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Issue #2001 :: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
SPECIAL ISSUE: Spring Orientation

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Top Headlines

E-Books Lower Cost of Learning
Six pounds, 1,232 pages and $175.75. As freshman Vera Sun searches the Cal Student Store for her required chemistry textbook, she cannot find a single used, less-expensive version.

Homelessness Initiative Starting to Kick In
Less than two months after the Berkeley City Council passed a controversial initiative to help combat homelessness, city officials say they are beginning to implement the first stages of the plan.

COURTS ROUND-UP
Student Will Avoid Jail in Plea for Manslaughter

Support Structure Lacking for New Students
As more than one thousand students enter UC Berkeley this spring semester to begin their college education, campus officials are raising concerns about the present system of support available to them.

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E-Books Lower Cost of Learning
Six pounds, 1,232 pages and $175.75. As freshman Vera Sun searches the Cal Student Store for her required chemistry textbook, she cannot find a single used, less-expensive version.

Homelessness Initiative Starting to Kick In
Less than two months after the Berkeley City Council passed a controversial initiative to help combat homelessness, city officials say they are beginning to implement the first stages of the plan.

COURTS ROUND-UP
Student Will Avoid Jail in Plea for Manslaughter

Support Structure Lacking for New Students
As more than one thousand students enter UC Berkeley this spring semester to begin their college education, campus officials are raising concerns about the present system of support available to them.

With Change at Top, ASUC Shifts Its Focus
As the spring semester begins, many ASUC officials say they have noticed a substantial change in the organization over the past semester due in part to a leadership change within the association.

Two Months Later, Oil Spill Still Felt on Waterfront
Almost two months after the container ship Cosco Busan spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, officials say the city's waterfront is slowly beginning to recover.

Spring Admits, Transfers Search for New Homes
Having only seen his new roommate on Facebook, freshman spring admit Jeremy Park said he was thrilled to move in and finally meet the person he only knew by a computer screen.

Downtown Looks to Emulate Telegraph Success Gallery
After several large businesses in Downtown Berkeley closed last year, some business officials are looking to the economic revitalization plan used on Telegraph Avenue as a template for an economic upturn there.

Across Campus, Development Continues on Building Projects Gallery
A number of campus building projects completed in the fall are undergoing redevelopment in the spring, bringing new areas of study and research to the campus community.

Freedom of Expression
This wasn't exactly what 10-year-old Jamal Boykin had in mind.

For Bears, 2007 Script is True Tale of Two Seasons
After scoring a 42-36 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on New Year's Eve, linebacker Worrell Williams could only describe the season that had unfolded and finished in a thrilling come-from-behind victory in one way.

Month in Review Calendar


Dream Start Ends With Bitter Reality
This turned out to be a historic season if ever there was one for the Cal football team. Chalk this up as the Year of the Reality Check.

Handful of New Shows Debut Amid Writers Strike
As the Writers Guild of America strike continues into its second month, TV fans everywhere are pondering the same nagging questions: Will House adjust to his new diagnostic team? Can "Heroes" recover from its sophomore slump? Just how did Ted meet their mother?

Moviegoers Get a Break From Last Year's Trends
Despite some truly fantastic films, 2007 was largely a year of repetition and unoriginality. Of the 10 top-grossing films of the year, nine were remakes, sequels or adaptations ("Ratatouille" being the sole exception). 2008 has the potential to break that trend, as the spring offers a variety of films that could get the year off to a refreshing start.

Troubled Industry Still Shows Promise
Long-awaited albums, unforeseen comebacks and just plain good stuff-even if 2008 is being touted by some as the death knell of the RIAA, and record sales continue to spiral downward, there's still plenty of reasons to get excited for new music. Here are a few releases to mark on your calendar, and more to cross your fingers for.

Local Scene Offers Unique Theater Experiences
From demented tragedies to musical comedies, the Bay Area is California's capital for theater and dance. But you don't have to BART across the Bay for great theater; some of the most unique theater experiences are only blocks away. Here are a few reasons to drop your books and experience theater culture first-hand.


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