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Issue #909 :: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Top Headlines

Unparalleled Disappointment
On the night of March 12, the chalky mats below the uneven bars in Haas Pavillion coughed a small cloud when Karissa Chock landed on them after a missed grip in her bar rotation.

Campus May Turn Over Names of File-Sharers
UC Berkeley is expecting four subpoenas from the Recording Industry Association of America requesting the names of four song-swappers who may have used campus computer networks to illegally share copyrighted music, university officials announced yesterday.

Microbial Mysteries Probed
A flooded iron mine in Southwestern Wisconsin has coughed up a microbe that produces a crystalline structure as long as a strand of human hair, according to UC Berkeley researchers.

We're Talking Baseball
Baseball has seen better days. News about the game millions love has been grim for years. Strikes and drug scandals involving its biggest stars have stained the game's image while enormous player contracts have driven wedges between the game's stars and its fans. But for those who still believe in the magic of a mid-summer's night, the beginning of a new season brings hope.

News

Elementary School Students Prompt Creek Cleanup
Nearly two years after signs went up warning children about raw sewage contamination in a creek running through their North Berkeley school, the waters are now clean enough for the signs to come down, Mayor Tom Bates announced to an assembly of students at Thousand Oaks Elementary School yesterday.

Chief Campus Budget Officer to Take Post at Virginia Tech
As the campus faces an ongoing fiscal crisis, UC Berkeley's chief budget officer, James Hyatt, announced yesterday that he will leave the university's ranks this summer for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Professor Muses Change in Higher Education
UC Berkeley public policy professor and higher education "pundit du jour" David Kirp spoke about the distressing prospects for California public universities and shared his secrets for writing well in a "Writers at Work" seminar in Morrison library yesterday.

Feature Photo: Ado-ing Shakespeare


Second Rabid Bat Discovered In Berkeley
The city issued another rabies alert yesterday after a West Berkeley resident found a rabid bat in his garage, the second to appear in the city in two weeks.

Campus May Turn Over Names of File-Sharers
UC Berkeley is expecting four subpoenas from the Recording Industry Association of America requesting the names of four song-swappers who may have used campus computer networks to illegally share copyrighted music, university officials announced yesterday.

Groups Pool Resources for Culture Show
Armenian dancers, Vietnamese singers and Chinese martial artists came together last night for a perennial campus event: a diversity showcase full of colorful costumes and free food.

Dean Hit With Slew of Responses Denouncing Drop Deadline Policy
Nearly 700 students have flooded the university with responses mostly against Dean of Undergraduate Division Robert Holub's proposal to move up the drop deadline to the third or fifth week of school.

Student's Death Renews Binge-Drinking Worries
The recent death of UC Berkeley junior Steve Saucedo after a night of heavy drinking has awakened new concerns about college binge drinkers.

News in Brief
Berkeley Police Custody


Sports

Unparalleled Disappointment
On the night of March 12, the chalky mats below the uneven bars in Haas Pavillion coughed a small cloud when Karissa Chock landed on them after a missed grip in her bar rotation.

Bear Witness ... With Colleen O'Mara
Having had my brother, who knows more about how to get a secret tape in Tony Hawk Pro Skater than who Josh Childress is, fill out my NCAA pool, my results have been less than stellar.

Bears Use Team Effort to Subdue Dons in San Francisco
The Battle of the Bay tally is evened at one, thanks in part to the late-game pitching of Matt Brown.


Opinion

We're Talking Baseball
Baseball has seen better days. News about the game millions love has been grim for years. Strikes and drug scandals involving its biggest stars have stained the game's image while enormous player contracts have driven wedges between the game's stars and its fans. But for those who still believe in the magic of a mid-summer's night, the beginning of a new season brings hope.

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