved parties.


Sports

Behind Every Field Goal and Punt is Nick Sundberg, The Most Important Player You’ve Never Heard Of
This season, the Cal football team has put boot to ball a total of 112 times—not including kickoffs. Over those 17 field goal attempts, 41 point-after attempts and 54 punts, only one of two names ever enters the scorebook: Jordan Kay or Andrew Larson, the Bears’ place kicker and punter, respectively.

New Coach, System Can’t Keep Cal From Fourth Straight NCAAs
The 2007 season for the No. 19 Cal women’s soccer team will likely be remembered for the instant classic between the Bears and No. 2-seed Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Men’s First Appearance at Nationals is Peak of Success
“In collegiate cross country, there is a lot of competition but not a lot of competitions.”

Pac-10 Analysis
How is unranked and mercurial UCLA still in contention for a Rose Bowl berth?


Opinion

Glory, Glory Hole-lelujah
Glory holes may have been a punchline in high school, but in college they’re the real deal. I don’t see why people obsess over graffiti and grout puns—what about the myth of restroom sexual deviancy?

Cleaning Up the Mess
Earlier this month, the cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge, releasing 58,000 gallons of oil into the water. The response to this disaster has been characterized by opposites, as two levels of government took two different paths in addressing the oil spill.

A Dangerous Home
What are the holidays made of? Good faith, cheer, peace for fellow man and civil disobedience. At least, according to one of the tree-sitters camping out in the oak grove. The tree-sitter was part of KRON-TV 4’s piece on how the protesters celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday, oak grove-style. The video showed individuals packing dinner and cheering as they were hoisted into the trees. Someone played the fiddle and others sang along. It was a very Berkeley Thanksgiving.

Editorial Cartoon


Finding the Right Product to Fight AIDS
On Dec. 1 each year, the world comes together to commemorate World AIDS Day. Today, about 42 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Of the approximately 15,000 people who will be infected with HIV each day this year, the majority will not even know that they are infected and will continue to spread this disease for another several years before they realize they are ill. As the epidemic spreads, it is affecting more and more women. Globally, it is estimated that women represent 65 percent of all those infected with HIV/AIDS. In fact, the leading risk factor for HIV among women in much of the world is to be the monogamous wife of an unfaithful or polygamous

Defying the Odds: The Play, Spartans and My Students
The two goals for room 429, my classroom in Louis D. Brandeis High School in New York City, are based upon an admonition and a cliche. On the first day I warned that students who don’t learn social studies today will be pushed to the sidelines of democracy tomorrow. Then, like a fortune cookie, I promote thinking “outside the box” coupled with eternal optimism. I do this because both are principles I gained through my experience at UC Berkeley, and knowing where my students are coming from, they’re values that they desperately need.

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