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Issue #2292 :: Monday, June 29, 2009

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Top Headlines

Annual UC Berkeley Emergency Drill Planned for Tuesday
UC Berkeley will run its annual full-scale emergency preparedness drill Tuesday morning.

UCDC Program Faces Major Restructuring Podcast
High-ranking administrators are considering options to restructure the UCDC Program in deliberations that some campus officials say lack transparency.

Government Seeks to Simplify FAFSA
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in an effort to increase college enrollment among low and middle income students.

AC Transit Set to Raise Fees In Response to Cuts, Deficit
In order to offset a $57 million deficit, AC Transit will be raising daily fares for all users starting July 1.

News

UCDC Program Faces Major Restructuring Podcast
High-ranking administrators are considering options to restructure the UCDC Program in deliberations that some campus officials say lack transparency.

Government Seeks to Simplify FAFSA
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in an effort to increase college enrollment among low and middle income students.

AC Transit Set to Raise Fees In Response to Cuts, Deficit
In order to offset a $57 million deficit, AC Transit will be raising daily fares for all users starting July 1.

Exotic Eats
The 2009 Berkeley International Food Festival took place in West Berkeley on Sunday. The annual festival, which is in its fourth year, features dishes that originate from countries across the globe in celebration of the culinary diversity that Berkeley has to offer. Festival attendees sampled a wide variety of ethnic foods and watched local chefs put on cooking demonstrations.

School District To Vote on Plan For New Public Charter School
A Berkeley non-profit organization is considering plans to start the city's first public charter high school for students with academic and social challenges.

Community Celebrates Start Of Summer Literacy Program
Dozens of elementary school children came to a West Berkeley park Thursday to partake in obstacle courses, basketball games and face painting provided by a city and UC Berkeley volunteer organization.

Approved Alameda County Budget Includes Deep Cuts Podcast
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to pass the county's $2.4 billion dollar budget, approving deep cuts to public protection and health and human services.

As Negotiations Stall, BART Extends Union Contracts
BART agreed to extend contracts with unions late Friday in light of stalling negotiations about a proposed $100 million cut to pensions and benefits.

Berkeley May Become Home to First Fully Accredited Islamic College in US
Local Islamic leaders and city officials said they are open to the possibility of Berkeley being home to the first fully accredited Islamic college in the nation.

Annual UC Berkeley Emergency Drill Planned for Tuesday
UC Berkeley will run its annual full-scale emergency preparedness drill Tuesday morning.


Sports

Alternate Shot
Sofia Janer's sleeve peels back to reveal a jagged, three-inch scar running along her right elbow.

Q&A with Aaron Rodgers Podcast
As the quarterback for the Cal football team in 2003-2004, Aaron Rodgers guided the Bears to two bowl games while passing for 51 touchdowns and 5,469 yards.

Transfers Part Of Troubling Trend at Cal?
One player leaving a collegiate athletic team shouldn't really surprise anyone these days, and the reasons behind the departure of Casey Morris from the Cal women's basketball team seem relatively benign:


Arts & Entertainment

His Story and Ours: Remembering Michael Jackson
I was working at a summer day-camp when I heard Michael Jackson had died. It would be hard to say I was immediately distraught. After all, this is a man whom I had never met, whose public image was as defined by the controversies of his tumultuous personal life as the music he created and who hadn't put out an album of new music in almost eight years. I was shocked, but this seemed like just another in a long line of "shocking" MJ moments. Yet when a young boy at the camp announced that he bet "everyone would be happy" to hear of the singer's passing, I couldn't help but snap at him-in very un-camp counselor fashion-and assert that he had no idea what he was talking about.

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