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Issue #2652 :: Friday, April 29, 2011

Top Headlines

Vote counting halted in union election
The most contested leadership election in a union representing UC academic student employees has been shrouded in another layer of controversy after two days of vote counting plagued by breakdowns, partisanship and allegations of election fraud resulted in an estimated 1,500 votes not being counted.

Man found alive after driving off Grizzly Peak
A man who crashed his car after driving off Grizzly Peak was rescued this morning by multiple local agencies after remaining undiscovered for about three days.

Four Bears taken in NFL Draft
Before Cal football team's 2010 campaign, the idea that Shane Vereen, the squad's biggest offensive weapon, and Mike Mohamed, the anchor of its stingy defense, would be drafted seemed certain.

Oh heats up but Bears fall to Ducks
As a sophomore last season, Cal right fielder Danny Oh started every game and hit nearly .300. Coming into Saturday's game against Oregon, Oh had started just 18 contests and was batting .179.

News

Professor emeritus of public health dies at 97
Sanford Elberg, a professor emeritus in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and former dean of the Graduate Division long remembered for his good-humored approach to life died April 8 in Ukiah, Calif. He was 97.

Former campus doctor faces charges
A former UC Berkeley health center doctor was charged Wednesday by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with 19 counts of sex crimes against former patients.

Professor enlightens leaders of tomorrow Video
For a man who has had to deal with serious business regarding public policy and the economy, public policy professor Robert Reich does not take himself too seriously.

Student journalist's sanction decided
A UC Berkeley graduate student journalist charged with misconduct violations for his role covering the Nov. 20, 2009 Wheeler Hall occupation was found responsible for three of five charges at the second part of his hearing Wednesday evening, more than 17 months after the protest.

Ph.D. candidate helps create campus Mystery Hunt
In his spare time, UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Ankur Mehta breathes fire, salsa dances and plays African drums.

Semester in Review
Four firearms have been confiscated from students at Berkeley High School since January. In response to these and other incidents, the district formed a safety committee that has advised requiring students and staff to wear identification badges on campus and has already allotted $89,000 for additional staffing and safety training.

Man found alive after driving off Grizzly Peak
A man who crashed his car after driving off Grizzly Peak was rescued this morning by multiple local agencies after remaining undiscovered for about three days.

Vote counting halted in union election
The most contested leadership election in a union representing UC academic student employees has been shrouded in another layer of controversy after two days of vote counting plagued by breakdowns, partisanship and allegations of election fraud resulted in an estimated 1,500 votes not being counted.


Sports

Bears, Cardinal row in honor of late Cal coxswain
The Cal men's and women's crew teams will end their regular-season competition on Saturday as they both face Stanford in The Big Row at the Redwood Shores. The teams aren't concentrating solely on the rivalry; like last year's, the event is dedicated to the late Jill Costello, former coxswain and teammate of the women's crew team.

Bears in must-win situation against No. 6 Stanford
The only thing standing between the Cal lacrosse team and the MPSF championship game is No. 6 Stanford. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Cardinal have stood between the rest of the conference and the MPSF title for the past six years.

First day of Pac-10 Championships unfriendly to Bears
The No. 16 Cal men's tennis team got an early start to the day at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif.

Bears compete with some of world's best to end regular season
Long-distance runners tend to travel in packs and feed off each other's energy - the better the runner's competitors, the better the runner's time.

Cal's singles exit in first day of Pac-10s
For the No. 8 Cal women's tennis team, the first day at the Pac-10 Championships was a day full of surprising upsets and defeats. All four of its players participating in the Pac-10 Championships had an early exit on Thursday from the Ojai Valley Tennis Club at Ojai, Calif.

Cal hungry as Ducks arrive in Berkeley
The last two weeks haven't just been rough for the Cal baseball team. They've been downright terrible.

Bears see selves in UCLA squad
A typical quote from a coach is that the players aren't actually playing against their opponent, but rather are "playing themselves."

Bears face Aztecs to open MPSF tournament
Just how dominant is the MPSF in women's water polo?

Who Dat? Cameron Jordan
Every mock draft had Cameron Jordan going in the first round of Thursday night's NFL Draft.

Bears squeak by Aztecs, advance in MPSF tourney
If the Bears' last match-up with San Diego State was too close for comfort, they hadn't seen anything yet.

Bears down Ducks in fourth walk-off victory of the season
Freshman Michael Theofanopoulos swung at the first pitch he saw Friday, cracking a walk-off double into right field. And for the first time in what felt like an eternity, the Cal baseball team finally cracked a few smiles.

Four Bears taken in NFL Draft
Before Cal football team's 2010 campaign, the idea that Shane Vereen, the squad's biggest offensive weapon, and Mike Mohamed, the anchor of its stingy defense, would be drafted seemed certain.

Oh heats up but Bears fall to Ducks
As a sophomore last season, Cal right fielder Danny Oh started every game and hit nearly .300. Coming into Saturday's game against Oregon, Oh had started just 18 contests and was batting .179.

Bears defeat Spartans, advance to first ever MPSF title game
Breda Vosters continued her stellar play and Cal added another milestone to its historic season on Saturday at San Jose State Aquatics Center.


Opinion

Strength in numbers
Cancer is the most frightening word in the English language. Saying it out loud can make a heart stop. To combat this fear, figuratively and literally, Relay for Life occurs once a year for 24 hours. On the American Cancer Society's website, Relay is defined as "a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society." In reality, the experience exceeds the definition.

Step up, take responsibility into your own hands
One of my projects this year has been to collect stories, from around campus, about times when members of our community step-up when they see a problematic situation. It has been extremely uplifting to hear about the times where Cal community members stand up for other's safety and well-being. You, reading this, you are part of this community and should be proud.

Talking points
Successful protests call attention to a cause, with participants rallying as the issue gains visibility and negotiating to effect progress toward their goals.

Digitize the donors
Today's digital age provides the means with which to make vast amounts of information available to more people than ever before at lower and lower costs - and, with a bit of irony, we believe city officials should revise the Berkeley Election Reform Act to take advantage of this opportunity.

Editorial Cartoon


Food for Thought: When food feeds the soul
For most of my childhood, all I liked to do was sleep. I would come home from school, eat a big snack and then take a nap that ended whenever dinner started. I felt somewhat lost, confused as to why I could never find my "thing" in life. My friends would constantly be practicing their instruments, singing in the choir, painting beautiful self-portraits and rehearsing for their dance recitals.

White Space