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Nearly four months after the ASUC Senate passed amendments to its bylaws in response to the controversial events surrounding the 2010 elections, the upONLINE PODCAST dated bylaws J.D. Morris analyzes the have yet to be ASUC’s bylaw violations made available in the public and their effects. domain, in direct conflict with stated provisions. Though the bylaws require the website to be updated in a timely manner, bureaucratic delays and problems with the website’s functionality have left the site outdated, even as this year’s elections are about two months away. The amendments were put in place as part of settlements for President Noah Stern — who was found guilty of voting for another student — and Student Action Senator Michael Bloch — who was accused but not found guilty of soliciting votes at the International House. The revisions sought to address concerns about proxy voting and the process of investigating violations, among other issues. Multiple ASUC senators have expressed concern about the website, which was completely redesigned in the fall and has since struggled with various broken links that occurred because of the transition. But problems with the website are not the only bylaws violations the ASUC has run into as of late. Senate meeting minutes — which according to the bylaws must be posted on the website within a week of the meeting — were not posted on time at several points last semester. Additionally, after failing to confirm election dates in time for the deadline established in their bylaws, the senate passed an omnibus bill at their Jan. 26 meeting to ensure the last three weeks of official business from the fall semester could not be invalidated. A ‘Work in Progress’ When ASUC Webmaster Jen Goett logged on to the site’s web host for the first time, the system informed her that its coding languages were severely outdated. She decided to update them. Goett had taken on the task of redesigning the entire site, but was surprised to discover that updating the coding triggered an accidental dump of a series of important files. This problem led to broken links and rerouting issues that have now plagued the site for months. Though Goett said she has retrieved most of the lost files and worked to repair the links, she said that some complications remain. “There’s certainly lots of little paths that need to be addressed and need to be corrected from the outdated system,” she said. “It’s a work in progress and I’m still trying to make sure everything works.” Broken links have been only one of the site’s problems — uploading the new bylaws, which were amended in September, has been delayed in part because former Senate Office Manager Chris Wong left at the end of the fall semester to study abroad. While Goett continues to streamline the site, new Office Manager Jordan

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Victor Diaz, a former principal at Berkeley Technology Academy, will open Berkeley Unified School District’s first charter school in spite of some skepticism concerning charter schools.

Victor Diaz says he is doing it all for the kids. But some people in Berkeley are skeptical. In August, Diaz will open Berkeley Unified School District’s first charter schools, which will focus on technology and hands-on learning, while ongoing debate in the state weighing the value of these alternative institutions has hit a more localized — and personal — note. After concluding his last day Monday as principal at Berkeley Technology Academy, Diaz is now dedicated to starting the Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement middle and high schools in Berkeley, the founding of which speaks not only to a changing attitude in the district, but also to a growing statewide and nationwide trend in favor of these different forms of public education. “I’m not doing this to prove anybody wrong, or to ram charter schools down their throats,” he said. “I want to make a great school where kids do amazing, life-changing work.” Since the inception of charter schools in the early 1990s, small school districts like this one, serving fewer than 10,000 students, have long resist-

ed them. Originally intended to give teachers or parents the opportunity to start a school independently, charter schools have since received public money without public regulations and have subsequently been met with public debate over their effectiveness. “Charter schools are just kind of put into a box labeled ‘controversial,’” Diaz said. “People don’t want to dig deeper than that.” Some complain that they siphon off money from public schools, others that they are not focused on education. District spokesperson Mark Coplan admitted that the district is historically against corporate charters, which he said are “created like machines” as part of a profit-making scheme, putting the educational needs of students last. Many are uncomfortable with an unfamiliar educational structure and, oftentimes, with an unfamiliar person or organization coming into a district. But Diaz is anything but an outsider. As principal of the district’s continuation high school for several years, he struggled to “break the cycle of failure,” a phrase he coined along the way. “He has great experience with a really tough population of kids, so nothing will throw him, and he thinks big and

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Berkeley Taxi Drivers Express Discontent UC Berkeley to Offer Campus Beverage Deal To New Bidders by Noor Al-Samarrai Staff Writer

Ali, association chair and taxi driver for the Inter City Cab Co. With 120 taxicabs registered in Berkeley, the association calls for a keener observance of whether taxis are operating legally in order to prevent ordinance violations — such as taxi cabs that do not have Berkeley permits

Following several months of discussion with Coca-Cola Co., campus officials have decided to draft a request for proposal through which they will open the campus beverage contract to other bidders beginning this month rather than attempting to extend the contract for over two years. The current 10-year, $6.2 million contract — providing Coca-Cola with exclusive beverage sale rights on the UC Berkeley campus — expires on Aug. 3. While the campus can renew the contract for up to two years past its expiration, negotiators from the four-unit campus consortium of contract stakeholders — the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, ASUC Auxiliary, Residential and Student Service Programs and the Recreational Sports Facility — decided to release the request in mid-February, ASUC Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein said in an e-mail. Last week, consortium officials met with PepsiCo Inc. to build a relationship with the competing brand. However, they cannot discuss financial provisions before releasing the request, Cal Dining Director Shawn LaPean, a contract negotiator, said in an e-mail. Officials will be listening to a presentation from Coca-Cola Tuesday and expect to have another meeting with them in the future, said ASUC Auxiliary Director Nadesan Permaul at a Jan. 26 ASUC Senate meeting.

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Said Ali, chair of the Berkeley Taxicab Association, is leading other drivers in urging the city to fix the problems that plague their businesses. by Karinina Cruz Staff Writer

While the city of Berkeley focuses its efforts on enticing and developing the growth of small independent businesses, taxicab drivers have recently voiced complaints about the city’s alleged negligence in regard to the enforcement of

certain ordinances that are in place to protect local taxi businesses. The Berkeley Taxicab Association, which was formed by a group of city taxi drivers and owners in August, has urged the city — on several occasions — to address long-standing issues that continue to damage city drivers’ business and operations, according to Said


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hat is health?” The guest lecturer posed this seemingly broad question in my public health class last week. Then perhaps more importantly, “is Berkeley good for your health?” The first question was met with blank stares, the second with some giggling and whispering. There was a “yes,” a “no way” and quite a few “uh, well, I guess it depends ... like, what do you mean?” Hmm, what does it mean to ask if Berkeley’s good for my health? At first glance, the environment seems pretty darn healthy: green rolling hills, a sparkling blue bay and relatively clean air. Berkeley is bike-friendly, reusable bag-friendly, compost-friendly and is home to several farmers markets (and dining halls) offering organic food. Tilden Park, Indian Rock and the Berkeley Marina provide residents and visitors with spectacular hiking, rock climbing, sailing and biking. The physical environment, therefore, leaves little to be desired (expect, perhaps, an ocean warm enough to swim in without developing hypothermia). But, as public health students, we knew there was more to Berkeley’s environment than its physical and topographical features. “Exercise!” someone shouted out, and the interjection was quickly followed by murmurs about nutrition, healthy relationships, sleep and stress. These various elements of health, we determined, are equally as important to our well-being, if not more so, as clean air and fresh produce. I thought back to high school, when daily track workouts and trips to the beach were part of my active lifestyle. rue, Berkeley’s physical environment offers numerous opportunities to get outside and play, but the academic pressures inherent in the social environment have created a shift in my priorities. Although I still value an active lifestyle and enjoy exercise, being a student in Berkeley has made me prioritize my academic well-being for that of my body, a dilemma I was never faced with in high school. Don’t get me wrong — I’m well aware of the studies that claim exercise is the number one trick to studying efficiently and leading a productive and happy life. I know that a brisk walk around the block during a cram session is likely to leave you feeling refreshed, energized and focused. I also know, though, the feeling of guilt that creeps up as I abandon my books for that self-indulgent run or a spur-of-the moment jumping-on-the-bed dance party. Despite the overwhelming research (trust me: Google “exercise and studying” and you’ll be overwhelmed, too), I can’t even count the number of times I’ve foregone physical fitness in the name of my academic career. Gosh, I thought — this has to change. I silently vowed to go for (and enjoy) a run that evening, free from the worries of papers and books waiting for me when I returned. After six hours of class, three hours of work, a trip to the bookstore and a club meeting, I laced up my shoes and took

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KATE TROJA off in the dark. Unsurprisingly, I felt refreshed and focused when I returned home half an hour later. Convinced I had finally found the secret to a balanced and healthy life at Cal, I headed to the kitchen for a late dinner. pening the fridge, I considered my options. Peanut butter sandwich? Not on moldy bread, thank you. Apple with cheese? Darn, I’d used the last of the cheese to make a sandwich the night before (when, presumably, the bread was still edible). How about some expired deli turkey and a frozen waffle? Geez, that sounded appetizing. I finally settled on carrots, Goldfish and orange juice and silently, as I had done earlier that day in lecture, vowed to make a change. Tomorrow would include a trip to the farmers market for some leafy greens and fresh bread. But, alas, the following day included no such trip. Instead, my roommate and I made a late night run to CREAM, (which is shaping up to be the new King Pin of midnight binge-fests). The sugar rush and three cups of tea were sufficient in keeping me awake as I prepared for a nutrition and toxicology quiz the next morning (the irony of the situation was apparent to me at the time, believe me). I realized it was no wonder so many new students gained the Freshman 15 (which, apparently, used to be the Freshman 10 — chew on that for a while); Cal is not conducive to shopping for, preparing and enjoying healthy, balanced meals on a regular basis. With quizzes, exams, papers and presentations (and the list goes on), it’s so easy to succumb to eating high-sugar, high-fat, accessible food — and drinking a shit-ton of coffee. But this approach to college is shortsighted. As preachy as it sounds, we know we’re setting ourselves up for years of offset sleep schedules and poor eating and exercising habits. So why do we do it? To get into a good medical/law/graduate school, to live up to our (parents’) expectations? To simply get through it so we can move on to the next chapter of our lives? All I know is, my resting heart rate is way too high (72 beats per minute, damn it — yet another reason to stress!) to count on getting this health-as-a-priority thing right down the line. Carpe diem! Carpe durian!

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Americans may be one step closer to driving zero-emission cars, as a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report published this month sheds light on ONLINE PODCAST new methods Listen to Sara Johnson for harnessing analyze Berkeley Lab’s solar energy. Lab scientists latest discovery. have discovered a low-cost, zero-emission method of effectively utilizing the sun’s energy to extract hydrogen from water, according to a paper published Jan. 20 in Science Magazine’s website. This hydrogen could then be used for fuel cells.

“The idea is using the sun and water (for) generating hydrogen,” said Samuel Mao, career staff scientist at the lab and corresponding author of the paper. “Hydrogen would be used to fuel fuel cells, (and) fuel cells would be used to power cars.” Mao’s report explains his work in using solar energy and the photocatalyst, titanium dioxide, to extract hydrogen from water. Lab scientists Xiaobo Chen, Lei Liu and Peter Yu coauthored the report with Mao. Because solar energy alone is not enough to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, photocatalysts “do the work,” said Jin Zhang, a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz. According to Mao, prior research

has focused on adding materials to titanium dioxide to increase its solar absorption. Mao’s first proposal for solar hydrogen production was in 2004. In his research, Mao applied high pressure and temperature to titanium dioxide, a common substance in white wall paint and sunscreen, to manipulate its atomic structure. His recent report is the first to introduce the concept of atomic restructuring to aid in generating hydrogen, rather than simply adding materials to the photocatalyst. Mao calls this atomic restructuring “disorder engineering,” which causes the white substance to change to black and enables it to absorb ultraviolet as well as visible and infrared light.

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Bigger and Better The West Berkeley Project would lead to a stronger city economy and a better overall climate for local businesses.

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n a time of high unemployment and economic struggle, it seems only logical for a city to do everything it can to make itself more attractive to future development. The West Berkeley Project, a culmination of over three years of study by the Planning Commission, would step in that direction. It increases the allowable uses of industrial districts, clarifies the current Zoning Ordinance and simplifies the Master Use Permit process. This proposal has multiple benefits for the city, both for current occupants and future tenants. Conditions for granting permits would require new tenants to directly benefit the community, such as by providing a new source of job-training programs or alternative-transportation-friendly development. In exchange, height limits would be lifted and zone restrictions would be relaxed. New development would also revitalize the city’s economy. While we strongly support small businesses, they alone cannot carry the entire city. Currently, as anyone who sees the multiple empty storefronts and “For Rent” signs around campus can

attest, small businesses are having trouble surviving. This city could definitely use the jump-start that a large employer such as the second Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus would provide. However, with the lab considering Alameda and Richmond as alternative locations, the city must move quickly to ensure it has the most compelling bid. Currently, the lab is the city’s second largest employer. Even those who oppose this project must respect Berkeley Economic Development Director Michael Caplan’s warning that the city is currently failing to fully capitalize its resources. Many technicians are leavingthe city to start new research projects elsewhere, and Mayor Tom Bates is correct in calling for a stop to this hemorrhage. Economic revitalization requires that a city become more hospitable to existing businesses and more appealing to future development, and the West Berkeley Project does both while protecting the unique preexisting community. We urge the city council to approve it, and we look forward to the area’s exciting future.

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The search for a permanent campus reflection space could soon be over with effort by students and campus officials.

ast semester’s e-mail asking that the campus Muslim community find a new space for prayer should serve as a reminder to all of campus that the search for a new space has taken far too long. The e-mail itself, sent from the ASUC Auxiliary to the Muslim Students Association, is not a problem. It was a civil and reasonable request that was issued after the Auxiliary received several complaints, and it suggested alternative spaces and resources that would be acceptable. The real problem is how long the search for a new space is taking. Campus Muslims have been looking for a permanent place to worship for years, and their struggle is indicative of the problems faced by any student looking for a private area in which to reflect. The fact that talks on the issue are still occurring today suggests that the search has achieved little beyond securing a space in the renovated Lower Sproul Plaza. While we are happy that campus and student officials were able to ensure space in the future, they must find a place for nondenominational meditation and reflection in

the interim. Maintaining momentum on this process is no doubt hampered by the high turnover of ASUC senators. Students passionate about this issue must do something now or risk starting anew after the spring elections. We also question the apparent lack of involvement by major campus officials. While we appreciate Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard’s continual participation in talks and negotiations, we would like to know why other administrators have not voiced their concerns. The responsibilities of Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion Gibor Basri and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Harry Le Grande both appear to apply toward finding a campus prayer space. Perhaps one or both of them could use their resources to help identify a vacant space that could be dedicated to student reflection. Finding a space for reflection and meditation has been a long and difficult process. With a final, concentrated push and some help from campus administrators, the search may soon be finished.

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by Alfredo Mireles Jr. Last week, the California State Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees that deal with higher education funding had their first hearings on Governor Brown’s proposed budget. These are the first legislative committees that will vote on whether to accept the proposed cuts or not. Governor Brown has proposed a cut of $1.4 billion to higher education funding: $500 million from the University of California, $500 million from the California State University and $400 million from the community colleges. During the two hearings legislators primarily focused on community colleges and, to a lesser extent, the California State University. Reasonable and common criticisms were raised. Legislators were concerned with executive salaries, faculty teaching loads and the high costs of remediation and students who take too many classes. However, after over five hours of hearings, I was not convinced that we have a champion for the University of California on either of the subcommittees that are going to vote on the governor’s budget. I did not hear passionate pleas from the legislators that preserving this funding was imperative to the state’s long term health or that the University of California is one of the last elements of California’s state government that can fairly claim to be the best at what it does nationwide. I sat trying to assess this troubling situation and did some research. I discovered that there appears to be minimal personal connection to the UC amongst the legislators on the subcommittees. For instance, only one of the eight legislators on the two committees represents a district that has a UC campus. UC Riverside is in Assemblyperson Brian Nestande’s district. Also, only one of the eight legislators attended a UC campus. Senator Carol Liu got her teaching credential at UC Berkeley. Thus, we as students must find ways to be relevant to legislators who don’t have a natural connection to the UC system. We need to be thoughtful in how we frame our arguments and make sure that they speak to the interests of the individual legislators regardless of whether they are from cities or rural areas, whether they have UC campuses in their districts or what party they are from. We need to start by making sure legislators know that UC funding should be a bipartisan issue. Each UC campus is represented by both an assemblyperson and senator. Thus, since there are 10 UC campuses, there are 20 legislators who have a UC campus in their district. Currently, 13 Democrats and seven Republicans have UC campuses in their legislative districts. Our advocacy strategy should reflect this reality. We need UC students from rural areas talking to their legislators about how, after they graduate, they plan on

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returning home to improve their family business and to help grow their local economies. We need UC students from Silicon Valley telling their legislators that the educational opportunities they have at a UC campus will ensure that the region continues to be the cradle of innovation. We need UC students from inner cities talking to their legislators about how they plan on going back to help revitalize their communities after they graduate and to help young people from similar backgrounds excel and attend college. Hopefully, this will allow us to find a champion (or champions) in the legislature who will advocate for UC funding even during the most challenging budget times. Thankfully, we are still early on in the

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budget process. So far, no votes on the budget have been cast and there are multiple steps before the final budget is completed. All budgets have to be voted on by several subcommittees, both the Assembly and Senate full Budget Committees, the Budget Conference Committee and, ultimately, the entire State Assembly and Senate before being sent to the governor for his signature. There is a long way to go and there is still ample time for students to make the case that we do not deserve a $500 million cut. But, we must be thoughtful and savvy; we must make the case to all legislators in a way that makes the strongest case to them and their districts. Alfredo Mireles Jr. is the student regent-designate. Reply to opinion@dailycal.org.

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In Hannah Jewell’s Jan. 28 2011 column, “So You Want a Revolution,” she claims that “what the United States wants to happen in the Middle East is ... not democracy." She claims the US has prevented democracy in the Middle East for 50 years in its support for Israel. I wonder how she would respond to the fact that of all the countries she mentioned that Israel is the only electoral democracy at the moment in the Middle East? Max Klein Student, UC Berkeley


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The more light it absorbs, the more hydrogen can be produced. Mao said white titanium dioxide is not a very effective photocatalyst because it only absorbs ultraviolet light, which “accounts for less than 10 percent of the world’s solar energy.” Zhang, who works on similar research on extracting hydrogen from water, described Mao’s research as “novel and significant” in an e-mail. “This approach can (have) broad impact to ... solar energy conversion,” he said in the e-mail. This method of extracting hydrogen

produces no greenhouse gas emissions or byproducts other than water, and then can be used for hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles and buildings. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association is an advocacy organization for commercializing fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Pete Barkey, the communications director for the association, said the research on hydrogen energy is “really encouraging” and fuel cells are “integral to the clean energy portfolio.” Sara Johnson covers the environment. Contact her at sjohnson@dailycal.org.

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The auxiliary is the second-largest contract stakeholder after the athletics department, which receives $275,000 in total, and has received $200,000 in sponsorship funding per year from the company since 2005. While athletics receives more funding, it is a small amount of the unit’s $70 million annual budget. Coca-Cola is the second-largest source of ASUC revenue and comprised about 12 percent of its 2009-10 academic year budget — a percentage greater than any other contract stakeholder’s. Cal Dining receives a $50,000 rebate on the Coca-Cola products it purchases — approximately $750,000-worth per year, according to LaPean — as part of a $12 million annual budget. The funding “is not a major revenue source” for the RSF, said Recreational Sports Director Mike Weinberger. The Graduate Assembly is given $50,000 of sponsorship funding each year, while the undergraduate student association receives the surplus commercial activities funding — of which Coca-Cola’s is a part — remaining after the auxiliary has paid for its expenses. There has been no budget surplus available since 2007.

While consortium members are eligible for further funding through volume incentives, they have met them only once — in the 2005-06 academic year. Sales of Coca-Cola beverages on campus have only gone down since then, LaPean said. The decline in sales may be a result of the RSSP’s “I Heart Tap Water” campaign, which led to a 28 percent decrease in bottled water sales on campus — a reduction disliked by CocaCola, explained LaPean. “They’ve always wanted to sell more Coke,” he said. “That’s what it’s their business to do.” According to LaPean, the RSSP will aim to garner benefits for the campus through a primary contract that leaves 10 percent of the beverage market free for competing brands. “Sales are affected because we don’t have diverse products,” LaPean said. “When you have limitations on beverages you limit sales.” However, LaPean said that the campus does have a financial interest in getting a good contract that can be offered only by a company as large as Coca-Cola Co. Noor Al-Samarrai covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at nsamarrai@dailycal.org.

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Giannoni said she hopes to get the new bylaws up within the next few days. “They are supposed to be public domain, and we absolutely have no intention of discontinuing that tradition,” Giannoni said. “I’m hoping to get them up and then hoping that the website actually works.” According to Giannoni, Wong’s departure came as a surprise to the ASUC offices — a sentiment echoed by Executive Vice President Nanxi Liu. “I’m a little annoyed by it because the senate manager isn’t supposed to leave halfway through the year,” Liu said. “Why would you apply to this position if you’re just going to leave?” At the senate’s Jan. 19 meeting, three elections officers nominated by Elections Council Chair Shivom Sinha and approved by the senate had not seen the new bylaws, though the amendments do not pertain directly to their positions. Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou said he will make sure the amendments are clear as the elections process advances. “When the candidates’ meeting

comes up, (the bylaws) will definitely be updated, and I’ll provide that information to everyone,” he said. ‘The Bylaws Are Really Guidelines’ Though the bylaws dictate that the senate cannot conduct official business if elections dates are not determined by the 10th meeting, it was not until after the 13th meeting — one month after the deadline — that dates were set. As outlined in the ASUC Constitution and Bylaws, “the specific dates for regular elections ... shall be set by the ASUC Senate.” Sinha, whose position is generally consulted when setting election dates, was not available because of a concussion he suffered shortly before the deadline, which he said put him “out of commission for quite a while.” “Realistically speaking, I don’t think anybody would have a concern over the course of action that was taken in just waiting for him,” Rahmanou said. But several senators have said most of the senate was not aware they had missed the deadline when the meeting passed and that it was not until after

taxis: Upset Cab Drivers Voice Grievances to City from front

picking up passengers in the city — and a more efficient permitting process for vehicles and companies. “We asked the city and the police to stop this,” Ali said. “Our business is going to (non-Berkeley taxis).” In October, the association sent a letter to City Manager Phil Kamlarz, announcing the formation of the group and asking for a meeting with city officials and the Chief Michael Meehan of the Berkeley Police Department. City spokesperson Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said the city is reviewing the complaints and ways to resolve them. Ali said that while Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Kriss Worthington both met with the association on separate occasions, the police department has not been as responsive to requests to regulate illegal rides by non-Berkeley cabs. “The city of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is not involved in this

project,” Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in an e-mail. “We certainly respond to calls for service if the issue is a police matter related to a taxi and/or his/her fare. These are currently infrequent.” Still, no concrete steps have been made to address the association’s concerns. Another problem that plagues the city’s taxi drivers and companies is that several hotels will charge taxi drivers for picking up passengers, according to Ali, who said some Berkeley drivers have been charged $10 to $20. He added that some Berkeley hotels are not aware of the city’s ordinance that prevents outside cabs from picking up passengers. However, Bethany Day, reservationist at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Downtown Berkeley, said the hotel only calls Berkeley-registered taxis and added that they do not require payment in exchange for customers. Similar to the business permitting process that has been deemed ineffi-

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the semester had ended that it was brought to their attention. “I know I was unaware because there are so many things senators have to worry about,” said SQUELCH! Senator Rachel Horning. “I’m pretty sure most of us were rather oblivious.” Rahmanou said the omnibus bill the senate passed was more of a formality to ensure the validity of all business, even though he decided not to press charges because he said he did not see it as the appropriate action given Sinha’s health. Though the dates were originally set for April 4, 5 and 6, by the time the senate approved them they had been changed to April 5, 6 and 7 to comply with another bylaws provision that elections must start on Tuesday of “the second week following spring break.” “The bylaws are really guidelines, I’d say, because there’s so many of them and if you read them front to back you’d realize we’re not doing a lot of things the bylaws state we should be doing,” said Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein. “It’s unrealistic, I’d say, to do them verbatim.” J.D. Morris is the lead student government reporter. Contact him at jmorris@dailycal.org. cient, the steps to obtain vehicle permits are tedious. “It’s a waste of time,” Ali said. According to city documents, each vehicle is subject to a city-approved vehicle inspection before the permit process can begin. Ali added that the nontransferable aspect of Berkeley vehicle permits also poses a problem. “If I want to transfer the permit to my son, I can’t do that,” he said. Additionally, Ali raised the issue that instead of charging $215 per company as a business tax rate, Berkeley charges $215 per vehicle — a change that surprised association members last year, he said. If the city does not address their concerns within a month, Ali said the association may be “forced to strike.” “Taxi drivers feel neglected, rejected and disrespected,” Worthington said in an e-mail. “A year ago we had a meeting with city staff, but things have gotten worse.” Karinina Cruz covers business. Contact her at kcruz@dailycal.org.


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Berkeley, California

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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‘Mooch’ Federico and ‘Rama Mama’ Lead a Young Hoops Team With Smiles And Laughter by Alex Matthews Staff Writer

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t’s been at least 15 minutes since the Cal women’s basketball team finished its practice, but senior Rachelle Federico hasn’t left the court yet. She remains on the court practicing 3-pointers and seems content to stay. Usually this is the sort of scenario that would appear on a Gatorade commercial: an athlete dripping in sweat, standing in a dark, empty gym, refusing to quit until she’s made all her shots. That could be Federico’s goal but she looks nothing like a sports drink poster child. Her posture is relaxed as she sinks a shot, and her grin barely fades. A passing trainer gives “Mooch” a fist bump as congratulations.Federico seems, quite simply, at home. “You just take every moment for what it is,” she says of her final season. “You play harder than ever ‘cause it’s like, ‘Well, it’s the last time I get to do it.’ It’s been very captivating.” Federico and Rama N’Diaye are the Bears’ only two upperclassmen; the rest of the roster consists entirely of freshmen and sophomores. The squad is not the same one that Federico and N’Diaye joined their freshman year or played for during the years that followed. Yet the pair loves the team as if it hasn’t changed at all. “I remember the first game (this season), it was like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is going to be a long year,’” says N’Diaye, who is in her fifth year with the squad. “Now it’s like, ‘This is almost over.’ It’s not fun to think about it.” ederico and N’Diaye recall their early years as if they were yesterday. N’Diaye was coming to Berkeley literally from the other side of the world. At least she was used to drastic culture shocks. The Senegal native spent three years of high school in Japan. Like Federico, N’Diaye seems comfortable in Haas. A wide smile escapes her just when she mentions anything about the team. She has the type of grin that seems impossible to contain, and N’Diaye’s calm disposition never fights it. While Federico will happily chat with you about what Cal basketball means to her for as long as you’re interested, N’Diaye doesn’t say much. Her smile speaks volumes. What she’ll miss about Cal basketball? “Everything.” N’diaye says it was sad to watch her freshman class graduate while she redshirted last year with a knee injury. Nevertheless, she hasn’t let the numerous changes she’s had to see the team through over the years in any way reduce her attachment to it. “Every single year it’s different, you have new teammates, a new personality,”

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Conference Questions Is Derrick Williams a shoo-in for Pac-10 Player of the Year?

Is USC one of the softest teams in the Pac-10?

Arizona’s sophomore forward certainly boasts a leading resume. He has the type of efficient numbers that would make basketball stats geeks salivate: Williams is averaging nearly 20 points on just over 10 shots per game; he is also making 64 percent from the field, a sizzling 70.4 percent on 3-pointers and gets to the free throw line relentlessly. Secondly, there’s the team value factor: Williams is currently the only double-digit scorer on the Pac-10’s second-place team. Yeah, you can say he’s carrying that squad on his shoulders a little bit. Lastly, he has recorded a pair of big performances — a combined 49 points and 19 rebounds in road tilts with Washington and Kansas — even if his team didn’t come out on top. A highlight-reel alley-oop dunk against UCLA this past Thursday should give him some added attention. Is he a lock for the award though? Not quite, and the reason is that Jan. 20 showdown in Seattle — a contest also known as the Isaiah Thomas Show. The Huskies’ dynamic point guard was spectacular, dropping 22 points, pulling down six rebounds and handing out 10 assists against Arizona. Just one game earlier, he flat-out dominated Cal at Haas Pavilion with a 27-point, 13assist showing. As the star player and leader on the conference’s best team — a very similar profile to the Bears’ Jerome Randle, last season’s Player of the Year — Thomas should see his stock only rise if Washington continues to run away with Pac-10. —Ed Yevelev

After being dominated from start to finish on Saturday night by Arizona, USC clearly played one of their worst games of the season. But leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Vucevic took his criticisms a little bit further when describing his team’s play. “I thought we played like women,” Vucevic said. “We didn’t play hard at all. Every single one of us just played like women.” The junior forward later apologized for his remarks, citing differences in terminology from his native Serbian and English, but his point was clear: He thought USC played softly. So does that mean that the Trojans aren’t a tough squad? All year, I’ve defended USC as a stout defensive squad that doesn’t allow easy baskets. It battles hard in the paint and possesses maybe the Pac10’s best perimeter defender in Marcus Simmons. Its effort against Arizona was lackluster, but USC is a strong defensive team that does not have the offensive skills to ascend in the conference. Vucevic’s comments really are not as offensive as they sound, though we all agree that he could have phrased them better. What make Vucevic’s comments important is not the poor word choice, but that he wants to assure that USC plays tough every game. The Trojans need to play tough, because they probably won’t win much if they are letting teams crash the boards and block them out. Coach Kevin O’Neill has made USC an exponentially better defensive team during his time in Los Angeles, but its offense has floundered. The main point is that this isn’t a soft team. O’Neill has spearheaded a culture of solid pressure and tireless effort. Vucevic made the right point in the worst possible terms. —Gabriel Baumgaertner

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WITH DAVID SEAWRIGHT These are tenuous times to be an athlete at Cal. With every cut to the UC budget, sentiment grows that the reductions to the athletic department should be more significant. Sure, it’s sad for those five sports that got slashed, but certainly there are more deserving aspects of this university that deserve our limited finances, right? Are collegiate sports really worth it? It would be easy enough for me to write about the many merits of a successful athletic department to the university and student body. But instead, I’d like to pose a simple question regarding the issue. If it weren’t for college sports, how insufferable would the next few months of the sporting calendar be? This last weekend serves as a perfect preview of the coming post-football pain. Outside of former Cal center Alex Mack’s unlikely touchdown dash in the Pro Bowl, was there a reason for even watching the highlights of that game? If not for college sports, here’s a picture of what we would have faced: The biggest sports news of the last week would have been that the Packers were going to leave injured players out of the team’s official Super Bowl pictures. As sad as it is, this might have been more exciting than what the rest of the sports world offered up. Because of the NHL All-Star game, ESPN’s Barry Melrose — mullet and all — was forced to talk about hockey players not named Sidney Crosby, and

while I’m fairly sports-savvy, I didn’t know that such people even existed. There’d be a whole lot more of such hockey talk without other headlines. ESPN might be forced to air more than four days of the Winter X Games, but you and I both can only watch a snowmobile do a flip so many times. Tiger Woods, who kicked off the 2011 season just as poorly as he finished 2010, would have to pretend that the next few months serve as more than a warm-up for the Masters in April. Without March Madness, the Lakers would have to at least act like the schedule before May matters, even though they certainly aren’t playing like it. Thankfully, you and I live in a refuge free of the boredom of professional sports. Just last weekend, women’s swimming offered looks at numerous current and future Olympians as the No. 4 Bears downed both No. 3 USC and No. 21 UCLA. Cal’s rugby team continued its regular dominance, defeating Stanford and holding onto the Scrum Axe for the 15th straight year. And best of all, both of Cal’s basketball teams continued their quest toward postseason play by sweeping Oregon and Oregon State. Outside of Berkeley, St. John’s beat No. 3 Duke and top-ranked Ohio State barely held on to beat Northwestern. This is a desperate time of the year for sports. Even Sports Illustrated, the gold standard of sports journalism, resorts to filling an issue with scantily clad women simply because there’s nothing of substance to write about. What, you thought it was a coincidence that this annual release immediately followed the Super Bowl? College athletics are a necessary element of the sports landscape, if for no other reason than our entertainment throughout the rest of the spring. By living in Berkeley, you don’t have to succumb to coverage of the NHL, NBA or preseason golf. World-class athletics are right here in your backyard. So next time you grow frustrated with your Nike-adorned classmates, instead thank them profusely for being a part of saving sports this time of year. Watch Alex Mack’s touchdown dash with David at sports@dailycal.org.


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