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Issue #2190 :: Friday, December 5, 2008

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Bears Trample Huskies in Career Day for Best
Needing 171 rushing yards to overtake Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers for the Pac-10 rushing title, tailback Jahvid Best nearly doubled that mark, running for 312 and four touchdowns in leading Cal to a 48-7 win over Washington on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Cost of Recall Election Worrisome for ASUC Podcast
After a petition to remove independent senator John Moghtader gathered the required 1,000 signatures to start a recall election, ASUC senators say they fear that the election will divert student funds and further polarize an already-divided senate.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Speaks on Energy Podcast
Addressing a sea of audience members enthused about a new direction for America, keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. led a rousing discussion of the future of American energy policy at Thursday night's Mario Savio Memorial Lecture.

Berkeley Foresees Increase To Cost of Pension Program
Amid an economic recession, the city of Berkeley is bracing for a potential hit to its budget by 2011, by which time the city's retirement pension program is expected to cost millions more to maintain.

News

Cost of Recall Election Worrisome for ASUC Podcast
After a petition to remove independent senator John Moghtader gathered the required 1,000 signatures to start a recall election, ASUC senators say they fear that the election will divert student funds and further polarize an already-divided senate.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Speaks on Energy Podcast
Addressing a sea of audience members enthused about a new direction for America, keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. led a rousing discussion of the future of American energy policy at Thursday night's Mario Savio Memorial Lecture.

Berkeley Foresees Increase To Cost of Pension Program
Amid an economic recession, the city of Berkeley is bracing for a potential hit to its budget by 2011, by which time the city's retirement pension program is expected to cost millions more to maintain.

Economy Influences Graduate School Applications
After she graduates, UC Berkeley senior Lauren Apter is steering clear of the souring job market and opting for the Peace Corps. But the dwindling availability of jobs and surging national unemployment rates have led her to consider another move after that-graduate school.

City Council to Vote on Course of Action Regarding Prop. 8 Lawsuit
Ten years after the Berkeley City Council became the first city government in the United States to support same-sex marriage, council members will likely vote Monday to participate in a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Proposition 8.

City Council Deliberates Over Investigation of Law Professor
The Berkeley City Council may call for the investigation of a UC Berkeley professor at its meeting next Monday, continuing its trend of taking stands on controversial national issues.

Increased Over-enrollment Places Burden on UC System
While high school students scrambled to get their applications in to the University of California earlier this week, the university has been scrambling­ all year to accommodate a surplus of students who are over-enrolled far beyond state funding levels.

Panda Express Begins Contract Talks to Open Campus Branch
Moving forward with plans to bring Panda Express to UC Berkeley, representatives of both parties have officially agreed to begin contract negotiations.

Berkeley Blogger Sues Military Over Canceled Embed in Iraq
UC Berkeley alumnus and active blogger Jane Stillwater has filed a lawsuit seeking reimbursement after the U.S. Department of Defense cancelled her embed in Iraq scheduled for earlier this year while she waited in Kuwait.


Sports

Bears Finish Regular Season Against Winless Huskies
Winless Washington, the final Football Bowl Subdivision program to remain in such a state, may very well be the laughingstock of the country.

No Matter the Foe, Last Game Still Counts
I could give you dozens, hundreds or billions of reasons why the Cal football team's final home game against woeful Washington is relevant.

Cal Hosts First Round of NCAA Tourney
Earlier this week, Cal volleyball coach Rich Feller prefaced an announcement with an advisory.

Cal Emphasizes Defense in Colliers International Classic
There's a saying that defense wins championships, so with this year's No. 3 Cal women's basketball team being picked by some to win the Pac-10, the Bears have worked hard to contain their opponents.

Cal to Gauge Improvement in Game With Tigers
A month into his first season as coach of the Cal men's basketball team, Mike Montgomery gave an early evaluation on where the program is headed two days after the Bears (6-1) dropped their first game of the season.

Bears' Talent to be Tested Against No. 1 Georgia
Three hundred and sixty-five days are all that separates two Cal women's swimming teams at very similar junctures.

Sports in Brief
The No. 4 Cal men's swimming team (2-0, 1-0 in the Pac-10) recovered from the journey up north to claim four of five events on the first day of the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.

Adrian, Dugonjic Lead Bears' Charge Into First Place at Husky Invitational
Winning four of seven events, the No. 4 Cal men's swimming team (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) collected 571 points to pace the field and move into first place after day two of the Husky Invitational at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Bears Send Saints Marching Out of NCAA Tournament
It's safe to say that few people expected unranked Siena College to defeat the No. 8 Cal volleyball team in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

Bears Trample Huskies in Career Day for Best
Needing 171 rushing yards to overtake Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers for the Pac-10 rushing title, tailback Jahvid Best nearly doubled that mark, running for 312 and four touchdowns in leading Cal to a 48-7 win over Washington on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Bears Come Out Sluggish But Subdue Tigers
Shots didn't fall at first, runs were never extended and the turnovers never completely stopped, but the No. 3 Cal women's basketball team still managed to beat Princeton on Saturday at Haas Pavilion by the score of 75-53.

Cal Books Trip to University Park With Win Over New Mexico State
On Saturday evening, the No. 8 Cal volleyball team closed out its role as the host of the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament with a second-round victory over New Mexico State (26-9, 15-1 in the WAC), advancing the Bears to the round of 16.


Opinion

E-Love Me Tender
Ah, December. It's a scientific fact (according to my observations, that is) that this time of the year breeds more couples. Everywhere you turn the streets are overrun by masses of kissy-facin' duos, pairs publicly displaying their affections and sidewalk hoggin' hand-holding twosomes. As the winter cold rolls in and spurns chilly nights, lonesome singletons are painfully reminded that the only things going to keep them warm this season are cups of instant hot chocolate and their favorite wool sweater.

Support Overturn of Proposition 8
The election of Barack Obama changed our beliefs about the potential of our lives, our nation and the people who are America. President-elect Obama's victory was not just the victory of a gifted politician. It was a victory for the movement that was determined to see America elect its first black president. A victory for the millions of white people who put aside their irrational prejudices and voted in their self-interest and against this nation's long legacy of racism. A victory for the millions of Latina/Latino and immigrant people, with and without papers, who opened up this whole era of hope and progress in 2006 when the huge civil rights marches for immigrant rights swept across America and handed the conservatives and racists their first defeat.

Historical Meaning of The Palestinian Flag
Political Zionism-the quest to establish and hold a Jewish-majority state within historic Palestine-has largely been predicated on the belief that Palestinians should not have the right to live on their ancestral lands. In 1948, Israel's founders carried this philosophy to its logical conclusion and used military force to drive more than 700,000 Palestinians out of their homes in a carefully planned campaign of ethnic cleansing. In 1967, Israel conquered and occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and then proceeded to build hundreds of colonies in violation of international law while abusing the human rights of the indigenous Palestinian population.

Reconsider Recall
It's reasonable to expect our elected ASUC officials to uphold a particular standard of behavior. As student leaders in a diverse community, we would hope they took office with intentions to foster inclusion and safety among students.

Failing Grades
California: C-minus. Other 49 states: F. Final examinations are right around the corner for most students across the country, but they shouldn't be the only ones concerned about their grades. An independent research institute recently released a report evaluating college costs in the United States. And the results are dismal-perhaps they are more aptly described as a complete failure.

Letter to the Editor
I was pleased to see The Daily Californian covering UC President Mark Yudof's restoration of funds to the UC Miguel Contreras Labor Program, which conducts research and education on labor and employment across the UC system. Although I was correctly quoted as expressing regret that President Yudof only provided bridge funds for the Berkeley and UCLA labor and employment institutes and not for programs at the other eight campuses, I also want to emphasize-as I did to the reporter-that those of us involved in the Contreras Program feel a great deal of gratitude to President Yudof and UC for providing the funds that they did.

Letter to the Editor
Instead of increasing revenue by admitting more international students, why doesn't the university cut the salaries and perks of its high-paid administrators? If the CEO of Ford can drive to Capitol Hill to testify, then surely the chancellors can cut back. Undoubtedly, the savings could be put to better use-like paying a living wage and reducing school fees.

Letter to the Editor
I read recently in the Daily Cal a quote from a student who said they disapproved of the chancellor's proposal for different student fees on the varying UC campuses. The student said that it would impose undue hardship on those receiving financial aid.

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