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Issue #2196 :: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Top Headlines

Chu Confirmed as Energy Secretary
Steven Chu, Nobel laureate and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was confirmed by the Senate today as the secretary of energy under President Barack Obama's administration.

Student Groups Hold Opposing Protests on Sproul
A coalition of students holding a memorial for Palestinian victims of the recent conflict in Gaza Strip was met with a counter-protest by pro-Israel students earlier today.

Thousands Pack Sproul for Inauguration Party
As attendees from across the country packed into the National Mall yesterday to witness the presidential inauguration, more than 10,000 people filled the steps of Upper and Lower Sproul Plaza to join the campus's inauguration party, according to police estimates.

Local Celebration Brings Community Together for Historic Ceremony
OAKLAND-Anticipation in the Oracle Arena was palpable early Tuesday morning as a crowd of 6,300 waited eagerly to view a public broadcast of the inauguration of Barack Obama.

News

Thousands Pack Sproul for Inauguration Party
As attendees from across the country packed into the National Mall yesterday to witness the presidential inauguration, more than 10,000 people filled the steps of Upper and Lower Sproul Plaza to join the campus's inauguration party, according to police estimates.

No Evidence of Burial Ground Found at Planned Athletic Center Site
Investigators found no evidence of human remains or artifacts at the planned site of the new student athletic center near Memorial Stadium, an area activists said was once a Native American burial ground, according to a UC Berkeley-commissioned report released Jan. 8.

Haas Lecturer Remembered for His "Passion and Commitment"
While in Madagascar advising the nation's president two weeks ago, Haas School of Business lecturer Bill Sonnenschein passed away abruptly due to a gastric illness. He was 59.

Local Celebration Brings Community Together for Historic Ceremony
OAKLAND-Anticipation in the Oracle Arena was palpable early Tuesday morning as a crowd of 6,300 waited eagerly to view a public broadcast of the inauguration of Barack Obama.

New Chair Selected for Campus Bioengineering Department
Matthew Tirrell, the current dean of engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected as UC Berkeley's new chair of the bioengineering department.

Reports Find Berkeley Successful in Fight Against Tobacco
Two reports released last week by the American Lung Association and Berkeley's Tobacco Prevention Program indicate that the city's efforts against tobacco have been largely successful.

City Looks to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions With Low Carbon Diet
Walking 10,000 steps per day has been part of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates' personal agenda since May, but at a low carbon diet workshop next week, he will expand these and other actions as part of a community-wide movement to meet the city's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Student Groups Hold Opposing Protests on Sproul
A coalition of students holding a memorial for Palestinian victims of the recent conflict in Gaza Strip was met with a counter-protest by pro-Israel students earlier today.

Chu Confirmed as Energy Secretary
Steven Chu, Nobel laureate and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was confirmed by the Senate today as the secretary of energy under President Barack Obama's administration.


Sports

Tight End Morrah Declares for NFL Draft Podcast
Citing his grandmother's recent illness as a significant factor in his decision, Cal football tight end Cameron Morrah has elected to forgo his senior year with the Bears and declare for the NFL Draft.

Cal Ruggers Using Storied History as Motivation
It seems like the same story year after year.

Around the Rim
After taking a knee to his left ankle in the waning minutes of the Cal basketball team's 75-69 loss to Stanford on Saturday, Bears point guard Jerome Randle displayed visible discomfort limping off his pain.


Opinion

Crazy Study Tips. Literally.
Crazy people love me. One time I got on a bus and the driver told me to keep an eye on the other buses because he was "gonna race 'em," and then he almost killed two pedestrians and laughed. Every time I go to Dwinelle Plaza on Tuesdays, Stoney Burke-the guy who dresses like a clown-blows his whistle at me for drinking corrupt corporate Dasani. And every time I study in the library, a normal-looking Berkeley nerd sits across from me and mumbles furiously about the CIA, Math 54 and steamed potatoes. Every single time.

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