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Issue #2655 :: Monday, May 9, 2011

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Top Headlines

Professor to become interim dean of biological sciences
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced in an email to campus officials Monday that G. Steven Martin, a professor of cell and developmental biology, has been appointed interim dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science.

Berkeley Lab announces finalists for potential location
Following a search that began in January, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Monday a list of six finalists for the potential location of the lab's second campus.

Yudof disapproves of all-cuts budget
UC President Mark Yudof had a simple message to deliver Friday morning when he testified before the state senate's budget committee: If the legislature opts for an all-cuts budget to fill its remaining $15.4 billion deficit, "all bets are off" at the University of California.

Senate votes against spending reform bill
When Independent Senator Waseem Salahi and SQUELCH! Senator Rachel Horning took the floor at the ASUC Senate meeting last Wednesday night, they knew their battle was a lost cause.

News

Three campus faculty elected to science academy
Joining the ranks of famous thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and former UC Berkeley professor Robert Oppenheimer, three UC Berkeley faculty were elected to the National Academy of Sciences May 3.

Hunger strikers persist in tenth day of protest
Five hunger strikers protesting the consolidation of staff positions in three UC Berkeley social science departments entered their tenth day of fasting outside California Hall on Friday as meetings between administrators and student representatives had not resolved protesters' demands.

Campus undergraduates awarded research grants
Several UC Berkeley undergraduate students were recognized by the Institute of International Studies last Thursday at an award conference after traveling abroad to areas such as Lebanon, Israel and Cairo and conducting exemplary research involving a variety of topics ranging from informal-sector employment for Kenyan women to China's foreign investments in Africa.

Yudof disapproves of all-cuts budget
UC President Mark Yudof had a simple message to deliver Friday morning when he testified before the state senate's budget committee: If the legislature opts for an all-cuts budget to fill its remaining $15.4 billion deficit, "all bets are off" at the University of California.

Senate votes against spending reform bill
When Independent Senator Waseem Salahi and SQUELCH! Senator Rachel Horning took the floor at the ASUC Senate meeting last Wednesday night, they knew their battle was a lost cause.

UC audit reveals decreasing net assets
The UC Board of Regents' Compliance and Audit Committee met Thursday to discuss systemwide technology cost-saving efforts and to pinpoint accountability for campus transparency of finances and payroll in light of an annual systemwide audit that showed the UC's net assets have consistently decreased over the past two years.

Current design for Lower Sproul renovation exceeds given budget Podcast
As the exact design of the new Lower Sproul Plaza continues to form, an estimate of the cost for the current design is over budget by about $10 million.

School district considers new areas to cut spending Podcast
As the strain of California's budget woes trickles down to the local level, the Berkeley Unified School District is considering cutting millions of dollars worth of services and staffing from its budget for the upcoming school year.

Berkeley Lab announces finalists for potential location
Following a search that began in January, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Monday a list of six finalists for the potential location of the lab's second campus.

Professor to become interim dean of biological sciences
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced in an email to campus officials Monday that G. Steven Martin, a professor of cell and developmental biology, has been appointed interim dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science.


Sports

Cal holds back Eagles in quarterfinals
For chiropractors, applying just the right amount of pressure is essential to yielding desired results.

Bears drop weekend series in Corvallis
Sundays haven't been kind to Cal's starting pitchers lately.

Cal's ace deals a weekend shutout
Everyone knows how uncomfortable food poisoning is.

Sports in Brief
Kuechler takes 11th at Pac-10 Multi-Events

Cal ends tumultuous campaign
Cal lacrosse started its 2011 season fighting for the life of the program. By the time the season ended, the team no longer was fighting for their future.

Bears qualify for the NCAA Championships
The No. 5 Cal women's golf team has not played in the NCAA Championships since 2006, but that drought ended on Saturday. The Bears finished fifth in the NCAA East Regionals on the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.


Opinion

Koch money influences climate science
The threat of corporate funding influencing climate change research and politics has arrived. Oil billionaires Charles and David Koch-co-owners of Koch Industries, which was named the second largest privately held company in the U.S. in 2010 by Forbes-rank amongst the nation's most noticeable funders of efforts to prevent legislation curbing fossil-fuel burning, which produces greenhouse gases. At $150,000, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation has also been the biggest contributor to the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study, a project aiming to achieve "new analysis of the surface temperature record in a manner that ... (resolves) current criticism...and to prepare an open record that will allow response to further criticism or suggestions."

Op-ed made irrelevant claims on account of budget knowledge
Ad hominems aside, what is Ms. Rosen's own view about the trend of state support for UC? Is she expecting the state to reverse decades of declining shares of UC's budget? If so, what's the evidence for that expectation? If not, what is her proposal for ensuring that UC be able to attract, retain and compensate the finest faculty in the world while assuring Californians of affordable access to excellent education?

A pleasant surprise
The men's gymnastic team will be reinstated, making it the fifth and final sports team to survive the proposed athletics cut.

A DREAM come true
When a student earns a spot at the University of California, finances should not prevent his or her enrollment, though this is too often the case for undocumented students.

Off the Beat: Fist pumps and first loves
Screw double rainbows, Rebecca Black and Greg Jennings' Madden performance. The greatest Youtube video of all time is only five days old, and already it's racked up a couple million hits.

Editorial Cartoon


Bin Laden's death no reason to celebrate
Well, we've done it. We've killed the man who started it all. We've destroyed the Satan of our time. And now, what's left? What do we have to show for it?

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