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Issue #2649 :: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Top Headlines

Woman robbed near Unit 3
A woman was the victim of a strong arm robbery Monday night on Southside near Priestley Hall in Unit 3, according to a UCPD crime alert issued Tuesday.

Woman robbed of her phone on Southside
A woman was robbed of her iPhone Friday night while standing at a bus stop on Durant and College avenues, according to a UCPD crime alert released Tuesday.

OE procurement team releases preliminary recommendations
The Operational Excellence procurement initiative team released Friday a summary of its initial recommendations to cut campus spending in various areas of information technology in order to save between $1.1 million and $4.5 million.

School of Optometry dean to join OE committee
Dennis Levi, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, has agreed to become a sponsor of an initiative team and join a leadership committee of Operational Excellence, the campus announced Friday.

News

Ask the Daily Cal: Higher Education
On April 26, 2011, Lead Higher Education Reporter Jordan Bach-Lombardo and Lead Academics and Administration Reporter Katie Nelson answered reader questions about higher education topics and their effects on the University of California system and the UC Berkeley campus. University News Editor Emma Anderson moderated the discussion.

Other UC campuses adopt OE model
As the University of California struggles to absorb millions in state budget cuts, many campuses are using UC Berkeley's Operational Excellence initiative as a model for their own cost-cutting projects - from the launching of "Operational Effectiveness" at UC Santa Barbara to "Organizational Excellence" at UC Davis.

Homeland Security chief visits UC Berkeley Gallery Video
The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited UC Berkeley Monday and called on students to aid the department's national security efforts in a new frontier.

Lab neglects employment verification
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory allowed subcontractors to hire workers without proper evidence of eligibility to work in the United States, including some who used the Social Security numbers of deceased people, according to a report published by the Department of Energy.

Berkeley scientists discover heavy antiparticle Podcast
In an experiment that recreated the atmospheric conditions of the first few milliseconds of the Big Bang, about 30 Berkeley scientists contributed to the discovery of the heaviest antiparticle ever found, five months ago.

City Council to address cab drivers' complaints
Despite a six-month lag, the Berkeley City Council will respond May 3 to a letter of grievances submitted by taxi drivers concerned about issues surrounding the current status of city taxicab services.

Campus receives funds to make safety repairs
As part of a systemwide effort to improve workplace safety, UC Berkeley received over $6 million dollars of surplus funds distributed to campuses from the University of California's Workers' Compensation Program.

Resident's app to let users map water fountains
A smartphone application developed by a Berkeley resident seeks to reduce the consumption of bottled water by providing information about the locations of public water fountains.

AC Transit to hold public hearing to discuss possible fare increases
An AC Transit staff recommendation aimed at instituting regularly scheduled fare increases over the next decade will be discussed at a public hearing with the transit board on Wednesday as one method of dealing with the district's increasing financial woes.

School of Optometry dean to join OE committee
Dennis Levi, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, has agreed to become a sponsor of an initiative team and join a leadership committee of Operational Excellence, the campus announced Friday.

OE procurement team releases preliminary recommendations
The Operational Excellence procurement initiative team released Friday a summary of its initial recommendations to cut campus spending in various areas of information technology in order to save between $1.1 million and $4.5 million.

Woman robbed of her phone on Southside
A woman was robbed of her iPhone Friday night while standing at a bus stop on Durant and College avenues, according to a UCPD crime alert released Tuesday.

Woman robbed near Unit 3
A woman was the victim of a strong arm robbery Monday night on Southside near Priestley Hall in Unit 3, according to a UCPD crime alert issued Tuesday.


Sports

2011 Spring Sports Awards Gallery
Nathan Adrian is the future of American sprinting, but was the present of the Cal men's swimming program this year that earned its first national title since 1980.

Two years living the dream at the Daily Cal
My first ever cover letter for the Daily Cal was a complete disaster.

Esquer pulls starters after six in 9-5 loss to Stanford
At the start of the seventh inning, David Esquer pulled his starters - all nine of them. The Cal baseball team, floundering in a 8-0 hole at Stanford's Sunken Diamond, was well on its way to a third straight shutout loss, and the Bears' head coach needed to send a message.


Opinion

Sitting this one out
Given the problems facing downtown Berkeley - the sagging economy, the many empty storefronts - it's easy to latch on to proposals and hope they turn out to be panaceas.

Getting it right
The ASUC Auxiliary came about when members of the ASUC and the Chancellor Robert Berdahl agreed to establish an administrative staff to aid in managing commercial activities with the ASUC.

Documentary reveals larger trend of historical inaccuracy
I saw "The Odyssey of Captain Healy" - Michael Healy, first part-black to command a U.S. ship, and for decades a northwest-coastal legend - in February on Washington, D.C.'s Howard University Television (WHUT). Made by Oakland-based Waterfront Soundings Productions, it's an affecting bio with themes including racism's injustice and stupidity; how a strong man of achievement and integrity suffers from conspiring lesser men and evolving social mores; and how even such a man has faults aiding his fall.

UC online instruction program is a financial blunder
Last year, Christopher Edley, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law provided numerous assurances that the project to explore the feasibility of an online undergraduate curriculum would be funded wholly from extramural sources. He was as confident that he could raise money for the pilot as he was that a fully developed online curriculum would itself be a money-maker. Indeed, Edley insisted that online education would soon be a net benefit for the university in many ways. It would, he said, generate surplus revenue for the discretionary use of the bricks and mortar campuses, extend the benefits of a UC education to all who sought it (especially those unable to access the campuses in coming years due to physical capacity limits) and provide the high quality education the University of California currently offers. He summed up the project of an online UC curriculum as simultaneously providing "social justice," educational excellence and a revenue boon for the university.

Editorial Cartoons


Nine inches of true love
Until recently, sex meant very little to me.

White Space