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Issue #2653 :: Monday, May 2, 2011

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Protesters gather at I-House to support food service workers
Workers, union members, community members, UC Berkeley students and passersby gathered today in front of the International House to bring attention to the plight of the campus auxiliary's food service workers.

UC Berkeley alumna refuses to appear in court
Sarah Shourd, a UC Berkeley alumna and one of three hikers who had been arrested in Iran in 2009, has refused to appear in court in the country this month, major media outlets reported today.

Suspect arrested in alleged Unit 1 sexual battery
The suspect in an alleged sexual battery and sexual assault last week was arrested Tuesday afternoon, according to a UCPD crime alert.

City to implement cost-saving measures to overcome deficit
Amid a grim national, state and local economic recovery forecast, the city of Berkeley will implement drastic cost-saving measures to overcome an overall projected $12.2 million deficit in fiscal year 2012 and $13.3 million deficit in fiscal year 2013.

News

Elections committee pushes back vote counting until July meeting
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 repeated breakdowns, partisanship and allegations of election fraud resulted in an estimated 1,500 votes not being counted.

Stern has 'low-key' year after disputed start
One year ago, Noah Stern was in a very different situation.

Presentation shows downward trend in crime rates, addresses school gun activity
A presentation given by the Berkeley Police Department at a City Council work session April 26 detailing statistics compiled from 2009, 2010 and the early months of 2011 showed an overall downward trend in crime rates for Berkeley and addressed the recent rise in crime at Berkeley High School.

State Cinemark to provide captioning
Captioning systems will be installed in all Cinemark movie theaters in California by May 2012 due to a recent settlement between the theater company and a hearing loss advocacy group.

Students join march against gender violence
In an effort to raise awareness about gender violence and rape, a group of men from UC Berkeley and other California schools took the time last Saturday to walk in women's shoes - literally.

Professor given grant for sanitation research
UC Berkeley professor of environmental engineering Kara Nelson has been awarded a five-year $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her unconventional research in sanitation and human waste management.

BART gathers opinions in seat lab Gallery
BART held the first of a series of public seat labs at its Fruitvale station Sunday in order to gather public opinion on what the next generation of public transit cars should look like.

Berkeley man taken into federal custody
A Berkeley man is in federal custody in Sacramento after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Amendment may better climate, ease relocation
The city of Berkeley's Planning Commission approved recommendations last week to make amendments to the city's zoning ordinance in order to make it easier for businesses to relocate or open and to improve the economic climate in the city's business districts.

Study: China's energy consumption to level off within 20 years Podcast
China's energy consumption is expected to stabilize within 20 years if policy developments in environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are implemented, according to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's China Energy Group released April 27.

Campus reinstates men's gymnastics team
UC Berkeley's men's gymnastics team, one of the five athletic teams originally cut in September, has been reinstated, despite not reaching the campus' $4 million fundraising target, campus officials announced Monday.

Female student victim of alleged sexual battery in Unit 1
A female student was inappropriately touched by a male suspect Monday April 25 in the mail room of Unit 1, according to a UCPD crime alert.

Vote counting to resume in union election
Following a contentious decision to halt vote counting in a statewide leadership election and amid outcry and mobilization by members from both competing slates, the elections committee for a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC reconvened Tuesday afternoon, voting unanimously to resume counting votes.

Former Institute of Governmental Studies director dies at 86
Education enthusiast, author and former director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and professor of political science Eugene Lee died in his Sonoma home April 27 due to complications from a stroke. He was 86.

UC Berkeley alumna refuses to appear in court
Sarah Shourd, a UC Berkeley alumna and one of three hikers who had been arrested in Iran in 2009, has refused to appear in court in the country this month, major media outlets reported today.

Man robbed of his wallet in People's Park
A man was the victim of a strong arm robbery Tuesday night when he had his wallet stolen after two women attacked him outside the restrooms at People's Park, according to a UCPD crime alert.

City to implement cost-saving measures to overcome deficit
Amid a grim national, state and local economic recovery forecast, the city of Berkeley will implement drastic cost-saving measures to overcome an overall projected $12.2 million deficit in fiscal year 2012 and $13.3 million deficit in fiscal year 2013.

Suspect arrested in alleged Unit 1 sexual battery
The suspect in an alleged sexual battery and sexual assault last week was arrested Tuesday afternoon, according to a UCPD crime alert.

Protesters gather at I-House to support food service workers
Workers, union members, community members, UC Berkeley students and passersby gathered today in front of the International House to bring attention to the plight of the campus auxiliary's food service workers.


Sports

Cal tops Ducks in fifth walk-off win
Two days ago, the Cal baseball team couldn't scratch its way back from a 4-0 deficit, setting up Sunday's rubber match when it fell a hit or two short in a 4-3 loss to Oregon.

Bears sweep defending champ UCLA
After a pair of blowout wins earlier in the weekend, the No. 9 Cal softball team was on the verge of a home sweep against defending national champion UCLA - but the Bruins would not go down without a fight in Sunday's rubber match at Levine-Fricke Field.

Conte, Mohamed and Vereen round out Cal's draftees
Before the 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.

Bears win program's first ever MPSF title
By the last day of this weekend's MPSF Tournament, Cal was the only top-three team contending for a title.

Cal's season ends against Card
In soccer, they say a two-goal lead is the most dangerous kind. It's enough goals to get complacent, but not safe enough from a comeback.

Crew teams honor Costello during wins over Stanford
Dedicating this year's Big Row to the former coxswain who passed away from lung cancer last June, the Cal men's and women's crew teams both emerged victorious against Stanford this past Saturday at Redwood Shores, Calif.

Cal takes Pac-10 doubles title
Since winning the 2009 NCAA doubles championship, the top-ranked duo of Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson has been chasing another trophy to add to their collection.

Reserves compete for Bears at Pac-10 Championships
On Saturday, the No. 16 Cal men's tennis team wrapped up play at the Pac-10 Championships - one day earlier than the end of the tournament itself.

Men's gym program reinstated
The Cal men's gymnastics team finished what had been its 99th and final season with what it felt was a disappointing fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Sherry resigns as Cal lacrosse coach
After four years as coach of the Cal women's lacrosse team, Theresa Sherry has decided to step down.

Bears Buck Broncos in Midweek Tilt
SANTA CLARA, Calif -- Standing tall on the Schott Stadium rubber, Santa Clara lefty Max Deering became a big red target for the heart of the Cal order.


Opinion

Off the beat: Food rules for college life
Michael Pollan seems like a cool guy. He's been one of the faces of the slow food movement for the last half-decade and is also a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The campus gave out free copies of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" for their On the Same Page program not too long ago, and I figure I'll get around to reading that one of these days.

I-House leadership is unfriendly to workers
I am one of a number of residents who requested and attended a forum at the International House Monday evening. Students heard from administrative staff, dining services workers and other residents. In recent weeks AFSCME-represented Dining Services workers have leveled the following serious charges against their supervisors and the broader I-House management: a long-standing use of temporary positions to avoid hiring the career staff necessary to get the job done; relying on a staffing agency which exacerbates rather than ameliorates difficulties; and fostering an adversarial climate in which multiple workers attest to being intimidated.

David Crane is unfit to serve as a member of the UC Board of Regents
The flattering article on David Crane that appeared in the Daily Cal on April 22, "Controversy surrounds appointment of UC Regent," gave surprisingly short shrift to those opposed to Crane's appointment. While the reporter contacted me for information about the number of people who signed the Berkeley Faculty Association's petition opposing Crane's appointment (1,475), he did not ask to interview me or any other officer of the BFA, and none of our concerns about Crane made it into the article.

Cuts affect all positions
Your article, "Other UC Campuses Adopt OE Model" (The Daily Californian, April 26, 2011) quoted a UCB professor who commented on "the lack of any progress in chopping from the top."

It's the law
The public should understand existing rental laws, and property owners should act in good faith - this belief is at the core of a new city ordinance that would require compliance with existing state law.

Thirsty for a say
With the beverage contract with Coca-Cola Co. set to expire on Aug. 3, campus negotiators need to perform a balancing act between practicing good business and representing students.

Demolition was never an option
Berkeleyans may be confused and dismayed, as am I, by the escalating rhetoric about demolition of the West and South Branch libraries.

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