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Issue #876 :: Friday, February 13, 2004

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Campus Budget Cuts Could Swell to $39 Million
Facing renewed threats of budget cuts, the UC Berkeley campus is preparing for permanent reductions as high as $39 million next year.

Breaking Candy Hearts
It's Valentine's Day-oh goody. For those of us with significant whatevers, this means we are anxiously counting down to the one night a year specifically set aside for celebratory shagging. In preparation, we unsuccessfully attempt to procure a table at any restaurant anywhere in the city. We buy sticky liquids deriving from nothing found in nature that, when applied to the skin and blown upon, get hot. Or, at the very least, we pick up a suggestive card and a copy of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" on the way home from class. Love is in the air people-if you're single and alone, hold your nose. For my dateless kin, I have a special storytime gift.

Stanford's Drama Act Has Yet to Brave Cal's Raucous Home Stage
Like two long-standing members of the Bard, the Cal and Stanford men's basketball teams have had a flare for the dramatic this season.

Sex Education Is Fun and Games in Dorm Program
Unit-2 Griffiths Hall became home to a rowdy 30-person sex game-including Saran Wrap and condoms-Wednesday night.

News

Campus Budget Cuts Could Swell to $39 Million
Facing renewed threats of budget cuts, the UC Berkeley campus is preparing for permanent reductions as high as $39 million next year.

Sex Education Is Fun and Games in Dorm Program
Unit-2 Griffiths Hall became home to a rowdy 30-person sex game-including Saran Wrap and condoms-Wednesday night.

Metropolitan Growth Inspires New Discipline
Fifty years from now, UC Berkeley professor John Landis sees as many as 60 million people crammed into California-many of them living and working in the Bay Area, which could double in population by the next century.

DE-Cal Exposes Students to City Government
Nearly one out of every four Berkeley residents is a student, but only about one out of every 16 Berkeley commissioners is a student.

Flushing Out the Old


News in Brief
After months of scraping for funds, the ASUC Senate found an extra $15,000 to dole out for the rest of the year.

Senator Calls Colleague Racist, Tells Him to Quit for Fall Remarks
In a scathing speech at Wednesday's ASUC Senate meeting, CalSERVE Senator Ricardo Valencia called for Student Action Senator Devin Andre's resignation for comments made three months ago that Valencia called racist and hateful.

Whistleblowers File Suit Against Livermore Lab
Two former employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory alleged mismanagement and wrongful termination in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Berkeley Looks to Tax Residents Who Have Three or More Vehicles
Owners of three or more vehicles in the Berkeley could soon be paying for it if, as part of next year's budget plan, the City Council adopts a plan that would tax the owners of multiple cars.

Publisher Offers Lower-Priced Textbooks After Scathing Report
Less than two weeks after a student-run research group issued a report detailing the ways textbooks publishers gouge students, major textbook publisher Thomson Learning announced that it will offer a new line of reduced-cost textbooks cutting 25 percent off the price of some of its books.


Sports

Stanford's Drama Act Has Yet to Brave Cal's Raucous Home Stage
Like two long-standing members of the Bard, the Cal and Stanford men's basketball teams have had a flare for the dramatic this season.

Women's Basketball Faces Tenth Straight Loss
Winning seems to occur almost naturally for the Stanford women's basketball team.

Upset Would Be Coughlin's Swan Song
The Cal women's swimming team has never defeated Stanford in the history of the two programs.

Sophomore Sensation Steals Show from Stars
On a team of All-Americans and star freshmen, it may be easy to fail to notice that the leading scorer is neither.

Top-Ranked Foes to Test Cal in Softball Tourney
They are undefeated, ranked No. 2 in the nation, and boast a truly dominant pitching duo-the perfect ingredients for any national championship-caliber team.

Bears to Feast on Anteaters in Three-Game Series at UC Irvine
Packing some early season offensive punch, the Cal baseball team departed on an eight-hour bus ride to Irvine yesterday afternoon, hoping to unleash it from their duffel bags.

Rugby Rotations Run Risk of Ruining Record
While the Cal rugby team occasionally benefits from a crossover player from the football team, Chico State may profit from the exact opposite situation.

Sports in Brief
Men's Tennis Pushes on Without Niland


Opinion

Breaking Candy Hearts
It's Valentine's Day-oh goody. For those of us with significant whatevers, this means we are anxiously counting down to the one night a year specifically set aside for celebratory shagging. In preparation, we unsuccessfully attempt to procure a table at any restaurant anywhere in the city. We buy sticky liquids deriving from nothing found in nature that, when applied to the skin and blown upon, get hot. Or, at the very least, we pick up a suggestive card and a copy of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" on the way home from class. Love is in the air people-if you're single and alone, hold your nose. For my dateless kin, I have a special storytime gift.

Editorial: Fulbright Compromise Fair and Reasonable
The "Petition to Start Construction on Upper Sproul at a Suitable Time" has generated much debate about what's best for the student body. Most people agree that the renewal of a beautiful and safe Upper Sproul is positive. The 2000 students that have signed the petition also agree that the project should be moved until summertime. The following paragraphs are my responses to Mr. Cohen's adjacent letter.

Sproul Project is in Students' Best Interest
Undoubtedly, this project is entirely what's in the best interest of the students; that's why we are completing these renovations now.

Timing of Project is Wrong for Student Life
The "Petition to Start Construction on Upper Sproul at a Suitable Time" has generated much debate about what's best for the student body. Most people agree that the renewal of a beautiful and safe Upper Sproul is positive. The 2000 students that have signed the petition also agree that the project should be moved until summertime. The following paragraphs are my responses to Mr. Cohen's adjacent letter.

Editorial: Plans to Renovate Sproul Plaza Should Move Ahead
In moving forward with the renovation of Sproul Plaza, planners and designers must keep in mind the importance it plays in student life. Not only is it the entrance to the university, it is also the heart of student activity and the spot students are most apt to remember long after graduating.

Letters to the Editor
Visit by Controversial Speaker Divides Students Over Questions of Politics and Identity

Editorial Cartoon by Thatcher Hillegass


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