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Issue #2137 :: Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Top Headlines

Legislators Back Initiative to Reform UC Pension Board
Last week, legislative leaders and UC workers announced a ballot initiative to reform the management of the university's pension plan by allowing employees to sit on the governing board of the fund.

Reporter Resigns From Berkeley Daily Planet
A reporter for the Berkeley Daily Planet resigned last week, claiming that the political views of the executive editor are influencing the paper's content.

Admissions Officials Urge Less Focus On SAT, ACT
Admissions officials from universities across the country are calling on their peers to break away from a reliance on SAT and ACT scores for admissions criteria and instead shift toward subject-specific tests.

Field General
There are different types of leadership styles and different types of captains, as Cal men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes knows. In goalkeeper Stefan Frei, he seems to have found a balance.

News

Legislators Back Initiative to Reform UC Pension Board
Last week, legislative leaders and UC workers announced a ballot initiative to reform the management of the university's pension plan by allowing employees to sit on the governing board of the fund.

Reporter Resigns From Berkeley Daily Planet
A reporter for the Berkeley Daily Planet resigned last week, claiming that the political views of the executive editor are influencing the paper's content.

Admissions Officials Urge Less Focus On SAT, ACT
Admissions officials from universities across the country are calling on their peers to break away from a reliance on SAT and ACT scores for admissions criteria and instead shift toward subject-specific tests.

City Climate Plan Enters Second Draft Phase
The Berkeley City Council came another step closer to finalizing the city's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Tuesday night.

UC Berkeley Receives Grade of B in Sustainability Evaluation
In a national study of campus sustainability released yesterday, UC Berkeley received a B on its "green" report card.

Students Hear Debate Over Animal Confinement Practices Podcast
With the November 4 election nearing, UC Berkeley students in a political science class listened yesterday to a debate about the controversial farming practice of confining animals in cages.

Landscape Architect's Influence Still Felt
Robert Royston, a revered landscape architect who developed some of UC Berkeley's most renowned sites, passed away Friday at his Mill Valley home. He was 90.


Sports

Field General
There are different types of leadership styles and different types of captains, as Cal men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes knows. In goalkeeper Stefan Frei, he seems to have found a balance.

Who's the Doss?
I've always criticized Charlie Weis for making bad decisions.

Michigan Invokes Memory of Big Upset
While rattling off the most memorable games of her college career, Cal field hockey keeper Kelly Knoche paused, looked up and smiled.

New Practice Regimen Has Bears Set to Welcome BYU
Set plays don't usually determine a team's record, but last Sunday's loss showed that set-pieces may be more important than the No. 22 Cal women's soccer team originally thought.

New Hagan Gets a Second Crack at Rams
Corner Continues to Improve as He Prepares to Face Old Demons


Arts & Entertainment

VICIOUS Gallery
The Hives would like to inform you that they are, without question, the greatest band on the planet. It doesn't matter whether that's true or not, for as their singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist declared at the Warfield Tuesday night, "What I say is true and what I say goes." But were these Swedish imports able to back up numerous claims that the Hives will be your new favorite band?

'Humboldt County' Shines Through the Haze
The plot of "Humboldt County" sounds like so many other sappy Hollywood scripts: a disillusioned med student takes a trip with a stranger, ditching an overbearing father and a carefully scripted life for a journey of new experiences, self-discovery, and, oh yeah, pot. But Peter's voyage is marked by more than just marijuana smoke, as he lands in Humboldt County for a summer with the Truman family, a cast of great characters that puts a unique take on a tired premise.

In Other Media
Last Wednesday, a 20-year-old Tennessean college student illegally gained access to vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail account. If nothing else, the so-called hack job makes the play-by-play coverage of the campaign more interesting. Less than a month after the announcement of Palin's candidacy, we have her to thank for three delectable political scandals-babygate, troopergate and now, e-mailgate.

Thumb Wars: A weekly forum for pop culture quarrels.
All of my friends know what I think about Jenny on "Gossip Girl." Jenny, also known as "Little J," is a happy, buoyant, hard-working young lady with a penchant for designing clothes and finding hot deals on couture. In short, she seems to be a character that I would get along with. However, anyone who has ever heard me exclaim, "Screw you, Little J!" at the television screen knows that Jenny is not actually a character that I particularly enjoy. Rather, I am an impassioned member of Team Blair, which is to say that in the face-off between Jenny and Blair that began last season, I developed a profound dislike for Little J.

Interview: Bo Koster Talks About My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket, who played at the Greek Theatre on Friday, have become one of the America's most popular indie bands. The Daily Cal phoned the band's keyboardist Bo Koster to talk touring, success and the mixed reviews that the band's latest Evil Urges received.

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