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Issue #2614 :: Monday, March 7, 2011

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Top Headlines

Student Action Announces Executive Slate for 2011 ASUC Election
Following a year that saw the ASUC executive offices split down party lines, the Student Action party has announced its executive candidates for the 2011 elections.

Woman Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Bus
A woman sustained serious injuries after being run over by a bus in Downtown Berkeley Monday afternoon.

Police Protest Response Criticized Video
As protesters complain about the use of pepper spray and batons by police officers during Thursday's protest, UCPD maintains that the actions were necessary in light of the situation.

Bears Rip Card in Pac-10 Finale Podcast
When asked about how he felt after his team's dominating performance to end the regular season, Cal's lone senior cracked a smile and briefly pondered the question.

News

Woman Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Bus
A woman sustained serious injuries after being run over by a bus in Downtown Berkeley Monday afternoon.

City to Use License Recognition Software to Increase Parking Turnover
In response to growing complaints from residents in areas drawing excessive visitors and parked cars, the city of Berkeley will implement a pilot Residential Parking program to increase the rate of turnover parking in the North Willard and Bateman neighborhoods within the next few months.

Deadline to Bid for Berkeley Lab Location Passes
Friday marked the last day that developers and landowners in the East Bay could submit their bids for the construction of an immense new campus for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is seeking to consolidate its regional facilities.

Police Protest Response Criticized Video
As protesters complain about the use of pepper spray and batons by police officers during Thursday's protest, UCPD maintains that the actions were necessary in light of the situation.

ASUC External Affairs Vice President Rallies for Change
Ricardo Gomez does not want to be a politician.

Legal Fate of Protesters Still Up in the Air
The legal fate of protesters involved in the March 2 and March 3 demonstrations is yet to be determined as protesters wait to see whether the district attorney will file charges against them.

Operational Excellence Teams Present Cost-Cutting Proposals
Reducing energy costs, creating an online course evaluation system and using new software to track the campus budget comprise some of the goals of three Operational Excellence initiative teams, who presented draft proposals to the initiative's coordinating committee Feb. 24 for consideration.

Parents of Schoolchildren Push For Increased Pedestrian Safety
Zachary Cruz aspired to be a doctor or an astronaut and was a constant source of love and pride to his parents. But his dreams were cut short on Feb. 27, 2009 - 13 days before his sixth birthday - when he was hit and killed by a 2.5 ton truck at Warring and Derby streets.

Student Action Announces Executive Slate for 2011 ASUC Election
Following a year that saw the ASUC executive offices split down party lines, the Student Action party has announced its executive candidates for the 2011 elections.


Sports

Bears Rip Card in Pac-10 Finale Podcast
When asked about how he felt after his team's dominating performance to end the regular season, Cal's lone senior cracked a smile and briefly pondered the question.

Bears Regain Dominant Form in Shutout of SDSU
The sunny San Diego backdrop on Saturday afternoon was not the only contrast to the Cal rugby team's mucky shootout against British Columbia two weeks ago.

Cal Sputters to Sloppy Finish in San Diego
After the Cal baseball team opened its weekend with a 6-2 win over San Diego, coach David Equer credited his defense.

Cal Has Bounce-Back Weekend After Losing Late to Wildcats
After seven scoreless innings, the No. 10 Cal softball team notched two runs in the eighth inning against Northwestern.

Bears Still Can't Chop Down Cardinal's Home Dominance
For the past 12 years, the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team has been unable to put a stop to Stanford's home winning streak.

Card Edges Cal, Continues Pac-10 Reign
Heading into the Pac-10 Championships, most people figured this would be the Cal men's swimming team's best shot in recent history at snapping Stanford's 29-year reign atop the conference.

Price is Right at Cal Outdoor Opener
Charnell Price broke out of her shell to secure three first-place finishes at her first outdoor meet at home, this weekend's Cal Outdoor Opener at Edwards Stadium.

Oklahama Beats Bears by Three to Stay Undefeated
A mere three points doesn't seem like a large margin, but it made all the difference on Saturday night as the Cal men's gymnastics team gave Oklahoma the ninth win of its undefeated season.


Arts & Entertainment

'Ruined' Humanizes War-Ravaged Congo
In 2000, Nelson Mandela said in an interview with the National Geographic: "I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself." But in the Congo, more than five million have died in the past ten years of war. Clearly, Mandela's dream is far from realized.

Electronic Duo Crystal Castles Unleash Chaos At the Warfield Gallery
Hands up. Now wave them up and down. Pump your fists into the air. Whip yo' hair. Bust out 'em elbows. Mosh to your heart's content. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the proper decorum for a Crystal Castles concert.

Idle Idols Gallery
At the risk of sounding parochial, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that from 2006 to 2008, Los Angeles was the site of the most exciting underground music scene of the past decade. For a few short years, a host of young punk/noise/art-rock bands was playing all-ages shows at the Smell almost every weekend. One of the scene's most crucial players was the tropical punk (yes, that's a real thing) outfit Abe Vigoda. Back then, they dealt in a mellower, more playful version of the deliberate aggression proffered by luminaries like No Age. Like many of their compatriots, Vigoda has spent the last few years creeping slowly into the indie mainstream as evinced by their Thursday night double bill at the Rickshaw Stop with shoegazers Wild Nothing.

White Space