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Issue #2254 :: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Top Headlines

Panda Express Deal to Be Voted on by ASUC
After almost a year of negotiation with the campus, an official lease agreement that would bring a Panda Express restaurant to Lower Sproul Plaza will come up for a vote by the ASUC Store Operations Board tonight.

UC System Will Consider Implementing Furloughs
Keith Miller, an English professor at Arizona State University, has seen a drastic change in his job this semester since he does not receive pay for an average of one day a week.

Campuses See Need for More Counseling
The number of students at the university who require counseling services has escalated in the past year, according to a report by the UC Student Mental Health Oversight Committee presented to the UC Board of Regents last month.

Local Radio Station KPFA to Celebrate 60 Years Gallery Video
A local radio station, known for its progressive dialogue and its many firsts in the radio industry, will celebrate its 60th birthday on Wednesday.

News

Panda Express Deal to Be Voted on by ASUC
After almost a year of negotiation with the campus, an official lease agreement that would bring a Panda Express restaurant to Lower Sproul Plaza will come up for a vote by the ASUC Store Operations Board tonight.

UC System Will Consider Implementing Furloughs
Keith Miller, an English professor at Arizona State University, has seen a drastic change in his job this semester since he does not receive pay for an average of one day a week.

Campuses See Need for More Counseling
The number of students at the university who require counseling services has escalated in the past year, according to a report by the UC Student Mental Health Oversight Committee presented to the UC Board of Regents last month.

Local Radio Station KPFA to Celebrate 60 Years Gallery Video
A local radio station, known for its progressive dialogue and its many firsts in the radio industry, will celebrate its 60th birthday on Wednesday.

Original Peet's Site Reopens After Renovation Gallery
The famous Vine Street location of Peet's Coffee & Tea, which was the founding site of the nationwide chain, reopened last Wednesday following more than a month of renovations.

Healthy Air Coalition Sues for Disclosure of Emissions Plan
A Berkeley environmental coalition filed a lawsuit last week against the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for withholding an emissions reduction plan that was submitted by the local Pacific Steel Casting Company.

Four Professors on Campus Honored With Fellowships
Four UC Berkeley professors were given John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships this year, the foundation announced.

Local Alliance for Homeless Animals to Receive Award
The Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition will receive a $474,000 award on April 23 for maintaining a high level of adoption rates for cats and dogs.


Sports

Seventh Inning Stretch Pulls Cardinal Ahead of Bears
STANFORD-It was a night to forget for the Cal bullpen. And the Bears' defense. And the offense.

Cal Stuck in Vicious Cycle of Mistakes
STANFORD-Brett Jackson led off last Saturday's game for the Cal baseball team with a walk, and Brian Guinn followed with a single.

Bears Double Down in Win Over Tigers
Freshman Libby McLaren raced alone down the middle of the pool on a fast break late in the third quarter, with nothing between her and the cage except Pacific goalkeeper Jill Hauck.

Dressed for Success in Cal Softball Style
When asked about an upcoming opponent, Cal softball coach Diane Ninemire finishes her response the same way more than 70 percent of the time.

Musings of a Moose Podcast
A year ago, give or take a week or two, I was out covering the Big Meet trying to find Matt Miller.


Opinion

Sexy Secrets Revealed
One word to describe sex at Berkeley? Based on last week's sex survey, I'm gonna go with "scandalous." Despite our nerdy reputation, we Berkeley students apparently know our priorities: Getting some is just as important as getting into grad school.

Start at the Top
Deciding to cut a person's salary during a recession, no matter how necessary, is never easy. When one's own salary is on the chopping block, personal biases can constrain objective reasoning. But no matter how difficult the decision, personal sacrifice especially by those at the top demonstrates true leadership and can lend greater morale to employees dealing with a tough financial situation.

Call to Action
Transparency and ensuring student feedback on major ASUC decisions is, of course, a good policy for officials to follow.

Eliminate Purchases From Sweatshops
Rafael Irizarry is from Puerto Rico. He sews uniforms at a factory run by Propper International, a major government contractor, under the Made in USA label. Right now Rafael is organizing for better working conditions and union recognition, but is facing threats that the factory will close in response.

ASUC Auxiliary Mishandles Lower Sproul Businesses
The ASUC Auxiliary has bent the rules governing ASUC commercial activities beyond recognition to bring Panda Express into our Student Union. Simultaneously, their strict adherence to these same rules is being used as a pretense to evict the current vendors of the Bear's Lair Food Court.

Insufficient Reasons to Impeach
The role of the ASUC Attorney General is one of neutrality, a position that is designed to be an impartial third party within the ASUC that has the power to ensure that its constitution and by-laws are upheld.

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