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Issue #2587 :: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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ASUC Senate Still Out of Compliance With Bylaws Podcast
Nearly four months after the ASUC Senate passed amendments to its bylaws in response to the controversial events surrounding the 2010 elections, the updated bylaws have yet to be made available in the public domain, in direct conflict with stated provisions.

Take The Wheel
It's been at least 15 minutes since the Cal women's basketball team finished its practice, but senior Rachelle Federico hasn't left the court yet. She remains on the court practicing 3-pointers and seems content to stay.

City Charter School to Open Amid Contention
Victor Diaz says he is doing it all for the kids. But some people in Berkeley are skeptical.

UC Berkeley to Offer Campus Beverage Deal To New Bidders
Following several months of discussion with Coca-Cola Co., campus officials have decided to draft a request for proposal through which they will open the campus beverage contract to other bidders beginning this month rather than attempting to extend the contract for over two years.

News

City Charter School to Open Amid Contention
Victor Diaz says he is doing it all for the kids. But some people in Berkeley are skeptical.

ASUC Senate Still Out of Compliance With Bylaws Podcast
Nearly four months after the ASUC Senate passed amendments to its bylaws in response to the controversial events surrounding the 2010 elections, the updated bylaws have yet to be made available in the public domain, in direct conflict with stated provisions.

Berkeley Taxi Drivers Express Discontent
While the city of Berkeley focuses its efforts on enticing and developing the growth of small independent businesses, taxicab drivers have recently voiced complaints about the city's alleged negligence in regard to the enforcement of certain ordinances that are in place to protect local taxi businesses.

UC Berkeley to Offer Campus Beverage Deal To New Bidders
Following several months of discussion with Coca-Cola Co., campus officials have decided to draft a request for proposal through which they will open the campus beverage contract to other bidders beginning this month rather than attempting to extend the contract for over two years.

Scientists Find New Way to Utilize Solar Energy Podcast
Americans may be one step closer to driving zero-emission cars, as a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report published this month sheds light on new methods for harnessing solar energy.


Sports

Bear Droppings
These are tenuous times to be an athlete at Cal.

Conference Questions
Is Derrick Williams a shoo-in for Pac-10 Player of the Year?

Take The Wheel
It's been at least 15 minutes since the Cal women's basketball team finished its practice, but senior Rachelle Federico hasn't left the court yet. She remains on the court practicing 3-pointers and seems content to stay.


Opinion

Bigger And Better
In a time of high unemployment and economic struggle, it seems only logical for a city to do everything it can to make itself more attractive to future development.

Meditations On Progress
Last semester's e-mail asking that the campus Muslim community find a new space for prayer should serve as a reminder to all of campus that the search for a new space has taken far too long.

We Need a True Champion for Education
Last week, the California State Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees that deal with higher education funding had their first hearings on Governor Brown's proposed budget. These are the first legislative committees that will vote on whether to accept the proposed cuts or not.

Editorial Cartoon


Column Ignores Israel's Democratic Government
In Hannah Jewell's Jan. 28 2011 column, "So You Want a Revolution," she claims that "what the United States wants to happen in the Middle East is ... not democracy." She claims the US has prevented democracy in the Middle East for 50 years in its support for Israel. I wonder how she would respond to the fact that of all the countries she mentioned that Israel is the only electoral democracy at the moment in the Middle East?

Trying Health on for Size
"What is health?" The guest lecturer posed this seemingly broad question in my public health class last week. Then perhaps more importantly, "is Berkeley good for your health?" The first question was met with blank stares, the second with some giggling and whispering. There was a "yes," a "no way" and quite a few "uh, well, I guess it depends ... like, what do you mean?"

White Space