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Issue #95 :: Thursday, February 3, 2000

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Veterans Day to Be Observed in UC Schools
The UC system - one of the last public institutions in the nation to do so - will finally begin observing Veterans Day this year, UC President Richard Atkinson announced yesterday.

Dear Chris
Having successfully gotten off on the wrong foot with all of you, I should take a step back and reflect. But keep in mind that I'm not out to appease any elevated views you may have of yourself.

Bears Unveil New Recruits
Schools across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday, when high school football players were finally allowed to make their college choices official.

Fallen Tree Damages Cars, Blocks City Street
A giant oak tree fell at the corner of Derby and Ellsworth streets Wednesday morning, landing on two cars and completely blocking traffic.

News

Veterans Day to Be Observed in UC Schools
The UC system - one of the last public institutions in the nation to do so - will finally begin observing Veterans Day this year, UC President Richard Atkinson announced yesterday.

Fallen Tree Damages Cars, Blocks City Street
A giant oak tree fell at the corner of Derby and Ellsworth streets Wednesday morning, landing on two cars and completely blocking traffic.

Proposition to Decrease Tax on Tobacco Incites Debate
Two representatives from different sides of the ongoing tobacco war squared off on campus yesterday over a ballot proposition.

Experts Conduct Preschool Studies
Preschoolers can dramatically enhance their performance and smooth the transition into kindergarten through games, a group of UC Berkeley researchers said yesterday.

Youth Radio Gives Teens Experience in Broadcasting
Young adults may have a lot to say about issues ranging from sex to violence, but they do not always have an audience or the skills to communicate. One Berkeley organization educates students on how to tell stories, not only to friends or family, but to the radio community.

Free Speech Movement Cafe Dedicated
To celebrate the campus' legacy of political activism, the UC Berkeley community will gather today for a dedication ceremony at the new Free Speech Movement Cafe.

News in Briefs: Woman Robbed at Knifepoint Near North Berkeley Market
Two men allegedly robbed a woman in the parking lot of a North Berkeley supermarket Tuesday, police announced yesterday.


Sports

Bears Unveil New Recruits
Schools across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday, when high school football players were finally allowed to make their college choices official.

Cal to Play Pac-10's Best
There is no telling exactly how it happened, but one thing is for certain: Los Angeles college basketball fans have had their world turned upside down the last month.

Bears Handle Santa Clara
If the Cal baseball team ever decides to hold a hitting clinic, it will wish it videotaped yesterday's game at Santa Clara.

Women's Hoops Seeks Second Win
Noted philosopher and ballplayer Yogi Berra once said, "Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical."

Sports Briefs: Ruggers Look to Stay Undefeated
The Cal rugby team continues its early-season docket this weekend when it hosts Chico State Saturday before taking on Westmont College Sunday.


Opinion

Dear Chris
Having successfully gotten off on the wrong foot with all of you, I should take a step back and reflect. But keep in mind that I'm not out to appease any elevated views you may have of yourself.

'Offensive' Fight Song Should Be Banned
I don't think that we should be the California Golden Bears anymore. I mean, when you think about it, isn't that discrimination against animals? We are reducing and exploiting the status of bears in the animal kingdom. We portray them as playful and cuddly creatures with Oski, and as mean and ruthless creatures on our athletics logo. This just objectifies them and masks the fact that they too deserve respect.

Focus on Differences Obscures Individuality
Chris Zamani's sarcastic tutoring in "Behind the Black" makes me feel like a target myself. As a white person, how can I expect a young man like Chris to see me as an individual when he obviously bases things on race and the present power structure?

Southside 'Cleansing' Shows A Darker Side of Local Police
Ross Clippinger's "Behind the Badge," in which he says he was disgusted by the Reclaim the Streets Party and Protest of Globalization in May 1998, is unfortunately based on some serious misperceptions.

Letters to the Editor: Common Sense Can Preserve Tradition
I am a fourth year member of the Cal Band and would like to express my opinion on "The California Indian Song." I hope to provide a unique perspective on the situation. Not only am I a band member, but I am band member of African American and Native American ancestry. I have sung, played and even marched to the song more times than I can count.

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