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Issue #157 :: Thursday, May 4, 2000

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Court Rules in Favor of Local Hospital Merger
A federal appeals court voted Tuesday to uphold a ruling that permitted the merger of two major hospitals in Alameda County, despite the state's request to reverse the decision.

Hate Mail
This week, I thought that I'd switch it up a bit. It occurred to me that I spend so much time being angry that I rarely stop to appreciate my fellow man. After about five seconds, my appreciation turned to laughter as I recalled some of the wonderfully insightful e-mails I have received in response to my columns. Most of them weren't published in the Daily Cal, obviously because of their lack of intelligence and critical thought.

Bears Seek Tenth Straight National Title
Despite the number of Nobel Laureates, professors, graduate students and honor students roaming the Cal campus, it would be a pretty good bet to say that not many of them have any idea what a scrumhalf is, or what a flyhalf does.

Two People Fall Victim to Attack, Robbery
Two strong-arm robberies occurred in Berkeley this week, police said.

News

Court Rules in Favor of Local Hospital Merger
A federal appeals court voted Tuesday to uphold a ruling that permitted the merger of two major hospitals in Alameda County, despite the state's request to reverse the decision.

Two People Fall Victim to Attack, Robbery
Two strong-arm robberies occurred in Berkeley this week, police said.

History Student Receives Highest Academic Honor
UC Berkeley history professor Beshara Doumani said he was "opposed in principle" to giving students A-plusses - until he met senior Fadia Rafeedie, this year's University Medalist.

Bioengineering Department Given Grant
A private foundation has awarded UC Berkeley's Department of Bioengineering $15 million to expand its budding program.

Official Criticizes Los Alamos Investigation
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory chief of counterintelligence criticized the Wen Ho Lee investigation in a campus talk Tuesday night.

News in Brief: UC Berkeley Researchers to Join National Academy of Sciences
Five UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Campus Group Lobbies to Keep Community Service Non-Mandatory
Despite Gov. Gray Davis' desire to mandate community service as a graduation requirement, a campus task force is developing a plan to keep service voluntary for students.

Bill to Lower Summer Fees at UCs, CSUs
A bill that would have cut UC student fees in half was amended by a state senate committee so that, if passed, it will only drop summer school costs to the same price as a regular semester, senators said yesterday.


Sports

Bears Seek Tenth Straight National Title
Despite the number of Nobel Laureates, professors, graduate students and honor students roaming the Cal campus, it would be a pretty good bet to say that not many of them have any idea what a scrumhalf is, or what a flyhalf does.

High Society
You've seen them on the field, tormenting quarterbacks and special team units.

Softball Splits Two With Sac State
The home run has many monikers. The long ball. Going yard. The great equalizer. The unplayable fly. The dong. One of the most dramatic moments in sport.


Opinion

Hate Mail
This week, I thought that I'd switch it up a bit. It occurred to me that I spend so much time being angry that I rarely stop to appreciate my fellow man. After about five seconds, my appreciation turned to laughter as I recalled some of the wonderfully insightful e-mails I have received in response to my columns. Most of them weren't published in the Daily Cal, obviously because of their lack of intelligence and critical thought.

Student Government Needs to Change
Isn't it amazing how people make judgments about things they know little to nothing about? Sadly enough, that is what our campus has been witnessing for the past few days as students continue to portray the comments of ASUC President-elect Teddy Liaw as elitist and evil because of his mere association to the Haas School of Business, and more generally, his association to the discipline of business. The opinion pieces of Robert Cruickshank and others not only reveal a lack of understanding of Liaw's statement, but also about the ideas associated with the word "business."

Haas Background Does Not Guarantee ASUC Success
I am writing in response to an article about ASUC President-elect Teddy Liaw's comments concerning the ASUC Finance Officer position ("Incoming President Offers First Dibs to Haas Students," April 28). Since the article was published, I have been approached by many students with questions about the post. I feel the article raised some misconceptions which I would like to clarify.

Letters to the Editor: A Course In Political Futility
By his own admission, ASUC president Teddy Liaw is really more qualified to run a big, efficient, customer-focused, multi-million dollar business than the petty, political, inefficient and largely meaningless bureaucracy that is the ASUC. Liaw should really step down from his elected position, go off to be the CEO of some multi-national corporation, and let a more qualified student run the ASUC.

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