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Issue #2647 :: Friday, April 22, 2011

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Top Headlines

Downtown Berkeley dumpster fire causes evacuation of apartment building
Berkeley Fire Department firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on the ground floor of an apartment building in Downtown Berkeley early Saturday morning. No one was injured.

Graduate student union files charges against UC
A union representing academic student employees throughout the University of California filed an unfair labor practice charge against the UC Friday afternoon, more than six weeks after union members at UC Berkeley filed 63 grievances and a formal information request over a campus benefits decentralization policy.

Berkeley high student sues school district in federal court
A female Berkeley High School student is suing the Berkeley Unified School District in federal district court for allegedly failing to adequately take action against her former high school counselor, who allegedly made "unwelcomed sexual advances" toward her over the course of four months in 2009 and 2010.

Controversy surrounds appointment of UC regent
David Crane rides BART and runs to catch the bus.

News

New Parking and Transportation head appointed
Associate Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley announced in a campuswide email Tuesday that Seamus Wilmot has been appointed as the director of Parking and Transportation.

Graduate student's study finds correlation in rising mercury levels in birds and atmosphere Podcast
An increase in methylmercury levels in one of the Pacific Ocean's endangered species of seabird was found to coincide with rising levels of human-generated mercury emissions, according to a study by a UC Berkeley graduate student published Monday in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

ASUC Senate approves Hedy Chen to serve on Store Operations Board
Hedy Chen, a sophomore majoring in business administration and political science, was unanimously approved by members of the ASUC Senate Wednesday night to replace current board chair Yishi Zuo as one of two undergraduate representatives on the ASUC Store Operations Board.

Controversy surrounds appointment of UC regent
David Crane rides BART and runs to catch the bus.

Speech will be focus of program for new admits
Incoming freshmen and transfer students next fall will be able to contribute to a sort of Google Maps for speech as part of "Voices of Berkeley" - the theme for next fall's On the Same Page program, which will seek to provide an introduction to the linguistic diversity of UC Berkeley.

Gardening organizer aims to unify community
The "Laurence of Berkeley" today is actually the second. The title was passed to Laurence Schechtman - a self-described anarcho-syndicalist and prominent community activist - about 30 years ago.

As Berkeley waits on passing cellphone sales guidelines, some fear potential health risks
As buzz regarding the potential health effects of cellphones rapidly builds across the nation, the city of Berkeley's possible move toward new guidelines for phone sales is slowing.

ASUC Arts and Creativity Fund could be removed due to lack of fundraising
The future of the ASUC Arts and Creativity Fund has remained a source of contention over the last two weeks as Academic Affairs Vice President Viola Tang and several ASUC senators have continued to offer conflicting interpretations of the senate bill that created the fund.

Animal group urges training for police
In response to an incident in which a dog was shot and killed by a Berkeley Police Department officer earlier this month, the Berkeley Animal Care Commission voted to request detailed protocol of previous police interactions with animals and additional police training to better recognize animal behavior at its meeting Wednesday night.

Berkeley high student sues school district in federal court
A female Berkeley High School student is suing the Berkeley Unified School District in federal district court for allegedly failing to adequately take action against her former high school counselor, who allegedly made "unwelcomed sexual advances" toward her over the course of four months in 2009 and 2010.

Graduate student union files charges against UC
A union representing academic student employees throughout the University of California filed an unfair labor practice charge against the UC Friday afternoon, more than six weeks after union members at UC Berkeley filed 63 grievances and a formal information request over a campus benefits decentralization policy.

Downtown Berkeley dumpster fire causes evacuation of apartment building
Berkeley Fire Department firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on the ground floor of an apartment building in Downtown Berkeley early Saturday morning. No one was injured.

Mental Health Division prepares to use unspent state money
Berkeley's Mental Health Division is currently preparing to utilize over $2.7 million of unspent state money in anticipation of future major state funding reductions.


Sports

Extra, extra: Bears fall in 17 to ASU
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cal baseball team turned their hats backwards for a traditional rally cap. Two innings later, the caps stood on the top of the players' heads like a shark fin. The 14th inning came around, and the Bears unbuttoned all but the top button of their jerseys to wear capes. After all, it was going to take something heroic to end this game.

Reserves ready to star in finale
Even though the Cal rugby team has already secured a postseason berth, Saturday's regular season finale will be the biggest game of some of the players' careers thus far.

Henderson blanks Cardinal in upset
When Jolene Henderson was a freshman last year, Cal softball coach Diane Ninemire said the talented recruit was throwing more than she was pitching. My, how things have changed.

Stanford to serve as test for tourney
The NCAA tournament is still a little less than three weeks away, but the No. 14 Cal men's tennis team isn't focusing on much else.

Seniors to be honored at home
The Brutus Hamilton Invitational will be not only the last home meet of the season, but for the 25 seniors on the Cal track and field team, the last of their college careers.

Bears come out flat in shutout to ASU
Cal second baseman Tony Renda checked the runner at third before chasing after Arizona State third baseman Riccio Torrez in a rundown. Renda and shortstop Marcus Semien engaged in a short game of pickle before tagging Torrez out. The whole right side of the infield walked toward the dugout.

Sun Devils sweep Bears with 6-0 win
Cal baseball coach David Esquer stormed out of the dugout, livid after pitcher Dixon Anderson was called for a balk in the fourth inning. Two frames later, a second balk had Anderson turning toward the first base umpire and slamming both hands down into the dirt with anger and disbelief.


Opinion

The power of the press
Josh Wolf is more than just a UC Berkeley student. He has historically been an active journalist, contributing to the independent news agency Democracy Now! and having spent more time in jail than any other journalist in US history for protecting his sources.

Signs of things to come
UC admissions data released Monday by the Office of the President held few surprises but served to remind us of the financial realities affecting the university.

Remembering with remorse
The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, taking place during and just after World War I. One and a half million Armenians were systematically killed off by the Young Turks, a progressive and liberal sector of the Ottoman Empire.

Risks to diversity in a time of great austerity
In the April 6, 2011, Daily Californian article, "Social science consolidation on track despite student opposition," writer Alisha Azevedo brought needed attention to the discord on campus surrounding cutbacks being executed under the misleadingly named Operational Excellence (OE) program.

Food for thought: A comfort you can taste
My parents used to call me the "monster in the blonde wig" because I was a raging, angry, lunatic child with a wildly curly nest of platinum blonde hair.

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