Letters To The Editor: Bear's Lair Welcomes Students Back

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I am the restaurant owner of Healthy Heavenly Foods. I'd like to write my thoughts on The Bear's Lair ("Who Let The Bear Out Of The Lair," Sept. 12). First off I'd like to sincerely thank the students and the employees of the university for all their support and for allowing us, Healthy Heavenly Foods, Taqueria Los Reyes, Natural Sensation, and The Coffee Spot, all to stay at The Bear's Lair to continue serving students.

Please share in our happiness that we have finished renovating The Bear's Lair. Now everything is new. The ceiling is very modern, the floor fashionable and the walls are painted with harmonized colors. There are very expensive, new lights that brighten up the place, there are new tables and chairs that are truly luxurious and it is also equipped with the Internet for you students to use. Come and see, seeing is believing. We joyfully welcome students back.

So why have the renovations dragged on for so long? Students will be very surprised when I write that the construction workers are students of the university themselves. They have devoted their entire summer to the work needed to be done. Because they are students they do not possess the specialized skills needed. They were also placed under the supervision of ASUC Auxiliary Director Tom Cordi, who we jokingly call "Mr. Perfectionist."

Cordi is very careful, meticulous, and has a rich sense of aesthetics; therefore, the construction required a longer amount of time to be finished. He has successfully brought a new look to the university in general and has changed the sloppy Bear's Lair into a model Bear's Lair. We admire him and are quite grateful to him.

Students shouldn't worry, we will come back. We will return the new Bear's Lair to its traditional old ways of good food, good service and good prices. The Bear's lair will forever be a social gathering for both old and new people. Fridays will always be "Happy Friday" for the Bears with our tradition of hot, hot dogs with cold beer. So once again I invite all students back to the new Bear's Lair.

Ana Vu

Bear's Lair vendor

Free Speech Legacy Means No Censorship

I am a member of the Class of '65. We were the Free Speech Movement and the thought of UC Berkeley doing an about-face on the ground we broke is very disturbing ("University Should Not Decide Napster Case," Sept. 21). UC Berkeley has always stood for the free exchange of ideas no matter how unpopular. Under no case should any form of censorship or limited Internet access (no matter how objectionable the site) be implemented. I know where Mario Savio and the boys would stand on this one.

Tom Wiles

UC Berkeley alumnus

Napster Not Banned From Penn. State

I'm a Penn. State student and I noticed that The Daily Californian is misinformed about its article ("Napster Could Face UC's Wrath Today," Sept. 22). Penn. State did not ban Napster. The university sent an e-mail to students reminding them that copyright infraction is grounds for loss of network access. The e-mail also said that if an organization complains about a student, the student will lose network access, but Napster is not banned, and Penn. State was very, very clear about this issue.

Justin Mierta

student, Penn. State

Olympics Announcer Must Be Stopped

I just want to say thank you to columnist Suzanne Blais. My friends and I have been collectively smacking our forehead every time Bob Costas opens his mouth to put his foot in it ("Start Running, Bob!" Sept. 22). I'm very glad Blais got this extremely pressing issue out into the open. He does need to be stopped, and we will help. He's got the bad puns, we've got the numbers.

Jeff Marcus

UC Berkeley student

Columnist Accurately Depicts Asian Dilemma

I come from the same type of background, and I feel Kent Morizawa on some of the issues mentioned in his guest column ("Wrong Shade Of Yellow," Sept. 25). I felt that I could never really fit in: I have some white-wash in me, so I'm not a hardcore Asian; but I have too much cultural pride to fit in with other people. I'm one of those caught in the middle, wondering where the hell to go to fit in.

I took a Vietnamese language class last year, and the experience flipped me out. Up until then, I thought all Vietnamese were the San Jose-type and that there was something wrong with me since I couldn't bring myself to conform to that notion. But I realized that that was all a bunch of bullshit; there were about one or two people in the class that conformed to that stereotype - everybody else was unique. And I realized that it was okay to be Asian and an individual.

The point is: yes, there are a lot of Asians with fixed-up cars, cell phones, brown highlights in their hair, designer clothes and whatever. But there are also alot of individuals that don't fit into either category of hardcore Asian or Twinkie. Your cultural identity is up to you to define; sometimes we forget, however, that it's just as easy to unfairly stereotype your own race as it is another.

Tom Nguyen

UC Berkeley student

Columnist Is Self-Centered

If Kent Morizawa sought to appear ignorant in his Sept. 25 guest column, "Wrong Shade of Yellow," he could qualify for a Pulitzer.

Morizawa is eager to point the finger at someone for stereotypes cast upon him. At first, it's those thuggish Asians who embody the stereotype; then, it's everyone else for their colorcentric views. Why not place the blame where it belongs - to ignoramuses like himself who profess naivete to the cruel world of stereotype, and yet are already knowledgeable martyrs of it? Why not blame the Morizawas of the world, who recognize the problems of stereotype, sarcastically joke about it, and yet never really offer a viable solution for it?

What the Asian community and the world needs isn't another sarcastic cynic without an answer or a clue, it's the vision and determination to break down barriers in the spirit of Marting Luther King, Jr., as Morizawa is wise enough to recall, yet stupid enough to improperly distinguish King's ideality from his reality. If Morizawa would like to bitch about the disruption of his Pleasantville existence, I'd recommend he trade stories with an older Japanese person who endured internment camp. Are things really "ishy-er?"

Korsen Yu

UC Berkeley student

Both Sides Handle Pill Issue Badly

I was disappointed with how both columnist Emily Chung and visiting Professor Elmar Grosse-Kloenne addressed the subject of the Morning-After-Pill ("Morning-After-Pill Is Abortion," Sept. 21).

Grosse-Kloenne says that "it is killing a human life," but is not taking into account the fact that fertilization has taken place in only a fraction of cases.

Chung says that women must see a doctor to have the MAP prescribed because "each woman is different, with various family and medical histories." She should have stressed that it's important for a woman to see a health care professional to ensure that she understands the implications of the MAP and is able to make the appropriate choice.

I also object to Chung's oopsy-daisy tone and Grosse-Kloenne's overabundance of bile. Whatever one's opinion about the morality of abortion, unwanted pregnancy is a serious situation for a woman and her partner to face, and the topic should be approached seriously and compassionately.

Frances Northcutt

UC Berkeley employee

Bowles Hall Resident Responds

As a resident of Bowles Hall, I support Alistair McNeal and Matt Bishop's article: "Students Unified By 'Red Shirt' Cheer," (Sept. 19). Why are they getting so much shit for it ("Public Humiliation Is Disgraceful," Sept. 21)?

Every single institution, tribe, group and culture is based on tradition. What else is there to identify the uniqueness of a group? If the tradition of a tribe in Madagascar is not to wear any clothes, is it wrong?

Bowles Hall is a residence rich in tradition; so much tradition, in fact, that it makes my college experience all the more valuable. If some student is required to show her chest in front of a crowd of football fans, so be it. It's not like everybody's going to gawk at her. If the crowd were there for a cheap thrill, they could have gone to the Ninth Annual Nude and Breast Freedom Parade.

I'm not sure what the girl felt like, or if she was offended by the incident. But if I were in that same situation, I would look back at that day and laugh. It's just life. Don't be so anal about it. It'd be something to tell your grandkids about when you have a happy past to recall. I could even imagine what I would say: "This one time I took my shirt off in front of a crowd of thousands and I didn't give a flying fuck about it."

Jon Haeber

UC Berkeley student


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