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Issue #2300 :: Monday, July 27, 2009

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Top Headlines

Governor Signs State Budget, Adds Further Cuts
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the state's $85 billion budget into law Tuesday, making further cuts to build the state's reserve fund.

Resolution Backing Limits To UC's Autonomy Tabled
As the Berkeley City Council prepared to vote on a resolution Thursday supporting increased legislative control over the UC system, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, the resolution's sponsor, withdrew the item.

Blowin' in the Wind Gallery
Pigs did indeed fly at the Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships this past weekend, but so did bears, foxes, octopi and more.

Legislature Passes State Budget
California legislators finalized a slew of proposals aimed at closing the state's budget deficit Friday, bringing a tentative end to a legislative marathon that kept lawmakers up Thursday night.

News

Resolution Backing Limits To UC's Autonomy Tabled
As the Berkeley City Council prepared to vote on a resolution Thursday supporting increased legislative control over the UC system, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, the resolution's sponsor, withdrew the item.

Blowin' in the Wind Gallery
Pigs did indeed fly at the Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships this past weekend, but so did bears, foxes, octopi and more.

Legislature Passes State Budget
California legislators finalized a slew of proposals aimed at closing the state's budget deficit Friday, bringing a tentative end to a legislative marathon that kept lawmakers up Thursday night.

CellScope Turns Cell Phone Into Microscope for Disease Analysis
A recent breakthrough by UC Berkeley researchers will put the power of a microscope into the hands of anyone with a cell phone.

Planning Commission Calls for Changes to City's Zoning Laws
In a continued effort to introduce regulations aimed at bringing green industry to West Berkeley, the city's Planning Commission recommended changes to zoning statutes and permit regulations at a meeting last week.

Professor Remembered for Devotion to Social Welfare
Kermit Wiltse, professor emeritus of social welfare at UC Berkeley known for his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of underprivileged children, died of natural causes in his Berkeley home on June 19. He was 94.

Bill to Expand Federal Direct Loans Program Moves Forward
A bill that would boost student financial aid by expanding the federal Direct Loans program passed in the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor Friday.

Governor Signs State Budget, Adds Further Cuts
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the state's $85 billion budget into law Tuesday, making further cuts to build the state's reserve fund.


Sports

On the Outside
She laughs about it now, but at the time it probably just seemed ridiculous.

New and Old Faces Gel in Bay Area Pro-Am League
Former Cal women's basketball center Devanei Hampton is leaving in September to kick off her professional basketball career in Poland. She knows where too:

Halbig Burns Up European Golf Circuit
When junior Pia Halbig spent this past weekend in Hamburg, she wasn't just taking a summer vacation to visit her native Germany. She was busy helping the nine-member European team win the Vagliano Trophy, a five-decade-old biannual golf match between continental Europe, Great Britain and Ireland.

Press Room Banter
Hm," I thought to myself. "Something is wrong here."


Opinion

Stepping Back
Fortunately for both UC Berkeley and the city itself, the Berkeley City Council last week decided to not take a position on SCA 21-at least for now. Make no mistake: The bill, which would ask voters whether the state government should have greater control over UC, would be detrimental to the city of Berkeley.

Shattered Systems
If California's budget crisis has shown us anything, it's that fundamental change is needed to prevent a similar situation-a deficit that tears into much-needed programs-from happening in the future.

Broken Prison System Helps No One
I killed an innocent man by drinking and driving. As a result, many lives were ruined. I feel deep pain and remorse. I have had a lot of time to evaluate the state's prison system, which is the largest drain on California's economy without having to be accountable to the taxpayer.

We Can Organize in Favor Of Saving Higher Education
This past Monday, June 20th, I was walking to campus listening to the morning broadcast on NPR and got to hear Edwin Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, give a short account of how humanity came out of caves, found fire, made wheels, figured out ways to fly and finally got to step on the moon.

Furloughs Are Another Way Of Cutting From the Bottom
On July 16, there were two articles on the staff furloughs and budget cuts hitting the university ("Faculty Warns Salary Cuts May Damage UC System" and "UC Furlough Plan Moves Forward"). As a UC Berkeley student, I am outraged that the regents are implementing these furloughs. UC as we know it is not going to collapse, it is collapsing! Despite the public outcry at their meeting, the regents are undemocratically choosing to balance the budget on the backs of students and staff-while still raising executive salaries!

Another Point for the Talk About Campus Diversity
Regarding the article "What Really Happened to Diversity?" in the July 20, 2009 issue of The Daily Californian:

Government Intervention Is Bad for Human Society
To the authors of "What Really Happened to Diversity?" (July 20):

Lust & Other Flighty Feelings
I step into the harsh light of the fraternity and I spot him immediately. The fluorescent bulbs don't do much for his skin tone, highlighting a few acne scars across his forehead and making him appear small and frail. Standing at 5'8", he's surrounded by men who are bigger, buffer and move with a lion-like agility as they stalk about the frat looking for their evening's fun. I see him nervously glance my way and in an instant the desire and obsession that had compelled me here in the first place melts from my body. Fantasies that I had painstakingly created in late night ponderings, or during classroom boredom, come crashing down around me. Left sitting amongst the rubble was the less-than-fantastic boy in front of me, looking a bit awkward and out of place.

White Space