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Issue #2636 :: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Incumbent Miguel Daal loses race for Graduate Assembly president
After running for what would have been roughly his fourth term, current Graduate Assembly President Miguel Daal lost the election for president at the assembly's meeting on Thursday to Bahar Navab, a current delegate.

Campus arts program leaders criticize student proposal
A campus student committee's classification of performing arts units as low-priority areas for funding in an April 4 budget recommendation letter sent to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has drawn criticism from leaders of the arts organizations, who say that the committee did not take the value of the arts for students into account while drafting its recommendation.

Tensions run high prior to union election
With little more than two weeks until a tri-annual statewide leadership election for a union representing UC academic student employees, tensions were running high at a statewide leadership meeting Saturday, with growing divisiveness in the union reflected in the decision to adjourn the meeting early by a partisan vote.

Program for web classes gets UC loan
The UC's controversial Online Instruction Pilot Project was granted an interest-free, $6.9 million loan from the UC Thursday to develop its project, though the systemwide Academic Senate had approved the plan contingent on the program raising funds through external sources.

News

Celebrating UC's founding Gallery
The campus celebrated the University of California's Charter Day - March 23 - on Friday with free cupcakes available on Upper Sproul Plaza for students and will celebrate Cal Day this Saturday with a campuswide open house and free events. With these annual events calling attention to the university's history, here is a look at how the university has changed in its 143 years.

Tensions run high prior to union election
With little more than two weeks until a tri-annual statewide leadership election for a union representing UC academic student employees, tensions were running high at a statewide leadership meeting Saturday, with growing divisiveness in the union reflected in the decision to adjourn the meeting early by a partisan vote.

Downtown Area Plan takes steps forward
Years of planning, a referendum campaign and ballot initiative later, the most recent reincarnation of the perennially contentious Downtown Area Plan is currently under review by the city's Planning Commission and may be headed to the Berkeley City Council this year, though the sought-after revitalization for the area may still be a long time coming.

Program for web classes gets UC loan
The UC's controversial Online Instruction Pilot Project was granted an interest-free, $6.9 million loan from the UC Thursday to develop its project, though the systemwide Academic Senate had approved the plan contingent on the program raising funds through external sources.

UC proposes voluntary pay reduction program for staff Podcast
Faced with a $500 million reduction in state funding for the 2011-12 fiscal year, the University of California has developed a new program to cut costs while avoiding layoffs by allowing staff members to voluntarily reduce their working hours.

Berkeley divided over business quotas
While some city of Berkeley officials say quotas for businesses have been successful in diversifying the city's economic sectors, some community members are advocating for the suspension - and even elimination - of quotas to fill vacancies and revitalize the city's economic climate.

News In Brief: School district set to vote on gun safety measures
Following the recent spike in firearms on the Berkeley High School campus, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education will decide whether to approve several measures aimed at increasing safety on school campuses at its meeting Wednesday.

Many California schools may be unprepared for earthquake
School buildings across the state - including several sites within the Berkeley Unified School District - may be unfit to safely endure California's next big earthquake.

ASUC bill criticizes treatment of protesters
A bill that would admonish the treatment of protesters by the UC Berkeley campus administration and UCPD by requesting these offices respect students' constitutional rights drew concern at last Wednesday's ASUC Senate meeting.

Campus arts program leaders criticize student proposal
A campus student committee's classification of performing arts units as low-priority areas for funding in an April 4 budget recommendation letter sent to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has drawn criticism from leaders of the arts organizations, who say that the committee did not take the value of the arts for students into account while drafting its recommendation.

Incumbent Miguel Daal loses race for Graduate Assembly president
After running for what would have been roughly his fourth term, current Graduate Assembly President Miguel Daal lost the election for president at the assembly's meeting on Thursday to Bahar Navab, a current delegate.


Sports

Comeback Season Gallery
It was a cloudy April morning when the Cal bus pulled alongside the UCLA rugby field, and Jason Law was anxious.


Opinion

Home Run
One cannot help but imagine administrators as umpires determining the fate of the Cal Baseball team, bellowing "Safe!" to an audience on the edge of its seat with anticipation.

Required Reform
As the election furor fades into the background and both campus and candidates eagerly await the tabulation of results, student officials must now turn to an equally important task - the often promised but rarely accomplished review and reform of election bylaws.

Rewording the March 3 events
The inhabitants of George Orwell's Oceania communicate with "Newspeak," a language working, by way of euphemism, to quash free thought and consolidate totalitarian ideology.

Get ready for the 'Obama Showdown' of 2012
Despite the fact that President Obama will technically be running against a yet-to-be-named Republican, most likely Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney, in a deeper sense, his real opponent will be himself. Meaning, the 2012 election is going to be what one might call an "Obama showdown." It will be President Obama versus the image of him in the eyes of the American people.

Editorial Cartoon


Politically Correct: The lobbyists of Delphi
Atop buildings in our nation's capital sit the high priests of the political class. They possess wisdom so powerful that even our politicians, known for their malleability, often snap beneath the weight of such awe-inspiring profiteering - sorry, I mean prophesying.

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