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Issue #2282 :: Monday, June 1, 2009

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Top Headlines

Police Arrest Suspect In Connection With West Berkeley Shooting
Berkeley police arrested an Oakland man Tuesday evening who led officers on a manhunt following a West Berkeley shooting earlier in the afternoon.

UC's Autonomy May Be Removed
Following what some say has been a string of questionable decisions by the UC Board of Regents, a group of state lawmakers announced legislation Wednesday that would remove the autonomy of the UC system.

Highly Regarded Professor Of Ethnic Studies Dies at 70
Ronald Takaki, a retired ethnic studies professor at UC Berkeley, died on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 70.

BART Officials Vote to Increase Fare Costs
BART officials voted last week to raise the average cost of a ride by 6.1 percent in an effort to battle budget cuts and decreased revenues.

News

UC's Autonomy May Be Removed
Following what some say has been a string of questionable decisions by the UC Board of Regents, a group of state lawmakers announced legislation Wednesday that would remove the autonomy of the UC system.

Highly Regarded Professor Of Ethnic Studies Dies at 70
Ronald Takaki, a retired ethnic studies professor at UC Berkeley, died on Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 70.

BART Officials Vote to Increase Fare Costs
BART officials voted last week to raise the average cost of a ride by 6.1 percent in an effort to battle budget cuts and decreased revenues.

New Device Could Store Data for a Billion Years
New data storage technology being developed by UC Berkeley researchers may allow for information to be both stored for more than one billion years and adaptable for use in general market products.

Bill To Expand Rights of UC Whistleblowers Moves Forward Sample
A bill that would allow UC employees to go to court if they feel employers have retaliated against them for reporting workplace abuses passed in the California State Senate Tuesday.

Senate Passes Bill Asking UC To Limit Executive Pay Raises
A bill requesting that the UC system prohibit pay increases for top executives during state budget crises passed last Tuesday in the state Senate.

Berkeley High School May Change Its Daily Schedule
Parents and administrators discussed potential plans to restructure Berkeley High School's daily schedule at a public meeting held Thursday.

May in Review Gallery


Police Arrest Suspect In Connection With West Berkeley Shooting
Berkeley police arrested an Oakland man Tuesday evening who led officers on a manhunt following a West Berkeley shooting earlier in the afternoon.


Sports

Disappointing Regional Casts Doubt on Nationals Hopes
It might be too early to tell, but the initial evaluation of Cal track and field at the NCAA West Regionals this past weekend is disappointing.

Lack of 'Timely Hits' Underscored Cal's Losses Throughout 2009
The Cal softball team will be watching the Women's College World Series on TV for another year.

2009 Still a Rebuilding Year for Cal
It was raining at Levine-Fricke Field. The scheduled game against Arizona was about to be cancelled, and Cal softball's pitching coach John Reeves and I were standing out in the parking lot, talking softball and getting wet.

Promising Season Ended Poorly for Bears Podcast
A huddle of little kids surrounded David Esquer last Sunday afternoon, eager to get something signed by the Cal baseball team's coach.

Kobernus Embodied Cal's Silent MVP
From the word go, this was the season of Brett Jackson and Blake Smith.

Bears Edge Yale in Tiebreak to Claim Second at Championships
With three teams battling it out in race after race for first place in the NCAA team title, the Cal, Stanford and Yale varsity eight crews seemed destined to compete with one another right down to the finish line.


Opinion

Cal Grants Great
Last Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger suggested cutting the state's Cal Grant program to help pay for California's nearly $24 billion deficit, and with that proposal came the glimpse of an uncertain future for many prospective college students in the state.

Where There's a Will
Ideally, the "will of the people" would reflect a desire to extend the right of marriage to all of the people, but that hasn't happened in our state given last year's passage of Proposition 8 and the subsequent decision by the California Supreme Court to uphold it. Since 52 percent of the state's voters in 2008 decided California shouldn't yet be as progressive in the realm of same-sex marriage as, for example, Iowa, what is the next best move for same-sex marriage advocates?

The Assault on Affordable Education
"If you're ready to attend the University of California, money shouldn't stand in your way."

Climate Plan Needs More Analysis
Berkeley's Climate Action Plan (CAP) and current CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) Negative Declaration documents are absurd. They completely ignore a quarter of the city's land area that is occupied by the University of California (UC) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

AC Transit Drivers Are an Important Part of Campus
It was sad to read Jeffrey Joh's op-ed piece titled "Make the Switch to an On-Call Shuttle Service" on Tuesday, April 28. This cheap shot came at the expense of all transit drivers.

Overpopulation Is an Environmental Problem
Regarding the article "Center For Green Businesses, Nonprofits Opens" on May 11, 2009: It is ironic that while David Brower was keenly aware of population as the "elephant in the living room" of environmental problems, no resident of the eponymous Center is engaged in population/family planning.

Big Mac With That?
We often think of sex in a physical or behavioral way-a friction between bodies, a joining of parts and pieces. The deed has a mechanistic definition, one that can be looked up in a dictionary and then reified in action. We suck and lick, rub and grind, prod and push; sex is, at heart, a bunch of motions joined together.

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