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Issue #2505 :: Friday, September 3, 2010

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Top Headlines

Allen Makes Memorable Debut in Cal Victory Over Aggies
Keenan Allen's lifelong football mantra has been to go toward the green grass.

LIVE BLOG: California Golden Bears vs. UC Davis Aggies


Campus Child Care Works to Maintain Services
As California legislators continue to delay passing the state budget, childcare centers at UC Berkeley are beginning to wonder how much longer they can withstand the impact of lagging funds and the anxiety caused by the economic recession.

Experienced Offense Returns as Bears Begin 2010 Podcast
References to Boise State and Stanford were ubiquitous during Tuesday morning's press conference.

News

Odor Problem Still a Contentious Issue in Race for District 1 Seat
As Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio seeks re-election this year, three competitors say she has neglected to address odor emissions and health concerns at a West Berkeley steel plant which have plagued the community for years.

Student Commissioners Help Shape City Policy
UC Berkeley students are given a first-hand and active role in developing policy for the city of Berkeley in positions as city commissioners, who advise the Berkeley City Council during its decision-making processes.

College of Environmental Design To Test 'One-Stop' Online Portal
The process of navigating through class schedules, financial aid, class reminders and messages on several different websites may soon be consolidated into a "one-stop shop" for all things UC Berkeley, as the Cal Online Student Experience task force launched a test site for a pilot group to evaluate the portal Aug. 23.

AC Transit Union Members Participate in Oakland Rally
About 30 people from social justice groups and members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 came together in Downtown Oakland Thursday to protest what they called a misdirection of federal transportation funds.

New Facility May Be Ahead for Lab
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which employs some 4,000 employees and conducts research on everything from DNA to climate change, may soon be looking for land to build a new facility.

District 7 Candidates Aim To Improve People's Park Podcast
Multiple incidents of group violence in People's Park combined with the area's ongoing trend toward violence during certain parts of the year has some Berkeley City Council candidates vying to turn the park into a more positive - and safe - space.

Campus Child Care Works to Maintain Services
As California legislators continue to delay passing the state budget, childcare centers at UC Berkeley are beginning to wonder how much longer they can withstand the impact of lagging funds and the anxiety caused by the economic recession.


Sports

Experienced Offense Returns as Bears Begin 2010 Podcast
References to Boise State and Stanford were ubiquitous during Tuesday morning's press conference.

No Miracle Can Save Aggies On Saturday
Let's get this out of the way first. Cal is not going to lose to UC Davis.

Bears Weigh In Against Ranked Foe at USD Invite
The No. 11 Cal volleyball team hopes to continue playing with a high level of energy that the team displayed in the final set of the Bears' win over Manhattan College on Saturday.

Stiff Midwest Competition Awaits Cal in Adidas Classic
Armed with experience and the willingness to compete, the Cal men's soccer team heads to Indiana for the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic this weekend.

Bears Open Season Against Feeble Aggies
The Cal men's water polo team opens the season against UC Davis tomorrow at Spieker Aquatics Complex at 10 a.m., a match that should be a sure win.

Cal Hopes to Break Streak Of Ties With Home Invite
While the Cal women's soccer team wasn't unhappy with their 0-0 overtime tie against Santa Clara last weekend, it's a result they hope not to repeat.

Cal Goes From Hard Loss to Harder Opponent
After suffering a heart-wrenching 4-3 loss last Friday to Miami of Ohio, one would think that the Cal field hockey team would want an easy victory to lift its spirits.

LIVE BLOG: California Golden Bears vs. UC Davis Aggies


Allen Makes Memorable Debut in Cal Victory Over Aggies
Keenan Allen's lifelong football mantra has been to go toward the green grass.


Opinion

Paying the Price
For nearly two decades, the fact that UC employees did not have to contribute to a retirement system was arguably the best part of the pension pot. Yet this unusual benefit ended in April, and a report released Friday indicates that the cost has finally caught up with the university.

Fewer Tickets to Ride
AC Transit is currently debating a proposal that would result in longer weekend waits at the bus stop for both students and community members alike. Officials are considering cuts to more than half of the weekend bus lines and all late-night bus lines with the exception of two.

Supporting Students to Strengthen Our Country
At colleges and universities across America, students are heading into the classroom, many for the first time. You're taking part in a journey that will not only determine your future, but the future of this country. We know, for example, that nearly eight in ten new jobs will require workforce training or higher education by the end of this decade. And we know that in a global economy, the nation that out-educates us today will out-compete us tomorrow. In the 21st century, America's success depends on the education our students receive.

Higher Education at a Crossroads
Higher Education in California is indeed at a crossroads. The challenges of recession have had a profound effect on our state budget, forcing those of us in the legislature to choose from a menu of awful choices. As the Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and as a retired California State University professor and dean, I am acutely aware the strain that has been put on our colleges and universities. In light of these difficult times, I believe that we as a state must focus on keeping California's higher education system centered on the basic principles of access, articulation, affordability and quality

Proposition 25 Is Not the Panacea Our State Needs
out the need for greater investiment in higher education, he is mistaken in believing Prop 25 a solution to the problem. For starters, contrary to popular belief, both Democrats and Republicans believe in the need to invest more in education. Indeed, Meg Whitman's plan for California includes a proposal to increase higher education spending by $1 billion - Jerry Brown makes no similar statement. Both parties want to protect education, but Republicans want to do it by streamlining state government and eliminating waste while Democrats would rather raise taxes to protect their public employee union donors. Furthermore, the two-thirds vote requirement has not led to Republicans dominating the budget crisis. Both parties must work together and make sacrifices to pass a budget. It's a check on the power of the majority, not minority rule. Eliminating this important part of our constitution would give the majority party - be it Democrat or Republican (the latter of which has happened as recently as 1996) - power to pass a budget without concern to the minority. At Berkeley, I think we understand why minority rights are important - let's preserve them by voting down Proposition 25.

Berkeley Voters Need to Make Their Own Decisions
I read with interest the August 27th article, "Impact of Endorsements of Council Race Uncertain," about Berkeley City Council elections.

Editorial Cartoon


More Jungle, Less Gym
I went to the gym today. This really shouldn't be the kind of thing that I consider to be an accomplishment worthy of stating in the first sentence of a column, but it is - jogging down College Avenue is my thing; ellipticals, not so much. And let me just begin by saying that gyms can be confusing places for those of us who don't frequent these treadmill temples, these spin-class shrines.

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