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Issue #2093 :: Monday, June 23, 2008

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Top Headlines

University Likely to Get Go-Ahead on Stadium
Last week's ruling concerning proposed construction of an athletic center near Memorial Stadium demonstrated that the university will likely get the go-ahead to continue with the project.

UC, City Discuss Tree-Sitters' Needs
Despite the absence of some key tree-sit supporters yesterday, negotiations concerning the well-being of the tree-sitters at the oak grove near Memorial Stadium began to take place between the two sides.

Local Same-Sex Couples Set Plans to Marry
Even though an initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California is on the November election ballot, many same-sex couples in the state have still set plans to tie the knot.

Captain Morgan
Standing atop of the podium after the women's pole vault finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships was a most unexpected face.

News

University Likely to Get Go-Ahead on Stadium
Last week's ruling concerning proposed construction of an athletic center near Memorial Stadium demonstrated that the university will likely get the go-ahead to continue with the project.

UC, City Discuss Tree-Sitters' Needs
Despite the absence of some key tree-sit supporters yesterday, negotiations concerning the well-being of the tree-sitters at the oak grove near Memorial Stadium began to take place between the two sides.

Local Same-Sex Couples Set Plans to Marry
Even though an initiative to ban same-sex marriage in California is on the November election ballot, many same-sex couples in the state have still set plans to tie the knot.

City Council Set to Approve 2008-09 Budget Updates
The Berkeley City Council is set to approve the updates to the city's biennial budget proposed by Mayor Tom Bates at its meeting Tuesday night.

Support the Troops Rally Protested by Anti-War Groups
At least 100 people rallied to support the troops outside the Marine Corps recruitment center on Saturday.

State Calls Off Moth Spraying in Urban Areas
Officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced last Thursday that due to health concerns and public opposition, the controversial aerial spraying aimed at eradicating the light brown apple moth will no longer be executed in urban areas this summer.

News in Brief
Man Dies in South Berkeley Shooting

New USCA Executive Director Begins Tenure
The new executive director for the University Students' Cooperative Association began her tenure last week, taking over the position that had been vacant since December.


Sports

Captain Morgan
Standing atop of the podium after the women's pole vault finals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships was a most unexpected face.

Gladstone Ends Tenure With Bears
Winning follows Steve Gladstone, so when he returned to Cal in 1997 for his second coaching stint in Berkeley, success inevitably also returned to the men's crew.

Former Cal Standouts Vie For Spots on USA Roster
As head coach of the Cal women's water polo team, Rich Corso understands how difficult it is to finalize a roster.

Sports in Brief
Bears Post 3-1-1 Record During Team Tour of Italy

In Transition, Bears Still Put Together Balanced Season
The outlook for the Cal track and field team in 2008 was bleak. With the coaching transition that took place the summer before, the Bears lost several key athletes as outgoing transfers.


Opinion

Who Really Won
The release of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Miller's 129-page ruling on the three stadium lawsuits prompted both the city of Berkeley and the university to declare victory. Even the tree-sitters joined in on the celebration. But it was hardly a situation where everyone's a winner.

Safety First
Millipede, Squirtle, Dumpster Muffin-these are just a few aliases protesters in the oak grove near Memorial Stadium have adopted. Their names border on farce, and their actions are not any less preposterous.

Remedying Political Wrongs in Chile
As Chilean citizens residing in the Bay Area, it is a pleasure to have the presence of Michelle Bachelet among us. There are many of us, who as a result of the 1973 coup, left the country and created in California a little Chile. Our sons and daughters have been born in this beautiful place, and we have chosen it as our place of residence. We are a community of Chileans that continue to be connected to the Chile of yesterday, of today and of the future.

Critique of University's Tree-Sit Response
UC Berkeley seems to be moving further and further from its ideals of a public institution accessible to all and home of the Free Speech Movement. Its reckless and dangerous actions to attempt to remove tree-sitters last week is just one of many steps in this direction.

Arrests Made at Protest Questionable
I was at the Breasts Not Bombs peace demonstration on June 13, 2008. I was totally shocked that the Berkeley police arrested a Code Pink member for exercising her First Amendment right to bare her breasts at a public demonstration even after I told the police that a topless peace demonstration, even a totally nude one for that matter, was protected by Constitution as declared by U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in a 2003 legal decision that was supported by the ACLU.

EDITORIAL CARTOON


The New Personal Ad
At this point, you're probably tired of people writing about Facebook. I mean, how much can be said about a social networking site? Yes, it's an unparalleled time waster; yes, it has nifty stalkerish capabilities; yes, we're all sick of application invites. Facebook articles, man-I don't know about you guys, but I'm over them.

White Space