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Issue #253 :: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Top Headlines

Original Pranksters
Sure, they pulled the most elaborate Big Game prank ever, but maybe dubbing them the "Immortal 21" was pushing it.

Chang To Resign Tonight
ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President Jen Chang is expected to announce her resignation tonight, pledging that she will continue to serve the student body in "other functions."

Freshmen and Felons
This past weekend, I visited San Quentin State Prison to play basketball. The second I utter these words or the second you read them, I can imagine your brain juicing up with images of chain gangs, black and white horizontal stripes and other Hollywood portrayals of prison. You might ask, "Sim, why the hell did you go there?"

Researchers Race to Sequence Bacterial Genes
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have just finished the first month of a high-speed genome sequencing project in a race to understand bacteria that could save California vineyards and even shed light on how processes such as the formation of bones and teeth may have Martian origin.

News

Chang To Resign Tonight
ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President Jen Chang is expected to announce her resignation tonight, pledging that she will continue to serve the student body in "other functions."

Sex Shop at Risk
Apparently, the Berkeley mantra of "act locally, think globally" applies even to the sex toy industry.

‘Speed Dating' Proves a Smash Hit
On the third Monday of every month, 30 men file into a small room at the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley. Half of them sit in chairs or couches with their backs to the wall, the other half sit facing them. In the next hour and a half, they will each get to go on 14 dates.

Bill to Battle Afghan Injustices
As the mayor, and as a woman, Shirley Dean said she sees clearly the injustice of women being denied access to jobs and education in Afghanistan.

Pasta Sauce Reveals Safeway Labor Strife
Berkeley's Safeway supermarket, finding itself at the center of an ongoing strike between employees and management of its distributor, is running out of groceries - and its customers are apparently running low on patience.

Lecture Follows Role of Women
Detailing the history and evolution of family law and women's rights in the U.S., a UC Berkeley law professor addressed students, faculty and community members at the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture yesterday.

News in Brief: Prosecutors Drop Multitude Of Charges Against Activist
Philadelphia prosecutors dropped their case yesterday against the Berkeley activist who was arrested on $1 million bail for "conspiring" to disrupt the Republican National Convention.


Sports

Original Pranksters
Sure, they pulled the most elaborate Big Game prank ever, but maybe dubbing them the "Immortal 21" was pushing it.

Where He Goes, Mediocrity Follows
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – What to say? I traveled 3,000 miles to this small town tucked up against the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking refuge from Cal athletics. Three time zones, I thought, would keep me sufficiently distant from all things Bears, so I was caught completely off-guard by this story assignment.

Pizza, Football And Joe Kapp
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -Deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, just south of the Cardinal country town of Palo Alto, the last thing you'd expect to find is a sports bar named after a Cal football legend. Yet among the throngs of stupid, pampered Stanford students and over-hyped computer nerds sits Kapp's Pizza Bar and Grill.

Bears Prepare for Lone Star Showdown
The Cal men's basketball team had just won its first game of the season and Ben Braun couldn't have been more upset.


Opinion

Freshmen and Felons
This past weekend, I visited San Quentin State Prison to play basketball. The second I utter these words or the second you read them, I can imagine your brain juicing up with images of chain gangs, black and white horizontal stripes and other Hollywood portrayals of prison. You might ask, "Sim, why the hell did you go there?"

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