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Issue #2518 :: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Fans Fear for Varsity Status of Rugby Team
As the UC Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics nears a decision on how to sustainably operate the department in light of multimillion dollar budget deficits in recent years, students and alumni have begun to speculate that UC Berkeley's championship-winning rugby team may lose its varsity sport status.

Transcript From Live Chat With Marvin Jones


High Income, Absent Father May Lead to Early Puberty
Over the past century, the changing voice of puberty has been arriving earlier and earlier in American children, a phenomenon that could - at least in girls - be partly attributed to a higher family income.

Conference Questions
There was 3:48 left on the game clock and, with his team down by a touchdown at Arizona Stadium last Saturday, Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was poised for another one of his signature fourth-quarter comebacks.

News

Fans Fear for Varsity Status of Rugby Team
As the UC Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics nears a decision on how to sustainably operate the department in light of multimillion dollar budget deficits in recent years, students and alumni have begun to speculate that UC Berkeley's championship-winning rugby team may lose its varsity sport status.

Soft Story Policy Update May Be Ahead
An update to the city of Berkeley's long-unenforced Soft Story Ordinance, which requires owners of earthquake-vulnerable buildings to inform tenants of building weaknesses, will come before members of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, as council and community members hope to strengthen the program.

Continued Lack of Diversity in UC System Raises Concerns Podcast
Despite continued efforts to increase and promote student diversity at the University of California, a report presented to the UC Board of Regents last week shows that students from certain racial backgrounds are still underrepresented across all UC campuses.

High Income, Absent Father May Lead to Early Puberty
Over the past century, the changing voice of puberty has been arriving earlier and earlier in American children, a phenomenon that could - at least in girls - be partly attributed to a higher family income.

Student Worker Union Charges UC With Unfair Labor Practices
A union representing more than 12,000 academic student employees throughout the UC system filed unfair labor practice charges against the university Monday, four months after the groups began negotiating the union's sixth contract.

Obama Chooses Campus Professor for Committee
UC Berkeley atmospheric sciences professor Inez Fung, known internationally for her climate change research, has been chosen by President Barack Obama for a position on the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.

UC Energy Sustainability Programs Set to Expand Podcast
A University of California systemwide energy program will see an expansion in energy-saving projects after the UC Board of Regents voted last Tuesday to increase the program's budget by more than $15 million.


Sports

Conference Questions
There was 3:48 left on the game clock and, with his team down by a touchdown at Arizona Stadium last Saturday, Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was poised for another one of his signature fourth-quarter comebacks.

GBaum's World with Gabriel Baumgaertner
To be perfectly honest, I don't really want to talk about it any longer.

Crosson Over: Assistant Key In New Offense's Success
The chant came out of nowhere, so unexpected that it wasn't discernible in McKeon Pavilion at first.

Bears Benefit With Victories From Working More Overtime
Six games into the season for the Cal men's soccer team and four of them have gone into overtime periods.

Transcript From Live Chat With Marvin Jones



Opinion

Invest in Information
On our generally liberal campus, it is hard to imagine many people who would oppose measures that encourage the use of eggs from cage-free chickens, prioritize renewable energy research or establish water as a human right. Yet the University of California did vote against these shareholder resolutions, along many others that touched upon moral and social issues, according to a recent article from The Bay Citizen.

Meg to Differ
This was a week of firsts for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. In addition to breaking the record for campaign self-funding - contributing $119 million thus far for her bid for governor - Whitman also declined the invitation to speak with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, making her the only statewide candidate in memory to do so.

AC Transit Must Continue Talks
No one doubts the severity of the Great Recession and its impact on public entities like AC Transit. What's at issue is - how did we get into this mess, and how do we get out?

The Union Must Share The Burden
AC Transit's mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous and reliable transit service for the more than 230,000 riders who use our transit system. Our riders are predominately students, the young, the elderly and the poor who rely on us to take them to school, to work, to worship and back home.

Fond Childhood Memories
Sex is like Ruffles potato chips: greasy, artificial and often regrettable.

Editorial Cartoon
By Deanne Chen

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