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Issue #2194 :: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
SPECIAL ISSUE: Spring Orientation: Spring 2009

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Top Headlines

Telegraph Ave. Deals With Troubled Times
It has existed through times of protest and peace, but now the legendary Telegraph Avenue is enduring yet another historic turmoil.

For A Few Dollars Less
Two of the best music stores in the Bay Area are right on Telegraph: Rasputin and Amoeba Music both offer excellent selections of albums. To be honest, I hardly buy new CDs, but among the used CDs, you are sure to find inexpensive gems, from Leonard Cohen to Stereolab. If you are a purist, both stores offer LPs, some as cheap as a dollar.

Organic Food an Option For Cal Students
Despite news of an economic downturn and budget crises, organic food on campus is here to stay.

Current Job Market Difficult To Enter for Recent Graduates
In response to rising unemployment numbers, career advisors say networking and having a "laser-like focus" are becoming increasingly important for recent college graduates trying to secure jobs.

News

Telegraph Ave. Deals With Troubled Times
It has existed through times of protest and peace, but now the legendary Telegraph Avenue is enduring yet another historic turmoil.

Organic Food an Option For Cal Students
Despite news of an economic downturn and budget crises, organic food on campus is here to stay.

Current Job Market Difficult To Enter for Recent Graduates
In response to rising unemployment numbers, career advisors say networking and having a "laser-like focus" are becoming increasingly important for recent college graduates trying to secure jobs.

Regents Talk Enrollment Cap at Special Meeting
Current University of California students can breathe a sigh of relief that they all already have a place within the university. As a result of a new UC Board of Regents policy, there will be 2,300 fewer undergraduate spots for incoming freshman class of 2013.

Vacant Seats?
With the country in an economic state of emergency, many students say they are less likely to attend sports games at University of California, Berkeley.

Fall Semester '08: Campus Economy in Review
In the least perky of times, members of the campus community received the least perky of e-mails.


Arts & Entertainment

For A Few Dollars Less
Two of the best music stores in the Bay Area are right on Telegraph: Rasputin and Amoeba Music both offer excellent selections of albums. To be honest, I hardly buy new CDs, but among the used CDs, you are sure to find inexpensive gems, from Leonard Cohen to Stereolab. If you are a purist, both stores offer LPs, some as cheap as a dollar.

Thumb Wars
I am a capitalist. As a child, I idolized perhaps the most dapper capitalist icon the world has ever seen: Mr. Moneybags from the Parker Brothers Monopoly board game. Growing up, I realized that my dreams of a) becoming Mr. Moneybags or b) marrying him, were out of reach.


Opinion

Me And the Major Became Close Friends
When asked about her plans after graduation, one of my friends-a political science major who doesn't want to go into law-told me: "My friend and I have a nice, comfortable box in Central Park waiting for us. You can join if you want."

Turning It Down Before It Turns On You
So you want to know how to live cheap in Berkeley? Well too bad, I'm not a living-cheap-in-Berkeley expert. I can, however, try and get some common sense points across. You know, the kind of advice you'll find in those fake pop-psychology sites that tell you (surprise surprise) if your significant other isn't talking to you it probably means your relationship's not so hot. In any case, we should start with the basics. There are obviously degrees of living cheaply. At one side of the spectrum you'll find those who've adapted to Berkeley's unique cultural atmosphere, exploiting the ins-and-outs of their environment for maximum monetary efficiency. They are affectionately called the Tree People. On the other side are those who live in the lap of luxury, whimsically gliding through downtown on their upper crust hovercars. They are admirably known as Jeff Tedford.

People On The Streets
"It certainly prevents willing students who want to attend from coming here. ... (People are)looking at other options, like community college."

A Fistful of Dollars
Get three coffins ready, because our bank accounts, credit lines and collective spirits are heading six feet underground. But there is an upside to the downturn ... probably.

White Space