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Issue #2620 :: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Top Headlines

Stadium's Renovation Concerns Neighbors Podcast
The ASUC Senate passed a significantly amended bill at its March 9 meeting, calling for an official dialogue to take place between campus administrators and students who have been negatively affected by the ongoing construction at Memorial Stadium.

Fielder's Choice
When Britt Vonk was 17 years old, she had a chance to play softball in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

UC Staff, Students Remain Safe After Japan Quake
Duncan Williams, a UC Berkeley associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures, was on his way to the Narita International Airport in Tokyo when a devastating earthquake shook Japan.

New Renewable Energy Measure Could Increase UC Utility Bills
As more solar and wind power makes its way into the state's energy sources, increased costs are also expected to make their way into the UC's pocketbook.

News

Stadium's Renovation Concerns Neighbors Podcast
The ASUC Senate passed a significantly amended bill at its March 9 meeting, calling for an official dialogue to take place between campus administrators and students who have been negatively affected by the ongoing construction at Memorial Stadium.

UC Staff, Students Remain Safe After Japan Quake
Duncan Williams, a UC Berkeley associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures, was on his way to the Narita International Airport in Tokyo when a devastating earthquake shook Japan.

Early Assessment Program Aims To Increase College Readiness
About 90 percent of incoming freshmen at certain California State University campuses arrived unprepared to complete college-level work in English and math in fall 2009, compared to 8 percent at UC Berkeley, according to a report issued last Thursday by the Legislative Analyst's Office.

Event Honors Outstanding Women of Berkeley Gallery
Seven Berkeley women from many different fields and walks of life - a networking pioneer, two health experts, a troubadour, an Emmy-winning journalist, the founder of a youth arts program and a recovered drug addict - were honored at the 2011 Outstanding Women of Berkeley Ceremony Monday night for their contributions to different social causes and groups within the community.

New Renewable Energy Measure Could Increase UC Utility Bills
As more solar and wind power makes its way into the state's energy sources, increased costs are also expected to make their way into the UC's pocketbook.

Inter-City Services Prepares Students for Green Job Market
As more companies shift their focus to green products and services, knowledge about sustainable technology is becoming increasingly valuable, even as jobs in the city - in any market - are hard to come by.

Initiative Asking to End Bottled Water Sales Placed on Ballot
An initiative to request the end of all bottled water sales on the UC Berkeley campus will be on the ASUC ballot this April, after a bill was passed at last week's ASUC Senate meeting.

School District Issues Potential Layoff Notices
Approximately 50 to 55 teachers for grades kindergarten through 12 in the Berkeley Unified School District will receive pink slips this week, a few days past a deadline set by the state's education code for notifying district employees who may be potentially laid off for the next school year.

City Council May Make Zoning Changes to Assist Businesses
After months of claiming to prioritize small business needs throughout the city, the Berkeley City Council is considering zoning changes to help new and existing businesses, increase sales tax revenue and fill vacancies in commercial districts, though the changes will not be seen in the next three months.


Sports

Fielder's Choice
When Britt Vonk was 17 years old, she had a chance to play softball in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Conference Questions: Men's Hoops
Absolutely. Despite Kevin O'Neill's strange, yet not entirely uncharacteristic blowup at a hotel bar with an Arizona booster that resulted in a suspension from the Pac-10 Tournament, the Trojans' performance at Staples Center solidified their case as a legitimate tournament team.

GBaum's World
Spring break may be next week, but today is just Tuesday. This is a key stretch to fight through whatever midterms, papers or projects need to be completed before signing off at the end of the week. Preachy? Yes, I'm sorry, but a good week's work will only amplify the serenity that arrives on Thursday.

March Madness: Men's Hoops


March Madness: Women's Hoops



Opinion

What Next?
This spring, a curious void will be all too present during the ASUC elections season. CalSERVE has decided not to nominate a slate for any of the four partisan ASUC executive positions.

Granting Access
Amid all talks of budget cuts and fee hikes is talk of maintaining access to higher education for as many students as possible. The Cal Grant program, the largest source of California state aid, is essential to preserving this access.

Jumping Through Policy Hoops
Making students jump through admissions hoops is essential to a world-class university's prestige. However, for students of color and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, that hoop is about to shrink in size.

To Whom Does Wheeler Hall Really Belong?
On Thursday March 3, I went to Wheeler Hall to teach section for Legal Studies 140 "Property and Liberty" - a subject about which we learned a lot more than we expected that day!

UC Berkeley, Bears And Bottled Water
It's true, bears don't drink plastic water. So why should you, a Golden Bear, drink bottled water?

Editorial Cartoon


Sex On Tuesday: On the Hunt for Adventure
Of course, when I say "little," I mean huge. An utter pervert struck dumb by the idea that sex in public is generally a no-no. A gasping, pleading miscreant just waiting to be let out.

White Space