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Issue #559 :: Tuesday, July 30, 2002

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Callen Transfers to Idaho State for Fresh Start
Up near Memorial Stadium, Atari Callen sat and watched the sun set over the bay as he had many times before.

Pufferfish Genome Yields Clues to Human Genes
Scientists announced last week the discovery of 961 new human genes, after analyzing the pufferfish, which shared a common ancestor with humans 300 million years ago.

Campus Workers Suspended Amid Drug Suspicions
Sixteen UC Berkeley employees, under investigation for possible workplace drug offenses, were suspended last week.

Travelogue: The Magical E Sealz
Just a little more than an hour away from Berkeley is a most marvelous place. Before I dish out other peoples favorite places next week, I better begin with one of my own. It's the Aņo Nuevo State Reserve where elephant seals mate and give birth from December to March. I saw it when I last traveled down Pacific Coast Highway in February.

News

Pufferfish Genome Yields Clues to Human Genes
Scientists announced last week the discovery of 961 new human genes, after analyzing the pufferfish, which shared a common ancestor with humans 300 million years ago.

Area BART Stations Offer Vehicles For Communal Use
Discounted cars for communal use will be available at select BART stations including Rockridge station near Berkeley, as part of a car share program.

College Admissions Examinations Will No Longer Note Extra Time
The College Board and ACT Inc. announced this month they will no longer flag the tests of students with disabilities.

Boalt Hall Seeks Justice For Torture Victims
Two Salvadoran generals were ruled responsible for human rights abuses in a suit assisted by a Boalt Hall School of Law professor and students in June.

Cleansing of Toxic Waste-Laden Region Not an Easy Task for UC
The unnatural red color that pervades the soil of Stege Marsh, a wetland bordering the San Francisco Bay, serves as a toxic warning on what seems to be prime real estate in Richmond.

Endangered Frogs Jump to Safety at UC Reservation
Feared by some developers and championed by environmentalists, the California red-legged frog has carved out a home in artificial ponds at a UC Berkeley research station.

Campus Workers Suspended Amid Drug Suspicions
Sixteen UC Berkeley employees, under investigation for possible workplace drug offenses, were suspended last week.


Sports

Callen Transfers to Idaho State for Fresh Start
Up near Memorial Stadium, Atari Callen sat and watched the sun set over the bay as he had many times before.

Everist Tapped for Men's Water Polo Head Post
At the summer nationals tournament this weekend, members of the Cal men's water polo team will meet their new head coach.

Sports in Brief: Powe Verbally Commits for 2003
Despite the departures that plagued the Cal men's basketball team this year, the program's future seems secure.


Opinion

Editorial Art by Darrin Bell


Letters to the Editor: Ecstasy Crackdown Unfairly Targets Rave Culture
Thank you for raising awareness of the RAVE Act with your July 23 editorial ("Lawmakers Target Raves, Not Illegal Drug Use"). While European nations increasingly favor harm reduction alternatives to zero tolerance, Congress is seemingly intent on maximizing the harm associated with drug use. The RAVE Act targets dance clubs that provide life-saving harm reduction education, pill testing and "chill rooms" to prevent ecstasy-related heat exhaustion.

Rave Laws Promote Safety, Education of Ecstasy's Effects
It was a crowded Saturday night at a local rave. Having passed out over 4,000 "this is your brain on ecstasy" postcards to ravers waiting to get into the club, I moved over to one side of the line and saw a 22-year old curled up in a ball, being comforted by one of the club's "bouncers." I approached them: "Is everything alright?" I said. "Yeah, he's just a little messed up-no big deal."

Party Law Misrepresents, Endangers Rave Culture
This new RAVE Act going through Congress is quite possibly the most despicable remedy for the apparent correlation between club drugs and raves. Presumptuous? Yes.

Editorial: Flagging Test Scores for College Admissions
Standardized tests carry great weight in determining college admissions decisions. Consequently, and because of the nature of taking a test that is standardized, the process of undergoing tests like the ACT and SAT is set up in such a way that ensures the integrity of the test.

Editorial: Placing Budget Increases In the Right Places
An audit of the UC system conducted by the state of California revealed a troubling economic trend of UC: It does not spend as much as it should on academics.

Travelogue: The Magical E Sealz
Just a little more than an hour away from Berkeley is a most marvelous place. Before I dish out other peoples favorite places next week, I better begin with one of my own. It's the Aņo Nuevo State Reserve where elephant seals mate and give birth from December to March. I saw it when I last traveled down Pacific Coast Highway in February.

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