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Issue #2118 :: Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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Top Headlines

Man Shot in South Berkeley
A 22-year-old male was shot this afternoon on the 2900 block of Sacramento Street.

Overtime Pay Rises Across UC Campuses
Overtime pay for employees at the University of California rose significantly last year, totaling approximately $135 million in 2007, an increase some say is a result of unwise and ineffective labor practices by the university.

Tree-Sitters Remain for New Season Of Football
Saturday's football game was a landmark one for the tree-sitters, who have now spent their third consecutive football season watching the game from their places in the trees.

New Web Site Allows Students To Report Crimes, Access Data
A newly launched Web site will allow students to play a greater role in learning about and reporting crimes around college campuses.

News

Overtime Pay Rises Across UC Campuses
Overtime pay for employees at the University of California rose significantly last year, totaling approximately $135 million in 2007, an increase some say is a result of unwise and ineffective labor practices by the university.

Tree-Sitters Remain for New Season Of Football
Saturday's football game was a landmark one for the tree-sitters, who have now spent their third consecutive football season watching the game from their places in the trees.

Contestants Balance Pageants, Academics
Louisa Liu, who graduated from UC Berkeley in May, was performing a traditional Chinese folk dance in the 2008 Miss Asian America Pageant when she twisted her knee, still in recovery after ACL surgery last year.

New Web Site Allows Students To Report Crimes, Access Data
A newly launched Web site will allow students to play a greater role in learning about and reporting crimes around college campuses.

UC Berkeley First to Offer Remote African Language Class Video
This semester, UC Berkeley students will have the opportunity to study a remote African language that has never been taught before­-at this university or anywhere else in the world.

Local Temple Brunch Draws Crowds, Ire of Neighborhood
A local temple's food program that attracts patrons from across California has provoked a backlash from community members who say it is disrupting their neighborhood.

Man Shot in South Berkeley
A 22-year-old male was shot this afternoon on the 2900 block of Sacramento Street.


Sports

Best, Vereen Carry the Bears to Victory Over Spartans Podcast Gallery
Lately it seems like talk of the Cal football team has been dominated by the tale of its two quarterbacks.

Few Questions, More Answers On Defense
Allowing 31 points, the Cal defense probably didn't impress the "national" TV audience.

Cal's Statement On Saturday: Pac-10 Teams Are Physical Too
In the waning moments of Saturday's opening win over Michigan State, Cal running back Jahvid Best sent a message without even knowing it. Spartans cornerback Johnny Adams got the memo loud and clear.

Late Goal By Carrasco Keys Upset Of Terrapins
In only their second game of the season, the Cal men's soccer team took on a top-10 opponent, and this time they came out on top.

Women Finish First, Men Third Without Top Runners at USF Invitational
The Cal women's cross country team proved itself ready for the 2008 season on Saturday, taking first place at the USF Invitational.

Cal Falls to Drexel in Overtime After Failing to Capitalize on Scoring Opportunities
On the bus ride back from the Cal field hockey team's 3-0 shutout over Pacific, there were already whispers about Drexel's 3-1 win over Stanford that same day. The Dragons were next on the Bears' schedule, and Drexel's win proved they were a formidable opponent for Cal's home opener.


Opinion

Overdone Overtime
Consequences of budget cuts appear to be the leitmotif of this school year. Reductions and terminations serve as constant reminders of the financial situation the University of California currently faces. While it's easy to blame decreased state funding or general economic downturn for these problems, the university is also at fault-at least when it comes to overtime pay.

Searching for Answers
Last Wednesday's raid on the Long Haul Infoshop on Shattuck Avenue not only left the radical grassroots community center short a few computers but also left the neighbors with many questions. The answers may not be revealed until a later time, but what's important is to ensure that they are eventually revealed. In the end, it's better to err on the side of openness.

Hurricane Katrina Remembered
For most of my life I've lived in the only place I ever considered home-Pasadena, California. I saw my city turn from a welcoming place where families could escape the expensive luxuries of Los Angeles to an affluent city filled with expensive shops, hotels and restaurants. As a gradual influx of wealthier people moved in, it attracted more businesses and raised the property values in the city. Pasadena's economic development forced many poor and working class people to leave. By senior year of high school my family, too, was kicked out because we could not afford to pay our rent. For years, I felt empty; nothing ever quite felt right in our new home. My room didn't look right, the kitchen didn't smell right, and the people that I had grown up with were now only a memory.

Letters to the Editor
I picked up the first-year ("Freshman Issue") of the Daily Cal published on Aug. 21-24, 2008 and read the article titled "Mapping Out Berkeley Slang" by Hadas Goshen. I felt frustrated that the Durant Food Court was replaced with the term "Asian Ghetto."

Letters to the Editor
I'm writing in response to the article titled "Students Deal With Long Co-Op Waitlist" by Carol Yur published on Aug. 28, 2008 about the co-ops' long waiting list, which many students have encountered this year. As Recruitment Coordinator, I speak to students on a daily basis about the co-ops-and often about their concerns that they won't get a spot.

What's Left to Say
Goodbye columns are sort of hit-or-miss, with the fact that most of the time, your readers don't care to know how sad you are to be leaving or whom you couldn't have done it without. Not to mention my inability to come up with a direct correlation between "goodbye" and "sex" past "goodbye sex" (duh)-and frankly, I have nothing new to add to the discussion.

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