Issues

Previous Issue
Thursday, Apr 14, 2011
(SI:Best of Berkeley 2011)
This Issue
Thursday, Apr 14, 2011
Next Issue
Friday, Apr 15, 2011
Search this issue:

Issue #2639 :: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Issue #2639 Cover

Top Headlines

Student Action sweeps soundly
The Student Action party not only swept four of the executive offices, but also firmly maintained its senate majority in the 2011 ASUC General Election when results were revealed Thursday evening.

2011 ASUC General Election results
The following are the preliminary 2011 ASUC election results as announced at Thursday evening's tabulation.

Board of Education meets to discuss firearm safety
Following the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Safety formed by Superintendent Bill Huyett, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss possible measures to improve safety on school campuses after four firearm-related incidents were reported since January.

Welcome to the Good Life
To the rest of the world, Brad Gilbert is the former pro tennis player who climbed to No. 4 in the world and mentored the likes of Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.

News

Alumni Association partners with Chevron to support undergraduate education
The Cal Alumni Association announced a partnership with Chevron Saturday in which Chevron will be contributing $100,000 to the association's Achievement Award Program to support undergraduate education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - often referred to as STEM.

Black population declines by 20 percent over past decade
District 1 Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio recalls that when she campaigned during her first election in 1992, constituents in her West Berkeley district included a number of older black residents who warmly welcomed her into their homes.

Union unable to meet with campus over grievances Podcast
In response to a UC Berkeley policy implemented April 1 to decentralize campus employee benefits, concerned members of a union representing academic student employees have filed 63 grievances with the campus, but are struggling to arrange a time and neutral location for a meeting with campus officials almost six weeks after the first grievance was filed.

Provost requests millions in cuts
Campus units under the office of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer - including the College of Engineering and the UC Berkeley School of Law - are being asked to slash $17 million in total from all of their budgets for the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to a March 29 letter from Breslauer.

Controversy arises from possible city ordinance
Though it is very preliminary, the possibility of a city-wide sit-lie ordinance - making it illegal to sit and lay on sidewalks during business hours - is currently stirring up controversy within the city, with some business owners claiming the idea would encourage more customers to visit their locations while homeless advocates and some city officials fear such an ordinance would target Berkeley's homeless population.

State committee votes on DREAM Act bills
The California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations voted Wednesday on two bills that together comprise the California DREAM Act, resulting in the approval of AB 130 and the suspension of AB 131.

Cal Dining adds frozen yogurt machines to the Golden Bear Cafe
Following changes that have expanded Cal Dining's product offerings, students craving frozen yogurt now have a meal point-friendly location on campus to indulge in the popular treat.

Seismic safety report questioned by locals
Despite a recent report that revealed up to 10 schools in the Berkeley Unified School District may house structurally unsound buildings, district administrators and parents remain confident in the seismic safety of their school buildings.

News in Brief: ASUC General Election results to be tabulated beginning at 7 p.m.
Tabulations to determine the results of the 2011 ASUC General Election will be held Thursday in the space formerly occupied by the Naia Lounge in Lower Sproul Plaza.

2011 ASUC General Election results
The following are the preliminary 2011 ASUC election results as announced at Thursday evening's tabulation.

Board of Education meets to discuss firearm safety
Following the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Safety formed by Superintendent Bill Huyett, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss possible measures to improve safety on school campuses after four firearm-related incidents were reported since January.

Student Action sweeps soundly
The Student Action party not only swept four of the executive offices, but also firmly maintained its senate majority in the 2011 ASUC General Election when results were revealed Thursday evening.


Sports

Welcome to the Good Life
To the rest of the world, Brad Gilbert is the former pro tennis player who climbed to No. 4 in the world and mentored the likes of Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.

Bears Cruise Past Visiting Gaels
When St. Mary's catcher Megan Smith hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to cut the Cal softball team's lead to seven runs, it looked like the game was going to drag on for a few more innings.

NCAAs mark Cal's very last meet as a program final meet
The most dangerous team is often the one that has nothing to lose. There won't be a next season for the No. 3 Cal men's gymnastics team unlike every other squad competing at this weekend's NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.


Opinion

All my little words: Escaping the microwave
Water is fine," I say. A chorus of nods. "Me too," someone echoes. Menus close. The waitress taking our order looks scornful, but unsurprised. No drinks, no appetizers and the smallest tip decency allows. Students, she seems to say, are the last thing she needs.

White Space