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Issue #2634 :: Friday, April 8, 2011

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Conduct hearing begins for graduate student
The April 4 conduct hearing for a UC Berkeley graduate student was fraught with contention, with the student alleging that the panel chair - who the student sued in November - may possess bias due to the lawsuit and acted outside of his authority when he prohibited the use of Twitter during the hearing.

Suspect sought in incidents of sexual battery and assault on campus
UCPD officers are looking for one or more suspects involved in separate incidents of sexual battery and sexual assault that took place within hours of each other late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Students, union worker meet with administration to discuss OE
A total of about 50 UC Berkeley students gathered with food and a football on the lawn outside of California Hall and waited as four of their peers and one union worker met with campus administrators Friday afternoon to discuss their concerns surrounding Operational Excellence.

Radical changes may be on the table for UC
Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said UC tuition could double. Thursday, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, mulled closing a UC campus to preserve the flagship institutions. And through it all, UC administrators have remained mum on these kinds of radical proposals, only saying that "all options are on the table."

News

Fire destroys Southwest Berkeley home
A fire that erupted outside of a duplex in Southwest Berkeley early Thursday morning ultimately destroyed the building and took firefighters almost three hours to control as electrical lines and gas meters were also ignited by the fire. No one was injured.

Pell Grant proposal would affect over 40 percent of UC students
If a Republican proposal to cut federal Pell Grant funding by billions of dollars passes in the U.S. Senate Friday, the more than 40 percent of UC students who depend on the program to finance their education will receive significantly less in financial aid next year.

Planning Commission to submit new Southside Plan Podcast
After more than 12 years of public hearing and debate, the city of Berkeley's Planning Commission voted to submit a revised Southside Plan to the Berkeley City Council for consideration at its meeting Wednesday night.

A.G. Ferrari Foods to close Solano location
A.G. Ferrari Foods closed its Solano Avenue storefront Sunday as part of efforts to cut back spending after the company filed for bankruptcy, selecting the location for closure in light of the area's expensive leasing costs.

Plan to sell public housing units may require residents to relocate
Under the Berkeley Housing Authority's plan to sell its 75 public housing units - which will require about $4.5 million in renovations - 24 to 33 households could be permanently relocated when the rent for their updated units returns to market value.

Keeping campaigns honest Podcast
At around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, UC Berkeley sophomore Mia Lincoln was interrupted during a meeting by a phone call.

Radiation fears linger in spite of assurances Gallery
Berkeley resident Akane Nobusa has spent the past few weeks raising money for the those affected by the recent disasters in Japan, the country in which she was born and raised.

52 years later, owner to part ways with Mario's La Fiesta
It has been 57 years since Mario Tejada arrived in the United States, and all but five of them were spent in the kitchen at Mario's La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Berkeley.

OE office releases savings goals
The Operational Excellence Program Office released totals Tuesday for the first time showing how much money was assigned to be cut from campus units last semester through controversial staff restructuring and layoffs, which exceeded original savings estimates.

Awareness week takes on suicide issue
The second leading cause of death among college students in the United States is suicide.

Senate vote last step in professor's appointment
Despite Republican contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday morning in favor of bringing UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu's nomination for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the full Senate for confirmation.

Radical changes may be on the table for UC
Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said UC tuition could double. Thursday, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, mulled closing a UC campus to preserve the flagship institutions. And through it all, UC administrators have remained mum on these kinds of radical proposals, only saying that "all options are on the table."

Students, union worker meet with administration to discuss OE
A total of about 50 UC Berkeley students gathered with food and a football on the lawn outside of California Hall and waited as four of their peers and one union worker met with campus administrators Friday afternoon to discuss their concerns surrounding Operational Excellence.

Suspect sought in incidents of sexual battery and assault on campus
UCPD officers are looking for one or more suspects involved in separate incidents of sexual battery and sexual assault that took place within hours of each other late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Conduct hearing begins for graduate student
The April 4 conduct hearing for a UC Berkeley graduate student was fraught with contention, with the student alleging that the panel chair - who the student sued in November - may possess bias due to the lawsuit and acted outside of his authority when he prohibited the use of Twitter during the hearing.


Sports

Hot pitchers headline Cal's trip to desert
Last year, Kurt Heyer didn't get to finish his first career start against the Cal baseball team.

Bears prep for husky task in seattle
After repeating history in its shutout win over Sacramento State on Wednesday, the Cal softball team will hope to break tradition this weekend.

Local rugby powers match up in Moraga
Going into this weekend, the Cal rugby team has only played three games in the Bay Area this year. A win on Sunday in Moraga, Calif., will guarantee one more game near Berkeley.

Bears gaining speed as postseason approaches
Over the past couple of weeks, the No. 7 Cal women's tennis team seems to have picked up its game, winning four of its last five matches, including contests against ranked foes USC and Arizona State.

Cal to get some northern exposure
By the time the No. 10 Cal men's tennis team completes play this weekend versus Oregon and No. 22 Washington, it will have competed four times in the last nine days.

Cal hosts SDSU as season winds down
Last Saturday's win at Hawaii was an impressive one by the Cal women's water polo team: the Bears never trailed, fought off rallies and turned away a pair of fourth quarter penalty shots to clinch a close game.

Bears hoping to separate from Pac
This time last year, the Cal women's lacrosse team was preparing to play Oregon fresh off their third conference loss, desperately needing something to kick start league play in the right direction.

Boyle leaving Cal for Virginia
After much speculation over the last week, Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle has officially accepted the same position at the University of Virginia.

Top three QBs named, Carter quits
After Thursday's spring practice, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford narrowed his spring quarterback rotation down to three: senior Brock Mansion, junior Zach Maynard and sophomore Allan Bridgford.

Cal baseball team to be reinstated Video
The Cal baseball team has made a habit of staging comeback wins this season. None of them have been bigger than this one.

Wildcats' three-run ninth walks off Bears
Friday morning, coach David Esquer gathered the Cal baseball team into a room at the Hilton Tucson East. They were having a scouting report meeting before kicking off a three-game series against Arizona, he said, even though the No. 13 Bears had never had one on any of their prior road trips this season.


Opinion

Food for thought: stocking up at the market
It's that time of year again, when the previously unassuming Memorial Glade is transformed into a paradise complete with girls lying out in their Victoria's Secret bathing suits and boys playing games of Frisbee without their tanks tops.

Sad state of affairs
Gov. Jerry Brown's statement that UC tuition could reach $25,000 per year in a Wednesday speech to the California Hospital Association is a chilling reminder of the seriousness of the university and the state's financial situation.

Not a 'smart' move
When the SmartMeter program was announced approximately a year ago, our strongest concern was that the program was mandatory for California PG&E customers. While we are reassured that the company has finally proposed an option for residents who wish to opt out of the program - whether out of health fears or any other reason - the significant cost of that option seems unjustifiably steep.

Preserving patient protection
If you live in Alameda County or go to college here, there are thousands of reasons you should be deeply alarmed by the House of Representatives' attempt to strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood - 19,130 reasons, to be exact.

Health hazards abound in local port
As I'm sure most of The Daily Californian readers are aware, a few weeks ago was pledge week for CALPIRG, and if you did pledge, thank you so much. CALPIRG works on many diverse campaigns, but today I want to take the time to talk about a local campaign that CALPIRG is working on this semester.

Op-ed ignores the positive environmental impact of banning plastic water bottles
Was Shawn Lewis' April 1 op-ed "Bottled Water Ban Will Hurt the Golden Bears" an April Fools' Day joke? Do you know there is a plastic island twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean? We would be doing ourselves and the planet a huge favor to ban plastic water bottles on campus.

Proposed plastic water bottle ban takes away the consumer's right of choice
I agree with UC Berkeley student Shawn Lewis: "it's easy to jump aboard the anti-bottled water train, but some of the trendy arguments don't exactly hold up." Why is it some of us liberals endeavor to eliminate our rights of choice without completely considering the consequences of automatic political positions? Let individuals make their own decisions about consuming bottled water instead of taking away yet another right of choice.

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