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Issue #2200 :: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Webcasts Face Cuts Due to Lack of Funding
Students looking to aid their studying by watching lectures from the comfort of their own computers may face setbacks this semester, as many courses have eliminated their webcast programs.

Bear's Lair Businesses To Compete For Spaces Video
Three locally-owned businesses in the Bear's Lair Food Court are set to compete in an open bidding process for their spaces starting in February.

Loyal to the Game
Loyalty can often only be tested when it requires sacrifice.

Achievement Gap Worries School District Officials
A report detailing the standardized test performance of high school students in the Berkeley Unified School District has raised concerns regarding the achievement gap among different ethnic groups.

News

Webcasts Face Cuts Due to Lack of Funding
Students looking to aid their studying by watching lectures from the comfort of their own computers may face setbacks this semester, as many courses have eliminated their webcast programs.

Bear's Lair Businesses To Compete For Spaces Video
Three locally-owned businesses in the Bear's Lair Food Court are set to compete in an open bidding process for their spaces starting in February.

Achievement Gap Worries School District Officials
A report detailing the standardized test performance of high school students in the Berkeley Unified School District has raised concerns regarding the achievement gap among different ethnic groups.

Fewer Graduate Students Plan to Enter Academia
A high percentage of graduate students are opting out of professor positions to instead focus on balancing life and family responsibilities, a new UC Berkeley study shows.

Children's Boutique Promotes 'Green Mindset'
While Berkeley has the most green businesses per capita in the Bay Area, a children's boutique that recently opened in the North Shattuck district has gone green down to its walls and floor.

Web Site Lets Faculty Propose Policy for Obama
As former campus professors join the Obama administration as key advisers to the president, scholars at UC Berkeley are seeing an opportunity to share their own opinions on national issues. Thanks to a UC Berkeley Web site, those ideas have a public and accessible destination.

New Study Explains How Stars Grow to Massive Size
For half a century, scientists have pondered how stars 120 times the size of the sun can grow to massive proportions despite the outward push of radiation being greater than the pull of gravity inward.

Plan for Public Pools Awaits Presentation To City Council
After months of drafting a plan to renovate and construct several public pools in Berkeley, city officials and community members are slated to present the plan to the Berkeley City Council and other groups for approval in March.

News In Brief
Civil Rights Group Speaks Out Against BART Killing


Sports

Loyal to the Game
Loyalty can often only be tested when it requires sacrifice.

Senior-Heavy Squad Leads Cal Into New Season
Over the course of a long and demanding season, a team may need something to rally around.

Gray-Lawson Excelling With Overall Game
With Bears forward Ashley Walker consistently drawing the attention of the defense, Alexis Gray-Lawson has taken advantage by going on an offensive frenzy for the Cal women's basketball team.

Pac-10 Analysis
What do you make of Washington's recent rise to the top of the conference?


Opinion

An Empty Gesture?
In tough economic times, keeping the University of California affordable must be a key goal. However, the door should not be closed to thousands on the way to achieving this affordability.

Predictable Mishandling
That the student government would botch an unprecedented recall election should really come as no surprise after a fall semester filled with 12 hour long ASUC Senate meetings and a weeks-long stalling of official business.

Taking a Bite Out of Climate Change
Before starting school at Berkeley, I had never schlepped a canvas bag to

Changes to Look for In President Obama's First 100 Days
Higher Education, as we know it today, may not look the same in the near future. This may very well be a good thing. As the economy falters, we are forced to review our priorities and develop efficient ways to meet the needs of our nation. Many states, including ours, are faced with enormous budget deficits and have to decide between a cut in children's healthcare funding or financial support for education. These challenges are forcing institutions nationwide to work hard to maintain quality as education becomes less affordable, access becomes increasingly limited and our world grows more interconnected.

Changes to Look for In President Obama's First 100 Days
Retooling the U. S. economy to a low-carbon and environmentally sustainable future must begin immediately. With energy the largest component of the U. S. and the global economy, this task takes on mammoth proportions due to the complexity and interdisciplinary focus that will be required. The scale of the recent bailout, roughly $700 billion, is ironically comparable to the imported fuel bill that the U. S. pays each year. Thus even before addressing the climate impacts of our current energy system, we currently live with an equivalent sunk cost in imported fossil fuels each year.

Oscar Grant Tragedy Prompts Outrage
We need to unite as a campus community against the outrage that was the murder of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man, by a white BART officer at

Letters to the Editor
Editorial Put Technicality Before Justice

Sex on Tuesday
Dear porn, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. San Francisco is heating up the sexy waters in the name of empowerment, inclusion and most of all, arousal. Queer porn has got it going on.

White Space