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Issue #2574 :: Friday, December 3, 2010

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ASUC Sponsors Vigil for Victims of Tucson Shooting
The ASUC Senate voted electronically Tuesday evening to suspend parliamentary procedures and pass a bill that sponsored a candlelight vigil for wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and called for more civility in the political process.

Daily Cal Editor in Chief Sued in Fresno Superior Court
The father of a former Cal football player is suing The Daily Californian's editor in chief and president Rajesh Srinivasan in a Fresno County small claims court, charging him with intentional infliction of emotional distress related to one article and two blog posts from 2006 and 2007 that remain in the newspaper's online archives.

Bears' Comeback Falls Short Against Cougars
Washington State forward Katie Madison's 3-pointer early in Cal's Friday loss to the Cougars characterized well the course of the game that followed.

Chancellor Announces 280 Positions Will be Eliminated
UC Berkeley expects to eliminate approximately 280 full-time positions this year in order to save the campus about $20 million annually, campus administrators announced Thursday in a campuswide e-mail.

News

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Names Two New CEOs
Following a four-month search for a new CEO and the resignations of three CEOs in two years, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce announced what it called an "outside the box" selection of co-CEOs John DeClercq and Polly Armstrong Tuesday.

News in Brief: Man Threatened, Robbed in Southside on Sunday
The Berkeley Police Department is on the lookout for four male suspects in their late teens who allegedly threatened and robbed a man last Sunday on Southside, according to a crime report issued by UCPD on Wednesday. The victim sustained no injuries during the encounter.

Past Protests Lead to Pricey Upgrades Podcast
Close to midnight on Dec. 11, 2009, several dozen masked demonstrators marched to UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's on-campus home, angered over the mass arrest of 66 protesters earlier that day. Some wielded torches; others smashed the house's lights and damaged its impact-resistant windows as Birgeneau and his wife called police from inside. Close to $14,000 in damages was done to the home, and eight protesters were arrested by campus police.

Pell Grant Awards Face Cuts Following Funding Shortfall
About 9 million students nationwide and 70,000 students within the UC system could face cuts to their federal Pell Grant awards as the program faces a $5.7 billion funding shortfall.

Campus Looks to Cut Excess Utilities Spending Podcast
For the past six years, UC Berkeley has spent at least $6 million more on utility bills per year than the state provides, leaving those extra expenses to be paid for through the campus's own funds, according to campus officials.

Berkeley Library Lawsuit Approaches Settlement
Update: The article has been updated to indicate that Linda Schacht is a member of The Daily Californian's Board of Directors.

Decision Forthcoming in Kapor Mansion Hearing
The results of a civil hearing Thursday will determine whether the planned 10,000-square-foot North Berkeley residence of software mogul Mitch Kapor will be subjected to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act following neighbors' complaints regarding the proposed size and function of the house.

ASUC Passes Bill to Make Fee Committee More Representative
The ASUC Senate passed a bill Wednesday night that aims to restructure an existing campus committee on student service fees into a new committee more representative of the student body that would make student service fee allocation recommendations to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in order to comply with recently revised guidelines set forth in UC policy.

Richard Goldman, Global Philanthropist, Dies at 90
Richard Goldman, a notable philanthropist, businessman and prominent 1941 UC Berkeley alumnus, died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 90.

GSI Union Votes to Ratify Contract
Following four days of voting and more than five months of negotiating, it was announced Friday morning that members of a union representing nearly 12,000 academic student employees voted to ratify a tentative agreement recently settled between the union and the University of California despite unprecedented levels of dissent within the union over the contract.

UC Commission on the Future Releases Final Report
With the University of California facing an increasingly precarious financial situation, the university's Commission on the Future unveiled its final recommendations for maintaining the UC's fiscal viability on Monday.

Albany McDonald's Employee Robbed at Gunpoint
Berkeley Police Department officers responded to an armed robbery at the McDonald's restaurant in South Albany - near the Berkeley border - early Wednesday morning.

Man Dies in West Berkeley Car Crash Following Pursuit
A man on the run from police died early Friday morning after crashing a stolen vehicle into a tree off of the Eastshore Highway in West Berkeley during a pursuit which began in Oakland where the man allegedly hit a police officer with the stolen vehicle.

Chefs Extinguish Fire in North Berkeley Restaurant
The Berkeley Fire Department responded to a small grease fire at Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen in North Berkeley late Friday morning, though the fire had already been extinguished when the fire crew arrived on the scene.

Reporter Files Federal Suit Against UCPD for Alleged Violation of Rights
Journalist David Morse is suing UCPD, the Berkeley Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office as well as members of these departments and Alameda County for allegedly violating his First, Fourth and Eighth Amendment rights as well as a federal law barring the use of search warrants for unpublished journalistic materials.

ASUC Senate Deadline Set Aside Due to Official's Health Issues
The ASUC Senate will not receive any repercussions for violating its bylaws by failing to meet the deadline to confirm dates for the spring elections because student government officials said the elections council chair's health concerns justified an extension.

UC Leaders Reject Executives' Pension Demands
UC President Mark Yudof and Chair of the UC Board of Regents Russell Gould issued a joint statement Tuesday rejecting the demands set forth in a letter signed by 36 university executives who are threatening to sue if a policy that would increase pensions for the university's highest-paid employees is not implemented.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Seeks Second Campus
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released an invitation Monday to cities and organizations interested in having the lab's second campus in their limits to apply for the opportunity.

Al Pisano Resigns from Operational Excellence Position
Campus administrators announced Wednesday that Al Pisano has resigned from his position as head of the Operational Excellence Program Office due to "personal reasons" and has elected to take a year-long sabbatical.

New Operational Excellence Communications Leader Selected
Former Chief Business Officer of the California Alumni Association William Reichle was selected as Communications Leader for the Operational Excellence Program Office Monday, filling the position which has been vacant since September.

Brown Proposes Cuts to UC, CSU in State Budget
With the state facing a $25.4 billion budget gap for the 2011-12 fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed $500 million in cuts to the University of California as part of his 2011-12 budget on Monday.

UC Officials React to Proposed Budget
With the state facing a $25.4 billion budget gap for the 2011-12 fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed $500 million in cuts to the University of California as part of his 2011-12 budget on Monday as UC administration members looked on in dismay.

New Faculty Head Appointed for Operational Excellence
UC Berkeley administrators announced Monday that professor Andrew Szeri will replace Al Pisano as the faculty head for the Operational Excellence Program Office and will begin work in his new position immediately.

Officials Confiscate Gun From Berkeley High Student
Safety officials at Berkeley High School confiscated a gun from a male student who brought the weapon on campus Monday morning.

Chancellor Announces 280 Positions Will be Eliminated
UC Berkeley expects to eliminate approximately 280 full-time positions this year in order to save the campus about $20 million annually, campus administrators announced Thursday in a campuswide e-mail.

Daily Cal Editor in Chief Sued in Fresno Superior Court
The father of a former Cal football player is suing The Daily Californian's editor in chief and president Rajesh Srinivasan in a Fresno County small claims court, charging him with intentional infliction of emotional distress related to one article and two blog posts from 2006 and 2007 that remain in the newspaper's online archives.

ASUC Sponsors Vigil for Victims of Tucson Shooting
The ASUC Senate voted electronically Tuesday evening to suspend parliamentary procedures and pass a bill that sponsored a candlelight vigil for wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and called for more civility in the political process.


Sports

Bears' College Cup Run Ends in Fourth Round After Dropping Penalty Kicks to Akron
After 110 minutes of play, with a score still knotted at 3-3, the Cal men's soccer team went to penalty kicks for the first time all season.

Bears Host NCAA Tournament for First Time in History Gallery
The smallest details can add up to the big difference between a national champion and an also-ran.

Cal Opens NCAA Tourney With Surging Utah State
The last time Utah State faced a top-five team, the Aggies swept their opponent.

Cal Travels to Undefeated Home of Zips
There are only eight soccer teams still chasing the NCAA College Cup.

Cal Faces Offensive Threats of No. 7 Texas A&M
In spite of its youth, the Cal women's basketball team will be familiar with its opponent in Texas on Saturday.

Limiting Turnovers Emphasized in Trip to Iowa
The Cal men's basketball team put up some of its best offensive numbers of the young campaign against UC Davis, setting season-highs with 53.7-percent shooting and 20 assists.

LIVE BLOG: Cal Volleyball vs. Utah State - First Round NCAA Tournament


Bears Sweep Utah State in First Round of NCAA Tournament
The Cal volleyball team opened the NCAA tournament with a convincing victory over Utah State (24-9) on Friday night at Haas Pavilion, 25-15, 25-11, 25-20.

LIVE BLOG: Cal Volleyball vs. North Carolina - Second Round NCAA Tournament


Cal to Meet Trojans in NCAA Final After Surviving Lions' Upset Bid
At the end of the first day of the men's water polo NCAAs hosted at Spieker Aquatics Complex, everything went as expected. No. 1 USC beat No. 4 St. Francis 10-7 and No. 2 Cal edged by No. 3 Loyola Marymount 7-6.

Cal Blocks North Carolina Out of Tourney
The Cal volleyball team is headed to Seattle.

USC Sinks Bears in Overtime to Claim Third Straight National Title
"Three-peat, three-peat, three-peat," the USC fans yelled as the clock wound down and the buzzer sounded, officially marking the Trojans' third men's water polo championship in a row.

Bears Prepare for Amazing Aztecs
After Bak Bak notched career highs of 12 points and six rebounds in the Cal men's basketball team's 74-62 win over UC Davis, head coach Mike Montgomery labeled him a "confidence guy" and that he's "probably more comfortable at home."

LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL VS. SAN DIEGO STATE


Aztecs Blitz Bears in 20-point Victory
Not known for having fans in any sports, San Diego State fans bellowed "Let's Go Aztecs!" as time wound down at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night. After scoring 49 second-half points on an astonishing 71-percent shooting in the second half, the Aztecs gave their unusually large contingent of supporters plenty of reason to cheer on a team that is quickly garnering attention as one of the best on the West Coast.

Seattle Gives Cal Familiar Surroundings in NCAA Regional Semis
The Cal volleyball team may be away from Berkeley this weekend, but it is still hoping for some home-court advantage when it takes on Minnesota in Friday's regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.

Bears Top Gophers, Head to Elite Eight
For the fourth straight year, the Cal volleyball team has made the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

LIVE BLOG: Cal Volleyball vs. Minnesota


Bears Snag Sweet Sixteen Sweep Over Minnesota
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Cal volleyball team is one of the two teams in the NCAA tournament to not drop a set. Though the Bears swept Minnesota on Friday night in the round of 16 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, Wash., their set-winning streak was almost snapped.

LIVE BLOG: Cal Volleyball vs. Washington, NCAA Seattle Regional Final


Bears Net Final Four Berth
The Cal volleyball team swept Washington (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) tonight to advance to the final four of the NCAA tournament.

Cal Sweeps Into Final Four
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's Becky Perry soared into the air to attempt a kill but the ball lost steam as soon as it hit the outstretched arms of Cal's Carli Lloyd and Kat Brown.

Live Blog: Cal Men's Basketball vs. Southern Miss


Flowers Blossoms in Second Half, Leads Southern Mississippi Past Cal
Jorge Gutierrez gave up 20 pounds and nearly half a foot to Southern Mississippi's Gary Flowers.

Cal Advances To Championship Match
The Cal volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA championship match for the first time in school history.

Cal Advances to NCAA Championship Match with Sweep of USC
Before the Cal-USC national semifinal match on Thursday, ESPN analyst Karch Kiraly suggested that the Trojans might have the best outside hitter tandem in the country.

Cal Falls to Penn State in Championship Match
Penn State defeated the Cal volleyball team on Saturday night to claim its fourth consecutive national championship.

Penn State Sweeps Cal to Capture Fourth-Straight Title
The Cal volleyball team has had a season of defying odds.

Late Run Helps Bears Ride Past Mustangs
Markhuri Sanders-Frison said that shots had to "start falling sooner or later."

LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL VS. KANSAS


History on the Line When Jayhawks Come to Town
One win away from another milestone in a career rife with accomplishments, Mike Montgomery smiled when asked about the possibility of winning his 600th career game on Wednesday night.

Jayhawks Fend Off Aggressive Bears in Feisty Affair
It's another top-10 opponent and another double-digit loss, but the Cal men's basketball team clarified on Wednesday night that it will fiercely compete regardless of circumstance.

Montgomery Wins 600th Game as Cal Routs Hartford
The Cal men's basketball team ended 2010 on a positive note.

Vereen to Skip Senior Season for NFL
Cal tailback Shane Vereen rang in 2011 in a big way.

Live Blog: Cal Men's Basketball at Stanford


Cal Unable to Contend with Stanford
Three days after ending Connecticut's 90-game win streak, No. 9 Stanford suffered a letdown against the Cal women's basketball team on Sunday.

Cal Burned By Cardinal's Hot Shooting in Pac-10 Opener
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford forward Dwight Powell called it "competition at home."

Guard Franklin to Transfer From Cal
After playing 13 games and starting 11 for the Cal basketball team, freshman guard Gary Franklin has opted to transfer.

CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. ARIZONA LIVE BLOG


Williams' Career Night Thwarts Cal's Valiant Effort
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Down 15-5 in the early stages of the game at a rowdy opposing stadium without its second-leading scorer from the last game, the Cal men's basketball team could have easily folded to a team that some predicted would win the conference.

Clarendon's 24 Points Help Cal Notch First Pac-10 Win
It didn't take much for the Cal women's basketball team to improve its results from the start of its Pac-10 season, a crushing 78-45 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford.

CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL v. ARIZONA STATE LIVE BLOG


Bears Get Big Against Sun Devils for First Conference Victory
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cal men's basketball team blew a 15-point lead, shot a lukewarm 38 percent from the field and scored only two total bench points. So why was Mike Montgomery smiling when he greeted reporters after the game on Saturday afternoon?

Cal's Downpour of Threes Hounds Wildcats
Cal guard Lindsay Sherbert came into Saturday's contest averaging 2.5 points per game in losses and over 10 in wins. So it was a good sign for the Bears that she scored 20 against Arizona.

Middle Hitter Gaffen Transfers to UNC
Sophomore middle hitter Tia Gaffen has left the Cal volleyball team to transfer to North Carolina. Gaffen has enrolled in spring classes there and will have two years of eligibility as a Tar Heel.

Bears Open Season With 69-3 Win Over Sac State
The Cal rugby team opened its season with a 69-3 thrashing of Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif.

Soares Picked Sixth as Highest MLS Selection in Cal History
After one of the deepest postseason runs from arguably one of the best teams in program history, the Cal men's soccer team saw five of its seniors drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft today.

Bears' Comeback Falls Short Against Cougars
Washington State forward Katie Madison's 3-pointer early in Cal's Friday loss to the Cougars characterized well the course of the game that followed.

Morgan Picked First Overall in WPS Draft
Former Cal women's soccer captain Alex Morgan was selected by Western New York Flash as the first overall pick in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft.

Cal Perfect Through First Day of UCLA Tourney
The Cal rugby team kept its perfect record in tact on Saturday, tearing through six matches at the UCLA Tournament in Los Angeles.

Cal Clinches Sixth Straight Storer Classic
The Cal rugby team secured its sixth straight Dennis Storer Classic championship on Sunday with a 53-5 thrashing of host UCLA in Los Angeles.


Opinion

Get Back in the Game
This football season, it appeared that the state's highest paid official could not motivate his team to play. In past years under coach Jeff Tedford, Cal football games showcased cutting edge offensive strategies. This year, under the same coach, games were agonizing to watch and players often seemed defeated soon after the first kick-off. With the exception of a narrow win over one of the worst teams in the country, once Cal football players were behind on the scoreboard, they never came back to claim victory.

Data Under Arrest
Ignorance is not bliss, especially when key information is known but not shared.

Financial Plan Is on Shaky Ground
On Sunday, the San Jose Mercury News reported on the final football game before the California Memorial Stadium (CMS) renovation begins in earnest, "Cal's football program lost a game in the final seconds, saw its season end in a blink, closed down its stadium and punctuated the day's activity by conceding that it had resorted to trickery in a game it lost two weeks earlier." The article could have extended the "trickery" to Cal's "closing down its stadium" since Cal's next play is to plunge into deep debt to renovate the stadium without a viable plan for repayment. Although Intercollegiate Athletics (IA) lacks a demonstrated means to repay, the UC Regents have approved a financial plan as shaky as the ground under the stadium.

And to All a Good Night
Can you imagine the luxury of cozy nothingness on lazy afternoons; the warmth of the fire after a cold winter's day; the happiness of reuniting with family and friends you haven't seen in months; the obligation of feigning joy upon receiving vastly anticlimactic Christmas presents.

Editorial Cartoon
By Nina Tompkin

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