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Issue #147 :: Thursday, April 20, 2000

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City Asks Residents to Complete Census
City officials said this week it is imperative that university students fill out their census forms in order to ensure valuable federal funding for Berkeley.

Early Deficit Too Big for Cal
The Cal men's tennis team has seen this scenario before.

Junkie
"Good morning, sir. What can I get for you?"

Caged Students Fight Animal Testing
The spectacle of two UC Berkeley students living in a cage for 100 hours to protest animal testing led to a noontime rally yesterday that attracted the likes of a retired professor and a city official.

News

City Asks Residents to Complete Census
City officials said this week it is imperative that university students fill out their census forms in order to ensure valuable federal funding for Berkeley.

Caged Students Fight Animal Testing
The spectacle of two UC Berkeley students living in a cage for 100 hours to protest animal testing led to a noontime rally yesterday that attracted the likes of a retired professor and a city official.

Labor Union Files Charges Against UC
The state Public Employment Relations Board received unfair labor practice charges yesterday against the UC system filed by a union representing more than 18,000 university employees.

Narcotics Deal Gone Bad Ends in Automobile Assault
A drug sale gone bad resulted in an assault with an automobile, police said yesterday.

University Unveils Web Site Designed to Reduce Red Tape
UC Berkeley has announced plans to launch a pilot of its e-commerce Web site in the fall - a site that may be one of the first of its kind in the country.

African Performers Disappear From Tour
Seventeen members of a dance troupe from Senegal that performed on campus have disappeared and may be seeking political asylum in the United States.

Class Promotes Understanding, Diversity
Every semester, 16 UC Berkeley students enroll in a class where a typical homework assignment might be for a sorority member, who is usually served dinner by a chef, to spend two days living in a co-op and cook for more than 50 other students.

Speaker Says City, County Need Better Communication
The president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors came to UC Berkeley yesterday to discuss grassroot politics and her upcoming campaign for the California State Assembly.

Mayor Enlightened During Trip of a Lifetime
Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean returned this week from a trip to Israel that left her with a bad case of jet lag but full of new insight into Middle East politics.


Sports

Early Deficit Too Big for Cal
The Cal men's tennis team has seen this scenario before.

Boller Impressive In Spring Practice
The last time most Cal football fans saw Kyle Boller, he was sitting on the Bears' bench, where equipment managers were holding white towels around him to protect him from the leers in the student section.

Poetry in Motion

Blazon sky blue, and endow the sun

Sports Briefs: Cal Football Sends 11 Players to Pros
Seven former Cal football players have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams, Bears head football coach Tom Holmoe said Tuesday.


Opinion

Junkie
"Good morning, sir. What can I get for you?"

Tritium Concerns Overblown
Last week the Alameda County Board of Education demonstrated that the state of Kansas is not the only place where pseudoscience reigns supreme. In a triumph of ignorance over reason, the board voted to ban children from visiting a local science museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science. In Kansas, the school board based its ban on evolution on the teachings of the Bible. In Alameda, the board based its ban on the teachings of a well-known "ban everything" group, the Committee to Minimize Toxic Wastes.

Disqualifications Would Serve as a Wake-up Call
Every year, the ASUC Elections Council provides candidates with a large packet of campaign regulations that often go ignored, particularly by members of well-established political parties. Oddly enough, these transgressions are almost always ignored by the ASUC entities responsible for enforcing these rules. This lenient enforcement of election bylaws has allowed the continued domination of the ASUC by political machines and smarmy politicians rather than independent candidates who are more interested in serving students than maintaining the power of their parties.

'Paul' Week: a Request for Thought Police
This is a response to the article about the current religious activity on campus ("Christian T–Shirts Stimulate Debate," April 18). Many participants in Paul Week have used questionable methods to convince fellow students of their views.

Letters to the Editor: Rape Swept Under The Rug
I was surprised by my own reaction to Toni Mendicino's letter about rape and how misunderstood it is ("Sexual Assault on Campus Strikes Too Close to Home," April 18). It compelled me to ask some hard questions that I've always wondered about but never could find the answers to.

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