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Issue #2497 :: Monday, August 23, 2010

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Public Library's Central Branch to Undergo Reorganization
Thousands of items at the Berkeley Public Library's central branch will be reorganized by the end of the year in an effort to make the library more accommodating for patrons.

State Bill Could Cut Donations To UC, CSU
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have to determine whether to sign off on a bill this week that would bring UC and CSU foundations under the authority of public record requests, though UC officials say the bill could end up costing the cash-strapped university millions of dollars in anonymous donations.

UC Professor Involved in E-mail Dispute
UC Berkeley integrative biology professor Tyrone Hayes - whose work includes research on the effects of the herbicide atrazine on amphibian life - has become the target of an ethics complaint from the principal producer of the chemical, Syngenta Corporation.

Resignation of City's Chamber Of Commerce CEO Announced
After an eight-month stint as CEO and president of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Mark Berson resigned from his post Wednesday, adding to more than a year of unsuccessful attempts at securing a long-term CEO for the chamber.

News

State Bill Could Cut Donations To UC, CSU
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have to determine whether to sign off on a bill this week that would bring UC and CSU foundations under the authority of public record requests, though UC officials say the bill could end up costing the cash-strapped university millions of dollars in anonymous donations.

UC Professor Involved in E-mail Dispute
UC Berkeley integrative biology professor Tyrone Hayes - whose work includes research on the effects of the herbicide atrazine on amphibian life - has become the target of an ethics complaint from the principal producer of the chemical, Syngenta Corporation.

Resignation of City's Chamber Of Commerce CEO Announced
After an eight-month stint as CEO and president of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Mark Berson resigned from his post Wednesday, adding to more than a year of unsuccessful attempts at securing a long-term CEO for the chamber.

Position Created to Address Community Diversity for School District
In an effort to close the racial achievement gap in local schools, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education created a new position Wednesday intended to respond to the diverse needs of the city's students and families.

City Receives Green Award for Efforts to Reduce Gas Emissions
The city of Berkeley's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions received laudable recognition Tuesday when the California Chapter of the American Planning Association bestowed the city with the 2010 Innovation in Green Community Planning Award.

UC Berkeley Alumnus Dies After Life of Musical Talent
UC Berkeley alumnus Ortiz Montaigne Walton, a music aficionado and "renaissance man" who struggled with progressive supernuclear palsy in the last few years of his life, died on July 29. He was 76.

'Arnieville' Demonstrators Cited During Capital Protest
Twenty-two demonstrators connected with a month-long Berkeley campout were detained in Sacramento Wednesday while protesting proposed cuts to state disabled services.

Study Links Pesticides to Attention Disorders
Pregnant women's exposure to pesticides has been linked to the development of attention disorders in their children, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers.

Sierra Club Ranks Campus 32nd Among Green Schools
UC Berkeley was ranked 32nd in the Sierra Club's annual list of the top 100 most environmentally friendly campuses, falling from its number eight ranking last year.

Campus Receives Perfect Score in Green 'Honor Roll'
For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has placed UC Berkeley on its "Green College Honor Roll" as one of the 18 schools to receive a perfect score this year.

Festival Brings Out Oakland's Inner Soul Video
Hundreds of Bay Area residents swarmed downtown Oakland August 21 and 22 to participate in the city's Art & Soul Festival, an annual gathering aimed at promoting Oakland's offerings in art, food and music.

Public Library's Central Branch to Undergo Reorganization
Thousands of items at the Berkeley Public Library's central branch will be reorganized by the end of the year in an effort to make the library more accommodating for patrons.


Sports

In the Spotlight
Last November's unforgettable finish at Stanford Stadium gave the Big Game what it lacked for the better part of eight years: suspense and conference implications.

Blue and Gold Scrimmage Displays New Attack, Talent
The Cal women's volleyball team does not open its season until Friday, but the team simulated game-like conditions on Saturday evening.

Bears Manage Draw After Season-Opening Win
The Cal women's soccer team is 1-0-1 after their first weekend of regular season games. The Bears beat Loyola Marymount, 2-1, Friday afternoon and tied UC Irvine, 2-2, even after 20 minutes of overtime.

Four Years and Four Letters
When I submitted my farewell column I was originally told it wasn't going to fly because I used the F-word too much. After replacing the F-word with "eff," the powers that be came around to my point of view because of how ridiculous the repeated usage of "eff" looks.

Fall Camp Notebook: 'Beat the Aggies'
A new wall decoration went up in the Cal locker room on Saturday: an electronic countdown to opening day. Underneath the constantly ticking clock? A sign that says: Beat the Aggies.

Fall Camp 2010: Edmond Takes Road Less Traveled
On the final day of fall training camp, the Cal football team piled back into the locker room. The players were given speeches to They rushed out of the tunnel again to a mock-up of the real thing, complete with crowd noise.


Opinion

Militant Approval
Many may have been surprised to learn that UC Berkeley, famous for its liberalism and anti-war sentiments, is actually one of California's most "military friendly" campuses, according to a recent poll conducted by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Language Barriers
Berkeley Unified School District recently created the position of manager of culture and linguistics to help close the startling achievement gaps that exist among races in the district.

Expanding Campus Community
The Daily Californian's editorial about the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund (Aug. 2) has motivated me to provide a different opinion about public service at UC Berkeley, one which goes far beyond simple notions of volunteerism.

Nightmarish Dreams for Arizona's Future
The year is 2030. Not being able to sleep, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer finds herself alone in a strange, white room.

Supporting George Beier as 'Community's Candidate'
We - the students and neighbors in Berkeley - would like to set the record straight in response to Aug. 16 story, "District 7 Candidates Talk Campaign Funding." There were a few inaccuracies that we'd like to address.

A Wolf in Sheep's Stilettos
When you're a sex columnist, you get a lot of people - both friends and strangers - offering to help you out with "research." But sometimes the best research is the hardest to seek out.

White Space