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Issue #2256 :: Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Top Headlines

ASUC Elections See Increase in Voter Turnout
Turnout in the 2009 ASUC General Election enjoyed a boost over the last two ASUC elections with 31 percent of students participating.

Man Falls From Fraternity Window
A 20-year-old man fell out of a third story window at a Berkeley fraternity house early this morning.

Panda Express Contract Rejected
The ASUC Store Operations Board voted down an official lease agreement with the fast-food chain Panda Express by a 5-4 vote at their meeting Tuesday.

Moghtader Officially Removed from ASUC Senate Podcast
Former ASUC Senator John Moghtader was removed from office and replaced by Marcus Caimi of the Student Action party at last night's senate meeting.

News

Panda Express Contract Rejected
The ASUC Store Operations Board voted down an official lease agreement with the fast-food chain Panda Express by a 5-4 vote at their meeting Tuesday.

Moghtader Officially Removed from ASUC Senate Podcast
Former ASUC Senator John Moghtader was removed from office and replaced by Marcus Caimi of the Student Action party at last night's senate meeting.

Local School District Board Approves Potential Layoffs
A month after the Berkeley Unified School District sent its first set of potential layoff notices to employees, the Board of Education approved a list of classified positions yesterday that may be eliminated at the end of June.

Haas Entrepreneurs Start A Locally Grown Business
When Haas School of Business seniors Alex Velez and Nikhil Arora approached vendors in January, many questioned why the soon-to-be graduates were going into the mushroom-selling business.

Students Protest Restructuring of IAS Division
More than 40 students lined up outside California Hall on Wednesday afternoon to set up an appointment to discuss the restructuring of the International and Area Studies division.

Bear's Lair Vendors to Be Given Leases Before Public Bidding
In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the ASUC Store Operations Board decided to offer lease agreements to three vendors in the Bear's Lair Food Court, provided they meet new lease criteria, before outside businesses are invited to bid on the spaces.

ASUC Committee Vote on Effort To Remove Sinanian Ends in Tie
ASUC Attorney General Michael Sinanian survived an attempt to remove him from office after an ASUC committee vote considering his removal ended in a tie.

Local Cities May Buy Foreclosed Property
Berkeley and five other cities in Alameda County are poised to submit a joint application for federal funds to buy foreclosed property and rehabilitate the buildings if necessary.

Gold Medalist Helps Local YMCA Wade Through Recession
Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin and members of the UC Berkeley women's swim team attended a meet and greet yesterday as part of a local organization's fundraiser.

Results of ASUC Elections Will Be Delayed Two Days
The results of last week's ASUC general elections have been delayed two days due to a misunderstanding by the Elections Council chair.

Man Falls From Fraternity Window
A 20-year-old man fell out of a third story window at a Berkeley fraternity house early this morning.

ASUC Elections See Increase in Voter Turnout
Turnout in the 2009 ASUC General Election enjoyed a boost over the last two ASUC elections with 31 percent of students participating.


Sports

Bears Back on Horse at NCAA Championships
"Why do we fall, Mr. Wayne? So we learn to pick ourselves up."

Bear Naked
And the Cal men's basketball fans sing-God bless the 2009 NBA Draft.

Thanks to Houston, Cal Remains Unbeaten Against Gaels
On Wednesday afternoon, Sati Houston came into the No. 14 Cal softball team's matchup against Saint Mary's expecting to do the same thing she had done all season-support her team from the bench.

Bears Bust Out of Slump With 21-Run Surge
After watching his team drop a 14-4 decision to Stanford on Monday night, Cal baseball coach David Esquer said the Bears needed to play a game in which they scored not only early, but often.

State of Affairs
It's midway through April, the Cal rugby team is gearing up for another national championship run, the women's swimming squad has already won its first-ever national title and the men's gymnastics team is about to compete for one.


Opinion

Consider the Bear Facts
Even two years later, "Cal Day" makes me think of the emotional wreck I was when I visited UC Berkeley during my senior year of high school. I spent every waking moment thinking about college decisions. When the deadline came, I sent my SIR to Berkeley while crying and cursing my parents for pressuring me to go with the less-expensive option. My friends asked me whether I had chosen Northwestern or UC Berkeley, and I simply told them I had made the wrong choice.

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