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Issue #551 :: Tuesday, July 2, 2002

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Travelogue: Travel Psychosis
Traveling can drive you crazy. I'm not thinking of the annoyed kind of crazy other people can drive you, but the real kind of loco where you loose yourself completely. I saw it happen once, on Koh Pha-Ngan in Thailand.

UC Portfolio Takes Beating From WorldCom Stock Plunge
UC lost $325.5 million from its retirement and endowment funds last week, in the wake of WorldCom's collapse-the latest corporate giant breakdown.

Bears' Water Polo Coach Peter Asch Not to Return
It's always hard to adjust after returning home from traveling abroad. There's the jet lag, the time change, the unpaid bills. It can be quite disorienting.

Sampson Drafted in Second Round After Leaving Bears
Former Cal basketball player Jamal Sampson always made it clear that his goal was to play in the NBA. Well now he'll get his chance.

News

UC Portfolio Takes Beating From WorldCom Stock Plunge
UC lost $325.5 million from its retirement and endowment funds last week, in the wake of WorldCom's collapse-the latest corporate giant breakdown.

Grassfire Scorches Hillside Near Memorial Stadium
A grassfire charred one and a half acres of brush near Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus Saturday afternoon, reviving memories of the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire for some residents.

Researchers Hope To Drill For Microbial Life
UC Berkeley researchers pushed for research drilling in Antarctica in hope of finding exotic microbes-possible evidence that there may be extraterrestrial life in similar environments.

UC Berkeley Scholar Dies Unexpectedly
Longtime UC Berkeley history professor and faculty member James Kettner passed away last Monday.

Colleagues Mourn Death Of Professor
Harvey Stahl, a former chair of the UC Berkeley art history department and a world-renowned art historian, passed away June 22, from Lou Gehrig's disease.

College Degrees Bring Attention to Gender Gap
In 1972, two-thirds of all college students were men, leading critics to cry for gender equality in higher education. Thirty years later, women now represent the majority at UC Berkeley, composing 51 percent of the student population.

Professors Shrink Transistors To Boost Computer Speeds
It can all happen so quickly. Your expensive new computer's cutting-edge status has expired faster than its warranty.

Livermore Lab Sees More Changes With Departure of Administrator
While adjusting to a new director and coping with an ambiguous Homeland Security plan, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be without a national nuclear security administrator, officials announced last week.


Sports

Bears' Water Polo Coach Peter Asch Not to Return
It's always hard to adjust after returning home from traveling abroad. There's the jet lag, the time change, the unpaid bills. It can be quite disorienting.

Sampson Drafted in Second Round After Leaving Bears
Former Cal basketball player Jamal Sampson always made it clear that his goal was to play in the NBA. Well now he'll get his chance.

Cal Football Fails at Cheating
So the Cal football team won't get a chance to play in a bowl game this year?

Letters to Sports: Softball's Forest Teaches Rise Ball, Valuable Lessons
I'm sure there are many proud moments involving Cal students in the local community; this is one worthy of special mention.


Opinion

Travelogue: Travel Psychosis
Traveling can drive you crazy. I'm not thinking of the annoyed kind of crazy other people can drive you, but the real kind of loco where you loose yourself completely. I saw it happen once, on Koh Pha-Ngan in Thailand.

Off the Beat: Think of It This Way
Imagine, if you will, a test unlike any other you have taken. You come in 9 a.m. with a somewhat optimistic outlook-and leave at 5 p.m. with four dull pencils, a sore hand and an inexplicable need to hurl yourself in front of an AC Transit bus. You have to bring baby-wipes because the ink from when they fingerprint you (yes, fingerprint you) might accidentally screw up your scores. Rather than being stored in the testing room, each section of this exam is immediately transported at high speed, off the premises. Bathrooms are periodically checked for cheat sheets stuffed in sanitary napkin dispensers or toilet paper holders-or, in the case of the very bold-scrawled on the bathroom walls. The only thing this monster has in common with the SAT is two letters. This is the MCAT.

Editorial: Compromising Academic Integrity for Athletics
Chancellor Robert Berdahl calls the recent penalties brought by the NCAA against Cal's football program "unduly excessive." The charges include making hotel room service charges that range from 75-cent phone calls to over $300.

Editorial: Lost Investments Uncover Dangerous Trend
It is bad enough when one prosperous corporation goes under. It is even worse when the UC Board of Regents loses hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.

Letters to the Editor: Anti-War ‘Activists' Do Not Live Up to Their Title
I wonder why CNN reports that 80 percent of the public condemns the ruling regarding the unconstitutionality of the pledge of allegiance. It amazes me how biased public opinion has become and how little the denominational minority is supported.

Editorial Art by Darrin Bell


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