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Issue #116 :: Wednesday, March 1, 2000

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Proposed Bill Would Repeal Housing Act
More than a year after the end of rent control in Berkeley, a state assemblymember has introduced legislation that would allow it to be reinstated.

UC Merced: Brilliant!
Being UC President Richard Atkinson is a scary thought. Tidal Wave II, he recently said with all the solemnity of a Shakespearean chorus, isn't just on its way, it's already upon us. Tens of thousands of students are poised to flood the UC system - what to do? Add to this dilemma the problem of access for underrepresented minorities in a post-209 world, and you've got a handful if you're the one sitting at the head of the regents' table.

Researchers Create First Bionic Chip
UC Berkeley scientists have developed a new device that integrates organic tissue and microchip research. The technology could refashion the way drugs and other compounds enter the cell.

Cal Swings Into Hawaii
A February trip to Hawaii for golfers is kind of like a spring break road trip to Daytona Beach for frat guys. It's as if the individual lucky enough to experience such an event could die a happy man afterwards.

News

Proposed Bill Would Repeal Housing Act
More than a year after the end of rent control in Berkeley, a state assemblymember has introduced legislation that would allow it to be reinstated.

Two Women Sexually Assaulted in West Berkeley
Two women were sexually assaulted in separate incidents over the weekend in West Berkeley, police said.

UC Regents to Choose Student Member
Editor's Note: This is the first in a three part series examining the student regent position.


Endowment for UC System Drags Behind Private Schools
The UC system endowment has more than doubled in the last 10 years but still lags behind many prominent private schools, a UC spokesperson said yesterday.

Task Force Encourages Awareness of Health Insurance
After doing what they call social math, a group of UC Berkeley students calculated that the number of residents in Berkeley who do not have health insurance equals the population of the entire city of Albany - a problem they say needs to be changed.

University Refuses to Take Part in Technology Survey
UC Berkeley officials said yesterday they are rejecting participation in a ranking of the nation's most computer-savvy colleges, claiming that the evaluation standards are "flaky."

Editor's Voice
During my tenure at the news desk, I talked to many sources (and writers) who questioned editorial decisions to kill inflammatory and questionable quotes, or sources, all together.

Management to Change at Network
Pacifica Foundation Executive Director Lynne Chadwick is expected to step down today from her often-criticized and highly controversial post.

News in Brief: City Superintendent Withdraws From Oregon Selection Process
Berkeley Superintendent of Schools Jack McLaughlin withdrew his name from consideration for the superintendent position in an Oregon district, school officials said yesterday.


Sports

Cal Swings Into Hawaii
A February trip to Hawaii for golfers is kind of like a spring break road trip to Daytona Beach for frat guys. It's as if the individual lucky enough to experience such an event could die a happy man afterwards.

No. 4 Bears Fight for Pac-10 Title
It almost happened last year. It should have happened. It was time for Stanford's 17-year long streak of Pac-10 conference titles to end.

NCAA Rules for Rush to Return
The legal guardian of college athletics is once again being reprimanded for the treatment of its children.

Unranked Bears Anxious to Face Cardinal
When a team is an underdog, there are different approaches it can take in preparing for its opponent.


Opinion

UC Merced: Brilliant!
Being UC President Richard Atkinson is a scary thought. Tidal Wave II, he recently said with all the solemnity of a Shakespearean chorus, isn't just on its way, it's already upon us. Tens of thousands of students are poised to flood the UC system - what to do? Add to this dilemma the problem of access for underrepresented minorities in a post-209 world, and you've got a handful if you're the one sitting at the head of the regents' table.

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