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Neighborhood Experiences Dip in Household Income


by Noor Al-Samarrai

Breakdown of Restructuring By Unit Yet to Be Announced






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Nestled between Sacramento Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way and bordered on the north and south by Cedar Street and University Avenue, a single Berkeley neighborhood — known to the U.S. Census Bureau simply as Tract 4223 — has experienced a plunge in median household income deeper than any other in the city, moving against city-wide currents. The tract’s aging population and changes in household composition have run contrary to the city’s trends, and, combined with the recession, contributed to a 24 percent decline in the tract’s median household income since 2000. Although even households in the Berkeley Hills — a majority of whom earn six-figure salaries — experienced income decreases during the recession, the income change in Tract 4223 marks a strong contrast with that of surrounding neighborhoods and the city as a whole, whose median household income has risen by about 10 percent in the last decade. Apart from the tracts immediately flanking it to the east and west, which experienced median household income dips of about 10 percent, the neighborhoods surrounding Tract 4223 have experienced boosts in wealth, some as high as 52 percent. One factor contributing to this marked break from the broader city trend is the tract’s ballooning population of residents at or past retirement age. The number of residents older than 65 has increased by about 150 percent since 2000 in the tract — a substantial change compared to the wider scope of the city, whose elderly population has not significantly increased in the past decade. Past retirement, this older population, with its income concentrated more in the $20,000 to $40,000 range, tends to make less money than 25- to 64-year-old members of the la-


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by Alisha Azevedo


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internet,â&#x20AC;? said Ganesh Subedi, a U.S. Postal Service worker who has been delivering mail to the area since before the recession began. He added that he has also observed more for-sale signs posted on housefronts along his daily route in the neighborhood. An easy walk from the North Berkeley BART station, local schools and parks, Tract 4223 has been a coveted location for new residents, particularly new families, Maio and multiple

As 28 campus leaders work to restructure staff and administration under the cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative, the campus has yet to release inONLINE PODCAST formation about Alisha Azevedo talks how much mon- about the evolving ey was designated early in the details of the initiative. semester to be cut from campus units chiefly by June, nor how some 150 staff layoffs are being distributed. After leaders of the units submitted restructuring plans as part of the organizational simplification project to Operational Excellence leadership in November and began making changes late in the fall semester, officials announced Jan. 13 that about 280 positions would be eliminated this year through a combination of layoffs, retirements and voluntary separations in order to save about $20 million annually. However, information regarding the amount of money that each unit is expected to cut under the initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restructuring will not be available until after the Council of Deansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; April 5 meeting, where the deans of campus divisions will receive an update on the savings targets for the units, according to Claire Holmes, associate vice chan-

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bor force, according to census data. And while the Berkeley population has grown denser since 2000, more people residing in the neighborhood are living alone than they were a decade ago. About three-quarters of tract residents who are not living with their families live by themselves today. In 2000, only two-thirds of non-family households were individuals living alone. This shift has been reflected in household income. When multiple earners live in a household, data reflects their combined incomes. However, household incomes appear small-

er when individuals are supporting themselves alone. Still, incomes in the tract are shrinking. Far fewer residents are earning salaries above $125,000 than 10 years ago, and the tractâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predominantly middle-class residents have experienced recession-era hardships as dwindling incomes are accompanied by soaring rents, according to Councilmember Linda Maio, whose district includes most of Tract 4223. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would see before, when I deliver the mail, a lot of parcels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people would buy a lot of things from the

AAVP Candidates Advocate Student Involvement, Better Representation Academic Affairs Vice Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Job Includes Regulation of Student Representation in the UC Berkeley Division of The Academic Senate

Rachel Horning

by Madeleine Key Staff Writer

Each of the three candidates vying for the position of ASUC academic affairs vice president is seeking to increase student involvement within the office and to represent the frustrations of departASUC ments and students negatively affected by budget Elections cuts and fee increases. The primary duties of the AAVP are to oversee ASUC projects and operations related to academic issues on campus and to act as liaison between the ASUC and the campus division of the Academic Senate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a responsibility that includes selecting the ASUCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student representatives to Academic Senate committees and campus academic committees. Senior Defend Affirmative Action Party candi-


Julia Joung

Brian Mosley

date Brian Mosley and sophomore Student Action candidate Julia Joung both described their experience as ethnic studies majors as a motivation for running for AAVP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hate to see the teachers I love not be able to teach what they love,â&#x20AC;? Mosley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experiencing history taught in different ways has been very inspiring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I want all students to have that option.â&#x20AC;? Joung â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the current student fees transparency director in the ASUC Office of the Executive Vice President and a former marketing and communications director in the ASUC Office of the President â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said she would prioritize further developing academic resources for students in fiscally realistic and achievable ways. She named advocating for increased outdoor study space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as that found at the Free

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Students in Action Sophomore Excel Love holds a sign for Robby Nepomucenoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign for ASUC Senate. The campaigning season kicked off Monday as candidates reached out to potential voters. The election is scheduled for April 7, 8 and 9.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Tuesday, March 29 WHAT Concert The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begins its six-day run of shows hosted by Cal Performances. WHEN 8:00 p.m. WHEre Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. Cost $34 to $65. CONTACT (510) 642-9988

Wednesday, March 30 WHAT FILM/DISCUSSION The Piedmont Diversity Film Series presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,â&#x20AC;? a documentary on the trailblazing female educator, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement. WHEn 6:30 p.m. WHEre Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highand Ave., Piedmont. Cost Free. CONTACT (510) 547-2250

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eXCELLENCE: Three Units Disclose Target Numbers from front

cellor for public affairs and university communications. To calculate how much money each unit was expected to save, leaders of Operational Excellence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a campus project aimed at saving $75 million annually â&#x20AC;&#x201D; used a formula to calculate the targeted number of employees per supervisor, then determined how many supervisor positions would need to be eliminated or renamed in order to reach the unit savings target, according to the initiative website. In a March 9 email, Operational Excellence communications manager Bill Reichle said the leaders of each unit have the option of talking about how they are restructuring their units and the amount of money they were assigned to cut, though the campus has not released numbers yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The target numbers by unit are not known outside of the OE leadership,â&#x20AC;? Reichle said in the email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because (unit leaders) could still technically be making adjustments, the plan is not to make it public until it is final because it is dealing with personnel decisions and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to use wrong information and cause undue speculation or anxiety.â&#x20AC;?

Deans such as Judith Warren Little of the Graduate School of Education and Jennifer Wolch of the College of Environmental Design said the initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program office would be better suited to respond to questions regarding restructuring numbers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a process that is still underway in our unit, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not prepared to discuss it at this time,â&#x20AC;? Little said in an email. However, three unit leaders disclosed the amount of money designated to be cut from their units: The social sciences division of the College of Letters and Science previously stated $500,000 would be cut, $145,550 will be cut from the arts and humanities division of the college and at least $600,000 will be cut from Information Services and Technology. Since receiving final approval for restructuring plans in February, Information Services and Technology went through a process that included reassigning 70 staff members, laying off 13 employees and eliminating several positions vacated through voluntary separations, according to Shelton Waggener, associate vice chancellor for information technology and chief infor-


mation officer for the campus. Mark Schlissel, dean of the biological sciences division of the College of Letters and Sciences, declined to state his unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s savings target, but said he has restructured the unit by combining the administrative staffs of integrative biology and molecular and cell biology without any layoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hardest part is the process of change,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staff really want to do a good job, they believe in the mission of the university and they appreciate the fact that business as normal canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work as the state disinvests in the university.â&#x20AC;? However, some campus staff are hesitant to speak about their concerns with Operational Excellence as restructuring occurs, according to Bronwen Rowlands, financial assistant in the classics department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We watch as an entirely new layer of bureaucracy is created on campus to accommodate the multi-tentacled downsize beast,â&#x20AC;? she said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming; we only know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illiterate, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too frightened to say its name to us, and that it has no compassion.â&#x20AC;? Alisha Azevedo covers academics and administration. Contact her at

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WHAT recital Herbert Blomstedt and world-renowned pianist Yundi Li lead the San Francisco Symphony through music of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, two composers whose intense emotions often seeped into their scores. WHEn 2 p.m. WHEre Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Cost $15 to $83. CONTACT (415) 864-6000


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Address Student Needs from front

Speech Movement Cafe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and connecting undergraduate students with graduate students for advising and mentoring as examples of her platform. She added that she also intends to advocate on behalf of students and faculty members in departments that ;460;B2><82B?DII; will be disproportionately affected by budget cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in the capacity of the ASUC to represent their needs,â&#x20AC;? Joung said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to bring back that credibility through the tangible changes I implement.â&#x20AC;? Mosley said he would focus on encouraging student involvement within the ASUC and increasing the visibility of the office of the AAVP through the use of social media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to YouTube and watched the debate that took place at the candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less than 400 people had viewed it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who really knows whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on?â&#x20AC;? Current SQUELCH! Senator Rachel Horning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a junior sociology major â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said her motivation as a non-serious candidate running for AAVP is to offer Ihlmrhnk:eZf^]Z<hngmrE^`Zelpbmanl students an alternative choice on the ballot. Although she originally declared she was going to campaign seriously, she said that is no longer her intention. Now, she said she will attempt to better inform students about a campus issue she finds important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that my campaign makes students more aware of the impact (Operational Excellence) is going to have on campus departments large and small,â&#x20AC;? Horning said, adding that she believes few students understand the purpose of Operational Excellence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a campus cost-cutting initiative aimed at saving $75 million annually â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and how it will affect them. After struggling to determine her own major, Horning also said she hopes the next AAVP strives to provide incoming students with more opportunities to learn about different majors and departments on campus.


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n a perfect world, I would have lost my virginity to Jake Ryan from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sixteen Candles.â&#x20AC;? Sadly, I did not. But while this world may be far from perfect, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still captivating. Everyone has a story to tell, and while some may say the art of storytelling has long ceased to exist in this day and age, I beg to differ. In thinking about the issue of the loss of virginity, I came to realize that no one story alone could do the event justice, that virginity was so broad a phenomenon that I could do little to describe it well. So, in the pursuit of truth, I sought out others to tell me their stories: acquaintances and friends, friends of friends, even perfect strangers. And of all they had to say, perhaps what surprised me the most was the honest and candid way many of them told their stories. There was no muffled giggling or hesitance, awkward glances or blank faces. There was just intimacy. And indeed, intimacy was the name of the game. In every story, a connection occurred. On some basic level, whether it was casual dating or, as a friend of mine put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were band geeks together,â&#x20AC;? there was something different about this connection. A type of magnetism, almost. Apparently, the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;my parents are out of townâ&#x20AC;? has long been the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most potent aphrodisiac, because the setting was almost always the same across the board: after-school special. Sometime after school, whether it was 3 p.m. or 3 a.m., you could count on the power of innovative geniuses all over the world to find a way to ensure privacy. Unless the fateful meeting was held, as another friend of mine bemoaned, at a party where the only post-coital talk youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be having was with the policeman at the door. Getting into the nitty-gritty of it, to my immense satisfaction, most subjects reported the female as the one who initiated sex. One subject of mine went to far as to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She told me to either drop my pants, or she would do it for me.â&#x20AC;? Albeit vicious libidos aside, most men reported lasting between five and 20 minutes their first time, though one interviewee proudly insisted that his first time lasted a whopping four hours, a feat even I had to whoop at. hough I was surprised at several points during these conversations, there was one fact that shocked me the most: Most couples did not use protection. In fact, many of them had not ever discussed the idea of having sex with one another. The spontaneity of it all was overwhelming. So, how emotionally powerful was the experience? The aftermaths were shocking. Several interviewees expressed sentiments to the effect that the connection was so powerful they mistook the newfound intimacy for love. To his complete amazement, one


JANELLE ALBUKHARI man among them even discovered that he was gay as a result of sleeping with a woman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something felt wrong,â&#x20AC;? he began, searching for the words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And besides,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just thought sex was when the guy peed in the girl for the longest time.â&#x20AC;? ot all results, however, were so drastic. Many couples, primarily those who were casually dating, noticed feeling closer to their significant other afterward or developing a new bond of friendship. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering, paradoxically, hardly any participants in my survey reported feeling significantly attached to the person who took their virginity afterward. But one theme that all the relationships possessed shortly thereafter, whether they were casual or serious, was that of jealousy. Nearly every man I asked had the same response: a shake of the head and a sigh, a brief pause followed by, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She got clingy. Jealous. Possessive.â&#x20AC;? And it seemed that this quality of â&#x20AC;&#x153;clinginessâ&#x20AC;? above all others seemed to do the trick in ending the relationship. So from where does this clinginess arise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially in cases where the woman initiated sex? If clinginess isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the result of desperation from lack of having a choice, then what is it about losing your virginity that has the capacity to affect people in such drastic ways? Maybe this phenomena has its roots in the idealization of virgins. Despite an increasingly open-minded (one would like to hope) society, there are still many cultures and practices today that illustrate virgins as the epitome of goodness; it is virginity that gives women their value. With such a high price riding on one quality, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that some women feel so vulnerable after having sex. After all, the permanent loss of any quality proclaimed as invaluable or â&#x20AC;&#x153;preciousâ&#x20AC;? would unnerve anyone. And with the societal pressure landing chiefly on women, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that the loss of virginity for men is commonly depicted as little more than simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting it over with.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every man, woman and virgin for themselves. And to every man, woman and virgin out there, know that you are worth far more than just your virginity.


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With a $500 million reduction in state funding already signed into law, the UC could face even further cuts if $14 billion in state tax extensions are not approved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a scenario that could be possible given a recent survey showing that fewer than half of California voters favored the extensions. As Republican legislators oppose the taxes and time is running out to place the extensions on a June ballot, the UC is facing the possibility of entering the next fiscal year $1 billion down if the extensions are not passed, forcing the campuses and the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central office to contemplate unsavory fixes as mid-year stopgap measures. Pushing the tax extension vote past June could wreak havoc on the UC budget, as it would hinder the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to respond to an additional funding cut mid-year because of the loss of flexibility that comes with trying to generate revenue on such a short notice, according to UC Vice President for Budget Patrick Lenz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a short period of time campuses would rely on reserves ... but I think that the fiscal crisis is so great that campuses are already looking at Plan Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? he said. Such plans could include speeding

up layoffs at the campus level or instituting a mid-year fee increase systemwide, Lenz said, although he added that such measures are purely hypothetical at this point in time. Gov. Jerry Brown is committed to finding a bipartisan solution to the budget deficit, according to Evan Westrup, a spokesperson for Brown. The extensions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which could raise an estimated $14 billion in revenue for the state by extending for five years increases enacted in February 2009 in income taxes, sales taxes and vehicle license fees, according to a state Legislative Analystâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office report â&#x20AC;&#x201D; face significant hurdles to being implemented. In addition to Republican opposition to the measure, public support for the measure appears to be dwindling. According to a survey performed by the Public Policy Institute of California â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only 46 percent of California voters approve of the tax extensions, an 8 percent drop from January. Lenz said the low support figures could be a result of voters not having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear understanding of the repercussionsâ&#x20AC;? if the extensions are not passed because current polling questions are not tied to specific consequences â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as reduced enrollment levels at higher education institutions or shorter school years for K-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that could

occur five years down the road. If the tax extensions are not approved before July 1, the tax increases would expire, leaving a large amount of money to go unclaimed by the state and potentially having a significant effect on the passage of the tax extensions, according to Dean Bonner, a research associate at the public policy institute and co-author of the survey. If the 2009 tax increases expire before the vote, voters could come to view the tax extensions as tax hikes instead of a temporary measure, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does allow the potential â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of that campaign to really focus on the tax increase, whereas if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to pass (the extensions) you may have a potentially better shot at that if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about a temporary extension,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perception is reality on a lot of these ballot initiatives.â&#x20AC;? Because of the uncertainty surrounding the tax extension ballot initiative, both UC President Mark Yudof and the UC Board of Regents have not yet taken a position on the tax extensions, although they have both acknowledged that further funding cuts in the next fiscal year could be catastrophic for the university. Yudof has said he will not â&#x20AC;&#x153;sign a blank checkâ&#x20AC;? and will need to see the final form of the ballot initiative before endorsing it. Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at

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This ASUC election season, students have an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and better the voting process.


s the flurry of colored signs that has taken over Sproul Plaza attests, it is once again election season for the ASUC. Of course, this is an opportunity for students to learn about the candidates for their future student government and gather the information necessary to cast informed votes next week. But it is also an opportunity for the candidates and election officials to prove that they have learned from the scandals that marked last year’s election. Students unfamiliar with the ASUC may be unaware that three members of the current government — President Noah Stern, Academic Affairs Vice President Viola Tang and Student Action Senator Michael Bloch — faced charges of violating bylaws during their campaigns one year ago. Clearly, there is room for improvement. The primary responsibility of running legitimate, effective campaigns rests in the candidates themselves. Candidates need to be aware of the bylaws that set the boundaries for their campaigning and be proactive in making certain that they and their supporters do not breach that responsibility. Blaming the bylaws for being unclear is not an acceptable excuse for not following them, and we strongly disagree with Senator Bloch’s conclusion that “The bylaws are so strict ... it’s impossible to run a clean campaign.” ASUC Senate hopefuls can alter or eliminate unclear bylaws once they are elected. The parties themselves also share

responsibility for encouraging transparency in the elections process. The tradition by CalSERVE and Student Action of documenting each other’s violations and holding a closed meeting to cancel out charges subverts the democratic process and accommodates unethical campaigning. Last year, this arrangement resulted in charges only against then Senator-elect Bloch and then-Academic Affairs Vice President-elect Viola Tang — despite both parties claiming enough evidence to disqualify at least one executive each. The parties should not stop scrutinizing each other and documenting any observed violations. However, rather than amassing a war chest of blackmail, they should be turning over any evidence gathered to the attorney general, who must visibly and vigorously enforce the bylaws. It’s reassuring to see that Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou has already begun an investigation over an alleged election violation this year, and we hope he lives up to his promise to “interpret the bylaws really strictly.” His office should be publicizing the bylaws and actively soliciting information by the student body about possible infractions, and continue to maintain the fairest possible election. However, the ultimate responsibility lies with you, the voters. Only by remaining vigilant, and demanding accountability of the candidates can you ensure that the leaders you vote for next week provide the honest, open government you deserve.

Investing in the Future UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS


Shifting $1 billion into a higher-risk account will enable the University of California to maximize the value of its assets.

fter the disastrous market crash in 2007 and the governor’s recent signing of a bill that cuts $500 million from the University of California, it’s obvious that the university must think of new ways to better its financial standing. The plan to transfer $1 billion into a higher-risk investment pool is proof that the UC Board of Regents are continuing to put options on the table. The move, which according to UC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Peter Taylor has the potential to generate $62 million annually, is a necessary step toward increasing the profitability of the university’s holdings. The money would be drawn from the university’s Short Term

Investment Pool (STIP), which is like a savings account generating interest on excess grant money. It would be invested instead in the Total Return Investment Pool, which has riskier investment practices and, with them, the potential for higher returns. Given the financial emergency that the university faces, it cannot afford to forgo income by keeping too high a balance in a low-return account. Provided that STIP retains enough money to meet cash demands, as Taylor says, we believe the possibility of greater returns is worth the risk. Making money requires risking it, and the university’s finances are no exception. Shifting the funds was not irresponsible, as critics have claimed — it was merely good investing.

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Cutting the Budget, Cutting America’s Future stewardship of the public purse.” But what programs are they proposing to cut to achieve this end? While I As a young American, it is nice to appreciate their solicitude, I am conhear my leaders say that they have my cerned that America’s leaders are generation’s best interests at heart. In jeopardizing my generation’s future in the midst of the ongoing budget battle the name of fiscal austerity. in Washington, the one point that The budget passed by House both Democrats and Republicans Republicans included a $5.7 billion seem to agree on is that they don’t cut to the Pell Grants program, a want to burden future generations of nearly $900 million cut to the Office Americans with crushing debt. of Science budget, more than $1 bilSpeaker John Boehner recently lion cut from Head Start and severe said, “It is immoral to bind our chilcuts to dozens of other educational dren to as leeching and destructive a programs. The Democratic-controlled force as debt,” and Minority Leader Senate may reject some of these cuts, Nancy Pelosi has said, “Our children but the desire to make large spending and grandchildren are cuts with little regard for their longcounting on us to term impact is strong on both sides in chart an effective Washington. course toward While Congress considers cutting responsible education, America’s businesses are projecting an increased demand for a more educated workforce. According to a recent report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, our colleges and universities will have to increase the number of degrees they confer by 10 percent annually, through 2018, in order to meet demand. Education is nearly a requirement in some of our nation’s fastest-growing industries, such as information services, professional and business services and health care, in which 75 to 90 pervalentina fung/staff cent of workers have

by Ian Magruder

at least some higher education. The bottom line is that America should be spending more on education, not less. Can we afford to increase spending on anything given the massive federal budget deficit? I would argue we can’t afford not to. Investments in education are just that, investments that yield high returns. A dollar spent on an effective educational program yields significantly more than its cost through future increased economic output. The rest of the world knows this, which is why China and India have both dramatically increased the amount of money they spend on educational programs. Let’s be clear about the debate over the deficit. In the short term, America’s economy will function normally regardless of whether we operate with a large budget deficit or a small one, so the entire argument is over what is in our nation’s long-term best interest. Will America really be better off with balanced budgets in 20 years if our workforce is less educated and ill-prepared for the global economy of the 21st century? President Obama has called for new national priorities based on “winning the future,” but most members of Congress seem more intent on cutting the future. If leaders in Washington truly want to advocate for my generation’s best interests, they should spend less time pinching pennies and more time making the investments necessary to build a stronger America. Ian Magruder is a student at UC Berkeley and the president of the California College Democrats. Reply to

The College Student’s Case for Health Reform by Hilda Solis On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law enacts significant health insurance reforms that will take effect over the next several years. But one very important piece of that law is already in place. And it may directly benefit you. The Affordable Care Act ensures that college students and young adults can stay on their parents’ employer-provided health care plans until age 26. Before, many health plans and issuers dropped young adults from their parents’ policies because of their age. That left countless college students, recent college graduates and other young people with little recourse, and worse: no health insurance. Historically, some 30 percent of young adults have been uninsured, a rate far higher than that of any other age group. But young people don’t need

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health insurance, right? The statistics say otherwise: One in six young adults today is faced with a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma. And nearly half of uninsured young adults report problems paying medical bills. The new law ensures you have an option when it comes to your health care. This is important as you continue through school, and as you transition into the job market, since you may find that health care coverage is not immediately available through your employer. Or you may work part time. You may choose to continue your education and go to graduate school, or take time off to travel and pursue volunteer opportunities. It allows you to remain on your parents’ plan — or rejoin it until age 26 — even if you no longer live with your parents, are not a dependent on their tax return or are no longer a student. The new flexibility even applies if you are married. You are guaranteed the same benefits and at

By Evan Walbridge

the same price that is available to other dependents. More health care improvements are on the way — and many may also directly benefit you. Already, coverage cannot be denied for those under age 19 because of a pre-existing condition. By 2014, denying coverage to anyone based on a pre-existing condition will be banned. Annual dollar caps on care, which are already limited, will be prohibited; and statebased health insurance exchanges will create a new marketplace, giving more employers and millions of Americans the ability to purchase affordable coverage. The Affordable Care Act is based on the simple belief that every American — and that includes college students — deserves access to highquality, affordable health care. One year after it has become law, that belief is becoming reality. Hilda Solis is the secretary of labor. Reply to


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City Deliberates Its Options for New Affordable Housing Units by Sarah Mohamed Staff Writer

As the city of Berkeley plans to raise money for new affordable housing units by charging a fee on all market development, an in lieu option of providing low-income units on-site appears to be a more feasible solution to provide the housing. At its Feb. 15 meeting, the Berkeley City Council voted to authorize the preparation of an ordinance implementing a housing impact fee on new housing to generate more money for low-income units. The money garnered by the fee would go into the city’s Housing Trust Fund — made available to local developers to fund affordable housing units — and would not necessarily be used to finance new development, since trust fund money is often allocated for maintenance of completed housing projects, according to Vincent Casalaina, chair of the city’s Housing Advisory Commission. According to Jane Micallef, director of the city’s Housing and Community Services Department, the city plans to provide developers the option of including affordable units on-site — in lieu of paying the fee — through a negotiated settlement between developers and the city. Berkeley has been considering how to create a steady source of funding for affordable housing units since 2009, when a court case in Los Angeles deemed the city’s inclusionary housing policies — which required that 20 percent of the units in new development be set aside as affordable — in

violation of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995, which prohibited California cities from imposing their own rent control laws. Casalaina said the commission supports levying the fee at a price that will encourage developers to choose the option of including housing on-site — as they did under inclusionary housing requirements. He added that while development projects completed through the Housing Trust Fund are necessary in that they usually provide specialized services to different groups of people, they take time. “It takes years and years ... if you just got the developer to put the units into the building, you’d have the units much, much sooner,” Casalaina said, adding that projects completed with trust fund money sometimes lead to a segregated community. “There is a certain ghettoization that takes place when you have all of one type of resident in a building.” A nexus study completed by the firm Bay Area Economics in October at the request of city staff suggests the city could place the housing impact fee at a maximum of $34,000 per unit, based on the calculated impact that providing affordable housing has on the community. In the Feb. 15 recommendation, city staff suggested the council set the fee at $20,000 per unit — which would mimic the cost of inclusionary housing — in order to raise money for affordable units without depressing the climate of development. The city’s Rent Stabilization Board and the Housing Advisory Commission

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Low-income housing units require a steady source of funding. The city is considering alternatives to charging development fees. have argued in support of a $28,000 fee per unit. But Patrick Kennedy, founder of the for-profit development firm Panoramic Interests, said the proposed fees combined with additional costs are too high at a time when financing is “impossible,” the credit market frozen and equity limited. “We hope that the city will look at this in a big picture and not feel like they just have to charge a fee and get on with it,” said Chris Hudson, a principal of the for-profit firm Hudson Macdonald. Hudson pointed out several flaws in

the nexus study, most notably its failure to include the impact that the state density bonus — a building increase allowance for developers who set aside a certain number of units for low-income residents — would have on the levying of any fee. According to Micallef, city staff will offer the council a number of recommendations regarding the incorporation of the density bonus into the fee calculation at May 31 work session. “We’re looking at making it attractive to the developer — a cost-savings to the developer to include the units in their building,” Casalaina said. “It’s

more likely that developers will look at the bottom line, put the affordable units and go for the density bonus.” However, Kennedy said plans for the fee make it unappealing for developers to continue working in Berkeley. “They were able to get away with it in the past,” he said. “It’s just that adding a huge surcharge cost to doing business at a time when the market is flat on its back is of dubious value ... they’re trying to get that in through a back door.” Sarah Mohamed covers city government. Contact her at

City Council Closes Debate Study: All-Nighters Can Induce Euphoria Over West Berkeley Project RESEARCH & IDEAS by Clare Perlman Staff Writer

The lack of sleep faced by students who stay up all night finishing an essay, soldiers who spend the night fighting and doctors treating patients for 20 ONLINE PODCAST hours straight Clare Perlman explains may cause an the study’s findings overly sunny perspective of about sleep deprivation. the world, according to UC Berkeley researchers. The study, published March 23 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that an emotional imbalance occurs after an all-nighter, creating a kind of euphoria that can lead to risky behavior. “Although we have not directly tested the following scenario, it is plausible that people with chronic sleep-deprivation develop the lopsided emotional balance toward the things around them (and) may pursue things, such as things (that) involve some risk-taking, that people would tend to avoid,” said Seung-Schik Yoo, an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the study, in an email. The study comes on the heels of another study conducted by the same lab, published March 8 in the journal Current Biology. It addresses the importance of a full night’s sleep in the process of trans-

ferring information in the brain from the region associated with daily memory, the hippocampus, to long-term storage. Sleep deprivation is known to cause exaggerated reactions to negative stimuli, but the effects it can have in a sleepdeprived person’s response to pleasant stimuli have remained relatively unknown, according to the study. With this research, Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and lead author of the study, and his team explored the feelings of euphoria — described in the study as “episodes of inappropriate euphoria and giddiness and oscillating periods of lopsided positive emotional reactivity” — that can occur after a sleepless night. Twenty-seven adults between the ages of 18 and 30 were divided into a sleep-deprivation group and a control group. The sleep-deprived group was kept awake for two days and a night. On the second day, both groups were asked to look at photographs with different emotional content and assess their response to it as their brain activity was scanned using magnetic resonance imaging, Yoo said in the email. Sleep-deprived participants displayed a “disproportionate positive response bias” in terms of the number of photographs they rated as “pleasant” as opposed to “neutral,” the study states.

The scans showed heightened activity in the mesolimbic networks of the brain, which are driven by dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reaction to pleasure. However, an overly optimistic view of the world, which sleep-deprived participants in the study demonstrated, can create recklessness and a disregard for consequences. Favoring the extremes when sleepdeprived — both the intensified positive and negative reactions to stimuli — can induce poor judgment, according to the study. “Optimal evaluation and interpretation of pleasurable, rewarding experiences allows for the development of actions and decisions toward fitnessenhancing outcomes,” the study states. “However, pleasure-seeking can also lead to deleterious and life-threatening behaviors, exemplified by abusive drug addiction, impulsive thrill seeking and adverse risk taking.” Though the study states that more research is needed, the findings could provide researchers with better insight into temporary mood improvement felt by people with depression after pulling an all-nighter, as well as possible treatment for depression. Clare Perlman is the lead research and ideas reporter. Contact her at

Daily Cal Establishes New ‘Publisher’ Position by Mihir Zaveri Senior Staff Writer

The Daily Californian hired Matthew Wilson, formerly of the Marin Independent Journal, as interim publisher March 16 to help steer the newspaper toward financial sustainability. While Wilson — who began work March 18 — will have no sway over the newspaper’s Matthew editorial content, he will take control Wilson of the newspaper’s business operations. Wilson will attempt to boost advertising revenue and pursue company-wide initiatives, including the newspaper’s impending move out of Eshleman Hall, which is slated to be demolished in coming years as part of the renovation of Low-

er Sproul Plaza. “We need an industry professional like Matt to lead us in a really shaky time for journalism,” said Rajesh Srinivasan, editor in chief and president of The Daily Californian. Wilson’s hiring is a major move for the newspaper, as it has struggled in recent years with declining ad revenue and an economic downturn that led to the elimination of Wednesday print production and piecework pay for reporters in fall 2008. Since then, the newspaper has hired several professional employees to help bolster advertising revenue, including an advertising manager in fall 2008 and a national advertising manager to solicit advertisements from national agencies in March 2010. Wilson worked as both an editor and publisher at the Marin Independent Journal and prior to that served in several positions, including executive editor, at the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Allen Matthews, chair of

The Daily Californian’s board of directors and assistant managing editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, in addition to focusing on advertising and sales, Wilson will play a role in fundraising for the newspaper, which is a nonprofit organization, improving relations with the campus and mitigating the high semesterly turnover in student advertising representatives, which has in part contributed to the newspaper’s rocky financial situation. Wilson said he hopes he can bring fresh eyes to help solve the newspaper’s problems while maintaining a commitment to journalistic independence “that the Daily Cal has embodied for more than 40 years and really throughout its ... history.” While Wilson’s employment is currently interim and will be reassessed at the end of the summer, the publisher position is permanent and will be refilled should Wilson leave. Contact Mihir Zaveri at

by Adelyn Baxter Staff Writer

In a meeting last Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council officially closed the public hearing on the contentious West Berkeley Project and began the process of amending its plan for the area, beginning with the least controversial measures. In the fourth public hearing since Jan. 25, council members voted to certify the project’s Environmental Impact Report and to amend Berkeley’s General Plan — the city’s outline of decision making — by way of adding changes to the West Berkeley Plan. They also voted to amend zoning laws pertaining to parking spaces and permit processes for media production uses and to expand allowable uses of specific industrial spaces. Changes related to protected space and master use permits, which allow for large scale development over a long period of time and are among the more controversial aspects of the project, were not discussed at the meeting. The council also asked the Planning Commission to review the permit requirements for arts and crafts uses in the district. One suggestion to ease the process involved replacing the lengthy permit process with the ability to apply for a zoning certificate for those purposes. The commission has been working on the West Berkeley Project since 2007, when the city decided to expand upon its existing West Berkeley Plan to encourage new business growth in the area by easing the permit process. Although the discussion was comprehensive, debate over parking was a key issue for residents, business owners and council members at the meeting. Any modification to parking require-

ments would require review by the commission, according to Dan Marks, the city’s director of planning and development. Aimee Wells — a homeowner and small business owner in West Berkeley — voiced concern over parking provisions in the current zoning code, which would require her 1,000-squarefoot office to have three designated offstreet parking spaces. She urged council members to allow for parking waivers in special cases such as her own. “I believe my business to be neighborhood-serving,” Wells said at the meeting. “I would like to participate in revitalizing the area, but the way the current zoning code is written, I cannot.” Other issues with the overall plan were raised by Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin, who voted against several of the proposals. Both cited concerns that the process was rushed and said more public comment should be taken into account before moving forward. There was also some confusion as to what portion of the EIR had been approved, although City Attorney Zach Cowan said the entire EIR was passed with respect to the night’s agenda items. “I think the process was terrible,” Arreguin said. “The mayor was just rushing the issue through, and many council members didn’t know what they were voting on.” At Tuesday night’s meeting — the last before the council’s spring recess — the council will adopt a second reading of the zoning amendments discussed last Tuesday. Contact Adelyn Baxter at

CENSUS: Families Constitute Large Portion of Tract from front

residents said. Families make up a greater portion of the population here than in the city as a whole. “Mostly what we’re looking at are two parents, two young people who have gotten together, usually have one or two children and are balancing childcare and payments and taxes and all of that,” Maio said. Couples managed to afford houses in the area with historically high real estate values by combining their incomes, depending primarily on public transportation and bicycles for mobility and form-

ing tightly woven community networks where they consult one another through email groups and meetings on issues ranging from gas valve dangers to childcare and lost pets, Maio said. But when the economy plummeted, many households in Tract 4223 were thrown off-kilter more than other city residents. These days, “there are a lot of unemployment checks coming into the neighborhood,” Subedi said. Noor Al-Samarrai covers Berkeley communities. Contact her at

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Bears Conclude Disappointing Campaign Cal lost in Tempe, Ariz., on a buzzer- captain. There were games the Bears simply beater and never really recovered. The heartbreaking defeat on Feb. 5 was the could not make a basket. Against the first of six consecutive losses, sending Ducks on Feb. 24, Cal shot 21.3 perthe squad into a tailspin that derailed cent from the field, including an abysits season. mal 1-for-26 from 3-point range. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell After a home loss to Washington said the streak was like a domino efon Feb. 10, Boyle stressed the need for fect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your mind can be your worst ene- someone on her club to step up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need communication,â&#x20AC;? Boyle my,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just difficult, no one said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just all over the map. We wants to lose, especially when a lot of Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 the games youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losing you can win. It are really inconsistent right now with was hard. It was searching for answers what team is going to show up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up, are we going from anywhere.â&#x20AC;? Even coach Joanne Boyle was asking to get leadership at some point during for help after nearly every game during the game?â&#x20AC;? that stretch in February. The squad fell That question was never really to sixth place in the conference, finish- answered. Sophomore guard Laying with a 7-11 Pac-10 record. shia Clarendon proved capable but The low point may have been the inconsistent at the point; when she Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 14-point home loss to Oregon, a struggled, so did her team. Sophomore team that went 4-14 in Pac-10 play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to come out better on both power forward DeNesha Stallworth ends of the floor,â&#x20AC;? Boyle said after the led the team in scoring, but she tended to disappear in big games. game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not.â&#x20AC;? Nevertheless, Federico believes that Senior guard Rachelle Federico said that basketball is 90 percent mental, the youthful Bears squad has a solid and that with a young team, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;men- foundation. tal downfallâ&#x20AC;? was not particularly surâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It was another learning year for our prising. young group,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Then again, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a loss of headed in the right direction.â&#x20AC;? focus or even a lack of execution. In reality, Cal never fully filled the Jonathan Kuperberg covers womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s void, both in scoring and leadership, basketball. Contact him at left by Gray-Lawson, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team

by Jonathan Kuperberg Senior Staff Writer

The Cal womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team had high hopes at the beginning of the season. Coming off a WNIT title, the Bears set a goal of making the NCAA tournament. They ended their season in the second round of the postseason, an outcome that seems roughly on par with projections at the beginning of the season. There was just one problem for Cal. It was in the WNIT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; again. Four months earlier, the team looked promising despite the graduation of superstar Alexis Gray-Lawson. The Bears beat Rutgers, an NCAA tournament team, in their season opener and finished 8-3 in non-conference play. The season was still going smoothly for Cal through the first half of the Pac10 season. The Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only real blemish was a road sweep at the hands of the Washington schools. But Cal won four of its next five, including a victory over USC, and was tied for third place in the conference. As February rolled around, the Bears looked like a good bet to make it back to the NCAA tournament. Then came Arizona State.

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DeNesha Stallworth was named First Team All Pac-10 after leading the Bears with 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore started all 34 games this season.

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r e p e e K a s ’ e Sh Diminutive Goalie Allie Shropshire Makes Up for Her Lack of Size With Infectious Aggressiveness and Spirit by Jennifer Hansen Staff Writer


llie Shropshire is hard to pick out among the lacrosse players surrounding the goal. Three opposing attackers, all at least five inches taller than her, are trying to find a way to score while two Cal defenders further crowd the space. Suddenly, a stick snatches away an opponent’s pass and the group disperses. Standing alone is a triumphant Shropshire with the ball. Through her mask, one can see a determined face, with the barest hint of a smile. Most women’s lacrosse goalkeepers are content standing firmly in the goal and waiting for the offense to shoot. But Shropshire is not most goalies. When the offense approaches, she steps many meters “If I can be out of her box to get a stick in remembered for the way of errant throws. As a result, one thing at Cal, she was 14th in the I want it to be nation for ground balls last spring, how hard I higher than any played and how other goalie. So far this season, she much I cared for is second in the MPSF at her posi- my teammates.”­ tion with 22. —Allie This aggresShropshire sive mentality is a trademark of the 5-foot-3 senior. “I may have always been a little short, but I’m also definitely a firecracker,” she says laughing. “My favorite athlete is Trent Cole, the defensive end for the Eagles. He’s just ferocious. That’s absolutely my style.” As a sophomore at Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., Shropshire loved basketball. The physicality of the sport appealed to the fiery teenager, sometimes a bit too much. After fracturing the ball of her foot while running after a teammate in practice, Shropshire was sidelined for the season. Restless from healing on the bench all winter, she decided to try her hand at lacrosse in the spring. She took to the sport quickly, but had trouble finding a niche — that is, until she first stood in the goal box after volunteering to replace her fatigued teammate during a practice. The defensive control of the position soon made lacrosse more appealing than the limited opportunites of a short basketball player. Shropshire put the goalkeeping mask on and soon realized she never wanted to take it off. fter a highly successful high school career, including a stint


with the U.S. U-19 national team, Shropshire was recruited by perennial powerhouse North Carolina. Despite her interest in UNC, she still decided to visit Cal. After all, who would turn down four free days in California? Shropshire was instantly enamored. Feeling that the team’s chemistry made up for the 2,500 miles of separation from her friends and family, she took a chance on Cal and committed. The move has paid off for both Shropshire and the lacrosse program. With 314 career saves and a goals against average (GAA) of 10.21, the 2010 MPSF All-Tournament selection has helped the Bears to an 11-6 record in MPSF play over the last three seasons. Most importantly for her, the team has already matched last year’s win total, going 8-4 overall this season with a 2-0 conference record. When Shropshire’s teammates describe her as “explosive,” they are not only referring to her lively personality. In a heartbreaking, season-ending loss to Stanford last year, the co-captain erupted for a career-high 17 saves. This season, Shropshire picked up right where she left off, with 12 saves in Cal’s conference opener victory against UC Davis, the third-highest scoring offense in the nation. The most crucial of these saves came when the Bears clung to a narrow 13-11 lead. With a chance to pull within one, the Aggie attacker flung the ball towards the goal, Shropshire anticipated the shot and lunged her stick to the left, successfully stopping Davis’s rally in their tracks. “She is our anchor defensively and the general of this team,” coach Theresa Sherry said. Not everything has been smooth sailing for Shropshire, though. One day last February, while practicing the way she approaches everything — 100 percent — Shropshire ruptured a disc in her lower back. Since then, she has struggled with the sharp, cutting pain while undergoing months of weekly physical therapy. She has channeled her energy into her recovery, but the pain remains. The slow process has prompted her to mature as an athlete and as a person. “It’s been tough to deal with,” she said. “But the way I’ve matured and grown from dealing with this, at the end of the day I’m proud of that.” hropshire’s development came none too early for the Bears. A shocked lacrosse team was sent reeling when the university announced in September that it was one of five sports programs being cut. As the squad dealt with decisions to transfer,



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Battle-Tested Bears Cross the Bridge to Square Off With San Francisco Late Inning Heroes Hope to Avenge Loss Suffered Against Dons at Evans Diamond Two Weeks Ago by Jack Wang Senior Staff Writer

On Sunday, the Cal men’s baseball team fought back against Washington State for its third walk-off win of the season. Today at 2:30 p.m., the Bears will get a chance to make up for one they just missed. When the No. 13 Bears hosted San Francisco on March 16, they faced a 6-2 deficit in the ninth inning. Shortstop Marcus Semien’s three-run homer tied it up after Cal’s third run, but the

Dons escaped with a 7-6 victory after two extra innings. Cal has gone on a tear since then, and it hopes to continue that streak against USF at Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco. In its last six games — all at Evans Diamond — the team has outscored its opponents 31-4. The loss to the Dons was the only one that besmirched an 11-game stretch. San Francisco, on the other hand, has only won two of their last seven since defeating Cal (16-5, 3-0 in the

Pac-10). That said, it did have to face a rough slate that included a three-game series against No. 18 Arizona, and Cal coach David Esquer doesn’t see much of a break coming for his team. “They play us great all the time,” he said. “They’re as tough for us to beat as any Pac-10 team, honestly.” This time, the Bears won’t have to deploy a rotation of freshmen and sophomores. “We got Miller ready to go, so they’re going to face one of our best pitchers,” Esquer said. Senior Kevin Miller, fully healthy after battling injuries in the past, has excelled so far this season. The San

Jose, Calif., native has recorded a 0.61 ERA in 29 1/3 innings of work this season, lowest among Cal pitchers that have thrown at least four innings. He’s part of a starting rotation that recently helped Cal go 47 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Opposite him on the mound will be freshman Alex Balog. The right-hander, who finished off the Bears with two innings of relief last time around, will be making his first career start. It’s a turn of the tables from the midweek matchup almost two weeks prior. Back then, it was Cal freshman Louie Lechich making his first start, while USF (11-13) junior Jordan Remer held

the Bears to one hit and no runs in just over five innings. A seventh consecutive victory for the visiting team would bolster the playoff resume for a program that struggled with midweek games two seasons ago. That tendency hasn't shown up yet this spring, but the game is no less important. “You’ve got to take every single win no matter when they come,” Esquer said. “At the end of the year, every single one is going to be important. “We’re gonna hit some bumps in the road, but when there are wins to be had, you gotta take them.” Jack Wang covers baseball. Contact him at

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