News in Brief: Money Granted for Mideast Programs

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The ASUC Academic Affairs Office received a $15,000 grant from Chancellor Robert Berdahl on Friday to disburse to student groups organizing programs pertaining to the Middle East.

The grant, known as the Middle East Educational Programs Fund, is part of $100,000 earmarked by Berdahl for similar usage.

The ASUC office will allocate the funds to student groups that hold activities encouraging political dialogue about the situation, said Tony Falcone, ASUC academic affairs vice president.

"We wanted to encourage cooperation between the two groups," said Falcone, who applied for the grant in conjunction with ASUC President Jesse Gabriel. "The intent is not to reduce conflict, but to encourage dialogue. The money just offers a way for (groups) to educate the campus."

The grant comes at a time when events pertaining to the Middle East have generated widespread interest and controversy on campus.

Hoang Phan, a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, expressed concern over the neutrality of the university's choices regarding expenditures for events related to the Middle East, saying there is inadequate representation of the Palestinian point of view.

Lindsay Oak

UCSF Opens Free Clinic in Oakland

UCSF opened a new free clinic in Oakland last week to provide medical services to underserved members of the community, especially laborers.

The clinic will be part of the UCSF Community Occupational Health Project, a program dedicated to health research and education in Alameda County.

"(Low-wage workers) bear the brunt of the hardest work in our communities and have the least access to health care," said project Director Nan Lashuay.

Services at the clinic will be available in three languages, and the program will offer a series of monthly classes, including back safety education and asbestos hazard prevention.

The Oakland area became the focus of the effort because of its large population of low-wage earners, said clinic Co-director Barbara Burgel.

The program will work with local grass-roots organizations to educate both employees and small-business people about safe working conditions.

"Many of these workers are not English-speaking. (They) don't realize they have health and safety rights. But education is power," Burgel said. "This project is pretty exciting. It requires a community to stand up and say, 'Enough!'"

Elana Fiske

Two Shootings Occur Within Three Hours of Each Other Near San Pablo Avenue

Bullet casings were the only signs of two shootings that hit Berkeley near San Pablo Avenue early yesterday and late Saturday, police said.

No victims or shooters were found in the shootings, which occurred within three hours of each other, said Berkeley police Lt. Eric Gustafson.

Police responded to 10th Street and Bancroft Way at 2:40 a.m. yesterday, and to Haskell Street and San Pablo Avenue Saturday at 11:40 p.m. on reports of gunfire.

When police arrived at both locations, they found a whole lot of nothing-except shell casings.

Gustafson said he does not know if the shootings are related.

A person reported to police that he knew who perpetrated yesterday's shooting, but his story turned out to have no merit, Gustafson said.

Nate Tabak


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