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Issue #2578 :: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Top Headlines

UC Berkeley Administrator to Leave for UCSF
Vice Chancellor Frank Yeary announced in a campuswide e-mail today that Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance and Controller John Ellis will be leaving UC Berkeley to accept a position at UC San Francisco.

Campus Hits Record High for Undergraduate Applications
UC Berkeley set a campus record for the highest number of applicants as well as for having the most out-of-state and international student applications for fall 2011 within the UC system, according to a report released Jan. 14.

School District Awarded $25 Million to Construct 'Green' Facilities
California's public schools' top official awarded millions of dollars in federal tax credits to Berkeley Unified School District and 60 other districts throughout California on Friday to help fund construction of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient school facilities.

Council Yet to Approve $50,000 Settlement With Man Injured While Walking on Sidewalk
The payment of a $50,000 settlement for a man who sustained physical injuries while walking on uneven pavement in Downtown Berkeley has yet to be awarded by the Berkeley City Council, despite recommendations to approve the settlement by the city attorney's office.

News

Justice Sotomayor to Judge Competition at UC Berkeley School of Law
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor will pay a visit to UC Berkeley next month to preside over the final round of arguments in a student competition at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

UC Berkeley Administrator to Leave for UCSF
Vice Chancellor Frank Yeary announced in a campuswide e-mail today that Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance and Controller John Ellis will be leaving UC Berkeley to accept a position at UC San Francisco.

Campus Hits Record High for Undergraduate Applications
UC Berkeley set a campus record for the highest number of applicants as well as for having the most out-of-state and international student applications for fall 2011 within the UC system, according to a report released Jan. 14.

Council Yet to Approve $50,000 Settlement With Man Injured While Walking on Sidewalk
The payment of a $50,000 settlement for a man who sustained physical injuries while walking on uneven pavement in Downtown Berkeley has yet to be awarded by the Berkeley City Council, despite recommendations to approve the settlement by the city attorney's office.

School District Awarded $25 Million to Construct 'Green' Facilities
California's public schools' top official awarded millions of dollars in federal tax credits to Berkeley Unified School District and 60 other districts throughout California on Friday to help fund construction of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient school facilities.

UC Berkeley, NASA Astronomers Find Smallest Exoplanet to Date Podcast
Aristotle speculated about the existence of another Earth somewhere in the universe. Astronomers have not yet found such a planet, but they have discovered the first definitively rocky planet - the same composition as Earth - outside of this solar system.

Regents Review Report on UC's Implementation of Sustainable Practices
The UC Board of Regents discussed a new report at their meeting Tuesday, highlighting systemwide efforts toward sustainability and green building practices.


Sports

Bears' Lofty Season Predictions Exceed Lofty Preseason Ranking
It's picture day for the Cal men's tennis team. Athletes in bright yellow team shirts cluster in groups all around the Hellman Tennis courts, chatting and absentmindedly slicing rackets through the air. It's a day of relative relaxation and calm, but don't be fooled; even this early in the season the Bears maintain a disciplined focus on the months ahead.

Last Year's Success Breeds Ambition, Confidence
"I don't think we're going to leave the top four for a while."

Pac-10 Power Rankings
With a No. 4 ranking, three straight Final Four appearances and an undefeated conference record, the Cardinal are undoubtedly the top team in the Pac-10. Stanford has three wins over top-25 teams, including a Dec. 30 victory over Connecticut that broke the Huskies' NCAA record 90-game win streak.

Pac-10 Basketball Power Rankings
Many thought that this team would slip after losing starting point guard Abdul Gaddy to a season ending knee injury. Those critics thought they had a point after the Huskies dropped a 58-56 decision to Stanford. And then Isaiah Thomas showed why he is regarded as perhaps the best guard in the Pac-10. Thomas's astounding 27-point, 13-assist game against Cal was probably the best performance by any guard in the conference this season, and showed that Washington is still the team to beat in the Pac-10.


Opinion

I'm on a Boat
Berkeley is a huge school, which means it is easy to get lost. Cliche, but true. The past semester - my first semester at Cal - I was confused. I spent days at coffee shops when I wasn't at class, trying to pick up foreign graduate students with my high school French.

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