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Issue #2582 :: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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UC Regents Vote to OK New Post, Pay Bumps Podcast
With the UC facing large state funding reductions, the UC Board of Regents approved over $150,000 in pay raises from UC general funds and created a new position at their meeting on Jan. 19, dipping into the diminishing state contributions to the university.

Regents Vote to Change UC Admissions Policy Podcast
The UC Board of Regents unanimously voted to approve a systemwide change in admissions policy at their Jan. 20 meeting, ensuring that all applications are reviewed in their entirety by a human reader.

Conference Questions: Men
UCLA: What should we make of UCLA's 5-2 start in Pac-10 play?

Berkeley Residents Sue City Over Allegedly Negligent Sidewalk Maintenance
Multiple unresolved personal injury claims have pitted several Berkeley residents against the city in an attempt to prove its alleged negligence in maintaining public streets and sidewalks.

News

Campus Grad Student Founds Global Camera Project
With 300 disposable cameras shipped out this week, each traveling to a different person across the world, a UC Berkeley graduate student is looking for inspiration.

Downtown 'Feel Good' Fast Food Shop Closes Its Doors
After approximately two years of giving traditional American fast food a healthy twist, Amanda's Restaurant closed its Downtown Berkeley location, bidding farewell to its clientele in December 2010.

UC Regents Vote to OK New Post, Pay Bumps Podcast
With the UC facing large state funding reductions, the UC Board of Regents approved over $150,000 in pay raises from UC general funds and created a new position at their meeting on Jan. 19, dipping into the diminishing state contributions to the university.

Regents Vote to Change UC Admissions Policy Podcast
The UC Board of Regents unanimously voted to approve a systemwide change in admissions policy at their Jan. 20 meeting, ensuring that all applications are reviewed in their entirety by a human reader.

Berkeley Residents Sue City Over Allegedly Negligent Sidewalk Maintenance
Multiple unresolved personal injury claims have pitted several Berkeley residents against the city in an attempt to prove its alleged negligence in maintaining public streets and sidewalks.

City Council Votes to Utilize Local Unions
In an effort to create jobs for the city's unemployed, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously at its meeting last week to require the city's most expensive construction projects to be completed by Berkeley-based and unionized labor.


Sports

Conference Questions: Men
UCLA: What should we make of UCLA's 5-2 start in Pac-10 play?

Conference Questions: Women
Stanford: Will Stanford lose a game this season?

Bears Come In Confident After Banner 2010 Season
Some people would say that a team that finished third in the NCAA Tournament can't aim any higher. Those people probably haven't heard of first, or even second place.

GBaum's World
I can't stop talking about Blake Griffin.

Playoffs a Showcase For Trio of Cal Alumni
America's pastime is almost coming to a close after a fall filled with compelling storylines. (Let's be honest here; the NFL is crushing every other sport in viewership and revenue, seizing hold of the title from baseball.)

OC Ludwig Leaves Cal for San Diego State After Two Seasons
Few will mourn the end of the Ludwig Era.


Opinion

Why Bother?
The ASUC's recent failure to confirm the spring elections date by the deadline specified in the organization's bylaws is only the latest in a series of missed deadlines and loose enforcement that seriously calls to question why the senate even has these deadlines.

Getting the Picture
Thursday's vote by the UC Board of Regents to urge University of California campuses to adopt a holistic review process for admissions is a welcome step toward a more open and diverse student body and richer and more valuable college experience.

UC Berkeley's Endowment Seating Program Doesn't Quite Add Up
On Nov. 5, 2009, seven of my colleagues and I brought the "Academics First!" resolution to the best-attended Academic Senate faculty meeting in years where it passed by a large margin. At that meeting, the administration provided a document entitled "Financial Models for California Memorial Stadium (CMS) & the Student Athlete High Performance Center (SAHPC)" promising that if "IA is unable to sell 75 percent of the seats prior to the start of construction, IA will be ready to further evaluate the size and scope of its program." What happened to this commitment?

Sex Change Surgery Is Beside the Point
Sex change surgery is beside the point when examining the city of Berkeley's budget and its employee health care program.

Stricter Gun Laws Would Hinder Senseless Violence
This letter is in response to the articles covering the shooting tragedy in

Editorial Cartoon


Why We Don't Walk Out
Nerds don't go on strike," my professor says, leaning backwards against the chalkboard, his glasses gleaming. A grin spreads across his face, all the while knowing he has cleverly dodged the question. The class laughs uneasily.

White Space