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Issue #2613 :: Friday, March 4, 2011

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Three Operational Excellence Initiative Teams Release Proposals
Reducing energy costs, creating an online system for course evaluations and using new software to track the campus budget comprise some of the goals of three Operational Excellence initiative teams, who presented draft proposals to the initiative's coordinating committee Feb. 24 for consideration.

Torched Bulletin Board Forces Evacuation of Berkeley High School
Berkeley firefighters responded to a small fire caused by a torched bulletin board in a hallway on the second floor of the administration building at Berkeley High School this morning. No one was injured during the incident.

Activists Standing Atop Wheeler Hall Demand Change Video
Eight protesters occupied a fourth-story ledge on Wheeler Hall for over seven hours Thursday, returning to the ground after two of their four demands were addressed by the UC Berkeley administration.

Seventeen Arrested Wednesday; None Have Trespassing Charges Filed Against Them in Arraignment
None of the 17 protesters arrested Wednesday night after refusing to leave Wheeler Hall had trespassing charges brought against them at an arraignment Thursday, though three of the demonstrators may be charged with obstructing a peace officer at a later date.

News

Solar Panel Testing Company Establishes Facility in West Berkeley
Attempting to mine the niche market of solar panel testing, PV Evolution Labs, an independent startup company formed last year, has established an operational facility in West Berkeley.

Activists Standing Atop Wheeler Hall Demand Change Video
Eight protesters occupied a fourth-story ledge on Wheeler Hall for over seven hours Thursday, returning to the ground after two of their four demands were addressed by the UC Berkeley administration.

Seventeen Arrested Wednesday; None Have Trespassing Charges Filed Against Them in Arraignment
None of the 17 protesters arrested Wednesday night after refusing to leave Wheeler Hall had trespassing charges brought against them at an arraignment Thursday, though three of the demonstrators may be charged with obstructing a peace officer at a later date.

Social Science Departments Will Begin Consolidating Staff
Seven departments within UC Berkeley's Division of Social Sciences at the College of Letters and Science - including African American studies, gender and women's studies and ethnic studies - will begin consolidating staff in an effort to cut $500,000 from the division, which will result in layoffs and reductions in work hours.

Food Network to Feature Local Eatery
About six months after opening, Downtown Berkeley restaurant Sumo Grub - where ethnic flavors meet fairground food - will be featured on the Food Network in April for its deep-fried comfort food with an Asian twist.

City Considers More Hours for Telegraph Shops
Looking to offer Southside's student-centric population a livelier commercial zone and to increase business vitality on Telegraph Avenue, the city of Berkeley's Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for the proposed extension of Telegraph business hours after its advised changes to the proposal have been made.

Co-Op Community Discusses Drug Policies
Amid concerns about drug use in the Berkeley Student Cooperative and the impacts of a student's overdose last spring, the co-op's board of directors was set to discuss and vote Thursday on possible changes to drug policy as well as potential collaboration with campus resources.

Torched Bulletin Board Forces Evacuation of Berkeley High School
Berkeley firefighters responded to a small fire caused by a torched bulletin board in a hallway on the second floor of the administration building at Berkeley High School this morning. No one was injured during the incident.

Three Operational Excellence Initiative Teams Release Proposals
Reducing energy costs, creating an online system for course evaluations and using new software to track the campus budget comprise some of the goals of three Operational Excellence initiative teams, who presented draft proposals to the initiative's coordinating committee Feb. 24 for consideration.


Sports

Bears Seeing Red for Regular Season Finale
Just one game over .500, Stanford is by no means an upper-echelon Pac-10 team.

Cardinal Crushes Bears to Complete Pac-10 Sweep
Stanford's starting seniors Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen have never lost at Maples Pavilion.

Aztecs Await Well-Rested, Driven Bears
On Saturday at noon, the Cal rugby team will take the pitch for the first time since beating British Columbia two weeks ago - but the Bears (15-0) don't want a repeat of their comeback thriller.

Bears Trounce Toreros to Tip Off Weekend
The Cal baseball team began the University of San Diego Tournament yesterday, its bats still warm from a 29-run explosion last weekend. Just two innings in, Marcus Semien made sure they started burning.

Surging Bears Seek Continued Success in Stacked Tournament
With a seven-game winning streak under their belts, the No. 10 Bears (9-1) take their momentum to Fullerton, Calif., for the DeMarini Invitational.

Cal Seeks to Double its Fun in San Diego Weekend Tournament
On doubles court No. 2, senior Pedro Zerbini and junior Tommie Murphy of the Cal men's tennis team waited. The two were down 6-7 against Jean-Charles Diame and Francis Alcantara of Fresno State, and they needed to break serve to win the match.

Cal Second at Pac-10s, Adrian Repeats as 50 Champ
The No. 1 Cal men's swimming team is currently in second place at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., with 251 points. They trail No. 2 Stanford, who sits atop the leader boards with 323 points. USC is in third with 165 points.

Cal Trails Card by 19 With One Day Left
On day three of the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., the No. 1 Cal men's swimming team narrowed the gap between itself and No. 2 Stanford. The Bears are currently in second with 580 points, trailing the Cardinal by 19 points. USC is in third with 339 points.

LIVE BLOG: CAL BASKETBALL VS. STANFORD


Bears Finish Second in Pac-10s
Despite winning four of the final day's six events, No. 1 Cal failed to dethrone No. 2 in the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal finished in first with 911 points, 47 points ahead of the Bears. USC took third with 534 points.

Card's Home Streak Stands at 171 as Cal Heads to Big Slam
Like the blaring techno music over Hellman Tennis Complex on Wednesday, the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team carried an energized vibe during its practice on Wednesday.

Cal Looks to Peak Sooner Than Later
While most students are celebrating the week's end during the horrid midterm season, the Cal men's gymnastic team had to jump on a plane and stay focused under the pressure for Saturday's dual meet at top-ranked Oklahoma.


Arts & Entertainment

Darznik's Memoir Probes Cross-Cultural Divide
On March 2nd, over 200 Iranian protesters were arrested in the wake of the events in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Almost a century earlier, in 1921, a young woman was born to an Iranian carpet salesman and his wife. The connection between the two events might seem tenuous, but they reflect two aspects of a country that is at once defined by its rich past and its chaotic present. It is a troubling dichotomy of the personal and the political that Jasmin Darznik explores in her new book, "The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life" - a story that spans the tumult and the violence of 20th century Iran through the eyes of three captivating women.

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