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Issue #2609 :: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Berkeley Tech Student Detained After Allegedly Bringing Gun to School
A 17-year-old student at Berkeley Technical High School was detained this morning after he allegedly brought a loaded gun to school. No one was injured in the incident.

Campus Organizers Attempt To Increase Awareness About Rallies Despite Challenges
Following a lower turnout of about 700 people during the campus protest on Oct. 7 compared to the thousands that rallied at previous protests, UC Berkeley organizers and union leaders will once again attempt Wednesday to raise students' awareness of how millions of dollars that could potentially be cut from the UC system may impact the future of higher education.

Organizers Across State Prepare for Wednesday Protests Podcast
Almost one year after over 10,000 protesters gathered on March 4, 2010 in San Francisco and thousands more across the state marched to protest state funding cuts to education, rallies are again being planned for March 2 across California - but much more locally this time around.

Career Fair
It was quarterback Brock Mansion who said: "You have no idea how fun it is to play with Shane." Indeed, without Vereen taking hand-offs, this past season would have been no fun at all for the Cal football team.

News

Organizers Across State Prepare for Wednesday Protests Podcast
Almost one year after over 10,000 protesters gathered on March 4, 2010 in San Francisco and thousands more across the state marched to protest state funding cuts to education, rallies are again being planned for March 2 across California - but much more locally this time around.

City's Parking Citation Profits Decline as Businesses Struggle
Already preparing to shoulder drastic reductions in state and federal funding in the 2011 fiscal year, the city of Berkeley is also expecting a decrease in revenue from parking citation fees, which city officials attribute to the efforts of those living and shopping in the city to avoid tickets and save money.

Students Petition to Stop Bottled Water Sales
It started with a simple idea - UC Berkeley senior Rose Whitson wanted to end the sale of bottled water on campus.

Specialty Wine Store Takes Root in Berkeley
Wine store Premier Cru has a new home in West Berkeley following a move into the city from Emeryville, which the shop's owners hope will help the company draw customers to the location and establish a relationship with the community.

Owners Optimistic About New Local Pizza Parlor
Addie's Pizza Pie - one of the newest additions to South Berkeley's restaurant lineup - is giving business owners reason to believe in a resurgence in commerce despite recent closures of several businesses in the area.

News In Brief: Police Department Reports Drop in Major Crime Rate
Nearly five months after reorganizing its internal operations, the Berkeley Police Department reported in a press release Monday an 8.8 percent decrease in the city's Part One crime - which includes homicide, rape, robbery, theft and auto theft - from 2009 to 2010.

Campus Organizers Attempt To Increase Awareness About Rallies Despite Challenges
Following a lower turnout of about 700 people during the campus protest on Oct. 7 compared to the thousands that rallied at previous protests, UC Berkeley organizers and union leaders will once again attempt Wednesday to raise students' awareness of how millions of dollars that could potentially be cut from the UC system may impact the future of higher education.

Berkeley Tech Student Detained After Allegedly Bringing Gun to School
A 17-year-old student at Berkeley Technical High School was detained this morning after he allegedly brought a loaded gun to school. No one was injured in the incident.


Sports

Career Fair
It was quarterback Brock Mansion who said: "You have no idea how fun it is to play with Shane." Indeed, without Vereen taking hand-offs, this past season would have been no fun at all for the Cal football team.

GBaum's World
Whether you read the daily news or merely glance at the papers on the racks, we all notice the headlines.

No. 1 Cal Looks to End Card's 29-Year Reign
All season long, the Cal men's swimming team has said its ultimate goal is to win the NCAA championship.

Men's Hoops Conference Questions
How Seriously Can We Take Arizona After Its Terrible Weekend?

Women's Hoops Conference Questions
ESPN has the Trojans as the last team out of the tournament, which means USC is squarely on the bubble. Its 8-8 conference record is nothing to boast about, especially after getting swept by the Arizona schools last weekend.


Opinion

Calling Foul
Not knowing the NCAA rules governing recruiting high school basketball players is not an acceptable excuse for breaking them, but accepting responsibility and self-reporting the violations are exactly the right things to do.

Fitness And Finance
News that the ASUC and the Graduate Assembly are considering the finances of UC Berkeley's Recreational Sports Facility is a refreshing instance of the two bodies looking ahead to benefit future students.

Mourning the Loss of Cal Baseball
After two failed attempts via e-mail to reach Cal's Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, I was left with no choice but to turn to The Daily Californian to express my frustration with the athletic department's recent spate of poor, seemingly arbitrary, decision-making surrounding program cuts. Although rugby, lacrosse and women's gymnastics have been granted clemency, I am still confused as to why the five programs - baseball and men's gymnastics rounding out the group - received the death penalty in the first place with such seeming haste and flippant disregard. This piece focuses in on baseball. No offense to gymnastics, I am just a bigger fan of baseball, and for good reason.

Community Gardens Lead To Greater Sustainability
The world is faced with a difficult dilemma. Available food supply and access to this supply are out of sync. For the poorest, this is a matter of survival. For the more fortunate, it is a matter of good economics and proper approaches to land use. The right amount of food in the right location is the goal. Community gardening can be an important part of the solution.

Sex on Tuesday: Know Thyself, Intimately
Within every single person lies the capacity to become a sexual champion. Deep inside you, you are capable of greatness.

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