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Issue #2061 :: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Protesters Disrupt Yoo Lecture
Boalt Hall School of Law professor John Yoo, who authored memos for the Bush administration that many have said condone torture, spoke yesterday near campus as protesters wearing orange jumpsuits and bags over their heads shouted "torture" at him.

Campus Acceptance Rate Drops to Record Low
UC Berkeley admitted only 21.5 percent of freshmen applicants for the 2008-09 school year, the lowest acceptance rate in campus history, officials announced yesterday.

In Protest Against War, Some Decline To Pay Taxes
A Berkeley-based group of conscientious war tax resistors awarded $10,000 in grants last night to activist groups that promote peace and social justice.

BOOT CAMP
The Cal rugby team has just arrived at its hotel following its only loss of the regular season, a five-point defeat at the hands of British Columbia.

News

Protesters Disrupt Yoo Lecture
Boalt Hall School of Law professor John Yoo, who authored memos for the Bush administration that many have said condone torture, spoke yesterday near campus as protesters wearing orange jumpsuits and bags over their heads shouted "torture" at him.

Campus Acceptance Rate Drops to Record Low
UC Berkeley admitted only 21.5 percent of freshmen applicants for the 2008-09 school year, the lowest acceptance rate in campus history, officials announced yesterday.

In Protest Against War, Some Decline To Pay Taxes
A Berkeley-based group of conscientious war tax resistors awarded $10,000 in grants last night to activist groups that promote peace and social justice.

UC Backs Harsher Penalties for Animal Testing Protesters
University of California officials are backing a state assembly bill proposing harsher punishments on animal rights activists who demonstrate against animal testing research.

Testimony Begins in Trial of Man Accused of 2005 Shooting
OAKLAND-A defense attorney told jurors yesterday a Hayward man made a "rash, stupid" decision when he shot into a crowd on College Avenue in July 2005, hitting and killing a former Berkeley High School honor student who had called him for help-but that does not make him a murderer.

Report Inconclusive on Spray's Health Effects
A joint report by three state agencies has concluded that there was not enough information to establish a link between aerial spraying to eradicate an invasive moth species and reports of negative health effects in the sprayed areas.

Woman Sues UC Board Of Regents Over Father's Death
An Illinois woman filed suit against the UC Board of Regents last week, alleging that negligent oversight of the Los Alamos National Laboratory led to the death of her father.

News in Brief
Legislation that would have withheld funds from Berkeley failed to make it to the floor of the California State Assembly yesterday.

News in Brief
The waters of the Aquatic Park in West Berkeley were deemed safe for human use yesterday after a sewage spill last week.

CalSERVE Sweeps Executive Offices in ASUC Elections
CalSERVE swept the executive positions in the ASUC elections, taking four of the five offices, according to preliminary results released tonight.


Sports

BOOT CAMP
The Cal rugby team has just arrived at its hotel following its only loss of the regular season, a five-point defeat at the hands of British Columbia.

Bouncing Back After Being Blasted
Mark Canha and Charlie Cutler were taking some voluntary batting practice yesterday afternoon in near-silence, save for the wind and the constant hum coming from that building off the first-base line at Evans Diamond.

News in Brief
A current Cal swimming standout and a former one shined at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester, England over the weekend.


Opinion

Choose Your Weapon
One recent attempt to subdue Oakland's perennially heartbreaking homicide rate took the form of a gun buyback in which police offered up to $250 for firearms. If turnout were a measure of success, the project would have been a triumph. In reality, though, few could take lasting comfort from the sight of so many eager sellers.

90 Percent of Success
Mercifully, most UC Berkeley classes don't take roll. In the immediate sense, the fact that nobody's tracking our attendance is the wiggle-room we need to finish a problem set or sleep off an ill-advised evening out. In the long run, it's the classic collegiate lesson in personal responsibility-sure, you could opt out of all your lectures, but will you survive the final?

For FDA, Risk Trumps Image
The FDA is charged with protecting the nation's blood supply from diseases that can be accidentally transferred to recipients. One such disease that has stirred up commotion is HIV/AIDS. No one will disagree that HIV/AIDS is a terrible and slow fate with no known cure. Because of the gravity of this disease, the FDA tries to minimize the risk of accidentally infecting other people.

Candidate's Voter Guide Section Disrespectful
The 2008 ASUC voters' guide commited a gross sacrilegious insult agaist all the traditional Native Americans in the form of publishing the racist and vulgar image use and statements made by the student candidate for president: No. 26 Ross "Strollinglamb" Lingenfelder.

Not All Share Columnist's Misguided Assumptions
I was not surprised to read Billy Main's opinion ("Let Sleeping Dogs Lie," April 14) about racially based student groups, but as another white man, I feel compelled to respond to his article, which I profoundly disagree with.

Sex on Tuesday
When I was a sophomore in high school, I puked in front of a church.

White Space