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Issue #247 :: Monday, November 6, 2000

Top Headlines

Beavers Run Rampant Over Bears
On an afternoon when the Cal athletic family welcomed its new Hall of Fame class to Memorial Stadium, the Bears football team was looking to create a little fame of its own.

Drug Concerns Alleviated at Campus Rave
The usually sedate second floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union became a maze of colors, lights and music Saturday night.

The Character Factor
I suppose you might expect your friendly, local political science professor to complain about an election that has been heavily focused on character assassination as opposed to serious discussion of the issues. I will not disappoint you. Yes, I winced "big time" (the term of preference for "cool" middle-aged guys who are bonding) when poll numbers jumped because Al Gore and George W. Bush kissed Tipper and Oprah, respectively. And predictably, I am not happy that Jay Leno and David Letterman have become the new power brokers and image makers in presidential elections. But I will not bore you with a sanctimonious academic sermon on why this is all bad for U.S. democracy. Rather, I will tell you why I think this has happened.

Berkeley Rent Board Endorsements
Electing a progressive, pro-tenant slate for rent board is the only way to ensure that Berkeley's housing crisis will be addressed. With this in mind, we support the self-proclaimed affordable housing slate composed of Max Anderson, Paul Hogarth, Matthew Siegel and Judy Ann Alberti.

News

Drug Concerns Alleviated at Campus Rave
The usually sedate second floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union became a maze of colors, lights and music Saturday night.

Residents Clash Over Removal of Posters
With elections Tuesday and candidates combing neighborhoods for votes, the first bloodshed over the City Council race allegedly occurred Saturday.

Rent Board Candidates Agree on Lower Rates
Heated topics with UC Berkeley students - housing and rent issues - have been brought to the table by five candidates running for Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board, which will be determined after Tuesday's election.

Two Factions, Two Directions
When it comes to large construction projects and other development endeavors, candidates for City Council like to say that cool heads should prevail.

Districts 2, 3 Call for Growth
Economic growth has emerged as a pivotal issue in races for two City Council districts where candidates say business activity has traditionally lagged behind other neighborhoods.

News in Brief: Squirrely Half-Footer Leaves 25,000 Temporarily Powerless
As further proof that just one small individual can really affect widespread change, a lone squirrel managed to cut off power from 25,000 PG&E customers yesterday.


Sports

Beavers Run Rampant Over Bears
On an afternoon when the Cal athletic family welcomed its new Hall of Fame class to Memorial Stadium, the Bears football team was looking to create a little fame of its own.

OSU: Rose Bowl Still Realistic Despite Mental Miscues
With one of his National Championship rings blinging on his left hand, Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson looked like a beaten man.

Cal Caps Season With Playoff Bye
At 7:06 p.m. last night, the hard work paid off.

Stanford Ends Field Hockey's Season
Cal field hockey coach Shellie Onstead would make the switch if she could.

Cal Scores Sweet Upset Against IU
There may only have been a handful of spectators sprinkled about Edwards Stadium yesterday afternoon, but it didn't stop the field from erupting into pure chaos after the Cal men's soccer team upset No. 3 Indiana, 2-1.

Cal Nets Win Over Dawgs
In the last few weeks, the heart and desire of the Cal volleyball team has been questioned. But as any athlete will admit, there's only one way to answer those types of nagging doubts.

Women's Hoops Exhibits Second-Half Heroics
In its first of two exhibition games this season, the Cal women's basketball team struggled, but managed to pull out a 77-72 win over the Bay Area Pro-Am team yesterday at Haas Pavilion.


Opinion

The Character Factor
I suppose you might expect your friendly, local political science professor to complain about an election that has been heavily focused on character assassination as opposed to serious discussion of the issues. I will not disappoint you. Yes, I winced "big time" (the term of preference for "cool" middle-aged guys who are bonding) when poll numbers jumped because Al Gore and George W. Bush kissed Tipper and Oprah, respectively. And predictably, I am not happy that Jay Leno and David Letterman have become the new power brokers and image makers in presidential elections. But I will not bore you with a sanctimonious academic sermon on why this is all bad for U.S. democracy. Rather, I will tell you why I think this has happened.

Berkeley City Council Endorsements
When it comes to experience, incumbent Margaret Breland blows her rivals away in what remains the closest race for City Council this year. As one of the lower income districts in the city of Berkeley, District 2 needs to stick with the stable leadership already established in Breland.

Endorsements: Berkeley City and Alameda County Measures
If Measure P passes, Berkeley will issue $5.2 million in bonds to upgrade and expand city libraries, only if it attains matching funds to cover 65 percent of the cost of improvements. Libraries are great. Matching funds for some of the state's most used libraries are even better.

Berkeley Rent Board Endorsements
Electing a progressive, pro-tenant slate for rent board is the only way to ensure that Berkeley's housing crisis will be addressed. With this in mind, we support the self-proclaimed affordable housing slate composed of Max Anderson, Paul Hogarth, Matthew Siegel and Judy Ann Alberti.

Berkeley School Board Endorsements
The biggest issues facing the Berkeley Unified School District are the achievement gap between minority and white students and the way the district is handling student race relations and criminal activity at Berkeley High School. In light of this, Joaquin Rivera and Sherri Morton are the best choice for a diversified and devoted school board.

Endorsements for Races Outside Berkeley
There is something crazy about a congressional race in which the Green Party candidate and the Republican candidate are more similar to each other than either is to the Democrat, but then again, this is California. Republican Tom Campbell is liberal enough to get our endorsement. As a college professor, Campbell is in touch with the needs and concerns of students, and certainly has a legislative background, having served in Congress.

Endorsements for California Propositions
The passage of this proposition would provide a $500 million bond issue as aid to California veterans, but does not provide clear definitions for who counts as a veteran. While aiding citizens who have served the United States in war is a good idea in premise, the issue of loans should not be automatic, but made available to low-income veterans, not just anyone who joined the state national guard to dodge fighting in Vietnam.

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