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Issue #136 :: Wednesday, April 5, 2000

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Ballot Initiatives Seek Repeal of Proposition 209
Advocates of affirmative action are currently circulating petitions for two separate ballot initiatives - one of which also ends student fees - to reinstate race and gender preferences in California.

Dispatch: ¡México!
Downtown Tijuana at 11 p.m. on a Spring Break evening is a dead and desolate place - a far cry from the images fed to us by the Spring Break hordes that migrate away from America's college campuses. The drunken bands of college guys (average age: 23), the clusters of "hoochies" who would rather shiver in the cold in barely existent clothing than wear anything reasonable (average age: 16), the small children with frightened faces that sell roses "for free" (average

Bears Beset by Inconsistency
As members of the Cal men's basketball team filed out of the locker room at the Greensboro Coliseum March 24, a strange, almost welcome silence fell across the corridor halls.

Scientists Reach Gene Mapping Milestone
UC Berkeley scientists announced last week in the journal Science that they have succeeded in mapping the vast majority of the fruit fly genome - a success which researchers said could help them cure human diseases.

News

Ballot Initiatives Seek Repeal of Proposition 209
Advocates of affirmative action are currently circulating petitions for two separate ballot initiatives - one of which also ends student fees - to reinstate race and gender preferences in California.

Honor Awarded To Past President Of Portugal
UC Berkeley bestowed its highest honor on a former president of Portugal at a ceremony on campus yesterday.

Teachers to Boycott Afterschool Activities
Contract negotiations between the Berkeley Unified School District and teachers intensified this week when the teachers' union announced it would boycott voluntary afterschool events.

APPLE Party Challenges UNITE for Greek Voters
Editor's Note: This is the third in a six-part series analyzing issues surrounding the ASUC elections.

University Sued Over Property Dispute
An architectural association has sued UC Berkeley for attempting to move a historical building in order to construct new dining commons.

Alumna Launches Edible Schoolyard
UC Berkeley alumna Alice Waters may be best known for the world-class food served at Chez Panisse, but her greatest contribution has been much simpler: getting kids to eat their vegetables.

Court Rules to Preserve Fetus of Deceased Girl To Be Preserved
A federal judge has ruled that the fetus discovered in the deceased girl who was allegedly brought into the country by a Berkeley landlord for sex should be preserved.

Police Arrest Suspect in Carjacking Crime
El Cerrito police arrested a man yesterday in connection with a carjacking at the North Berkeley BART station.

News in Brief: Fire Department Develops Safety Education Program
The Berkeley Fire Department announced this week the creation of a new program to educate elementary school students on fire safety.


Sports

Bears Beset by Inconsistency
As members of the Cal men's basketball team filed out of the locker room at the Greensboro Coliseum March 24, a strange, almost welcome silence fell across the corridor halls.

Cal Strikes Out St. Mary's
There was something notably different about the air at Evans Diamond yesterday afternoon in the Cal baseball team's second meeting off the season against St. Mary's.

Fruttero Leads Netters to Win
The number four has dual meaning to Cal's John Paul Fruttero.

Cal Crew Solid in Weekend Regattas
There's something about old sayings that usually proves true. The Cal men's crew put the proverb "slow and steady wins the race" into practice over the weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, and came through with the victory.


Opinion

Dispatch: ¡México!
Downtown Tijuana at 11 p.m. on a Spring Break evening is a dead and desolate place - a far cry from the images fed to us by the Spring Break hordes that migrate away from America's college campuses. The drunken bands of college guys (average age: 23), the clusters of "hoochies" who would rather shiver in the cold in barely existent clothing than wear anything reasonable (average age: 16), the small children with frightened faces that sell roses "for free" (average

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