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Issue #2625 :: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Breakdown of Restructuring By Unit Yet to Be Announced Podcast
As 28 campus leaders work to restructure staff and administration under the cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative, the campus has yet to release information about how much money was designated early in the semester to be cut from campus units chiefly by June, nor how some 150 staff layoffs are being distributed.

AAVP Candidates Advocate Student Involvement, Better Representation
Each of the three candidates vying for the position of ASUC academic affairs vice president is seeking to increase student involvement within the office and to represent the frustrations of departments and students negatively affected by budget cuts and fee increases.

She's a Keeper
Allie Shropshire is hard to pick out among the lacrosse players surrounding the goal.

Neighborhood Experiences Dip in Household Income
Nestled between Sacramento Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way and bordered on the north and south by Cedar Street and University Avenue, a single Berkeley neighborhood - known to the U.S. Census Bureau simply as Tract 4223 - has experienced a plunge in median household income deeper than any other in the city, moving against city-wide currents.

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Breakdown of Restructuring By Unit Yet to Be Announced Podcast
As 28 campus leaders work to restructure staff and administration under the cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative, the campus has yet to release information about how much money was designated early in the semester to be cut from campus units chiefly by June, nor how some 150 staff layoffs are being distributed.

Neighborhood Experiences Dip in Household Income
Nestled between Sacramento Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way and bordered on the north and south by Cedar Street and University Avenue, a single Berkeley neighborhood - known to the U.S. Census Bureau simply as Tract 4223 - has experienced a plunge in median household income deeper than any other in the city, moving against city-wide currents.

AAVP Candidates Advocate Student Involvement, Better Representation
Each of the three candidates vying for the position of ASUC academic affairs vice president is seeking to increase student involvement within the office and to represent the frustrations of departments and students negatively affected by budget cuts and fee increases.

UC Budget Reliant on Tax Extension Approval
With a $500 million reduction in state funding already signed into law, the UC could face even further cuts if $14 billion in state tax extensions are not approved - a scenario that could be possible given a recent survey showing that fewer than half of California voters favored the extensions.

City Deliberates Its Options for New Affordable Housing Units
As the city of Berkeley plans to raise money for new affordable housing units by charging a fee on all market development, an in lieu option of providing low-income units on-site appears to be a more feasible solution to provide the housing.

Study: All-Nighters Can Induce Euphoria Podcast
The lack of sleep faced by students who stay up all night finishing an essay, soldiers who spend the night fighting and doctors treating patients for 20 hours straight may cause an overly sunny perspective of the world, according to UC Berkeley researchers.

City Council Closes Debate Over West Berkeley Project
In a meeting last Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council officially closed the public hearing on the contentious West Berkeley Project and began the process of amending its plan for the area, beginning with the least controversial measures.

Students in Action
Sophomore Excel Love holds a sign for Robby Nepomuceno's campaign for ASUC Senate. The campaigning season kicked off Monday as candidates reached out to potential voters. The election is scheduled for April 5, 6 and 7.

Daily Cal Establishes New 'Publisher' 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.

Construction on Tang Center Begins
Construction began last Tuesday to repair damages to parapets of the roof of the Tang Center - a project that is expected to be completed in the middle of May.


Sports

She's a Keeper
Allie Shropshire is hard to pick out among the lacrosse players surrounding the goal.

Bears Conclude Disappointing Campaign
The Cal women's basketball team had high hopes at the beginning of the season. Coming off a WNIT title, the Bears set a goal of making the NCAA tournament.

Battle-Tested Bears Cross the Bridge to Square Off With San Francisco
On Sunday, the Cal men's baseball team fought back against Washington State for its third walk-off win of the season. Today at 2:30 p.m., the Bears will get a chance to make up for one they just missed.


Opinion

Sex on Tuesday: The Great Virginity Heist
In a perfect world, I would have lost my virginity to Jake Ryan from "Sixteen Candles."

Editorial Cartoon


Electing to Improve
As the flurry of colored signs that has taken over Sproul Plaza attests, it is once again election season for the ASUC.

Investing in the Future
After the disastrous market crash in 2007 and the governor's recent signing of a bill that cuts $500 million from the University of California, it's obvious that the university must think of new ways to better its financial standing.

Cutting the Budget, Cutting America's Future
As a young American, it is nice to hear my leaders say that they have my generation's best interests at heart. In the midst of the ongoing budget battle in Washington, the one point that both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on is that they don't want to burden future generations of Americans with crushing debt.

The College Student's Case for Health Reform
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law enacts significant health insurance reforms that will take effect over the next several years. But one very important piece of that law is already in place. And it may directly benefit you.

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