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Issue #2602 :: Friday, February 18, 2011

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Top Headlines

GSI Union President Steps Down
The president of a union representing nearly 12,000 academic student employees throughout the University of California resigned Friday morning to pursue work with the international branch of the union, raising concerns among some union members regarding the timing of her resignation.

Bears Overcome Bruins in Overtime Thriller
As it fell into the net at the regulation buzzer, Malcolm Lee's game-tying 3-pointer carried the ghosts of LaMont "Mo Mo" Jones, Reeves Nelson, Michael Roll and others.

Knapp's Walk-off Single Puts Utes to Sleep
The orange sunset light was quickly fading when Cal pinch hitter Andrew Knapp stepped into the batter's box. Moments before, left fielder Darrel Matthews singled to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth. But now, Evans Diamond was silent as all eyes followed Knapp.

Conduct Hearing for Student Protester to Begin
More than a year after protests that shook the campus in November 2009, a public hearing for a UC Berkeley student charged with misconduct for his involvement in demonstrations will be held Friday, amid increasing controversy and multiple lawsuits surrounding campus student conduct proceedings.

News

Student Cooperative Helps Fix Bikes for Free Video
With two flat tires, UC Berkeley freshman Erick Mahood pulled up to the Berkeley Student Bicycle Cooperative, BicyCAL, last Friday and knew he would not only be helped but also would not have to pay a dime.

UC Online Program in Running for Gates Grant
The University of California was named this week as a finalist for a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations, which would support the expansion of the controversial UC Online Instruction Pilot Program with a prize of at least $250,000.

Downtown Comic Store Closes Its Doors
After three months without offering new books and almost three years after the death of its original owner, ground-breaking comic store and local landmark Comic Relief closed its doors Feb. 14 in a move attributed by some employees to mismanagement and insufficient funds.

UCSF Chancellor's Residence Upgraded to Improve Security
Faced with persistent crime at the home of its chancellor as well as with a deteriorating and outdated office, UC San Francisco spent $241,800 last year to upgrade security at Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann's off-campus residence and refurbish her on-campus offices.

Strawberry Creek Restoration Project Fights for Native Plants
Flowing under bridges and through groves, Strawberry Creek might look like an untouched natural sanctuary hidden between large, man-made buildings. But the stream, running through the heart of UC Berkeley's campus, has been damaged by the beds of ivy that seem to offer themselves up as picnic spots, according to the leaders of a project to restore the creek.

Green Student Organizations Could Receive Extra Funding
Student groups who commit themselves to being green in their practices may soon see a little more green in their pockets if the efforts of one student government project prove successful.

Citizens Sue Firms for Undisclosed Chemical Use
In a state known for its government's dedication to environmental policy, a group of equally dedicated citizens and private practices - dubbed "bounty hunters" by some - have taken it upon themselves to warn Californians about harmful chemicals.

Site for Local Meal Suggestions And Food Deals Set to Launch
In partnership with local Berkeley eateries, a group of alumni and student entrepreneurs are starting a business that aims to connect potential customers with meal suggestions, often accompanied by discount offers.

Chile's First Female President to Teach Seminar at UC Berkeley
Beginning Friday, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet will teach a four-session seminar at UC Berkeley, drawing on her experiences as a leader and marking her third visit to the campus in the past four years.

Conduct Hearing for Student Protester to Begin
More than a year after protests that shook the campus in November 2009, a public hearing for a UC Berkeley student charged with misconduct for his involvement in demonstrations will be held Friday, amid increasing controversy and multiple lawsuits surrounding campus student conduct proceedings.

GSI Union President Steps Down
The president of a union representing nearly 12,000 academic student employees throughout the University of California resigned Friday morning to pursue work with the international branch of the union, raising concerns among some union members regarding the timing of her resignation.


Sports

Jones' Dominance Dooms Sluggish Bears
After escaping USC with a narrow four-point victory in January, Cal coach Mike Montgomery mentioned the importance of closing out the perimeter after Trojan reserve Donte Smith hit eight 3-pointers to almost singlehandedly will his team to victory.

Wins Become Crucial as Cal Enters Home Stretch
After two somewhat unexpected losses to Washington and Washington State over the past weekend, the Cal women's basketball team is set to take on the L.A. teams this weekend in an attempt to turn its season around.

Cal Looks to Strike Down Thunderbirds In World Cup
Last week, the Cal rugby team received word it would continue its tradition as a varsity sport in its 130th season next year. This weekend, the Bears will continue another tradition of competition, this one beginning in 1921.

Baseball Begins Final Season With Series Against Utah
Today could have been the beginning. It could have signaled the start of a fresh interstate rivalry, a peek at a new perennial matchup. But a week ago, the Cal baseball team found out it was not granted another season, and Utah's impending move into the future Pac-12 simply kept the conference squad count at 10.

Tigers Look to Swipe Win from Bears in San Diego Tournament
After getting its feet wet last weekend with its season opener in Arizona, the No. 15 Cal softball team seems ready to dive into the deep pool of preseason games. The next lap is this weekend's five-game slate at the San Diego Classic I.

No. 1 Cal Squad Looks for First Big Splash Victory Since 2005
Though it will go down as just another dual meet in a season solely focused on success in March, the Cal men's swimming team is treating its matchup with Stanford this weekend with a little more gravity.

Bears Won't Give Gauchos Any Brotherly Love
A little before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the sky darkened and the intermittent rain picked up after a few hours' lull. But the No. 18 Cal men's tennis team didn't mind the drizzle; the players had just wrapped up practice at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Cal Faces Old Nemesis at Indoors
In last year's ITA Team Indoors Championship, the Cal women's tennis team was denied its second-ever finals appearance as it lost a close 4-3 match against Northwestern.

Ball Control on the Fore of Cal's Weekend Plans
You can't win unless you score. You can't score unless you have the ball.

Bears Hope to Find Third Time Charming Against Stanford
Isn't the Cal men's gymnastics team sick of Stanford yet?

Bruins Baffle Bears
The Cal women's basketball team scored its second basket of Friday night's game with 12:50 to go in the first half.

LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL VS. UCLA


Knapp's Walk-off Single Puts Utes to Sleep
The orange sunset light was quickly fading when Cal pinch hitter Andrew Knapp stepped into the batter's box. Moments before, left fielder Darrel Matthews singled to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth. But now, Evans Diamond was silent as all eyes followed Knapp.

Bears Overcome Bruins in Overtime Thriller
As it fell into the net at the regulation buzzer, Malcolm Lee's game-tying 3-pointer carried the ghosts of LaMont "Mo Mo" Jones, Reeves Nelson, Michael Roll and others.

Bears Stay Perfect After First Halftime Deficit This Season
It was not just the pouring rain and the muddy field at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club on Treasure Island that provided unfamiliar conditions for the Cal rugby team on Saturday afternoon.


Opinion

Merci Beaucoup
Tuesday's announcement that the campus will increase the budget of various foreign language programs by over $500,000 beginning in 2011-12 is good news in every language. With many of us knowing all too well how difficult it can be to get into foreign language classes, especially at lower levels, we are pleased the campus is increasing its commitment to the languages.

California Unaware
While we're happy that UC Berkeley placed first out of 10 UC campuses in a recent transparency audit, we should not be content with a "C" - and the UC system as a whole should definitely not be satisfied with its average campus grade of "F."

America's Budget Needs a Diet
Last Monday, Feb. 14, President Obama proposed a $3.73 trillion budget for the upcoming 2012 fiscal year. For those familiar with the way that politics work in Washington, D.C., it is likely the president is simply hedging his bet.

Letter to the Editor
I strongly disagree with The Daily Californian's recent editorial, "High Taxes" (published on Feb. 11, 2011). The Berkeley Patients Group should not have to pay its back taxes.

Editorial Cartoon


'Mission' Accomplished!
As I stepped off of the BART at 16th Street and observed the run-down streets around me, I became suspicious that my directions were incorrect. This seemed likely, since my sense of direction is unreliable to say the least. This fact has been painfully evident since my first day at Berkeley when I asked a kind pedestrian to direct me to campus from Unit 3.

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