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Issue #111 :: Thursday, February 24, 2000

Top Headlines

TwLF Reveals Dissolution of Student Group
Saying the group is becoming an "empty mockery of real dissenting voice," members of the third world Liberation Front announced this week in an open letter that they have disbanded.

Hooray For Guns
I like guns. My family owns guns and I plan to own guns as well. I have always been well educated about the dangers of all types of firearms. When I was too young to really understand what it was to shoot someone, my parents kept their handguns out of my reach. Unfortunately, this is not the case with many gun-owning families. But why should the tragic mistakes of a small percentage of people affect the rest of us? Why should everyone else be punished for demonstrating their constitutional right to bear arms? Because people who don't own guns think that anyone with a handgun, rifle, or shotgun will shoot someone else or commit a felony.

Cal Drops Game To Powerful Vikes
It may be the hardest-fought college game that doesn't count for anything.

Speakers Clash Over Gay Marriage Initiative
Two activists sparred yesterday in a campus debate over whether Proposition 22 is about the moral definition of marriage or a simple matter of a state's right to define the institution.

News

TwLF Reveals Dissolution of Student Group
Saying the group is becoming an "empty mockery of real dissenting voice," members of the third world Liberation Front announced this week in an open letter that they have disbanded.

Speakers Clash Over Gay Marriage Initiative
Two activists sparred yesterday in a campus debate over whether Proposition 22 is about the moral definition of marriage or a simple matter of a state's right to define the institution.

Workers Protest University Patronage of Hotel
Striking workers from the Radisson Hotel at the Berkeley Marina came to campus yesterday to protest UC Berkeley's patronage of the hotel, which they claim engages in unfair labor practices.

PowerBar Acquired by Nestle Inc.
Representatives from the Berkeley-based PowerBar Inc. announced yesterday that the company has been purchased by Switzerland's Nestle Inc.

Council to Support Animal Advocacy Group's Reforms
The Berkeley city manager is slated to draft a letter on behalf of the City Council supporting the efforts of an animal advocacy group that wants to reform practices at UC Berkeley's primate testing facilities.

Students Experience 'Semester at Sea'
Imagine gazing out the window in the middle of lecture and seeing the waves of the ocean, rolling back and forth. This scene may feel like a dream to most students, but it depicts a typical day for five UC Berkeley students who attended classes aboard the SS Universe Explorer last semester.

Researchers Suggest Ways to Fill Technical Positions
UC Berkeley researchers made recommendations yesterday on how to increase the number of trained workers needed to fill hundreds of new jobs requiring technical skills.

News in Brief: Council Votes to Increase Types of Plastics Recycled
The Berkeley City Council, in a 5-4 vote, passed a measure Tuesday night to expand its plastics recycling program.


Sports

Cal Drops Game To Powerful Vikes
It may be the hardest-fought college game that doesn't count for anything.

Hobbled Bears Face Washington
It's been said that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Softball Captures Win Over St. Mary's
MORAGA - Home-field advantage is overrated. At least that's the way it seems so far for the Cal softball team. With the way things are going, maybe the Bears should play all their games on the road.

Cal Looks for End to Losing Streak
The Cal women's basketball team is taking on the Washington schools this weekend, and the team is in desperate need of wins to salvage its season.

Bears Ready to Brawl in Conference Meet
The dual meets are over. No more of this sissy one-on-one action.

Sports Briefs: Women's Polo Returns to Action
After taking a break from its tough tournament schedule with a 10-5 win over UC Davis last weekend, the No. 3 Cal women's water polo team heads to Santa Barbara, Calif. this weekend to participate in the UC Santa Barbara Tournament.


Opinion

Hooray For Guns
I like guns. My family owns guns and I plan to own guns as well. I have always been well educated about the dangers of all types of firearms. When I was too young to really understand what it was to shoot someone, my parents kept their handguns out of my reach. Unfortunately, this is not the case with many gun-owning families. But why should the tragic mistakes of a small percentage of people affect the rest of us? Why should everyone else be punished for demonstrating their constitutional right to bear arms? Because people who don't own guns think that anyone with a handgun, rifle, or shotgun will shoot someone else or commit a felony.

A Letter to the Campus Community From the third world Liberation Front
The third world Liberation Front reemerged in the spring of 1999 as the culmination of five years of difficult struggles to defend and maintain the rights of people of color and other oppressed people at UC Berkeley and in the state of California. By mobilizing thousands of activists and their allies on campus and in communities, we proved that the righteous anger of the masses has the power to hold the university accountable for creating and perpetuating oppression.

Actions Always Speak Louder Than Words
As student leaders and student group advisors on campus we are disturbed by ASUC Senator Jarod Buna's slanderous attack on the CalSERVE Party ("New ASUC Party Formed by Senator," Feb.18). Buna, bitter after not being chosen the Student Action Party's presidential candidate, vented by resigning from Student Action and denouncing the party as a callous political machine. He then proceeded to blast the CalSERVE Party, of which he knows very little.

How I Lost My Party
A political party exists to offer three creeds to its members: guidance, support and common ideology. Party members should find comfort and strength in the ideas, goals and objectives that they have in common with their party members.

Letters to the Editor: New Party Opens Doors
I would like to respond to The Daily Californian's story about the new political party in the ASUC ("New ASUC Party Formed by Senator," Feb.18). I have the utmost respect for Student Action and its members. I left Student Action because I could no longer trust the leadership of the party. So I decide to create a new party, A People's Party with Loyalty and Experience, where the ideology is "better student services through honesty, loyalty and hard work."

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