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Issue #2220 :: Friday, February 20, 2009

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Top Headlines

Sexual Assault Friday Adds to Ongoing Series
A woman fell victim to a sexual assault early Friday morning, adding to a string of more than 10 crimes police believe is linked to the same predator.

Four Animal Rights Activists Arrested On Charges of Acts Against UC Researchers
Four animal rights extremists have been arrested in the last two days for the alleged use of threats and violence against University of California researchers.

Ludwig Hired as Cal Offensive Coordinator
When the Cal football team lost offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti to Pittsburgh, expectations were that coach Jeff Tedford would either take up the vacant duty himself or find someone that fit his pre-set offensive philosophy.

After Long Delay, State Legislature Approves Budget Bill Podcast
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is poised to sign California's budget bill today after the state legislature reached a compromise and approved the plan Thursday.

News

Four Animal Rights Activists Arrested On Charges of Acts Against UC Researchers
Four animal rights extremists have been arrested in the last two days for the alleged use of threats and violence against University of California researchers.

Sexual Assault Friday Adds to Ongoing Series
A woman fell victim to a sexual assault early Friday morning, adding to a string of more than 10 crimes police believe is linked to the same predator.

Officials Unsurprised by 10 Percent Reduction in Funding for University
As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to sign a long-awaited budget that will close California's $42 billion deficit, the University of California is preparing for drastic cuts that may threaten its educational quality.

UC-Managed Labs May Shift Focus From Nuclear Weapons
The Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories may change their focus this year as the Obama administration moves to stop the development of new nuclear weapons and reduce stockpiles.

Study Finds Less Costly Materials for Solar Panels
Up until now, the cost of solar panels has made them impractical for many Americans. However, with the release of a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, soon this may no longer be the case.

Additional Sexual Assault Victim Comes Forward, Increasing Total
Another victim of the sexual predator accused of reaching under women's skirts came forward yesterday, raising the number of reported assaults to 11.

Berkeley Daily Planet Requests Donations From Its Readership
The Berkeley Daily Planet appealed to its readership yesterday, requesting donations during difficult financial times.

After Long Delay, State Legislature Approves Budget Bill Podcast
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is poised to sign California's budget bill today after the state legislature reached a compromise and approved the plan Thursday.


Sports

Bears Head to Basement for Duel With Lame Ducks
More than three and a half weeks have passed since the Cal men's basketball team played Oregon in Berkeley.

Cignetti Accepts Position With Pitt
Frank Cignetti, the Cal football team's offensive coordinator during the 2008 season, has accepted the same position at the University of Pittsburgh, it was announced by Pitt yesterday afternoon.

Rebounding Is Goal as Cal Welcomes Struggling Ducks
Last time the Cal women's basketball team suffered a defeat, it reacted by rattling off a school-record 12 straight wins.

Bears Suit Up Looking to Forge a New Identity
There's no avoiding it: Until the 2009 Cal baseball team proves otherwise, its identity will be defined by what it's missing, not by what it has.

Arioto's Grand Slam Paces Cal in Shutout Win
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, No. 10 Cal softball's Valerie Arioto crushed the ball out of the park, taking Santa Clara's hopes of an upset with it.

Thunderbirds Provide Bears With Measuring Stick for Development Podcast
Even at the beginning of the season, if the Cal rugby team had a strong performance, there was already talk about being "British Columbia-ready."

Miller Takes the Mound as Bears Open Season
Reforging the identity of the Cal baseball team starts today.

Bears Dealt Tough Hand as Card, Waves Roll Into Hellman
The last time the Cal men's tennis team saw Stanford was last November at the Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Championship.

Cal Going Way Down South for Wildcat Invite
After enduring a week's worth of practices in the incessant rain at Oakland's Metropolitan Golf Links, the No. 19 Cal women's golf team heads for clearer skies in Sonora, Mexico, this weekend with hopes that its fortunes brighten with the weather.

On the Road Again, Bears Ready for Cathedral City Classic
Although the No. 10 Cal softball team made quick work of Santa Clara on Wednesday, the Bears didn't even have time to enjoy the victory before it was time to start preparing for the weekend ahead.

Cal Returns to Memorial Stadium to Host Great Danes, Orange
Regardless of whom you have played or where you have been, it is always nice to return home.

Durden, Bears Shooting for First Big Meet Win Since 2005
This Saturday, the No. 6 Cal men's swimming team will come out of a two-week break to face its last Pac-10 dual-meet opponent. Fittingly, that opponent is archrival Stanford; even better, Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

National Powers Collide in Oakland for Pacific Coast Classic
Every year, a team hopes for a chance to make a big splash on the national stage.

Top-Flight Programs to Test Cal's Undefeated Record in Irvine
Having played its first 13 games of the 2009 season on the road, the No. 5 Cal women's water polo team has one more stop to make before it returns home to Spieker Aquatics Complex next weekend.

Cal Roars Into the Twenties With Victory Over Oregon
Even when the Cal men's basketball team missed on Thursday night against Oregon, it couldn't miss.

Walker, Bears Roast Ducks With Offensive Firepower
When the buzzer sounded Thursday night at Haas Pavilion, forward Ashley Walker had matched her scoring and rebounding averages with 20 points and eight boards.

In Big Win, Greif Does the Little Things
It's hard to see, let alone tell, what exactly junior Lauren Greif provides for the Cal women's basketball team.

Ludwig Hired as Cal Offensive Coordinator
When the Cal football team lost offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti to Pittsburgh, expectations were that coach Jeff Tedford would either take up the vacant duty himself or find someone that fit his pre-set offensive philosophy.

Oh's First Collegiate Homer Lifts Bears Over Highlanders
There wasn't much else on anybody's mind, because the situation was exactly how every kid plays it out in the backyard.

Big Flip Doubles as Flip for the Cure on Sunday at Haas Pavilion
When traditional college rivals face off, the team records are often thrown out the window.


Opinion

An Unbudging Budget
Yesterday California state legislators-Democrats and a few Republicans-high-fived each other victoriously after ending the state's three-month-long budget impasse. This was a surprising sight coming from officials who have been engaging in petty partisan battles for the last few months. Instead of celebrating like our politicians, the rest of us can only breathe a sigh of relief that the long overdue budget revision has passed.

A Reinstatement of Citizen's Arrests
A long time ago, a friend of mine told me about the idea of citizen's arrest and my first thought was, "Anyone could arrest anyone else!!" I thought this was a job solely for the police. Well, I didn't think of it as a realistic measure, being a kid of only eight or nine years of age, but more of a funny idea. You know, arresting your friend.

The Recall Campaign is Baseless, Wasteful
As the wise Fergie once articulated, "No no no no baby, no no no no don't lie. What you gonna do when it all comes out, when I see you and what you're all about? Stop, st-stop st-stop stop stop lying."

Increase in Taxes Would Hurt the Private Sector
Free enterprise is not an "ideology." It is the name for the natural process for exchanging goods and services. When the government uses some half-baked theory to plan, regulate and punish producers, providers and consumers, then that's what you call "ideology." Thank you for protecting our God given right to life, liberty and the property. Hold the line! Even a 1 percent tax increase has a disastrous effect. It will raise the tax on the sale of the average home more than $3,000. It will wipe out home-builders who will have to pay tens of thousands of dollars more for materials.

Recall Is Necessary Given Conduct
When I think of the ASUC senate, I picture intelligent, articulate, well-intentioned students whose concern is the well-being of our campus. In most instances, I have found my expectations of students who take part in the senate fulfilled-with one exception.

It's Time for a Protest
When I teach California politics, I try to pitch it to a packed room of undergrad class shoppers as the most relevant course to their daily lives that they'll take at Cal.

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