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Issue #2411 :: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Top Headlines

Cannon Fodder
Every team starts out every season with the goal of competing for a national championship. Every coach tells every reporter that if they didn't think their team could win, then they wouldn't play the games.

Hale Hopes to Repeat in Hawaii
Stephen Hale probably loves Hawaii, and not just for the weather and the scenery.

Around the Rim: After Shaky Start, Bears Sit in Third in the Pac-10
Third place isn't too shabby for a team packed with freshmen and short on production.

Around the Rim: Boykin Enjoying Last Semester at Cal
In his last season with the Cal men's basketball team, Jamal Boykin is taking one class on campus -- Introduction to Human Nutrition -- as well as an online statistics course. He'll graduate in May.

News

Study: Grass Could Provide Renewable Energy Source
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy have concluded experiments on a type of grass that they say could eventually lead to new sources of renewable energy.

Campus Set to Conduct Electronic Data Security Reviews
UC Berkeley officials will be conducting data security reviews in different parts of the campus administration as part of a recent effort to ramp up electronic security.

Berkeley Police Officer Named 2010 Northern California Officer of the Year
Berkeley police Officer Douglas Golden received the 2010 Northern California Officer of the Year award last Wednesday for helping the San Leandro Police Department apprehend three armed robbers in May 2009.

Man Robbed, Assaulted in South Berkeley
A man was assaulted and robbed while walking in South Berkeley Thursday night.

$70 Million in Federal Funding Pulled from BART Airport Connector Project
BART's plan to build a connector to the Oakland International Airport took a major hit last week after the Federal Transit Administration decided to pull $70 million in federal stimulus funding from the project.

Mayor Hopes a Revised Downtown Area Plan Would Attract Local Businesses Podcast
Two years ago, Helio Micro Utility was founded in Berkeley as a start-up company that was drawn to the city because it was solar-friendly and the company's executives lived in the area.


Sports

Cannon Fodder
Every team starts out every season with the goal of competing for a national championship. Every coach tells every reporter that if they didn't think their team could win, then they wouldn't play the games.

Hale Hopes to Repeat in Hawaii
Stephen Hale probably loves Hawaii, and not just for the weather and the scenery.

Around the Rim: After Shaky Start, Bears Sit in Third in the Pac-10
Third place isn't too shabby for a team packed with freshmen and short on production.

Around the Rim: Boykin Enjoying Last Semester at Cal
In his last season with the Cal men's basketball team, Jamal Boykin is taking one class on campus -- Introduction to Human Nutrition -- as well as an online statistics course. He'll graduate in May.

This Week in Cal Sports Gallery


Defensive Coordinator Gregory Leaves Cal for Coaching Position at Boise State
Bob Gregory, who spent the last eight seasons as defensive coordinator of the Cal football team, is leaving the Bears to take up a position as a defensive assistant coach at Boise State, Cal coach Jeff Tedford announced on Wednesday.


Arts & Entertainment

Thao and The Thermals Deliver Entertaining, Complementary Concert
Thank God for the Thermals. Actually, don't thank God-the Thermals are professional idol-topplers, and it would be sort of perverse to imply that their, iconoclastic awesomeness is in any way divinely inspired. But still, you should be glad they're around, especially if you're young and pissed off. The charts are so suffused with mediocre "topical" music, that it's easy to forget how thrilling it can be when a band manages to merge an angry political consciousness with an energetic sense of fun. While other politicized punks like Green Day get mired in vague pseudo-profundity, and party-line pedants like Against Me! dole out Noam Chomsky tracts set to semi-rousing power chord progressions, the Thermals recognize that a revolution without dancing is not worth having.

Dave Eggers Makes a Bid For the Title of Modern Literary Renaissance Man
At the Morrison Library last Thursday evening, Dave Eggers read from his most recent book "Zeitoun," discussed his career (one of a Renaissance man's caliber), and berated that horrible "rabbit hole" that is the Internet.

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