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Issue #519 :: Friday, April 12, 2002

Top Headlines

Baseball: Cal Tries to Rebound From Midweek Loss
For the most part, games in the middle of the week have been very good to the Cal baseball team this season.

S.S. Berkeley Victory
When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was honored as the California Alumni Association's Alumnus of the Year last month, he was presented with an additional trophy-the builder's plaque from the S.S. Berkeley.

Two Students File Lawsuit Over Alleged Gang-Rape
Two female UC Berkeley students who allege they were gang-raped by a group of San Diego State University rugby players filed suit against the university, its team and the Southside bar where they met their alleged attackers.

Lacrosse: Bears Get Their Own Big Game
It's what every Cal sports team looks forward to all season long-a game against Stanford.

News

Two Students File Lawsuit Over Alleged Gang-Rape
Two female UC Berkeley students who allege they were gang-raped by a group of San Diego State University rugby players filed suit against the university, its team and the Southside bar where they met their alleged attackers.

Low ASUC Senate Meeting Turnout Delays Debate, Passage of Bills
As the attendance of ASUC senators at their meetings has continued to dwindle in the past month, many members expressed frustration with the resulting bureaucratic delays.

Deceased Homeless Man's Identity Mistaken for ‘God Bless You Man'
The Alameda County Coroner's office confirmed yesterday that the person known widely to students as the "God Bless You Man" is not Dwight Leeray, the homeless man who died late last month after an alleged assault that took place on Southside.

Commissions Ensure Public Input, But Hinder Progress
Wedged between Berkeley's overworked city staff and its fractious city council lies the city's third branch of government-45 "advisory" boards and commissions vested with ambiguous powers to make policy and interpret law.

Lawrence Berkeley Lab Scientists Propose New Research Facilities
Several scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are actively involved in planning two new, state-of-the-art laboratories described as "the best in the world."

News in Brief: First Latina Selected To be UC Chancellor
Renowned astrophysicist France Córdova was selected as the new UC Riverside chancellor on Tuesday. She is the first Latina in the UC system to be appointed to the position.

Feature Photo: Working His Game



Correction
Yesterday's article "Explosion Could Collapse Part of Bay Bridge, Prof Says" should have stated that Abolhassan Astaneh is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The article also should have stated that he received $50,000 from the National Science Foundation, not Caltrans, to study the bridge's extensive damages. The photo accompanying the article should have been attributed to Krista Osmundson and its caption should have stated that Astaneh was showing a computer model of the self-anchored bridge Caltrans has designed for the east span of the Bay Bridge.

More Than 170 Local Teacher Positions Axed by District's Budget
There are mixed emotions among Berkeley school teachers who are being laid off because of district budget cuts.


Sports

Baseball: Cal Tries to Rebound From Midweek Loss
For the most part, games in the middle of the week have been very good to the Cal baseball team this season.

Lacrosse: Bears Get Their Own Big Game
It's what every Cal sports team looks forward to all season long-a game against Stanford.

Women's Tennis: Bears Surge Into Season's Final Stretch
The No. 15 Cal women's tennis team has always prided itself in ending the season strong.

Cal Sprints Home for Hamilton Invite
There's nothing like a home meet to help a team overcome its recent frustrations on the road and to make the injuries hurt a little less.

Sports in Brief: Cal Swimming Cleans Up at Pac-10 Awards
The Cal swimming program dominated postseason conference awards, taking four of six honors.


Opinion

S.S. Berkeley Victory
When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was honored as the California Alumni Association's Alumnus of the Year last month, he was presented with an additional trophy-the builder's plaque from the S.S. Berkeley.

Editorial: It's a Vote, Not a Poll: 2002 ASUC Propositions
Past propositions on the ASUC ballot have created serious change-after all, they are supposed to be measures important enough to require the vote of the entire student body.

Boosting Minority Enrollment and the SAT
In Hoku Jeffrey's latest dramatic letter to The Daily Californian ("Enrollment Unsatisfactory," Apr. 9), he demands immediate elimination of the SAT, and, by some unspecified admissions process, an instant increase in minority enrollment. Jeffrey cites as cause for alarm the decline in the number of admitted black students from 293 to 290-this in an admit class of 8,492 students for Fall 2002. Would anyone with the slightest proficiency with numbers please step forward and explain to Jeffrey that the "decline" is statistically insignificant?

Letters to the Editor: Repercussions of Israeli-Palestinian Protests
How can we hope for peace in the Middle East when the divide between the Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestine protesters only seems to grow? Does the terrorist bombings in Israel justify the innocent lives lost in Palestine? Should a little girl be allowed to die from terrorism in Israel because her people are in "occupation" of Palestinian territory? The fact is that senseless deaths are amounting on both sides that cannot be justified, no matter how far you dig into history. The protesters on campus for each side need to stop letting emotions drive them, and allow intellectual thought, compromise, and empathy to guide them. Only then can we have true peace.

Editorial Art by Tramaine de Senna


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