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Issue #2187 :: Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Yudof Grants Funds to UC Labor Programs Following State Cuts
University of California President Mark Yudof approved $4 million in temporary funding for labor centers and labor education programs at UC Berkeley and UCLA last week after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed funding for the same programs in the 2008-09 state budget.

Rehired UC Employee Faces Criticism
Following a stricter employee-rehiring policy that was recently passed by the UC Regents, UC Berkeley Associate Chancellor Linda Williams is facing criticism for receiving $100,202 in a severance package from her previous post at the UC Office of the President.

UC Berkeley Alumnus Joins City Council Podcast
Jesse Arreguin was still in elementary school when the late Councilmember Dona Spring was sworn in as the representative of District 4 in the Berkeley City Council in 1992.

It's Christmastime in the City
Berkeley residents enjoy the annual Festival of Lights in Civic Center Park. Attendees made luminaria, decorative paper bags holding candles, to adorn the Christmas tree and heard local choirs perform. Santa was in attendance, but he kept a low profile.

News

Governor Declares Fiscal Crisis
The same day a government organization finally said the country was in a recession, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared yesterday that California was in a fiscal emergency and asked that the legislature enter into an emergency session to prevent the state from running out of money.

Rehired UC Employee Faces Criticism
Following a stricter employee-rehiring policy that was recently passed by the UC Regents, UC Berkeley Associate Chancellor Linda Williams is facing criticism for receiving $100,202 in a severance package from her previous post at the UC Office of the President.

UC Berkeley Alumnus Joins City Council Podcast
Jesse Arreguin was still in elementary school when the late Councilmember Dona Spring was sworn in as the representative of District 4 in the Berkeley City Council in 1992.

Yudof Grants Funds to UC Labor Programs Following State Cuts
University of California President Mark Yudof approved $4 million in temporary funding for labor centers and labor education programs at UC Berkeley and UCLA last week after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed funding for the same programs in the 2008-09 state budget.

Initiative for Homeless Services Still Being Refined a Year Later
A year after Berkeley City Council passed an initiative to combat inappropriate street behavior and provide housing services for the homeless, many of the plan's components are only recently being implemented.

It's Christmastime in the City
Berkeley residents enjoy the annual Festival of Lights in Civic Center Park. Attendees made luminaria, decorative paper bags holding candles, to adorn the Christmas tree and heard local choirs perform. Santa was in attendance, but he kept a low profile.


Sports

Bears to Host Opening Rounds of Tournament
At first, the No. 8 Cal volleyball team wasn't sure that it was, in fact, hosting the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Bear Naked: Gutierrez Has Arrived
When freshman Jorge Gutierrez was a high school senior, he says a lot of scouts came to see his Findley Prep Pilots play ball.

PAC-10 Bowl Projections
The vaunted USC defense gets two more chances to prove it's one of the best units of all time


Opinion

Taking It Downtown
For all you SNL lovers, I think it's about time that I introduce (in a Southern accent) "Colonel Angus." Or for all you non-SNL lovers, cunnilingus-the art of "eating out" and "going down" on a woman.

International Income
As the semester comes to an end with only a little more than a week of instruction left, it's time to reflect and think back to the beginning of this school year. If you're taking a popular freshman course, your first few encounters with fellow classmates may have gone something like this: You strike up a conversation with the people sitting next to you, which inevitably leads to the question "So where are you from?" This fall, there was a greater chance that you discovered they call a place other than California home.

Back for More
Retirement. For most it means to stop working, to leave your current position, to cut ties with your employer-but for the University of California, it doesn't necessarily mean any of those things. Perhaps that explains the rehiring of 1,904 retired UC employees. And yes, that means they receive both pensions and new salaries.

Role of UC in Fight Against AIDS
If universities are serious about aiding the global fight against AIDS, we need to revamp the way we license our inventions to pharmaceutical companies. Our newest treatments are now off limits to poor patients. The University of California can lead the movement to change this.

Keep Funding for Teacher Education Program
I am sending this letter on behalf of the faculty, students and local public elementary schools affiliated with the Developmental Teacher Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. I have recently learned that our program is in grave danger of being entirely eliminated.

Quality Education Does Not Hinge on Tuition Fees
Based on information in the article "Birgeneau Suggests Tuition Reform," there are several flaws in the arguments of the chancellor's report. The report says: "A $2,000 fee increase [per student] would increase the total cost of attending Berkeley by less than 10 percent." Being a physicist, Birgeneau should have calculated that an additional $2,000 in fees for an undergraduate California resident (currently paying $6,700) represents a 30 percent increase.

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