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Issue #2623 :: Friday, March 18, 2011

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Top Headlines

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Car into Police Vehicles
A woman who allegedly purposefully rammed her car into two police vehicles before crashing into a third and leading Berkeley police on a foot chase was arrested today in South Berkeley.

Governor Brown Approves $1 Billion in Cuts to UC, CSU
In an effort to close the state's $26.6 billion deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in cuts through several pieces of legislation Thursday, including one that will enact $500 million cuts to both the UC and California State University systems.

Baseball Supporters to Discuss Program's Future With Chancellor
The Cal baseball team might not be playing out its final season after all.

Delfino, Defense Shine in Shutout
Mitch Delfino will sleep like a baby tonight.

News

ASUC Senate Budget Error Sparks Conflict Podcast
After mistakenly allocating $15,000 to the same program twice, the student government has struggled to determine the appropriate course of action.

Supervisor Aims for Classroom Equity
Pamela Harrison-Small calls herself a "family person." Not only is this quality befitting of the Berkeley wife and mother of two sons - it also happens to be a suitable two-word snapshot of her job description.

Lecturer Cultivates Class That Was Started in 1981 Video
In the Vatican, in Amsterdam and in places across the world, UC Berkeley political science lecturer Alan Ross has heard shouts of "Poli Sci 179!" from former students who recognize him.

Regents Approve Internal Transfer of $2.1 Billion
The UC Board of Regents approved Thursday the internal transfer of a maximum of $2.1 billion into the university's underfunded pension plan.

School Board Unveils Plan for Expelled Students
The original version of this article contained a serious factual error, and I apologize to our readers, especially those affected by the error, on behalf of The Daily Californian staff.

City of Berkeley Faces Budget Cuts Due to Impending Deficit Podcast
Reflecting a persistently downtrodden economy, the city of Berkeley will face an estimated $12.25 million deficit for the 2012 fiscal year set to begin July 1, a situation that could be exacerbated by impending federal and state cuts and which will most likely result in job reductions.

SQUELCH! Set To Run Slate of Candidates for Executive Office
Though the SQUELCH! party has been known to run candidates for executive positions within the ASUC in a satirical manner, the party will be running a full executive slate for the 2011 ASUC General Election with at least one candidate actually intending to hold a position.

DAAP Finalizes Executive Slate Following Last-Minute Switch
After an unprecedented last-minute switch in office order, the Defend Affirmative Action Party finalized its executive slate for the 2011 ASUC General Election at the March 15 Candidates' Meeting.

Independent Executive Candidates Plan to Collaborate on Campaigns
As the 2011 ASUC election approaches and as the candidate competitions begin to shape up in the absence of a CalSERVE executive slate, four independent and third-party executive candidates are planning on collaborating with their campaigns.

Symphony Director Announces Resignation
Jim Kleinmann, executive director of the Berkeley Symphony, announced Wednesday his plans to resign at the end of the 2010-2011 season, marking the end of a five-year directorship that brought the symphony to new financial and artistic heights.

Student Compares Cost of Apple Products, Stock Value
Following a wave of renewed publicity, a blog post published by UC Berkeley senior Kyle Conroy has reignited the interest of tech bloggers and market watchers alike.

Scientists Develop New Device To Streamline Blood Analysis Podcast Gallery
Hoping to simplify and improve disease diagnosis around the world, UC Berkeley and international researchers have developed a compact device that speeds up and consolidates the blood analysis process.

A Wave of Support
Ryan Dishen performs at Saturn Cafe on Allston Way during a fundraiser to support victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. All proceeds from the event went to Doctors Without Borders, an international relief organization.

Daily Cal Creates New Business Position
The Daily Californian hired Matthew Wilson, formerly of The Marin Independent Journal, as interim publisher March 16 to help steer the newspaper toward financial sustainability.

Editor's Note
An article published in the March 18 edition of The Daily Californian contained a serious factual error, and I apologize to our readers, especially those affected by the error, on behalf of The Daily Californian staff.

Governor Brown Approves $1 Billion in Cuts to UC, CSU
In an effort to close the state's $26.6 billion deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in cuts through several pieces of legislation Thursday, including one that will enact $500 million cuts to both the UC and California State University systems.

Gun-Related Incidents at Berkeley Schools Spark Discussions
Three Berkeley High School students were arrested Tuesday in connection with two incidents involving firearms, one of which resulted in a loaded gun being discharged and striking a wall of one of the school's portable classroom buildings. No one was injured.

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Car into Police Vehicles
A woman who allegedly purposefully rammed her car into two police vehicles before crashing into a third and leading Berkeley police on a foot chase was arrested today in South Berkeley.


Sports

Young Bears Get Opportunity to Start Against Sierra College
The Cal rugby team that takes the field on Saturday will not be the same squad that stormed back against British Columbia or steamrolled San Diego State and UC Davis this season.

Bears Travel to Face Future Conference Foe
Featuring a pair of flights, two games in four days and a key injury, Cal's Washington road trip was one to forget this year.

Cal Bridles Mustangs, Advances to Round Two
The first half of the Cal women basketball team's first round WNIT game at Cal Poly didn't look like the 74-60 win it turned out to be for the Bears.

Bruno Boosts Bears' Lineup As Buckeyes Come to Town
Los Medanos College is a two-year junior college in the East Bay that serves 14,000 undergraduates.

No. 12 Bears Breeze by Wahine In Shutout Victory to End Skid
As Annie Goransson was battling against her Hawaiian opponent Barbara Pinterova on court three, the entire Cal women's tennis team stood on the empty adjacent courts, cheering on the Swede. It had only been about 2 hours since the match started at the Hellman Tennis Complex, but the Bears (11-4, 2-0 in the Pac-10) blazed past the Wahine.

Bears Easily Shipwreck Navy in Dominating Home Performance
Anybody walking past Witter Field on Thursday afternoon might have assumed the Cal lacrosse team had just won a championship.

Press Room Banter
Yesterday and today are the two best days of the year.

Spears Drives Cal Crazy in 16-Point Defeat
But Colorado's senior forward's 33-point performance against the Cal women's basketball team on Monday night was certifiably platinum, headlining the Buffaloes' 81-65 win over the Bears at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.

Bears' Underclassmen Notch 35-7 Win Over Sierra
Hat tricks have not been hard to come by for the Cal rugby team. In last week's shutout of UC Davis, seniors Tom Rooke and Blaine Scully crossed the goal line thrice.

Bears Light Up Thunderbirds, Claim World Cup
In the first leg of the World Cup, the Cal rugby team needed a big second half to overcome British Columbia, 21-13.

Baseball Supporters to Discuss Program's Future With Chancellor
The Cal baseball team might not be playing out its final season after all.

Delfino, Defense Shine in Shutout
Mitch Delfino will sleep like a baby tonight.


Opinion

The Dustbowl
For many UC Berkeley students, the construction at Memorial Stadium is an inconvenience that requires taking alternate routes or changing schedules. For some students, the construction is an inescapable source of noise and pollution that disrupts sleep and may cause respiratory symptoms.

Planning Ahead
Small business owners like Robin Dalrymple know all too well some of the problems with Berkeley's zoning ordinance - she spent eight months obtaining permits before finally being allowed to open her ice cream store on Solano Avenue, resulting in her paying the rent on an empty storefront for four months.

Tackling Tragedy With Community Support
Pain follows every tragedy. Questions are asked. What happened? What went wrong? Could this have been prevented?

Public Officials Stumble With History
Our esteemed senior lady senators of both parties and coasts, leading the top security-related committees, seem clueless of the Cold War's last decade and its leaders and events. Noting this also offers handy platform to hit bigger failings too, from them and others.

Habitat for Humanity Is Offering a Helping Hand
While we applaud Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature for taking action on the budget, the proposal to abolish redevelopment agencies would eliminate affordable housing funding for Habitat for Humanity in the East Bay and across California. We use this key source of support to revitalize blighted communities, help drive the East Bay economy and change lives for hard working families. These funds, along with local donations and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers each year, have built nearly 300 affordable homes. In turn, our Habitat homeowners help sustain the economy by paying property taxes and reducing reliance on state and local social services.

Students Should Demand More of Their Professors
In protests against higher tuition and increasing fees I have yet to see protests against the hours worked by faculty.

Editorial Cartoon


Out of the Primal Waters
Lately, I've really been enjoying the newfound fame and glory this column has brought me - the likes of which Rachael Ray could only dream of. Not really. But people do like to ask me for restaurant suggestions, critiques, recipes and about general food knowledge. "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" will be contacting me any day now.

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