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Issue #1777 :: Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Top Headlines

Israel Bill Proponents Opt Not To Pursue Veto Override
Supporters of an ASUC Senate bill affirming a positive U.S.-Israel relationship are saying they will no longer move to overturn the presidential veto cancelling it.

License to Kill
In a five-game victory over Notre Dame in September, outside hitter Hana Cutura has just led the Cal volleyball team in kills.

Cosmological Physics Center Set to Open
George Smoot, professor and physics Nobel Laureate, says he had dreamed for years of having a campus center where noteworthy scientists and students could unite with the common goal of exploring some of the universe’s greatest questions.

Leave Fat Santa Alone
With all the sights and sounds (and smells, I suppose) to take in while walking down Telegraph Avenue, you might not have noticed the “Peace” banner flanking each lamp post in a desperate attempt to bring holiday cheer. When did they pop up? I’m not sure either, but it’s probably the closest thing we have to the gifts-and-spending—I mean family-and-friends—spirit here on campus.

News

Cosmological Physics Center Set to Open
George Smoot, professor and physics Nobel Laureate, says he had dreamed for years of having a campus center where noteworthy scientists and students could unite with the common goal of exploring some of the universe’s greatest questions.

Sea Scouts Leader Arrested
The leader of the Berkeley Sea Scouts was arrested yesterday on suspicion of molesting several young boys in the organization.

Research & Ideas
Scientists Link Salamander Migration to Global Warming

Long periods of global warming may have facilitated the global spread of lungless salamanders millions of years ago, according to a new study conducted by UC Berkeley scientists.

Bill Calls for Student Input in Faculty Hiring
The ASUC Senate will consider a bill at its meeting tonight aiming to increase both undergraduate and graduate student participation in faculty hiring.

Oil Spill Takes Heavy Toll On Fishermen
Fishermen say slow government response to the oil spill last month in the San Francisco Bay cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits and may lead to long-term negative effects on their businesses.

Board Recommends Contest For People’s Park Design
If an advisory panel’s new plan is adopted, the future of People’s Park could be the vision of a student, a gardener or a social service worker.

Merchant Brings French Twist to Berkeley Wine Scene
Kermit Lynch prints the same Thomas Jefferson quote on all of his wine bottles that is scrawled on the side of his San Pablo Avenue shop: “Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”

Campus Wins Grant to Train Math and Science Teachers
To support UC Berkeley programs aimed at training math and science teachers, the National Math and Science Initiative is awarding UC Berkeley a $2.4 million grant, campus officials announced Monday.

Research & Ideas
Hyenas May Hold Clues To Anomalous Genitalia

While many researchers study rats and mice, a UC Berkeley professor is currently studying 30 spotted hyenas in the Berkeley Hills to determine why female humans may be born with male genitalia.

At-Risk Teens Funnel Energies Into Art
A wooden chair stands on a street corner, left with a sign marked “free.”

DE-Cal Brings Issues of City Government to Classroom
Improving street lighting in Berkeley to reduce crime was senior political science major Max Reyes’ suggestion at a mock city council meeting last night.

Bill Pushes EAP to Reinstate Israel, Philippines Programs
The ASUC Senate is set to consider a bill tonight that would urge administrators to reinstate the university’s study abroad programs in the Philippines and Israel, where they are currently suspended.

Israel Bill Proponents Opt Not To Pursue Veto Override
Supporters of an ASUC Senate bill affirming a positive U.S.-Israel relationship are saying they will no longer move to overturn the presidential veto cancelling it.


Sports

License to Kill
In a five-game victory over Notre Dame in September, outside hitter Hana Cutura has just led the Cal volleyball team in kills.

Undefeated Cal Hosts Small Jackson State
Forward Devon Hardin could not believe what he saw in front of him.

Off Base
Hey, you, out on Evans. Yeah, you. Step off the ledge. Step back and officers and counselors will assist you. It is OK. This is not the end of the world. I repeat: this is not the end of the world.

2007 Fall Sports Awards
Top Female Athlete: Angie Pressey, Volleyball


Opinion

Leave Fat Santa Alone
With all the sights and sounds (and smells, I suppose) to take in while walking down Telegraph Avenue, you might not have noticed the “Peace” banner flanking each lamp post in a desperate attempt to bring holiday cheer. When did they pop up? I’m not sure either, but it’s probably the closest thing we have to the gifts-and-spending—I mean family-and-friends—spirit here on campus.

White Space