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Issue #2463 :: Monday, May 3, 2010

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Live Blog: Noah Stern Goes Before Judicial Council
View the live blog at our news blog, Notes From The Field.

Stern Set to Go Before Judicial Council Wednesday
ASUC President-elect Noah Stern will face Attorney General Kevin Gibson before the Judicial Council on charges of elections bylaw violations Wednesday morning.

Student Conduct Violations Set to Change
The Office of Student Conduct will undergo various changes after numerous complaints from faculty and students regarding the office's handling of alleged student conduct violations this academic year.

Protesters Stage Hunger Strike Outside California Hall
Approximately 25 people began staging a hunger strike in front of California Hall Monday, calling for UC officials to denounce a controversial Arizona immigration bill passed last week, among other demands.

News

Senate Will Consider New Divestment Bill
In an attempt to come to a compromise in the ongoing divestment battle, the ASUC Senate will consider a new bill seeking to divest from 100 arms manufacturers at their Wednesday meeting.

Local Antique Bookstore Could Close
With the "cornerstone" of Berkeley's rare and antique book market facing closure, many local book collectors say they are on edge.

Cal Dining Surveys Patrons To Avoid Paying Extra Taxes
Customers at campus dining locations this past week have been faced with a new question: "For here, or to go?"

House Representatives Examine UC Contracts
Bay Area congressional representatives held a discussion Friday to address an 18-month-long delay in contract negotiations between University of California administrators and postdoctoral scholars.

Medical Marijuana Group Loses Chance to Relocate Dispensary
The Berkeley Patients Group lost its chance to move its medical marijuana dispensary to a West Berkeley chocolate factory after a development company bought the building Thursday in an effort to protect the reputation of its nearby businesses.

Demonstrators on Upper Sproul Protest Drawings of Swastikas
In a response to the three swastikas recently drawn at the Clark Kerr Campus, approximately 45 protesters demonstrated on Upper Sproul Plaza Friday afternoon, addressing issues of anti-Semitism and calling for the end of "hidden hatred" at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley High to Create New Green Academy
A new academy focusing on environmental issues will join the six existing small schools at Berkeley High School, continuing an ongoing effort to restructure the school.

News In Brief: City Council Votes for Plan Without Dedicated Bus Lane
Deciding against AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) full-build option, Berkeley City Council voted Thursday to support alternatives to the plan that do not include the implementation of a dedicated bus lane.

Protesters Stage Hunger Strike Outside California Hall
Approximately 25 people began staging a hunger strike in front of California Hall Monday, calling for UC officials to denounce a controversial Arizona immigration bill passed last week, among other demands.

Live Blog: Noah Stern Goes Before Judicial Council
View the live blog at our news blog, Notes From The Field.

Student Conduct Violations Set to Change
The Office of Student Conduct will undergo various changes after numerous complaints from faculty and students regarding the office's handling of alleged student conduct violations this academic year.

Stern Set to Go Before Judicial Council Wednesday
ASUC President-elect Noah Stern will face Attorney General Kevin Gibson before the Judicial Council on charges of elections bylaw violations Wednesday morning.


Sports

CAL RUGBY WINS 25TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Gallery
STANFORD-Atop his teammates' shoulders, Cal lock Eric Fry let out a scream and hoisted his championship MVP trophy. It was time that the big guy got his due.

So, What Does It Mean to Be a Cal Bear?
I wish people were more passionate about collegiate rugby.

Cardinal Sink Bears to Round Out MPSF Tourney
Ranked third in the nation, the Cal women's water polo team should be fairly confident about making its first NCAA championships appearance ever.

Hot-Hitting Bears Rock Beaver Staff In Sweep
With the bases loaded and no one out in the fourth inning, second baseman Brian Guinn fouled a ball into a Haas Pavilion window, cracking the pane into a spiderweb of shattered glass.

Bears Use Anger, Small Ball and Speed to Mercy Wildcats and Avoid Sweep
The No.13 Cal softball began the weekend with an 8-0 beating and ended it with one too.

Spectacular Shropshire Not Enough as Bears Fall to Cardinal to End Season
Dana Lindsay, one of Stanford lacrosse's top scorers, carried the ball ready to shoot on an open net. But Bears goalkeeper Allie Shropshire dove into the cage, making one of her career-high 17 saves in Friday's MPSF semifinal.

Experimental Lineup Renders Mixed Outcome at Payton Jordan Invitational
Cal track and field coach Tony Sandoval entered Saturday's Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., with a particular gameplan.

Sports in Brief: Forward Amoke Dismissed From Cal Basketball Team
Omondi Amoke was dismissed from the Cal men's basketball team on Friday for a violation of team rules.

Cancer-Stricken Costello Inspires Crew Teams From Afar
When the Cal crew teams defeated Stanford at Redwood Shores, Calif., on Saturday, something stirred them to drive harder and with even more resolve than normal: coxswain Jill Costello.


Opinion

Bias Not OK
ASUC spring budgeting means one thing: we'll be hearing the complaints of numerous student organizations saying they were treated unfairly in the process. But Berkeley students are not alone in this-complaints over fair treatment of student organizations is a national issue.

Divestment: Fight On
Veto upheld, divestment fight over? Think again.

Protesters Have Broad Support
Over the past year, this campus has been a site of political protest, experimentation, and dialogue. In the process of advancing a diverse set of objectives via an equally diverse set of tactics, the campus community has generated criticisms from many perspectives: accusations of ineffectual reformism or divisive antagonism. Overcoming these differences, however, a strong and surprisingly broad coalition has formed in opposition to the UC Berkeley administration's punitive response to student protesters.

Physical Education Ignored in Favor of Athletics
On March 30, the SF Chronicle reported that the campus had not succeeded in raising the funds to pay for the $135 million bonds used to fund construction of the "142,000-square-foot, four-story Student Athlete High Performance Center (SAHPC) that will house lockers for the UC football team and meeting rooms adjacent to seismically unstable Memorial Stadium." The article reported that if the funding goals are not met, "UC Berkeley's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics could be responsible for paying off the center's bonds," and those funds might have to come from student fees.

Bill Contradicts American Values
On the afternoon of April 29, I exercised my First Amendment right by taking part in the mock deportation protest against the Arizona Senate Bill 1070 on Sproul. As a second-generation Chicana who believes in the democratic principles that this country holds dear, I felt compelled to act against a law that is not only a civil and human rights violation, but is also blatantly racist at its core.

Editorial Misrepresented Nature of Athletics Dept.
In regards to your editorial, "Play by the Rules," it appears there is an unfortunate disconnect between the Daily Cal's newsgathering and opinion operations. Zachary Williams' April 27th article stated that the Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics program is a hybrid combining aspects of a Student Service and an Auxiliary Enterprise. More importantly, that story noted the University's publicly-available financial records show that campus financial managers have been operating on this basis for a long time.

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Sex on Monday: Tossing Books Aside
Throughout my three years of finals seasons, I have had a recurring dream. It usually comes when I begin to doze off mid-Marx or after a long day in the Main Stacks.

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