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Issue #987 :: Monday, August 2, 2004

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Study: Contended Novartis Deal Harmless
A Michigan State University study two years in the making was released Sunday, revealing that although UC Berkeley's much-contended $25 million research deal with agriculture biotechnology firm Novartis has not created the harm critics feared, similar contracts should be avoided in the future.

My Weekend Revolution
This past weekend I could not help but contemplate my future in this country. Amid all the television exposure last week, one event shone through as a beacon of hope for people like myself, but years of disappointment have left me cynical as to whether these two individuals could actually promote any change.

Bears Sprint Ahead of Pac-10, Behind USC
LOS ANGELES-Injuries healed and confidence soaring, the Cal football team continues to be a virtual magnet of offseason hoopla. However, despite attracting hype with gravitational force, the Bears could not catch USC Wednesday.

University Village Residents Target UC Regents in Lawsuit
A committee of University Village residents filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents in an Alameda County Superior Court Thursday, adding to a drawn-out dispute over the university's development and expansion of the housing.

News

University Village Residents Target UC Regents in Lawsuit
A committee of University Village residents filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents in an Alameda County Superior Court Thursday, adding to a drawn-out dispute over the university's development and expansion of the housing.

Study: Contended Novartis Deal Harmless
A Michigan State University study two years in the making was released Sunday, revealing that although UC Berkeley's much-contended $25 million research deal with agriculture biotechnology firm Novartis has not created the harm critics feared, similar contracts should be avoided in the future.

Details of Secretive Chancellor Selection Surface
Now that the nearly six-month-long selection process of Chancellor Robert Berdahl's successor is over, members of the 17-person advisory committee have offered insight into the tight-lipped, closed-door process.

University of Toronto Vexed by Birgeneau's Exit
While UC Berkeley prepares for the arrival of University of Toronto President Robert Birgeneau as chancellor, students and faculty at U of T are decrying the president's decision to leave before the end of his term.

Berkeley Kids Showcase Diverse Crafts in Art Exhibit
With her brown eyes dodging between papier-mache boxes and figurines, 6-year-old Emma Castillo distractedly nods to her own three-dimensional painting on exhibit at the Addison Street Windows Gallery.

Campus Tightens Security of UC Data
In a year when UC campuses have been hit hard by computer security breaches, UC Berkeley's eBerkeley Steering Committee unveiled a new policy last week that standardizes usage guidelines for campus employees handling data owned by UC.

Econometrics and XLab Manager Dies at 55
UC Berkeley Econometrics Laboratory and XLab, the Experimental Social Sciences Laboratory, manager Grace Katagiri, remembered by colleagues for her enduring optimism and dedication to the social sciences, died July 21 at the age of 55.

Simple English Association Not Simply About Learning English
Khaoula Amouri has been wearing her headscarf-in keeping with Muslim tradition-since she was a young girl. But when she returns to her school in France in September, she will have to remove the traditional garb.

News in Brief
Berkeley Bank Robberies

Correction
Thursday's article "Equity, Funding Top Priorities for Birgeneau" incorrectly stated UC was facing six-figure budget cuts. It should have read UC is facing nine-figure budget cuts.

Photo Essay: Capoeira's Serious Play Teaches Spiritual Lessons
To its adherents, Capoeira is a conversation. Two people meet and express their feelings and desires through movement rather than words. Although initially developed as a martial art, today it serves as a means for spiritual reflection and growth. Its origins, however, reach into the dark history of slavery and oppression that has gripped the western hemisphere for more than 500 years.


Sports

Bears Sprint Ahead of Pac-10, Behind USC
LOS ANGELES-Injuries healed and confidence soaring, the Cal football team continues to be a virtual magnet of offseason hoopla. However, despite attracting hype with gravitational force, the Bears could not catch USC Wednesday.

Asomugha Experiences Deja Vu with Raiders
NAPA, Calif.-Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha knows a lot about turnover in the coaching ranks.

Trojans Bust Bears' Hope of Finishing First
LOS ANGELES-Right off the bat, I was worried that Wednesday's Pac-10 media day was getting off on the wrong foot as I drove up the driveway of the Sheraton Gateway.

Hiring from Within Proves Historically Beneficial for Cal
In sports, continuity can be a double-edged switch-blade that either slices the very fabric of the sporting world and leaves its wielder as king of the land or it can bleed the life out of an organization.

Sports in Brief
Smallwood Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff


Opinion

My Weekend Revolution
This past weekend I could not help but contemplate my future in this country. Amid all the television exposure last week, one event shone through as a beacon of hope for people like myself, but years of disappointment have left me cynical as to whether these two individuals could actually promote any change.

Editorial: Chancellor-Select Must Prove Himself
UC Berkeley chancellor-select Robert Birgeneau must prove this fall to be worthy of his position and the accolades showered upon him by UC President Robert Dynes and outgoing chancellor Robert Berdahl.

Is the U.S. Reliving Past Mistakes?
Thirty-three years ago, Roger Daltrey screamed, "We won't get fooled again!" Things were going to be different; change was in the air. Vietnam and the civil rights movement set the stage for a paradigm shift in the way Americans thought and voted.

Editorial Cartoon By Emma Ferneyhough


People on the Street: What Do You Think of Chancellor Birgeneau's Salary?
"Berkeley would want to attract a chancellor who's reputable enough that money wouldn't be an issue."

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