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City Council Brings Telegraph Safety Issues to Light by Yousur Alhlou Staff Writer

The Berkeley City Council will consider installing more pedestrian lighting along Telegraph Avenue to increase pedestrian safety and the aesthetic value of the area directly south of the UC Berkeley campus. In response to consistent complaints about “inadequate” pedestrian and transportation safety measures as expressed by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and Southside residents — many of whom are students — Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Gordon Wozniak have asked city staff to consider ways to better light and improve safety along the avenue. If approved, the project will encompass the area between Bancroft Way and Parker Street adjacent to Telegraph and extend to the avenue’s immediate parallel blocks — Dana Street to the west and Bowditch Street to the east — according to Al Geyer, chair of the Telegraph Merchants Association and owner of Annapurna. “It’s not a radical new idea,” Worthington said. “We have lighting designed for automobiles so that the cars can drive down the street. They are not designed for pedestrians.” Members of the Telegraph Lighting Committee, mostly business owners and residents, have also collaborated with council members to improve the vibrancy and safety of the avenue. ­ Worthington added that the avenue has become increasingly unfriendly to pedestrians, especially when stores close shop after dark.

Despite an overall 8.8 percent decrease in major crime in the city from 2009 to 2010, UCPD responded to 26 crimes that have occurred on Telegraph since 2007, according to the department’s daily crime log. “Walk down here at 10 o’clock ... it’s mostly women who get hassled by creepazoids out there,” said Jim Murdock, owner of Lhasa Karnak Herb Co. on Telegraph. “I don’t, but I’m a man. That’s very different.” Despite growing local discontent with present lighting, the referral does not outline a possible construction timeline or the potential financial impacts of the project. If approved, though, the process of adding lighting to the area could take up to three years, according to Worthington. Though the city is responsible for providing adequate pedestrian-scaled lighting, Worthington said it would be unrealistic to fund the project using city money. The city faces a $11 million deficit come July. Instead, the referral proposes seeking funding from private, state and federal grants. In 2006, the city received $140,000 in funding from the university and property owners to improve the safety, cleanliness, lighting and business conditions in the area. Worthington’s referral is complemented by two additional public safety items on the March 8 council agenda, including re-appeals to adopt a new Public Safety Commission and a permanent “Walk the Beat” program in which staffed policeman patrol the street by foot. Yousur Alhlou covers city government. Contact her at yalhlou@dailycal.org.

Files Suit Against UC by Jordan Bach-Lombardo Staff Writer

Action senator and finance committee member Jimmy Zhang. “We need to make sure that student groups get proper funding but not more than they deserve.” SQUELCH! senator and finance committee chair Rachel Horning said that tabling more bills has given the senate additional time to determine whether student groups have come up with solid budgets and are using the cheapest options for all the items they need to produce an event. “We’re saying, do more homework.

A former UC Berkeley student has filed a lawsuit against the campus and UC as a whole, alleging that campus and university policies and actions have allowed a “dangerous environment” to develop, an allegation the campus has vehemently denied. In the suit — filed on March 4 in the Northern District of the United States District Court — Jessica Felber, who was co-president of the campus Zionist student group Tikvah while a student on campus, alleges that the campus and university tolerated “the development of a dangerous antiSemitic climate on its campuses” and failed to adopt policies that addressed the alleged dangerous climate, according to the filing. The filing followed a March 5, 2010 incident, when Felber was allegedly assaulted by Husam Zakharia, a UC Berkeley alumnus and former member of Students for Justice in Palestine, and required medical attention. Zakharia was arrested after the incident, but charges were not filed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said that the suit’s claim is baseless. “UC Berkeley is committed to maintaining an inclusive and respectful campus environment that is safe and welcoming for everyone, without regard to religion, race, ethnicity or ideology,” he said. “On legal and factual grounds, we completely reject the complaint’s unfounded claims and allegations, and we intend to very vigorously contest this lawsuit.” The suit names UC President Mark Yudof, the UC Board of Regents, the University of California, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, the ASUC and the ASUC Auxiliary as defendants.

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Telegraph Avenue may see brighter nights ahead if the Berkeley City Council passes a referral to increase lighting along the street, which has received numerous safety complaints.

ASUC Considers Strategies to Limit Excessive Spending by Madeleine Key Staff Writer

After several weeks of high levels of spending earlier this semester, the ASUC Standing Committee on Finance is in the midst of ONLINE VIDEO implementing Madeleine interviews measures to uphold its pre- Rachel Horning, finance viously stated committee chair. pledge of fiscal responsibility. According to ASUC Finance Of-

ficer Anuj Kamdar, the senate spent $25,723.98 from its contingency fund in the fall of 2010. In the first four weeks of the spring semester, the senate had already spent $24,109.85 — a figure that prompted Kamdar to issue a warning at the Feb. 16 meeting about the repercussions of maintaining such a high level of spending and to author a bill replenishing the Senate Contingency Fund last week. Although senate spending is historically higher in the spring than in the fall, finance committee members proposed a variety of strategies to re-

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duce excessive spending in the weeks following Kamdar’s announcement. Some of these strategies include maintaining a stricter adherence to established soft caps — a limit placed on the cost of frequently used items — as well as conducting a more extensive inquiry into the nature of student groups’ events and purposes, tabling bills that lack important information and encouraging groups to seek alternative funding. “We’re always concerned about spending, and we’re very aware of the need to remain vigilant,” said Student

Mass Extinction May Occur In 300 Years, Scientists Say by Soumya Karlamangla Staff Writer

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More than three-quarters of current life forms on Earth might go the way of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths within ONLINE PODCAST the next few cen- Soumya talks about turies, according the potential for a sixth to UC Berkeley mass extinction. scientists. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers found that if efforts are not made to conserve species that are in danger of becoming extinct, a mass extinction — meaning a loss of at least 75 percent of species — could occur in just 300 years.

“The finding is both encouraging and discouraging,” said principal author Anthony Barnosky, a campus professor of integrative biology. “We clearly are in a major extinction process, but we haven’t come so far down the road that we can’t do something about it. It’s really a call to action to make sure that we keep the conservation efforts we have in place and actually add more.” Over the past 540 million years, the planet has faced a handful of mass extinctions known as the “Big Five.” Each was caused by various factors, ranging from climate change to a meteor impact, and all resulted in serious changes to ways of life. The most famous and most recent was that which wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

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UC Berkeley to Consolidate 3 Programs With the consolidation, students will be able to go to one office to receive information about all study abroad programs, and the collaboration will create more opportunities for students. “The study abroad team will be developing more summer and semester options for students, including internship experiences,” said Cathy Koshland, vice provost of teaching, learning, academic planning and facilities in an e-mail. The idea was first proposed by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer two years ago after observing UCLA’s success with similar restructuring, according to Russo. “I played a central role in this, derived from my desire, as provost, to see many more of our undergrad students have the opportunity to study or intern abroad,” Breslauer said in an e-mail. He said currently the number of UC Berkeley students pursuing education abroad is “woefully low compared to other universities,” and he hopes to see the number of students studying and interning abroad triple over the next few years as a result of the new unit.

Though campus officials said the new unit will make things easier for students, some said they did not have a problem with the original system. “I went to Paris last summer ... I never went to an office,” said sophomore Ayrika Ng, who planned her trip online. “I didn’t think it was that complicated.” Although administrators do not yet know how the offices will be reorganized, Russo said the on-campus location may be used for students to meet with counselors and learn about all study abroad programs, whereas the off-campus location could be used as administrative offices. Final plans for the consolidated unit — which would include the reorganization of the offices — are to be announced in August. As for the consolidation of the Osher Institute, Russo said it is “less of a merger than it is an aligning.” The institute will remain at its Walnut Street location, yet their small staff will be overseen by the new unit in order to provide support to their staff.

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lation decreases, researchers said. “Perhaps we’re like the viruses which create their own toxins that eventually kill themselves off,” Lane said. “Maybe it’s the same kind of cycle taking place in higher life.” According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 33 percent of all species they have studied are threatened, meaning they have experienced at least a 50 percent reduction in population over the past 10 years. To prevent a fate like that of the dinosaurs, Barnosky said more rigorous efforts must be taken to preserve habitats of threatened species. “It’s really important that we don’t let those endangered and threatened species really go extinct,” he said. “It’s going to require conservation efforts at the local and the national level ... It’s a new ball game.”

by Katie Bender Staff Writer

Three UC Berkeley units, including summer sessions and study abroad, are being consolidated, with a single administration in an effort to provide a one-stop shop for students looking to study abroad, the campus announced last week. The three units ­— Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad, Summer Sessions and the adult learning program Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — will come under one administration effective Sept. 1, according to Summer Sessions Director Richard Russo, who will become the director of the new unit. Currently, both the summer sessions and study abroad programs have international education opportunities for students, yet they do not share resources or offices — the study abroad office is in Stephens Hall on campus and the summer sessions office is on the corner of University Avenue and Milvia Street. Students wanting to study abroad over summer must go to the off-campus location.

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While extinctions are normal, they are usually balanced by the creation of new species — a drop in biodiversity results from more extinction than origination. But in the past 500 years, the rate of extinction has accelerated and is currently three to 80 times higher than what is considered normal over the course of the Earth’s history, according to Emily Lindsey, an author on the paper and graduate student in the department of integrative biology. The paper took various approaches to looking at when a mass extinction would occur. One estimated the rates of extinction during the Big Five and found that if currently threatened species become extinct in the next century and this elevated rate continues, a mass extinction could occur in a few hundred years. Another method examined what

would happen if it takes 500 years for threatened species to become extinct. In this case, the sixth mass extinction would be reached in a couple thousand years — still “a blink of an eye” in geologic time, said H. Richard Lane, program officer in the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program at the National Science Foundation. “Life is interrelated — everything depends on everything else,” Lane said. “It’s hard to predict exactly where we are headed, only to say that there’s a tremendous uncertainty. We have a major extinction event beginning and under way, and just where that will leave us and how humans will survive is hard to say.” The growing human population and increased development has greatly caused the destruction of natural environments and depletion of resources and is thus blamed for organism popu-

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This bill is lacking information,” Horning said. Several senators have also stated the need to standardize and institutionalize the process through which the finance committee decides to allot funding. “Overspending comes in part from not having an explicit outline of our finance committee’s specific funding practices,” said Student Action senator and finance committee member Christopher Alabastro in an e-mail. “To ensure more consistent practices, there should be a strict and clear display of how the finance committee makes their decisions, from what items they feel should not be funded to exceptions, soft caps, and certain circumstances.” In another attempt to curtail overspending, CalSERVE Senator and finance committee vice chair Stefan Montouth authored a bill that supports amending the finance bylaws on retroactive funding by adding a stipulation that allocation bills be submitted to the senate no later than the Tuesday before a student organization’s event. According to Montouth, his intent in writing the bill was to call attention to the problems associated with retroactive funding and to inspire discussion among senators. The senate often spends more money on bills that are retroactively submitted because it has less control over how the student group spent money and feels pressure to support it, he said. “We ask groups questions like, ‘How many people are going to attend your event? What is its overall impact going to be?’ to determine how much we should give them,” Montouth said. “But when groups submit bills after they’ve already spent money, the attitude changes to ‘Well, they really need to be paid back.’” However, Student Action senator and former finance committee member Vishalli Loomba said in an e-mail that bills funded retroactively are “usually rare and due to special circumstances,” and as a result, changing the bylaws would not save the senate a significant amount of money. “We need to become more strict about what can and can’t be funded,” Zhang said, adding that it is the goal of the committee to spend less or equal to the amount last year’s ASUC did.

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INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC Janelle goes over the trademarks of the dominatrix.

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JANELLE ALBUKHARI made on behalf of creative individuals and did not deserve the stigma that was associated with them. But stigma they did receive, and in full force. The sole, hidden wishes of many individuals had become distorted through the eyes of society into “perversion,” into “maladies of society,” into “abominations.” very sexual act was drawn out, broken down and analyzed by the pseudoscience that made hysterical and crude generalizations about the participants. Anyone who took pleasure in spanking was sick in the head, the man who enjoys cross-dressing is probably gay, the woman who relishes the idea of going out in public without panties is a whore — all of these people were made out to be monsters by those who claimed normalcy, by a society that was too afraid to express all of its secret wishes and desires in the name of remaining “conventional.” Well, I say fuck the conventional. How the private acts between people in a bedroom came to be under the spotlight for millions of others to judge and bash is completely beyond me. Fuck or make love. Spank your hearts out. Bring in luxurious velvet robes and French maid costumes, bring in the neighbors to participate, blast Otis Redding — this is your time. You alone own the rights to your life. There is no shame in honesty. There is only communication and pleasure. If your partner is willing, then you have the green light. If you’re lonely, hell, put on the tightest dress you own and go out on the town. Couples, feel absolutely free to do as you please within your own bedroom. For all I care, have a candle-lit dinner with yourself, happy ending optional. If you’re holding out for universal approval, you’re going to be waiting for a while. No individual has enough time to seek mass approval for every personal decision they make. Act with ferocity. Take control and be the dominatrix of your own life.

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A woman sustained serious injuries after being run over by a bus in Downtown Berkeley Monday afternoon. The woman, who was walking westbound down Center Street in ONLINE VIDEO the Downtown Watch footage of the area, was struck at around 4:30 scene of the accident in p.m. by a Law- Downtown Berkeley. rence Berkeley National Laboratory bus that was traveling westbound on Center and making a right northbound turn onto Shattuck Avenue. “I saw the bus whip around the corner, and then I heard the worst scream I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” said Coleton Tidwell, an employee at Juice Appeal, whose storefront is on the corner of Center and Shattuck. “Then I saw the girl under the bus.” Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in a statement Monday night that the woman has “very serious fractures” and will require surgeries and hospitalization, though it appears she will survive. The woman sustained serious injuries to her lower extremities and was transported to a local trauma center for medical treat-

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The driver, center, of the Berkeley Lab bus that struck the victim looks on in distress in the aftermath of the accident, which occurred Monday afternoon in Downtown Berkeley. ment after being extricated from under the bus by Berkeley Fire Department personnel, according to Kusmiss. “She was probably under there for over 30 minutes,” said Hanna Song, an employee at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. “She came out face up — they had to prop the bus up to get her out. Her whole body was entirely under the bus.” Song added that the woman’s body was lodged under the tires at the front end of the bus. Tidwell said the woman was under the bus for at least 45 minutes. “I was really confused as to why they left her under there for so long,” Tidwell said. “Either her injuries weren’t that bad or they were so bad that they didn’t want to lift her.”

The woman was crossing the street with another woman, though only one was hit by the bus. Kusmiss said in the statement that the other woman “banged on the bus with her hand(s) to gain the driver’s attention and was injured as a result.” The other woman was treated and released. Kusmiss added that Berkeley Fire Department personnel had to direct members of the large crowd that surrounded the scene to move back. They covered the area with caution tape, which Berkeley police removed at around 5:30 p.m. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab shuttle employees were at the scene of the accident but declined to comment. Contact Sarah Mohamed at smohamed@dailycal.org.

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’ve always had a thing for dominatrices. The leather. Fishnets and gloves. The boots. The secrecy of men, whose fear of asking for what they really wanted created the need for women like them: powerful, fearless women who were not afraid to take control. Now of course, as far as the reality of the sex worker is concerned, I am painfully aware that this is no profession to envy. The life of a sex worker, in many respects, is filled with hardship. Nevertheless, the aesthetic of the position thrilled me. It was beautiful. No other social role had ever given a woman this much power — total power — borderline reverence, even. There are now, more than ever, countless educated women working hard to make a name for themselves in a society “dominated by men,” who are undoubtedly powerful characters within their own lives and social spheres. And yet, even their hardearned power seems to pale in comparison to that of the dominatrix. Perhaps it is unfair to compare the two; after all, I consider myself a working girl as well (not the way hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward works, of course). In the real world, the powerful, educated graduate is the one who possesses an enormous amount of influence on society. But in the underworld, in a world characterized by sexual liberation and no definitive “norm,” the dominatrix is queen. I sought out to emulate the dominatrix. For years, I wore leather boots exclusively, smuggled paddles and handcuffs into my house, bought dresses so tight that it took three people to zip them up. No one could conquer me sexually; no one could objectify me, because I had already done it to myself. In short, I designed myself to be the picture of lasciviousness, to possess a kind of ferocity that I rarely saw in women. I despised the convoluted femininity of those timid women who acted dumb in order to look attractive. Femininity should not be earned through submission, because a real woman sees herself as an equal to men. hy had I idealized these people, then? The holders of the whips and chains, bearers of gags and rubber balls standing proud and tall in five-inch spiked heels. Were they considered oddities just because of the frankness with which they expressed their desire? I saw no shame in what they did and the honesty with which they did it. In fact, I found myself relating to them surprisingly strongly, these children of the night. Dominatrices and drag queens, tops and bottoms, slave-driver and schoolteacher, I embraced the worlds of fetish and accepted them as my very own. These were merely inclinations


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Internal Affairs CAMPUS ISSUES

Enforcing student conduct requires trust, and the campus needs to investigate its practices to maintain that trust.

The Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards is a valuable resource that can only exist with the continued trust of the campus community. Because of this unique relationship, its staffers must take any complaint seriously and not allow suspicion to undermine their efforts. Therefore, administrators should be concerned with the news that two former students feel like the office has betrayed that trust in investigating their complaints. When Angelica Guevara and Oriana Sandoval chose to allege sexual battery and sexual harassment by the same student, respectively, to the campus, rather than going through legal system, they implicitly agreed to certain limitations. For example, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents the campus from discussing cases without both parties’ consent. This law is important for the office to be able to protect the rights and privacy of all involved, even if it sacrifices some transparency.

However, the women’s complaints cannot be addressed solely with the privacy laws. Guevara has alleged that her witnesses were not contacted by the woman responsible for investigating her complaint, and Sandoval said that the campus was not able to accommodate her after work commitments precluded her participation in the hearing. While it is impossible for us to know what happened, and we understand that the campus is limited in its ability to discuss the cases by federal law, the campus should investigate the students’ complaints. By offering this service, the campus has a responsibility to follow through and has a duty to the students to handle the case fairly. If two people are angry enough to come to the media and sacrifice their own privacy, they obviously feel strongly about this issue. The Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards must ensure that they, too, are passionate about ensuring that they fulfilled their part of the relationship.

Consolidating Cuts CAMPUS ISSUES

If consolidation is the most efficient way to cut expenses, the campus should consider its application to all majors.

With both record enrollment and record budget cuts, it comes as little surprise that UC Berkeley is looking to do everything it can to maximize efficiency and cut costs. However, in doing so, it must ensure that it does not unfairly target the smaller majors that have historically defined Berkeley’s liberal education. The planned “organizational simplification” for the Social Science Division at UC Berkeley, which would include four layoffs, four reductions to partial time and the leaving unfilled of two vacant positions, among other measures, is designed to save approximately $500,000. This number, while minuscule in comparison with the $500 million cut to the university that the state legislature is considering, amounts to approximately 1 percent of the $55 million budget of the Social Science Division. One primary means by which the campus hopes to save money is the consolidation of support staff into what is referred to as “shared services units.” These units, which already exist elsewhere on campus,

such as in the College of Natural Resources, would share resources such as advisers and staff among departments. While any type of cut is regrettable, we believe that the campus is so far proceeding fairly in ensuring that students remain minimally affected. The size of a major is not the measure of its importance, and it is reassuring to see that big-name majors like history are also sharing in the cuts. If administrators believe consolidation is the most efficient strategy, we hope that are considering implementing it beyond the Social Science Division. We won’t know the true effects until these changes are implemented, and it is the responsibility of the campus to solicit student, faculty and staff feedback and monitor the effects on future classes. Until then, we call on the campus to allay fears that they are targeting less popular majors by showing that all options are on the table. No major should be unfairly victimized by the cuts, and no department should be immune to the sacrifice.

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Public Education Is on the Edge by Marika Iyer and Alex Barnett On March 2, a national day of action to defend public education, 17 people were arrested for refusing to leave Wheeler Hall. Less than 24 hours later, nine students locked themselves to a ledge atop the building, four stories above ground, with four demands: 1. Stop the $1.4 billion in cuts to California public education. 2. Allow democratic decision making in the budgetary process. 3. An end to student repression through a politically motivated student conduct process. 4. An immediate end to Operational Excellence (OE), the campus’s budget cut program. UC Berkeley sophomore Jessica Astillero recounts her experience: “I was sitting in one of the doorways studying, when all of a sudden riot police rushed up the steps and told us to move. As we did, they started shoving us and the next thing I know, I get hit with a baton in the face and then another officer maced me right in the eyes ... it was a ridiculously excessive use of force for such a peaceful demonstration.” Several questions have been raised about last Thursday’s action: What was accomplished? What does this demonstrate? This action witnessed the first concrete victories since protests began in fall 2009; specifically: one, a decisive end to past and present conduct charges which the campus has used to intimidate students from engaging in political action, and two, a meeting between Chancellor Birgeneau, the chair of Operational Excellence, and the students and workers on campus who are directly affected by its proposed implementation. The

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events of March 3 also clearly demonstrated the value and necessity of direct action. The administration has proven that they will not respond to anything but the most spectacular expressions of student dissent. Once again, this has exposed the administration’s complete disregard for the collective will and well-being of students and workers and has brought to attention the authoritarian logic governing the campus. Why is there so much scrutiny on UC Berkeley administrative decisionmaking, when all energy could be directed towards the cuts coming out of Sacramento? The concrete situation we are experiencing on our campus and systemwide has as much to do with the administration’s prioritization of funds as it does with cuts at the state level. Operational Excellence — our university’s internal restructuring program — comes out of last year’s $3 million contract with consulting firm Bain & Company. Not only is it irresponsible for our administration to pay out that much in contracting costs in these conditions but also the move emphasizes their utter inability to “administer” the campus (the job they claim requires a six-figure salary) as well as their exclusion of those most affected by the restructuring from important decisionmaking processes. Additionally, OE is branded as eliminating excessive bureaucratic and managerial layers, yet staff have already buckled under the added strain resulting from last year’s layoffs. Rather than eliminating unneeded positions, OE is eliminating vital positions and reallocating that work to the remaining staff members; this is nothing short of exploitation. Top administrative ranks, however, remain untouched. We also shouldn’t be quick to forget the univer-

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sity administration’s use of promised fee increases as construction collateral as well as their opting for riskier investments which cost the university $23 billion in the 2008 recession. The administration does not have its hands tied as it would like us all to think — it very much has control over the allocation of what funds are at its disposal. What’s next? Chancellor Birgeneau should be meeting regularly with concerned students, not least the departments and programs that are being affected by such unilateral decisionmaking. He must be accessible. He cannot hide in an office or a house — we must have these conversations, and they must be public. The administration’s attitude echoes that of President of the University of California Mark Yudof — “being president of the University of California is like being manager of a cemetery: There are many people under you, but no one is listening ... ” We are here to tell the administration: We are not corpses. The chancellor, provost, vice chancellor, dean of students and any other unilateral decisionmaker on our campus must realize: This action was a response to their consistent refusal to make themselves accountable to those who work and study on campus. As students, we will not tolerate this any longer. For more information, check out reclaimuc.blogspot.com and thosewhouseit.wordpress.com. Editor’s Note: This piece was written by two of the nine students on the Wheeler Hall ledge, with editorial contributions from UC Berkeley graduate students. Marika Iyer and Alex Barnett are students at UC Berkeley. Reply to opinion@dailycal.org.


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Entrepreneur Sees Berkeley As Future High-Tech Hotspot by Jessica Gillotte Staff Writer

At a Berkeley Startup Cluster/Infusion lunch, entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa presented and discussed innovative strategies that could one day transform Berkeley into a high-tech mecca — and although they were well-received, city officials say going through with the suggested plan would be contingent upon an improved economic climate and a wellthought out process of determining the logistics of the strategy. Wadhwa, who is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information, introduced and spoke about concepts on how to jump-start Berkeley’s prominence in the technology startup world. However, the city must first attract the tech startups, a goal that Wadhwa said is very achievable, considering the city’s widely available physical resources and the close proximity of UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Wadhwa added that the city should take risks and not try to pick winners — successful startups — because nobody knows where the next big breakthrough is going to come from. “If you took these crumbling buildings, outfitted them with Wi-Fi, give out free office space, build a network around them — the magic would happen,� he said. However, his suggestion of enticing startups by providing them with up to 100 free or very affordable office spaces does not avail itself to the current economic climate. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the funding to do that in the near term,� said John Caner, executive director of the Downtown Berkeley Association. Michael Cohen, associate director of UC Berkeley’s Office of Technology Licensing, joined by Michael Caplan, the city’s economic development manager, composed a panel that asked Wadhwa about specific changes the city could make to increase its desirability to startup firms. In response to Wadhwa’s concept of

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free or affordable office space, Caplan said the city does not have a “free model� yet, but that having a sponsor or by Nina Brown turning to cross-subsidization might Staff Writer be viable options. Friday marked the last day that deCohen said there are “low barriers to exit� in Berkeley and that it is easy velopers and landowners in the East to go to Silicon Valley or San Francisco Bay could submit their bids for the to establish startups, adding that the construction of an immense new camcity has to strive to “be better than San pus for the Lawrence Berkeley NaFrancisco and San Jose� because of the tional Laboratory, which is seeking to presence of comparable space and hu- consolidate its regional facilities. While the laboratory has yet to reman capital. Berkeley Daily Planet executive lease an official list of bidders or verify director Becky O’Malley presented a the number of bids placed, Berkeley concern that successful startup prolif- City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli eration in the city may raise property said potential sites included Berkeley, costs, consequently making rent unaf- Emeryville, Alameda, Walnut Creek as well as Richmond — which already fordable for small businesses. “Every time there’s a ghost of the hosts the laboratory’s Field Station, a idea, all the real estate speculators 90-acre property owned by the Unicome in like sharks to snatch up the versity of California that the lab had properties,� she said. “This is going to referred to as a paradigm for a new campus. Additional bids came from kill startups.� Alan Saldich, an entrepreneur in the sites in Dublin, Oakland and Albany. Bids for locations in Berkeley came city, pointed out how Silicon Valley attracts startups and is able to concen- from Wareham Development, which trate them in a manner that provides proposed two sites, “one located in for vital networking and “face time� Berkeley and one a mixture of Berkeley and Emeryville,� Capitelli said. He addwith other companies. “Silicon Valley has a great array of ed that other proposals came from the giant companies,� he said, adding that owners of the American Soil site and Sunnyvale’s Plug and Play Tech Cen- the Aquatic Park Center. According to ter is also key in making the location an article on the blog Berkeleyside, the desirable. “They have 250 startups in owners of the two contiguous properone building and pay — on a month- ties — the Jones family and Michael to-month basis — $500.� and Steve Goldin — would combine Kevin Leong, founder and CEO of their land holdings to form one bid. Taptin, a platform for hyperlocal loca- Capitelli also said that the owner of a tion smart phone apps, also pointed racetrack site divided between Berkeout that Berkeley lacked the “startup ley and Albany had submitted a bid. Ad Pack Pages 10-NV-D-0248 parties� and social events Proposals for 8.5� sites in Oakland came bgm that allow Size: x 11� startup entrepreneurs to network. from the Swig Company; KS Proper“We need a promotion to say the city ties One, LLC; LBA Realty Group and wants startups, not just that you can Signature Development Group — in locate here,� Saldich said in agreement partnership with Reynolds & Brown with Wadhwa’s suggestion of doling — according to Aliza Gallo, economic out 100 very affordable office spaces development coordinator for the city in the city to attract startups. “Our of Oakland. reputation is that Berkeley’s a dump. Additional bids came from the The image of Berkeley is not positive. Shadelands Business– Park in Walnut GENERAL OFFICER NUPOC That’s something we really have to fix.� Creek, according to Sandy Meyer, the city’s community development direcJessica Gillotte is the lead business reporter. Contact her at jgillotte@dailycal.org.

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tor. In Dublin, Argent Development submitted a bid, according to Linda Maurer, economic development director for the city of Dublin. In January, the lab issued a Request for Qualifications calling for interested landowners to submit detailed site proposals. The laboratory will now begin a review process, facilitated by committees of laboratory and university personnel, according to Jon Weiner, manager of communications and media relations at the lab. From the responses, the lab will cull a short list of sites that would best fulfill its specific criteria — including a spacious location in a safe, attractive area not far from the Berkeley campus that could accommodate a state-ofthe-art facility and 2 million square feet of laboratory, office and support space and that would provide “a location of choice for internationally recognized researchers.� By April, Gallo said, the lab will have identified a short list and will enter into negotiations with several of the sites so that by June 2011, a preferred site will have been selected and discussions with site developers will be under way. According to Berkeley Lab’s own schedule, the move-in date for the facility is set for December 2015. Gallo said this marks “Phase One� of occupancy, when 500,000 square feet — of the facility’s anticipated total 2 million square feet — must be ready for use for office, laboratory and support space. Although Capitelli said much of the Pg. D20 of D31 lab’s funding comes from the federal Department of Energy and the laboratory’s Request for Qualifications specifies that the university will at least partially finance development, as of yet, funding for the new campus remains to be finalized. “I don’t think we can determine that until we determine the site,� Weiner said.

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The Students for Justice in Palestine — a coalition of UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds that works “in solidarity with ... Palestinians and Israelis who together continue to struggle against the apartheid regime that has consolidated itself in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and 1967 Israel,� according to the group’s website — is alleged in the suit to be one of the registered campus groups that contributes to the campus’s alleged dangerous climate. The group also denied the legitimacy of the Felber’s claims. “This is an abuse of the judicial process and an assault on free speech. The lawsuit is an attempt to try and intimidate the university into silencing a campus group with whom some may disagree politically,� the group said in a statement. “We ... look forward to a discussion about the case once we have reviewed it in more detail.� In the filing, Felber requests an award for damages to compensate for the injuries suffered as a result of the alleged campus climate — including personal and emotional injury and the expenses incurred from treatment. The suit cites a number of incidents across the UC system over the last decade that allegedly contribute to the “dangerous� climate, ranging from physical altercations between Students for Justice in Palestine members and campus Jewish community members to hate crimes perpetrated against Jewish houses on several UC campuses to a UC Berkeley R1A course description. The suit’s filing comes at the start of the Students for Justice in Palestine’s Israeli Apartheid Week on campus, which began March 1 and aims “to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system� and to advocate for boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against the government, according to the group’s website. Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at jbachlombardo@dailycal.org.

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f it weren’t for a broken nose, we might not have been blessed with the NCAA. Founded after President Theodore Roosevelt’s son cracked his honker playing football for Harvard. the NCAA was formed by the president in 1906 to help protect the nation’s students from undue injury. Today, the times have changed and so has the NCAA’s role. No longer is it only in charge of developing ingenious ways to protect the President’s son. Now, it is tasked with dealing with ev-

erything from steroid abuse to mascot decorum. And while the issues have grown in complexity, the NCAA has been hard pressed to catch up. It’s sad, really. The NCAA’s two go-to instruments of punishment have been flouted over and over again. Take, for example, vacating wins as punishment. Recently, USC football was forced to vacate its win’s from December 2004 through the 2005 season, including a national championship. But what has that accomplished? It certainly hasn’t triggered any remorse amongst the Trojans. “It’s tough but no one can take away what we did on the football field there in those years,� Matt Leinart, former USC quarterback, told the press last July. “People can say whatever they want but we still played every game the way we had to, we beat almost every team we played and, to me, no one will ever be able to take that away.�

A similar situation happened to Memphis basketball after revelations that freshman phenom Derrick Rose did not take his own SATs. In 2009, the NCAA vacated the Tiger’s 200708 season, including 38 wins and its Final Four appearance. But coach John Calipari and Rose jumped ship. Rose now stars for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and Calipari, who is now the only coach in history to have two Final Four appearances vacated, coaches the Kentucky Wildcats. The notoriously sketchy coach makes nearly $4 million per season — more than Florida’s Billy Donovan, who has two untarnished title rings. Well, what about sanctions? Unfortunately, this other form of punishment has proven equally as impotent. In 2010, USC basketball banned itself from the postseason, took away a coaching position and restricted its recruiting time due to rule violations

concerning former guard O.J. Mayo. However, Mayo was long gone. So was his coach Tim Floyd. Even USC’s athletic director, Mike Garrett, was ousted. In other words, a new team with a new coach and a new AD playing in front of a new student body was punished for violations which did not involve any of them. Sanctions are unfair to innocent players and coaches, who must rebuild programs after venal coaches and players gut them for their own self-enrichment. The NCAA’s enforcement techniques cannot deter cheating and therefore suffers from a credibility deficit. It’s time for the association to consider alternative forms of punishment, such as sanctions attached to individual violators. Or it could take Dick Vitale’s advice and force violators to return revenue made during unscrupulous competition. But it’s not solely the NCAA’s fault.

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It’s shameful how many corrupt players and coaches are welcomed with open arms into the professional ranks without a second thought. Not only do players like Mayo and Rose move to the pros with ease, but USC’s Floyd pulled what was most likely a six-figure salary as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets before taking a head coaching job at UTEP last year. The association needs to start considering stronger forms of punishment that coordinate with professional leagues. It must make coaches who directly violate the values of college athletics appear unattractive to other programs while keeping players in fear of the consequences of cheating. The NCAA needs reform; otherwise it will remain an old dog with a bark much worse than its bite. Bite and don't bark with Chris at sports@dailycal.org.

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In the dent things will be Cal plays Senior Staff Writer second, Kingma and Morton were even different this time the vs more lethal, scoring 16 and 18 points, Maybe the Cal baseball team is around when they Huskies respectively. gearing up for a Disney finish to its they face off in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been non-stop on the comlast season in Berkeley. After rushing first round of the on puter, on the TV watching them and Wednesday at 7:15 out to a 6-1 start, Pac-10 tournaseeing what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not good at, what Cal itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dropped three ment at 7:15 on p.m. in Los Angeles. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good at,â&#x20AC;? Federico said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think games in a row â&#x20AC;&#x201D; baseball Wednesday night Radio: KKGN 960 put a little more pressure on them none by more than at the Galen Cen- AM) than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to, make them make FIRST two runs. ter. tougher decisions.â&#x20AC;? 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Accord1:30 p.m. visit Clara at istry weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built these last two games, ing to Federico, the two guards both from Santa Clara and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be perfect go- utilize one-dribble pull up jumpers. 1:30 p.m. at Evans should provide as ing into the Pac-10 tournament.â&#x20AC;? good an opportu- Diamond for its Cal (15-14, 7-11 in the Pac-10), the Unlike the previous matchups, nity as any to break second mid-week No. 6 seed in the Los Angeles tourna- Kingma and Morton wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to game of the spring. that streak. ment, has gained confidence simply relax on defense against the Cal. The Last spring, Cal by winning one game. After losing six Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guard play has improved over went 15-9 at home and 12-14 on the consecutive games in February, the the last few weeks and one reason for road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that was after a sevenBears have played significantly better that is Federico. game losing streak in May tacked on in their last two contests. The Tucson, Ariz., native has started four losses in Berkeley. On Feb. 26, they beat Oregon State the last two games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her first two caThis year, all four of the No. 20 to end the streak, and last Thursday, reer starts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and scored career highs in Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; losses have come on the road. 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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Horsepower Cal preps for midweek tilt against Santa Clara at Evans Diamond. See page 7

Well-Traveled, Markhuri Sanders-Frison Prepares to End His Short But Successful Career

Shannon Hamilton/staff

by Ed Yevelev Senior Staff Writer

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s Markhuri Sanders-Frison sits, he holds his face in his hands. Just three days remain before Cal’s lone senior plays his final regular ONLINE VIDEO season game at Go online for an audio Haas Pavilion. slideshow of Markhuri SandersSanders-Frison. Frison’s impressive Senior Day performance — 13 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 34 minutes of non-stop hustle — hasn’t taken place. Nor has the pre-game ceremony with his family. But he knows that day is coming. “It just felt like we played Cal Poly, (that) just felt like last week” he says. “And it felt like just yesterday that the confetti (for the Pac-10 crown) was

dropping from the ceiling at Haas. Time is going by fast. “Fast, fast, fast.” Sanders-Frison’s feellings are understandable. After all, he’s barely gotten settled — and he’s never felt more at home. iven just two years to make an impact, the career of a junior college transfer is more like a race against the clock. If anyone knows that experience, it’s Sanders-Frison, whose short stint has seemed especially brief. He joined the Bears in July 2009, still needing a pair of classes to complete his associate’s degree. Already behind on his conditioning, his start grew rockier when he landed awkwardly taking a charge in the fall. Three bulging disks and a muscle tear in his back were the result, along with a season of frustration. “It put me behind the eight ball even further,” Sanders-Frison says. “That’s

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not how I wanted to begin my Division I career, with injuries and being out of shape. That’s not what I thought would happen.” Though his team reached new heights that season — capturing the school’s first conference title in 50 years — Sanders-Frison made only scattered contributions on the floor. He couldn’t finish routine shots. He was slow to move his feet on defense and foul trouble was inescapable. During Cal’s opening-round win over Louisville, Sanders-Frison’s stat line read: three minutes, three fouls and zero points. That performance still pains him. “Oh man, oh man. Oh my,” he says, head in his hands once again. “I just couldn’t do anything in the game. I couldn’t even move. I was frustrated, the coach was yelling at me to do better, I just felt horrible.” His teammates noticed, too. “Last year you could see it in his eyes when he was sitting down, just how much he wanted to play out there,” Cal point guard Brandon Smith says. “It’s

like he was capable of so much, and he wasn’t getting the opportunity to showcase it.” Sanders-Frison has finally gotten that chance — and made the most of it — in his final year as a Bear. After devoting an entire summer to strengthening his back and core, dropping weight and upping his conditioning, Sanders-Frison has been one of the team’s most pleasant surprises. Playing much taller than his 6-foot-7 frame, he is one of the conference’s most efficient scorers, baby-hooking his way to 11.2 points per game on nearly 60 percent shooting. He also provides much-needed low-post defense to an undersized Cal squad. This season has presented still new challenges, as Sanders-Frison battled through plantar fasciitis. But he has been determined not to allow a repeat of 2009-10. “I just wanted to get better for my team; I put it on myself,” SandersFrison says. “I wasn’t gonna allow this to happen my senior year. By any means necessary. I put in the work, so I wasn’t surprised that I started contributing more. I was just grateful, like, ‘Yes, my hard work is starting to pay off.’” n the fall of 2009, Sanders-Frison became a father. Not literally, but when was asked to mentor his new dorm roommate — a slender, shy freshman named Bak Bak — he considered himself as such. “Bak, yea that’s my son,” he says, with a sizable grin on his face.

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“Coaches said you have to look after him, make sure he’s going to class, make sure he’s on top of his work, stuff like that. “I have the closest relationship with him.” It’s just one of the ways in which Sanders-Frison, despite his limited stint in Berkeley, has developed into an unquestioned veteran leader. To fully understand his contribution means looking past the stat sheets and surveying the basketball court, where he tirelessly battles inside and hustles for loose balls — a hardnosed, no-nonsense style of play that has become “contagious” on the team. It requires a peek at in-game huddles and pregame warm-ups, where his passion and encouragement know no bounds. “He’s motivated me since the day he got here,” junior forward Harper Kamp says. “He’s been working, he just enjoys the game and is a ton of fun to play with. I don’t get hyped up really easily, even when I’m excited. But when he’s pumped up, hitting me in the chest, it’s hard not to. The highest praise came from his coach. “I think one of the Markhuri’s biggest assets,” Mike Montgomery said after Saturday’s regular season finale, “and one of the reasons he’s going to be successful is because he’s a very personable guy who people like, and he’s a great leader. “He doesn’t come off as this great player, but he’s a big ol’ burly guy who people are gonna listen to. He walks the walk.” eality is setting in, as much as Sanders-Frison resists. Like many college players nearing the end, he doesn’t want to stop playing ball. The difference? All he wishes for is one more go-around at Cal. “Man, I would give up almost anything to have another year with this group of guys,” Sanders-Frison says, almost pleading. “We’re just a family, we’re just a group of brothers. We have a good time with each other.” Still, he has no regrets about his time with the Bears. When asked how he wishes to be remembered by teammates, Sanders-Frison gave a simple but revealing answer. “That he had my back, no matter what,” he said. “That he was a real teammate. That’s it.”

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Ed Yevelev covers men’s basketball. Contact him at eyevelev@dailycal.org.

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