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Issue #2181 :: Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Labor Officials Arrested at UC Regents Meeting
SAN FRANCISCO-After causing a delay of more than 30 minutes, seven labor officials were arrested by UC police and removed from the UC Board of Regents meeting today.

Without More Funding, UC May Cut Enrollment
SAN FRANCISCO-One day after the CSU system announced an enrollment cut of 10,000 students next fall, the UC Board of Regents said it would be forced to limit UC undergraduate enrollment as well if they did not receive needed state funding.

ASUC Senate Session Focuses on Fight Video
Students lined the walls of the ASUC Senate chambers last night to address their concerns following a fight between Israel and Palestine advocates in the very same building nearly a week ago.

Unions Protest University's Management of Retirement Fund
More than a hundred members of a coalition of unionized employees and students protested at the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday morning, calling for greater control over the management of their retirement fund.

News

Without More Funding, UC May Cut Enrollment
SAN FRANCISCO-One day after the CSU system announced an enrollment cut of 10,000 students next fall, the UC Board of Regents said it would be forced to limit UC undergraduate enrollment as well if they did not receive needed state funding.

Prop. 8 Suits Win Supreme Court Review
The California Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear lawsuits challenging Proposition 8 but denied a request to postpone its implementation until the lawsuits are resolved.

Unions Protest University's Management of Retirement Fund
More than a hundred members of a coalition of unionized employees and students protested at the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday morning, calling for greater control over the management of their retirement fund.

Berkeley to Consider Proposal Enacting Ban on Plastic Bags
The abundant use of plastic bags across the nation has provoked the environmental consciences of many cities, including Berkeley, to consider enacting plastic bag bans.

Regents Prepare Strategies to Cope Facing System-Wide Cuts
SAN FRANCISCO-As the University of California braces itself for the third consecutive round of state funding cuts, the UC Board of Regents addressed the effects of the economic downturn at its Wednesday meeting, as well as strategies to steer the reductions away from the classroom.

Ferry Line Proposed to Counter Trans-Bay Traffic
Plans for a ferry service that has not been seen in Berkeley since 1936 could bring an additional choice to East Bay commuters who would prefer to take a cruise across the bay rather than driving or riding BART.

City Landlords Given Alternative For Investing Security Deposits
Berkeley landlords will be able to get a lower rate of return on tenants' security deposits now that Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board has started a new program encouraging them to place the deposits in Berkeley banks.

Several Local Locations Hit by Recent Spike in Metal Thefts
Economic instability is likely the root of a recent spike in metal thefts in the Berkeley area, city officials say.

New Tour Offers Participants a Look at Berkeley's Green Side
Carrying lime-colored reusable bags filled with "eco-goodies," dozens of participants lined up at the corner of Hearst and Shattuck avenues on Monday afternoon to start the second leg of a newly established green tour.

ASUC Senate Session Focuses on Fight Video
Students lined the walls of the ASUC Senate chambers last night to address their concerns following a fight between Israel and Palestine advocates in the very same building nearly a week ago.

Labor Officials Arrested at UC Regents Meeting
SAN FRANCISCO-After causing a delay of more than 30 minutes, seven labor officials were arrested by UC police and removed from the UC Board of Regents meeting today.


Sports

Gerhart Carrying the Load for Cardinal Offense in 2008
Toby Gerhart is as human as the next guy.

2008 Theme Was Often The 'One' That Got Away
What started out as the motto early on in the Cal women's soccer team's season turned into an intangible by its end.

Who's the Doss
When Oregon State cornerback Keenan Lewis intercepted a Kevin Riley pass and returned it 25 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter of Cal's loss to the Beavers last weekend, the Bears' half-a-century-long quest for the Rose Bowl was officially extended at least one more season.

Bears Go for Third Win in a Row Tonight
The three-games-in-five-days spectacle that is Cal men's basketball finished its second leg Tuesday night with a win over San Francisco. Now comes the third and final one in the form of Texas-Pan American.

Tedford, Seniors Still Feel Pain of Losing Axe
After taking back the Axe in his first season as the Cal football team's coach in 2002, Jeff Tedford will try on Saturday to repeat that feat for the first time since his arrival.


Arts & Entertainment

Fountain of Youth Podcast
There's simply no way of discussing this album without first addressing its origin and personnel. The Fireman is a duo consisting of Youth (Killing Joke bassist and jack-of-all-trades producer of experimental electronica and ambient remixes as well as the more mainstream rock of the Verve and Guns 'N Roses) and Paul McCartney (who needs no parenthetical).

Poor Acting and Sub-Plots Drown 'Lake City'
Films promoted as uplifting stories rarely fit the bill. Contrived and sentimental are better descriptions than heartwarming, especially when a film like "Lake City" aims to be a magnum opus of the modern South.

In Other Media...
If you were one of the unlucky bunch who had neither the time nor the patience to watch the television coverage of the presidential election on November 4, let me catch you up to speed: CNN now has hologram technology, and they are not afraid to use it.

Thumb Wars
All right, guys. Nickelback is terrible. Yes. They are a terrible, terrible band. Uninspired, uncreative and wholly undeserving of their fame. They're so formulaic that you can play their songs side by side and not realize you're listening to two different songs. I can say truthfully that I'll be happy if I never hear another Nickelback song for as long as I live.

The Fantasy World of Miss Dior Cherie
I don't know what it is, but I want to be just like the girl in the new Miss Dior Cherie ad campaign. Maybe it's the fact that she's sailing over Paris with a grip of candy-colored balloons or that her dress is an adorable hot-pink bubble mini. Or maybe it's because her shoes are pink and ruffled or that the word "Dior" is spelled out in crinkled satin ribbon. At any rate, I want to be her, and it has very little to do with the perfume bottle she's holding.

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