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Issue #2628 :: Friday, April 1, 2011

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Top Headlines

Chancellor Tells Cal Baseball an Additional $1 Million Needed for Reinstatement
Despite reportedly raising over $9 million in pledged donations, the Cal baseball team has not yet been granted reinstatement by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

Jones' Complete Game, 12 Ks Ease Cal Past Trojans
When the Cal baseball team stood at Evans Diamond today, ready for the national anthem, the mound was empty. The players looked around; pitcher Justin Jones had apparently lost track of time, and was scrambling to find his hat in the dugout.

Student Action Will Not Attend Candidates Forum
None of the four Student Action executive candidates for the 2011 ASUC General Election will be attending The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidate Forum this afternoon, the party chair said earlier today.

Chancellor Birgeneau Issues Budget Call Letter
The campus released this morning Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's March 22 budget call letter to vice chancellors for the 2011-12 fiscal year, estimating a $102 million to $112 million budget shortfall that will require the campus to tap into central reserves.

News

Potassium Iodide Sales Spike Following Quake
When Gene Bernardi asked her doctor two weeks ago if he would prescribe her potassium iodide, he laughed. Bernardi, a Berkeley resident, said she wanted a way to protect against radioactive iodine, but her doctor advised against taking the medicine.

Radioactive Traces Are Miniscule, Team Finds
A brand-new red vacuum cleaner sits on the floor. Filter cartridges possessing samples of the air line the counter beside plastic water bottles filled with rainwater.

Sophomore Finds New Freedom in Marathons Video
UC Berkeley sophomore Rebecca Robles was never much of a runner while growing up.

Student Advocate Candidates Discuss Office's Role on Campus
Two of the three candidates running for the office of student advocate in the 2011 ASUC General Election are hoping to increase the visibility of the lesser-known office as well as its relevance in the campus climate.

Berkeley High Considers Safety In Wake of Firearm Incidents
Berkeley High School parent Joyce Fleming spoke with a deliberate and urgent tone Wednesday night at the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education meeting.

Community Development Programs to See Cutbacks Podcast
The Housing and Community Services Department, like most departments in the city of Berkeley, faces unprecedented financial strains in the upcoming fiscal year as the city grapples with a projected $12.5 million shortfall and external funding for community development projects dwindles.

New Music Store Aims to Cater to Local Artists
Though the year began with a number of closures in the city, South Berkeley's business atmosphere appears to be improving as owners and city officials make an effort to turn the district into a popular location for small and independently owned stores.

Despite Higher Prices, Ice Cream Sandwich Market Remains Healthy
Despite a recent 33 percent raise in ice cream sandwich prices at CREAM, cookies are still ruling everything around customers at one of the most recent frozen treat shop additions to the Telegraph Avenue area.

News in Brief
A female International House manager allegedly battered another female employee at around 3:30 p.m. on March 11.

UC Office of the President Proposes Cutbacks in Light of Revised Budget Podcast
In an effort to reduce the impact of the UC system's expected $900 million budget shortfall for 2011-12, the UC Office of the President will reduce its annual operating costs by $50 million, returning control over certain programs to campuses as part of the plan.

UC Berkeley Professor Presents Report to U.S. House Committee
UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller presented a preliminary report to a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday based on controversial research aimed at conducting a more complete analysis of climate change.

Chancellor Birgeneau Issues Budget Call Letter
The campus released this morning Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's March 22 budget call letter to vice chancellors for the 2011-12 fiscal year, estimating a $102 million to $112 million budget shortfall that will require the campus to tap into central reserves.

Student Action Will Not Attend Candidates Forum
None of the four Student Action executive candidates for the 2011 ASUC General Election will be attending The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidate Forum this afternoon, the party chair said earlier today.


Sports

Trojans Limp Into Berkeley to Face Stellar Cal Pitching
The USC baseball team isn't short on stars.

UCLA Hopes to Keep Cal Game Close
In its three league matches, the Cal rugby team has outscored its opponents, 245-14. When the Bears faced UCLA on Jan. 15, however, they outscored the Bruins by just two points.

Red Hot Sun Devils Face Cal to Open Pac-10 Play
After four months, 25 away games and seven cities, the No. 8 Cal softball team is finally coming home.

Bears Look to Scorch Arizona in the Desert Heat, Altitude
Today at 1:30 p.m., the No. 6 Cal men's tennis team takes on Arizona at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., and things are bound to get a little heated.

Hawaiian Trip All Business for Bears
An April trip to Hawaii would be a second spring break for most Cal students - not for the women's water polo team.

Battered Bears Head Into Conference Championship
It's not in every sport that the smallest thing makes the largest difference. In gymnastics, every tenth of a point counts. One toe outside of the lines on a floor event or even the slightest wobble after a landing from the high bars and it can cost you the victory.

Bears Square Off Against Arizona Schools in Last Home Matches of the Season
The season-long ordeal between No. 10 Cal women's tennis team and Mother Nature has been looking like a Goldilocks story. First, the Bears had it too cold in a snowstorm in Virginia last month. Then they had it too hot in the scorching heat wave in Arizona three weeks ago.

Chancellor Tells Cal Baseball an Additional $1 Million Needed for Reinstatement
Despite reportedly raising over $9 million in pledged donations, the Cal baseball team has not yet been granted reinstatement by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

Oropesa Smashes Two Homers As Cal Drops Sixth of Season
The No. 13 Cal baseball team finished their pre-game warmups on Friday afternoon to the beat of the cult hit "Lemme Smang It." By the end of the game, though, the only team on the field that achieved smash-bang fusion was USC.

Jones' Complete Game, 12 Ks Ease Cal Past Trojans
When the Cal baseball team stood at Evans Diamond today, ready for the national anthem, the mound was empty. The players looked around; pitcher Justin Jones had apparently lost track of time, and was scrambling to find his hat in the dugout.

Bears Hit Century Mark for Third Time This Season
Not even playing down two men could prevent the Cal rugby team from capturing its third win with a margin of victory of 100 or more.


Opinion

Abuse of Authority
For any other government, suspending its governing rules acknowledges a state of emergency or similar extraordinary circumstances. For the ASUC, suspension of its bylaws is an almost unremarkable occurrence.

Loaded Questions
Schools should be safe havens where all students, regardless of background or location, should feel free to express their opinion and study without fear of harm.

Looking at Our Veterans In a Whole New Light
What are we? Heroes? Killers? Men? Women? Students? Violent? Leaders? Broken? Traumatized? Strong? Suicidal? Selfless? Peers? Invisible? Tough? We are America's veterans, individuals who have served in the military.

Bottled Water Ban Will Hurt the Golden Bears
Believe it or not, bears don't brush their teeth. Ever. So why should you, a Golden Bear, ever brush your teeth?

Letter to the Editor
If the Berkeley Student Cooperative is serious about addressing the tragedy of John Gibson, it should take a strong stand for a smoke-free campus. Nothing else improves public health so dramatically and sends a message more clearly.

Editorial Cartoon
By Nina Tompkin

From the Peanut Gallery
On Wednesday, I was about 30,000 feet above the Earth, stuck in 43D ... a middle seat on an airplane.

White Space