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Issue #2607 :: Friday, February 25, 2011

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Cal Men's Basketball Placed on Two Years Probation
The Cal men's basketball team was placed on two years probation on Friday for making over 300 impermissible phone calls. Having already reported the majority of the violations and self-imposed sanctions, the Bears were issued only minimal penalties by the NCAA.

Misconduct Hearing Delays Spark Discord
For UC Berkeley graduate student Zack Norwood, the last 14 months have been difficult as he struggles to balance work toward completing his degree with countless hours spent dealing with his pending student conduct proceedings.

Second-Half Surge Sparks Sweep of Ducks
Earlier in the season, Brandon Smith found and sifted through his own scouting report.

Multiple-Vehicle Accident Hits Solano Avenue
A black BMW collided with multiple vehicles while driving west down Solano Avenue near the boundary between the Berkeley and Albany city limits Feb. 20, resulting in at least one totaled vehicle and multiple injuries.

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Misconduct Hearing Delays Spark Discord
For UC Berkeley graduate student Zack Norwood, the last 14 months have been difficult as he struggles to balance work toward completing his degree with countless hours spent dealing with his pending student conduct proceedings.

City Aims to Close Refuse Fund Deficit Podcast
While the Berkeley City Council has already reduced what was a towering $4 million deficit in the city's refuse fund at the beginning of the 2011 fiscal year, a report released Tuesday outlining how the city might close the remaining $1.2 million gap has failed to persuade some council members.

Scooter Store Offers Green Alternatives
While visiting China in 2007, Vassili Kokkinias, former aerospace engineer turned high school physics teacher, first realized the untapped business potential of electric scooters.

UC Berkeley Business Professor Nominated as Adviser to Obama
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his intent to nominate UC Berkeley Economics and Haas School of Business professor Carl Shapiro to the Council of Economic Advisers.

ASUC Passes Bill Sponsoring Hip-Hop Concert
In an attempt to raise funds and promote larger campus events for students, the ASUC Senate passed a bill at its Feb. 23 meeting sponsoring a spring concert tentatively scheduled to feature rap and hip-hop artists Andre Nickatina and Too $hort.

School District to Establish New Attendance Board
Students who frequently skip their classes in the Berkeley Unified School District in the next school year will have to appear before a new panel specifically created to abate district truancy rates by addressing repeated offenders on a case-by-case basis.

New Journal Provides Outlet For Consulting Firm's Experts
Looking to distinguish itself from other litigation consulting firms, the Berkeley Research Group announced a new business research journal Tuesday that will provide a publication outlet for the firm's many academic experts.

Multiple-Vehicle Accident Hits Solano Avenue
A black BMW collided with multiple vehicles while driving west down Solano Avenue near the boundary between the Berkeley and Albany city limits Feb. 20, resulting in at least one totaled vehicle and multiple injuries.


Sports

Bears Opens Road Trip in Farmville
Witter Field stood unusually quiet for a few hours on Wednesday. No whistles blew, no players yelled, no lacrosse sticks collided.

Second-Half Surge Sparks Sweep of Ducks
Earlier in the season, Brandon Smith found and sifted through his own scouting report.

Bears Can't Buy Basket, Pay Dearly in Loss to Ducks
Despite the weather forecast no longer predicting snow for this weekend, there was quite a bit of ice on the court at Haas Pavilion on Thursday night.

Young Bears Look to Slug Santa Cruz in Sunday Game
Most of the freshmen and sophomores on the Cal rugby team had to watch last Saturday's comeback over British Columbia from the sidelines, chomping at the bit to get in the game.

Chanticleers Welcome Cal To First East Coast Swing
Kevin Miller hopes to be well rested for his first start of the season. The senior pitcher, along with the rest of the Cal baseball team, had to get up early yesterday - really early.

Cal Set to Continue Hot Streak With Indiana Rematch in Desert
It was ironic that the Cal softball team was singing, "This Little Light of Mine" at Wednesday's practice.

Cal Prepares for Los Angeles Powerhouses in Sojourn South
With two consecutive NCAA titles and the fourth-ranked singles player in the country in Steve Johnson, No. 9 USC is far from holding an empty hand.

Bears Back Outdoors in Return Home Against Northwest Rivals
Mother Nature has not been kind to the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team.

Morrison Ready to Defend Title Despite Low Scores This Spring
Mike Morrison is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, name on the Cal track and field team. With that said, he hasn't posted a huge score in the indoor heptathlons so far.

Bears Blast Chanticleers Behind Bunting's Seven RBI
In his mugshot, Chad Bunting looks perfectly stoic, cracking not even a hint of a smile. You can bet the junior center fielder didn't look like that after hitting two home runs and driving in seven on Friday afternoon.

Cal Men's Basketball Placed on Two Years Probation
The Cal men's basketball team was placed on two years probation on Friday for making over 300 impermissible phone calls. Having already reported the majority of the violations and self-imposed sanctions, the Bears were issued only minimal penalties by the NCAA.

LIVE BLOG: CAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. OREGON ST.


Cal Defeats Oregon State in Final Home Game
When the Cal women's basketball team lost to Oregon Thursday night, it seemed that their conference campaign couldn't get much worse. It seemed as if it would, however, on Saturday night, when the Bears (14-13, 7-10) trailed Oregon State (9-18, 2-14) 24-30.


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