News in Brief: CalPIRG Sponsors Alternative Energy Fair Campus

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UC Berkeley students hosted an Alternative Energy Fair yesterday to raise awareness about renewable energy sources.

The fair was sponsored by CalPIRG, a student group advocating environmental causes, and featured the "Sparrow," an electric-powered, three-wheeled, short-range vehicle by Corbin Motors.

Members of CalPIRG were also asking students to sign a petition urging California senators to support legislative action that would reduce the use of greenhouse gases, said Lauren Baker, a freshman intending to major in environmental sciences.v

"I think the common perception is that we need to use fossil fuels, and that's just not true," she said.

Also present at the event were representatives from, an electricity service provider that uses renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power.

Carlson Klapthor, an East Bay region coordinator for, said the company was enthusiastic about participating in the event.

"Berkeley students are curious about what's going on with the energy market," he said.

The company encourages the development of industries that are healthier for the environment and for people, Klapthor said.

"People now have the choice to put their money in these better industries," he said.

Erin Hyun

Sociology Professor Comments on

Taiwanese Stock Situation

Post-election unrest in Taiwan and its resulting effect on the nation's stock market is unlikely to have any significant impact on Bay Area economic interests, a UC Berkeley professor said yesterday.

The surprise victory of the opposition candidate in Taiwan's presidential election Saturday spurred rumors that the stock market would crash Monday, said sociology professor Tom Gold.

Although the stock market did go down, it rebounded the following day, he said.

"There's fear in Taiwan because the (nationalist party) has been in power for 50 years and it's also a major owner of corporations," he said. "There was a great deal of fear that if they lost power it would destabilize the economy."

In the week before the election there was a big drop in the economy, but many believe the change was manipulated by the nationalist party to scare citizens into voting for their candidate, Gold said.

The party sold their stocks for high prices and repurchased them at low prices, he added.

In addition to a large Taiwanese population living in the Bay area, many companies, especially in Silicon Valley, have investments in Taiwanese manufacturers, Gold said.

Although some feared that the fluctuations in the Taiwanese stock market would hurt Bay Area interests, this possibility seems very unlikely, he said.

Erin Hyun


Participate in

Outreach Progam

A group of UC Berkeley students plan to travel to Southern California next week to help high school students gain admission to college.

The effort will send 70 students to give talks at schools in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas and the Central Valley.

Volunteers will hold informational sessions about college admissions and the importance of SAT scores and college essays.

One participant said in a statement that the project's aim is to familiarize high school students with college entrance standards.

"The main purpose is to try to motivate the students and show them that they can do it," said sophomore Guillermo Torres. "Sometimes those kids don't know about college. They don't know what the requirements are. A lot of these students don't even know that they have to take the SAT."


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