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Issue #2615 :: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Top Headlines

14 Wheeler Hall Protesters Receive Misdemeanor Charges
Update: The district attorney's office has chosen to not file charges against the remaining three protesters from March 2.

Berkeley Graduate Files Suit Against UC
A former UC Berkeley student has filed a lawsuit against the campus and UC as a whole, alleging that campus and university policies and actions have allowed a "dangerous environment" to develop, an allegation the campus has vehemently denied.

Mass Extinction May Occur In 300 Years, Scientists Say Podcast
More than three-quarters of current life forms on Earth might go the way of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths within the next few centuries, according to UC Berkeley scientists.

ASUC Considers Strategies to Limit Excessive Spending Video
After several weeks of high levels of spending earlier this semester, the ASUC Standing Committee on Finance is in the midst of implementing measures to uphold its previously stated pledge of fiscal responsibility.

News

McCone Hall Evacuated as Burst Pipe Causes Flood
Thousands of gallons of water are gushing from a major pipe on the north side of McCone Hall Monday evening, prompting a building evacuation and damaging rooms in the bottom floor of the building.

Japanese Discount Store Opens on Telegraph Avenue
Selling everything from ceramics to slippers for only $1.50, Daiso Japan, which opened on Telegraph Avenue Sunday, is a broke college student's dream.

Italian Studies Students Set to Celebrate International Women's Day
Influenced by feminist protests in Italy opposing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's recent prostitution scandal, some Italian Studies students at UC Berkeley will be out on Upper Sproul Plaza on Tuesday with signs in Italian celebrating International Women's Day.

Moffitt Library May Close for Renovations
It is 10:00 p.m. during midterm season, and hundreds of students have coalesced in one place - Moffitt Undergraduate Library.

Berkeley Graduate Files Suit Against UC
A former UC Berkeley student has filed a lawsuit against the campus and UC as a whole, alleging that campus and university policies and actions have allowed a "dangerous environment" to develop, an allegation the campus has vehemently denied.

City Council Brings Telegraph Safety Issues to Light
The Berkeley City Council will consider installing more pedestrian lighting along Telegraph Avenue to increase pedestrian safety and the aesthetic value of the area directly south of the UC Berkeley campus.

ASUC Considers Strategies to Limit Excessive Spending Video
After several weeks of high levels of spending earlier this semester, the ASUC Standing Committee on Finance is in the midst of implementing measures to uphold its previously stated pledge of fiscal responsibility.

Mass Extinction May Occur In 300 Years, Scientists Say Podcast
More than three-quarters of current life forms on Earth might go the way of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths within the next few centuries, according to UC Berkeley scientists.

UC Berkeley to Consolidate 3 Programs
Three UC Berkeley units, including summer sessions and study abroad, are being consolidated, with a single administration in an effort to provide a one-stop shop for students looking to study abroad, the campus announced last week.

Entrepreneur Sees Berkeley As Future High-Tech Hotspot
At a Berkeley Startup Cluster/Infusion lunch, entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa presented and discussed innovative strategies that could one day transform Berkeley into a high-tech mecca - and although they were well-received, city officials say going through with the suggested plan would be contingent upon an improved economic climate and a well-thought out process of determining the logistics of the strategy.

Woman Suffers Serious Injuries After Struck by Bus Downtown Video
A woman sustained serious injuries after being run over by a bus in Downtown Berkeley Monday afternoon.

Berkeley Lab Accepts Final Bids for Potential Location
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.

14 Wheeler Hall Protesters Receive Misdemeanor Charges
Update: The district attorney's office has chosen to not file charges against the remaining three protesters from March 2.


Sports

Time Just Flies Gallery
As Markhuri Sanders-Frison sits, he holds his face in his hands.

Bears Look to Muzzle Huskies to Start Tournament
It's well-known in college basketball that it's hard to beat a team three times in one season.

Press Room Banter
If it weren't for a broken nose, we might not have been blessed with the NCAA.

Cal Seeks to Buck Broncos In Midweek Tilt at Evans
Maybe the Cal baseball team is gearing up for a Disney finish to its last season in Berkeley. After rushing out to a 6-1 start, it's dropped three games in a row - none by more than two runs.


Opinion

Internal Affairs
The Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards is a valuable resource that can only exist with the continued trust of the campus community.

Consolidating Cuts
With both record enrollment and record budget cuts, it comes as little surprise that UC Berkeley is looking to do everything it can to maximize efficiency and cut costs.

Public Education Is on the Edge
On March 2, a national day of action to defend public education, 17 people were arrested for refusing to leave Wheeler Hall. Less than 24 hours later, nine students locked themselves to a ledge atop the building, four stories above ground, with four demands: 1. Stop the $1.4 billion in cuts to California public education. 2. Allow democratic decision making in the budgetary process. 3. An end to student repression through a politically motivated student conduct process. 4. An immediate end to Operational Excellence (OE), the campus's budget cut program.

Sex on Tuesday: A Spanking Good Time...
I've always had a thing for dominatrices.

Editorial Cartoon


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