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Issue #2658 :: Monday, May 16, 2011

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Top Headlines

UC Board of Regents elects new chair, vice chair
The UC Board of Regents elected Regent Sherry Lansing, the board's current vice-chair, to serve a one-year term as the new board chair and Regent Bruce Varner to serve as the new board vice-chair at their meeting Wednesday.

Man arrested for alleged Southside burglary
A man was arrested this morning after allegedly entering a Southside home and barricading himself inside another.

Bears Shake Layoff to Top Aggies
Two weeks ago, Cal baseball coach David Esquer was worrying about his sophomore starter Justin Jones.

UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announces his resignation
Former UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announced in an open letter on his student regent blog today that he has decided to resign from his position for personal reasons.

News

Hearing for hikers accused of spying delayed again
The latest scheduled hearing for three UC Berkeley alumni Iranian officials have accused of spying was again postponed last Wednesday.

Faculty members eligible for new Back-Up Care program starting this summer
UC Berkeley officials announced Wednesday that faculty members will be eligible for a new backup care program for children and adults beginning this summer, following extensive negotiations between campus officials and an international child care service.

Strikers hungry no longer as protest comes to an end
Last Monday morning, remnants of chalking efforts on the pavement in front of California Hall were the only tangible indicators in the area of the 12-day hunger strike that had concluded the evening before.

Tan Hall chemical accident resulted from experiment
An accident resulting from a chemical engineering experiment performed in Tan Hall last Monday morning sent one student to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Sports bar to open on Telegraph Avenue
About three months ago, Larry Blake's Restaurant and Bar was boarded up after 71 years of service to the Berkeley community.

State bill aims for increased transparency
The state Senate Education Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would increase transparency and accountability in California's public higher education institutions.

Moving Beyond Berkeley's Boundaries


UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announces his resignation
Former UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng announced in an open letter on his student regent blog today that he has decided to resign from his position for personal reasons.

Berkeley man found dead in Yosemite National Park
Berkeley resident James Dunbar was found dead Friday afternoon by Yosemite National Park rangers who were attempting to recover the body of another man who had drowned in the Merced River, which runs through the southern part of the park and the Yosemite Valley.

Man arrested for alleged Southside burglary
A man was arrested this morning after allegedly entering a Southside home and barricading himself inside another.

UC Board of Regents elects new chair, vice chair
The UC Board of Regents elected Regent Sherry Lansing, the board's current vice-chair, to serve a one-year term as the new board chair and Regent Bruce Varner to serve as the new board vice-chair at their meeting Wednesday.


Sports

Bears take two in Arizona, earn Louisville Regional bid
Yesterday evening, the No. 5 Cal softball team gathered in Haas Pavilion with friends and family to watch the NCAA Selection Show. The regular season was over, and there wasn't much left for the Bears to do but sit back, waiting to find out where they would travel for their 26th consecutive postseason.

Bears fall short in first ever NCAA final
Battling furiously near the front of the cage, Stanford's Annika Dries received a perfect entry pass - only to find herself swarmed by four Cal players.

Bears run by Utes, into the national final
For many Cal students, Saturday marked the end of their collegiate careers as they participated in commencement activities in Berkeley.

Cal dispatches Trojans, advances to round of 16
With the Cal women's tennis team needing one more win to clinch a victory over No. 18 USC, sophomore Tayler Davis found herself on the wrong side of a 5-1 score in the third set in her match against the Trojans' Cristala Andrews.

Tedford picks Maynard as the Bears' starting quarterback
In recent years, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has kept the public waiting to find out who will be starting under center.

McLachlan's win helps Cal advance
Riki McLachlan wasn't supposed to play singles in Saturday's second round NCAA match with Fresno State; a last-minute lineup change substituted him for his freshman brother, Ben.

Stewart claims conference hurdles title
After breaking a school record in the 60m hurdles in February, Ray Stewart wasn't impressed.

Bears Shake Layoff to Top Aggies
Two weeks ago, Cal baseball coach David Esquer was worrying about his sophomore starter Justin Jones.


Opinion

President Trump is a nightmare
So I'm sleeping peacefully one night until a dark thought pops into my mind: what if after what seems like the 30th season finale of "The Apprentice" Donald Trump wryly declares, "Barack Obama, you're fired! Today, I am happy to officially announce that I'm running for president of the United States." If you were wondering, I did not sleep very well after that bombshell.

Editorial Cartoon
By Nikki Dance

Hunger strikes out
After 12 days, a hunger strike that began April 26 against the consolidation of the gender studies, ethnic studies and African-American studies departments ended without the campus administration meeting any of the strikers' demands. The strike should have taken less contentious forms in order to garner more public support.

Checks on spending
Running without the backing of a major student political party puts ASUC candidates at a financial disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the authors of a defeated spending reform bill in the ASUC were third-party and independent senators. The bill received just a handful of votes because the major parties stood against greater transparency and equal access in ASUC elections.

Professor Healey's denial of tenure is not right
As the semester comes to a close, our campus is quietly losing a great scholar, teacher and mentor: Assistant Professor of History Mark Healey. In his eight years at Berkeley, Professor Healey has taught Latin American history to hundreds of undergraduate students, advised dozens of graduate students and published a remarkable book that bridges the history of politics, architecture and environmental disaster.

Apathy, a constant threat
All bets are off," that's one phrase that should scare the heck out of all University of California students and aspiring UC students. Especially when it comes from the one, the only, UC President Mark Yudof.

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