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Issue #2577 :: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
SPECIAL ISSUE: Spring Orientation

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Brown's Budget Stirs Debate Podcast
With California facing a $25.4 billion budget deficit in the next fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed on Jan. 10 a budget that slashes state spending by $12.5 billion, including a $500 million cut to the UC system.

Distressed ASUC Deals With Budget Shortfalls
A lack of rent revenue from empty commercial spaces on Lower Sproul Plaza last fall and costly emergency maintenance repairs have left the ASUC Auxiliary unable to meet its original budget projection as a new committee formed by the ASUC Store Operations Board begins to analyze ways to cut down costs.

Wall of Faces Permanently Removed
Due to extensive damage during student protests and high maintenance and repair costs, the "Thanks to Berkeley" wall was permanently removed from its location outside of Dwinelle Hall.

City Boasts High Compost Rates
Apple cores, coffee grounds and even grimy takeout boxes are not just a bunch of garbage. And, with its continuing food scrap recycling program, neither is the city of Berkeley's commitment to reducing waste.

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Wall of Faces Permanently Removed
Due to extensive damage during student protests and high maintenance and repair costs, the "Thanks to Berkeley" wall was permanently removed from its location outside of Dwinelle Hall.

Brown's Budget Stirs Debate Podcast
With California facing a $25.4 billion budget deficit in the next fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed on Jan. 10 a budget that slashes state spending by $12.5 billion, including a $500 million cut to the UC system.

Brown's Budget Stirs Debate
The city of Berkeley may soon administer traditionally state-led and sponsored programs as Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal attempts to return decision-making power to local government, though some city officials are concerned that such a transfer of authority will take a toll on the city's finances.

Distressed ASUC Deals With Budget Shortfalls
A lack of rent revenue from empty commercial spaces on Lower Sproul Plaza last fall and costly emergency maintenance repairs have left the ASUC Auxiliary unable to meet its original budget projection as a new committee formed by the ASUC Store Operations Board begins to analyze ways to cut down costs.

City Boasts High Compost Rates
Apple cores, coffee grounds and even grimy takeout boxes are not just a bunch of garbage. And, with its continuing food scrap recycling program, neither is the city of Berkeley's commitment to reducing waste.

Trendsetters
By and large, 2010 featured a host of fascinating developments in the juxtaposition of reality and fiction in movies. In their own ways, two high-profile works quietly rejuvenated the mockumentary as a revolutionary, influential art form. Filmgoers saw a relationship blossom and then collapse in strange fashion behind the veil of an online social networking platform in "Catfish." Enter world-famous graffiti artist Banksy, his anonymity preserved by facial obscuration and voice alteration, narrating the improbable transformation of one Thierry Guetta from amateur video artist to street art celebrity. In the wake of both films - officially billed as "documentaries" - many immediately questioned the veracity of the characters and events they witnessed. As truth and fiction emerged as equally potent interpretative forces, films like "Catfish" and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" sparked a rich array of discussions on the nature of screen representation and the creative process.

Coaching Carousel
Promoting Kevin Daft, a record-setting quarterback during his playing days at UC Davis, to wide receivers coach was an interesting experiment. As it turns out, it was also something of a failure.

Vereen Opts for Early Run at NFL
Cal tailback Shane Vereen rang in 2011 in a big way.

Freshman Guard Franklin Abruptly Transfers From Cal
Freshman guard Gary Franklin, who was the team leader in shot attempts for the first 13 games of the season, abruptly decided to transfer from the Cal men's basketball team before leaving for its Jan. 6 game at Arizona. Franklin recently announced that he would be enrolling at Baylor for the coming semester.

Young Bears' Squad Fighting, Progressing
Young, active and gritty, the Cal men's basketball team is picking up a reputation more for its never-say-die attitude than for its skill. And so far, that has been a good thing.

Morgan Flashes Pro Talent as No. 1 Pick
As of last Thursday, Cal soccer had five new alumni accomplishments to boast - five men's players drafted into the MLS. The next day, former women's soccer captain Alex Morgan became the sixth recently drafted Bears alumn when she was selected as the first overall pick in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft.

Bears Struggle to Find Consistent Effort
With a starting lineup consisting of four sophomores and a freshman, the Cal women's basketball team has been, not surprisingly, inconsistent thus far this season.

Soares Heads Historic Cal Draft Class
It is almost every child's dream to pursue a career as a professional athlete. Few actually make those dreams a reality.

Spring Orientation Cover
Jaime Chong


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