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Operational Excellence

Other UC campuses adopt OE model By Alisha Azevedo | Staff

Other UC Campuses Pursue

Cost-Cutting Efforts Modeled After

Operational Excellence UC Davis Organizational Excellence

ScottMadden Management Consultants

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Operational Excellence

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$50 million by June 2013

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Operational Effectiveness $25 million between 2011-2015-16 $10 million starting 2016-17 $20 million annually $7-20 million

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As the University of California struggles to absorb millions in state budget cuts, many campuses are using UC Berkeley’s Operational Excellence initiative as a model for their own cost-cutting projects — from the launching of “Operational Effectiveness” at UC Santa Barbara to “Organizational Excellence” at UC Davis. While other campuses work to streamline their operations in the same vein as Operational Excellence, none have worked with outside consulting firms to the extent that UC Berkeley has in its $7.5 million partnership with consulting firm Bain & Company. The initiative — which aims to save $75 million annually — has been a source of controversy since UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s October 2009 announcement of the campus partnership with the firm. Since then, opposition to the initiative has occurred repeatedly, including a sevenhour protest at the fourth-story ledge of Wheeler Hall on March 3. Though other campuses have not seen controversy to such a degree, UC Berkeley is not alone in its efforts. Almost every UC campus is working on some form of restructuring through the systemwide “Working Smarter” initiative, launched in July 2009 to try to save $500 million over five years through projects such as consolidating payroll systems at all UC campuses. But due to $500 million in state budget cuts, campuses are being forced to pursue additional cost-cutting projects to save money, according to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel. “There is some admiration for the scope of efficiencies at (UC) Berkeley,” he said. “But they are not the first ... With funding cuts from the state, each campus is looking to achieve efficiency.” Though a November 2010 “Operational Excellence and Higher Education” conference at UC Berkeley drew participation from sev-

eral other UC campuses, Operational Excellence faculty program head Andrew Szeri has not discussed the project with other campuses since his January 2011 appointment and individual projects have been “fairly independent,” according to Operational Excellence communications manager Bill Reichle. In February 2010, UC San Francisco launched its own “Operational Excellence” initiative, aiming to save at least $50 million by June 2013. The effort is “in full swing,” according to UCSF spokesperson Amy Pyle, with four groups planning to streamline areas, such as research administration and finance, by creating shared services centers. But rather than hire a consulting firm, UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann appointed a group of campus faculty and staff members to identify ways to reduce costs. “UCSF felt it had the right combination of staff and faculty to identify opportunities to streamline,” said John Plotts, senior vice chancellor of finance and administration in a statement. “We followed Bain’s work with (UC) Berkeley and still are, and it has helped guide our thinking in some respects.” But hiring Bain & Company at UC Berkeley was a “standard managerial move” that avoided pitfalls from designing the project internally, according to Richard Walker, vice-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association and professor of geography. However, Walker said in an email that the project still has many challenges to address as it sets an example for other campuses. “There is still a lot to criticize with Operational Excellence, such as the rush to lay off staff before the OE recommendations are finished, the modest accomplishments of improved IT ... the lack of any progress in chopping from the top,” he said in the email. In October 2009 — the same month that UC Berkeley’s Operational Excellence began — UCLA hired the higher education branch of Huron Consulting Group for $240,000 to assist with its Budget Toolbox Project, which focused on academic and budgetary

Paying *UC San Francisco is not using a consulting firm Saving *UC Santa Barbara campus officials did not state how much the campus is paying a consultant *The money UC Davis used to hire ScottMadden as well as its savings goal is only for the creation of shared services centers, which is a project within Organizational Simplification as a whole. The campus does not have an estimate of what Organizational Simplification as a whole will save as of yet.

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National Figures

Homeland Security chief visits UC Berkeley Lab neglects Check Online

Students gathered in Sibley Auditorium to listen to Napolitano speak. View a video and a slideshow of photos online.

By Noor Al-Samarrai | Staff

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited UC Berkeley to discuss national security efforts in cyberspace.

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited UC Berkeley Monday and called on students to aid the department’s national security efforts in a new frontier. As the final speaker in a lecture series hosted by the campus’s College of Engineering on themes of industry and technology, Janet Napolitano emphasized her department’s foray into the world of cyberspace in an address to an audience of about 250 students and faculty members, as well as individuals from the private sector and press. Following a reminder to students to honor free speech for everyone on campus and faculty introductions, Napolitano began her speech at the campus’s Sibley Auditorium by asserting the increased security challenges facing the United States in the wake of 9/11. “Terrorist threats have not gone away ... they have evolved,” she said, adding that the evolution of the virtual world has led to changes in the physical world — and a need for the department to reassess its role in providing protection to the citizens it serves. A specific policy move cited by Napolitano

was an online identification program unveiled by President Barack Obama last week. In the program, online passwords would be replaced with passport-like “credentials” in order to protect consumers against cyber crime and identity theft as well as online spamming, while eliminating the need for Internet users to recall a score of passwords. That security strategy is the subject of widespread concern, voiced by sophomore Shahbaz Shaikh following Napolitano’s presentation. “While the online ID creates a new way of operating on the net while increasing the safety of online purchasing, it robs us of our typical anonymity,” Shaikh said, adding that “as a representative of the Department of Homeland Security, an aspect curiously absent (from Napolitano’s speech) was China’s attacks on firms like Google and Sony, or Canadian security.” Napolitano’s address instead accentuated the importance of fostering government partnerships with academia and industry. One such partnership highlighted by Napolitano as well as Dean of the College of Engineering Shankar Sastry was the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology — a campus research group charged with the development and construction of cybersecurity technologies protecting national infrastructure that receives funding from the department. Napolitano appealed to student listeners

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employment verification By Damian Ortellado | Staff Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory allowed subcontractors to hire workers without proper evidence of eligibility to work in the United States, including some who used the Social Security numbers of deceased people, according to a report published by the Department of Energy. The report, released April 15, indicated that many of the contractors hired by the lab either could not produce Form I-9s — which detail worker eligibility requirements — or provided forms that were outdated, missing information or contained anomalies such as faulty Social Security numbers. In total, eight of the 236 forms collected from 19 subcontractors used duplicate Social Security numbers, Social Security numbers that belonged to deceased individuals or Social Security numbers that had yet to be assigned.

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LAB: Some workers used invalid Social Security numbers From front Security concerns about unauthorized workers having access to the Berkeley site prompted energy department officials to conduct an inspection, said Gregory Friedman, the energy department’s inspector general, in a statement accompanying the report. “We referred the possible misuse of Social Security numbers to officials with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for appropriate action,� Friedman said in the statement. The lab, which received $104 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to its 2010 fiscal year budget of $707 million, is using much of the money to complete infrastructure upgrades through the use of contractors and subcontractors. Of the lab’s total budget, $29 million of the $65 million dedicated to the contracts — under which a majority of the people in question were employed — reviewed in the report were provided through the act. The report also raised concerns about the use of questionable Social Security numbers, because such action could indicate the displacement of legitimate workers, which would undermine the act’s goal of stimulating job creation for U.S. citizens and other eligible workers. Harley Shaiken, chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies, said the use of false Social Security numbers is common practice among illegal immigrants hired to work for contractors. According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, as of March 2010, approximately 8 million undocumented workers are employed in the country. The report also stated that in total, undocumented workers made up 5.2 percent of the nation’s workforce. “To work in the formal economy, you pretty much need a Social Security number, and if you don’t have one, you’ll find one, given the stakes,� Shaiken said. “The widespread use of fraudulent Social Security numbers is unfortunate, but it’s real.�

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A DOE report revealed that many Berkeley Lab subcontractors hired workers but could not provide proper documentation of eligibility to work in the United States. Executive Order 13465, which was signed by President George W. Bush in June 2008 and went into effect September 2009, requires contractors to electronically verify employment authoriza- Had E-Verify tion of employees performing been volunwork under a tarily used, federal contract through E-Veri- (the lab’s) fy, an Internet- contractors based system that compares likely would information from an em- have identiployee’s Form fied a numI-9 to data from the Department ber of other of Homeland anomalies. Security and Social Security —Gregory Friedman, Administration Department of Energy records. inspector general But none of the contracts examined contained a requirement to use the E-Verify system, Friedman said in the statement. “Had E-Verify been voluntarily used, (the lab’s) contractors likely would have

identified a number of other anomalies that we discovered during our testing,� Friedman said in the statement. Friedman added that although the contracts reviewed in the report were issued before use of the E-Verify system became mandatory, the lab failed to modify the contracts to include the requirement even when it became mandatory. The Berkeley Site Office, a branch of the energy department’s Office of Science located at the lab, did not contest the results of the report. According to the report, the office has taken steps toward incorporating the employment verification clause into contracts, requiring subcontractors to provide documentation proving they have enrolled in E-Verify and checked their employees through the system. “We concur with the Inspector General’s recommendations for resolution of the issues identified and have taken, or are in the process of taking, the necessary steps to ensure that our subcontractors abide by the guidelines,� said Jon Weiner, a spokesperson for the lab, in an email. “Accordingly, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has assisted the Berkeley Site Office in its response to the Inspector General.�

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Nine inches of true love

Berkeley scientists discover heavy antiparticle


By Katie Bender | Staff

ntil recently, sex meant very little to me. Sex was a relatively hassle-free way of ending a fight. Sex was a compulsion that I acted on to satiate my most primitive urges, the ecstatic beast within. Sex was humping and avoiding eye contact, sex was getting caught at a music festival with my pants off, sex was wry and, even at best, it was a complacency within my relationships that I never fully understood. It may be of interest to note, that in my semester-long duration as a sex columnist, I have never once discussed the topic of “making love.” Unlike my anecdotes about screwing on trampolines and my boasts of sexual prowess, this is different. Private. As I write this now, I still have my doubts. There is sharing raunchy exploits, in which I have no reservations, and then there are the collective experiences that shape and define you — moments that are sacred, frail and beautiful. These moments make up the sweetness of my soul. I have only ever made love to one man, on the second day we met. Right from the very beginning, I knew what he would mean to me. There was no trepidation. There was, however, fear. This was heading into the unknown, a side of intimacy I had never yet experienced. I cowered under him, a shy little freshman 400 miles away from home, scared shitless of the deep waters I had readily waded into. And to my inconceivable surprise, this near-perfect stranger was the one who eventually taught me how to love, how to truly, deeply love and make love, to be loved, dousing my life with joy and a light that will never go out. In that one moment, I felt every negative thing that I had ever worried about during sex — How do I look right now? Is he really enjoying this? Does he really like me? — eradicated, wiped clean from my mind. In its place, a different kind of feeling took hold. I felt myself being adored, cherished so wholly and sincerely that I was stunned; my lips fumbled along clumsily as my head spun in a thousand different directions. What was going on? It enveloped me completely, this warm radiance, but it made no sense — I hardly knew this man! And yet ... yet ... we were making love. ny and every person can claim to understand relationships through the act of observation. After spending a lifetime marveling at couples, whether they be old friends or new sweethearts kissing in the street, we all begin to formulate our own ideas of what couples and relationships should be like. Inevitably, at some point in our naivety and innocence, we will create our own idea of love from the scraps of life and the worlds that surround us. We will hold onto this view, shield it


Janelle Albukhari from the world, keep it secret within our hearts ... Until the day (you remember what that day was like, don’t you? The first time you were ever sure about anything in your life?) when you meet your counterpart. When one person simply opens your heart like a book, the first and most grave of many silent promises is made. It reads: I will love you, every day, as much as my heart will allow, until I can go on no longer. The trading of one lifetime for another. And how very fitting should it be that this person, who would later go on to write chapters in my book of love, would find me outside of a library. here are countless experiences that are rewarding and wonderful in their own right, memories shared with friends and lovers can be invaluable to everyone. And while these events may be the staple of happiness in the average man, the average man is capable of the extraordinary. To me, the world begins and ends at the word “love,” for what greater emotion is there to be experienced? I am overwhelmingly grateful to have ever had the chance at encountering this kind of intimacy. It is a beautiful thing, not to be treated lightly or disregarded; a rare occurrence in a world of superficialities, friends with benefits and fuck buddies, to be able to connect with someone on a level that surprises even the most adamant of cynics. This is making love — to find yourself in another. To put their pleasure before yours and to do away with insecurity. Making love is lying openly and honestly with one another, abandoning all shame and extraneous forces or motivations in favor of seeing someone clearly, possibly realizing that it is the first time you have ever done so. It is knowing the very content of their being, seeing this person in their own light and marveling at who they really are. On this level of intimacy, you find yourself capable of anything; you find that you are even able to push back the entire world in order to make one of your own. And chances are, if you are anywhere as lucky as me, you’ll never have to leave.


In an experiment that recreated the atmospheric conditions of the first few milliseconds of the Big Bang, about 30 Berkeley scientists contributed to the discovery of the heaviest antiparticle ever found, five months ago. About 25 scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and four from the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the STAR experiment — an experiment located at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York —

all played a part in the discovery of antihelium-4. Their results were published in the scientific journal Nature on Sunday. STAR, which stands for Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC, is an experiment funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that aims to conduct heavy ion research, colliding as many particles together as possible, according to STAR collaborator Hans Georg Ritter from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Ritter said the discovery of antihelium-4 was a byproduct of STAR’s ongoing research. “Basically, we try to reconstruct the exact state of the universe at the earliest stage after the Big Bang ... and try to understand what happened,” Ritter

said. According to STAR collaborator Hank Crawford of the Space Sciences lab, an equal amount of matter and antimatter were created and dispersed into the newly formed universe when the Big Bang occurred billions of years ago. He said that although it may seem like Earth would have encountered some of this antimatter, it has not yet been discovered here in a natural state. “It should have survived through the Big Bang and be flying around somewhere,” Crawford said. The STAR experiments are conducted within a cylinder at the Brookhaven lab in Upton, New York.

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Napolitano: Government encourages students to share ideas From front directly, urging them to participate in the organization of cyberspace and provide their input to the department via email. “We promise to actually read emails because we’ve actually gotten some very interesting ideas after speaking at universities,” she said.

Another concern stressed by Napolitano was the attractiveness of interdisciplinary training in policy and technology or engineering. Constance Lu, a junior studying electrical engineering and computer science, is currently taking a computer security course and said that learning about the policy aspects of her studies

appealed to her. “Working in an environment that is a government environment is probably a different thing than a lot of you thought about,” Napolitano said. “Consider coming to work at the Department of Homeland Security.” Noor Al-Samarrai covers Berkeley communities.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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op-Ed | Uncorrected Flaws

Documentary reveals larger trend of historical inaccuracy By Mark Powell Special to the Daily Cal I saw “The Odyssey of Captain Healy” — Michael Healy, first part-black to command a U.S. ship, and for decades a northwest-coastal legend — in February on Washington, D.C.’s Howard University Television (WHUT). Made by Oaklandbased Waterfront Soundings Productions, it’s an affecting bio with themes including racism’s injustice and stupidity; how a strong man of achievement and integrity suffers from conspiring lesser men and evolving social mores; and how even such a man has faults aiding his fall. “Odyssey,” though a minor presentation, exemplifies how PBS docs, unlike newspapers even in the net-archiving age, long and regularly recur, out front. (By the way, WHUT, at traditionally black Howard University, is regrettably part of PBS’ almostuniversal rabid refusal to admit and correct errors. WHUT chief and former PBS executive Jennifer Lawson refused at length last year to admit Napoleon was Joseph Bonaparte’s younger, not older brother, and correct WHUT’s site’s error. Months earlier, up the road, Maryland Public Television (MPT) presented “For Love of Liberty,” an important four-hour tribute to black military service, with dozens of Hollywood stars. It’ll long and widely air — many errors and all. MPT Vice President Joe Krushinsky, incipiently collaborating against errors in 2009, admitted he’d be purged in any serious attempt to raise

standards. So ended contact.) To Healy. One-sixteenth black, both parents dead by 11, he’d be a slave if not sent North. Even there, his “liability” known, he suffered some, and went to sea at 15, from nothing (and his “secret” now unknown) becoming a uniquely respected captain of the Revenue Cutter Service, precursor to the Coast Guard. In 1894, The New York Sun called him America’s power of attorney from San Francisco north to Alaska and better known and respected there than presidents. Among many achievements, he imported Siberian reindeer to alleviate Eskimo famine. Too bad “Odyssey” is flawed in both commission and omission, unadjusted by even a screen caption since its 1999 debut. (I’ve never seen a factual-corrective caption on PBS, and have maybe 1,000 needed examples after three years’ light sampling.) Startling common sense and basic knowledge is Alaska’s “30,000-mile coastline.” The same description, sometimes with “shore” or “shoreline” replacing “coast” or “coastline” (this does matter technically, it turns out), appears on many PBS sites. Did no “editor” realize — something we must ask constantly of “top” media — that 30,000 miles is, e.g., 10 times the distance across the contiguous U.S. on a long diagonal, and greater than Earth’s circumference? That’s some coast, even for Alaska with its Aleutians and southeast arm. Alaska’s “general coastline” — what geography calls length of general outline — is commonly listed as (still amazing) 5,580 to 6,640 miles. Usually I’d reckon

the above the conceptual incompetence PBS often adds to technical incompetence, and it partly is. But there is more than 30,000 miles of what geography calls “tidal shoreline” — often many times general coastline. The U.S. Atlantic coast is cited 2,069 general, 28,673 miles tidal. Unexplained tidal figures almost necessarily mislead the many who PBS is supposed to educate. Just a few explanatory words could’ve served much better — if the esoteric ultra-figure even had to be used. Omissions can also be errors. Among others here, most remarkable in a Healysympathetic piece is representation that Healy’s career ended in 1900 with his second suspension, sending him brokenly straight to his end. His falls were informed by creeping alcoholism and disregard of sensitivities that growing genteel society wouldn’t spot even a hard old-school leader. But he regained command withal — cutter Thetis — and beloved Alaska duty under Teddy Roosevelt (perhaps reflecting TR’s admiration for enterprising mariners, which also touched Joshua Slocum even after a humiliating conviction). Healy retired honorably after all. Despite Healy’s fame in his time, he didn’t remain salient. It’s good the documentary exists. But as many of even PBS’ top, prestigious products do worse — request a few hundred cases, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; maybe we’ll talk; but don’t bother if you can’t admit you missed the phenomenon — it stumbles in factual content.

Sitting this one out CITY AFFAIRS A proposed sit-lie ordinance would not fix the economy — it would instead merely distract from the real issues.


iven the problems facing downtown Berkeley — the sagging economy, the many empty storefronts — it’s easy to latch on to proposals and hope they turn out to be panaceas. Enter the proposed sit-lie ordinance, which would make it illegal to rest on city sidewalks and is supported by some members of the Berkeley business community. Proponents argue that in these tough economic times, stores need to do everything they can to make themselves more appealing to customers — and one way to do so is to address the city’s notorious homelessness issue. However, we vehemently disagree that the passage of a sit-lie ordinance is the appropriate means by which to do this. The ordinance has two major flaws: First, it does nothing to actually lessen homelessness, and second, even if homelessness were no longer an issue, there is little indication that there would be a significant boost to the economy. If the city is serious about wanting to end homelessness, it should invest in efforts that emphasize outreach — not in efforts that produce citations. The Public Commons for Everyone Initiative has been successful in building relationships, but by further criminalizing homelessness the city will make it more difficult for transients to move off the streets and

back into society. Furthermore, passing a sit-lie ordinance doesn’t magically create places for the homeless to go. Even if the ordinance helped solve homelessness, it would do little to address the city’s real economic problems. According to the city’s Office of Economic Development, business on Telegraph Avenue and in The Downtown, where the homelessness is at its worst, experienced sales declines between March 2008 to March 2010 of 6.9 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. Over the same period, sales on Fourth Street declined 21.5 percent. In addition, the ordinance most likely would not be implemented for years — by which time the economy should have improved. We do not begrudge business owners their right to advocate for their livelihoods, and we do not deny that the economy needs action. But policy makers must recognize that in this case, advocates for a sit-lie ordinance are blaming the wrong factor for their problem and must instead focus their efforts on reforming problems such as the quota system and permit policies. Homelessness is a reality that the city has to face, but this is not the way to do so. City officials should help all their constituents, not punish some of them.

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The ASUC Auxiliary was not founded in 1887. Changing a tagline, though, cannot supplant necessary discussion.

By Hilary Hess


he ASUC Auxiliary was formally incorporated on March 19, 1998, as part of the Commercial Activities Agreement between the ASUC and the UC Board of Regents. The Auxiliary’s logo, however, reads “Serving Students Since 1887.” Clearly, something is amiss. Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein introduced a bill on April 13 seeking to correct this chronological discrepancy by requesting that the organization change the date on the logo to 1998. After ASUC President Noah Stern said that he was concerned the bill would be seen as a vote of no confidence by the student body, the bill was amended and later passed at last Wednesday’s senate meeting. While critics of the bill pointed out that the ASUC has had an administrative support staff from its inception and changing the tagline would ignore their contribution to the history of our student government, we believe the

senate made the right call in passing the bill. Despite its predecessors, the Auxiliary as it exists today was established in 1998. Therefore, their current logo undeniably misrepresents the age of their organization. When discussing the bill, Goldstein said that the debate over the logo is really one on student autonomy. However, he cannot expect this fight to substitute for a meaningful discussion of his concerns about the Auxiliary’s effect on student autonomy, and we encourage him to pursue it. Now that the bill has passed, we recognize that compliance might bring about certain expenses associated with updating the logo, but we doubt changing three numbers will be a major issue, especially if it is done over a long period of time. The Auxiliary should gradually begin to phase in a new logo with the correct date. The minor cost of change is negligible compared to the value of accuracy.

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UC online instruction program is a financial blunder By Wendy Brown Special to the Daily Cal Last year, Christopher Edley, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law provided numerous assurances that the project to explore the feasibility of an online undergraduate curriculum would be funded wholly from extramural sources. He was as confident that he could raise money for the pilot as he was that a fully developed online curriculum would itself be a money-maker. Indeed, Edley insisted that online education

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Often, as perhaps my studies’ most important part, I document response from PBS outlets, as from others. I almost didn’t here, as “Odyssey” lacked common blue-chip backing. But I spent 10 seconds on KQED’s website, where “Odyssey” is sold, and saw a misstatement of Healy’s death year. I’d never contacted KQED, so ... Staffer Carol Cicerone claimed the error likely correct because, no kidding, some blog has it; never mind, for starters, a full-on Healy book and the National Archives stating the year correctly. (Perversely, she unknowingly had a point about top sources.) Who else was right? Wait for it, “Odyssey” itself. Still, she grimly hung in, saying the blog looked sound for having a (pasted) Coast Guard logo. She finally admitted and corrected the error (sort of; claiming a web issue will likely “overwrite” correction), but nastily hung up when I suggested professional reflection on that initial, programmed denial reflex. And that pales next to PBS’ “flagships’” behaviors, with one exception.” PBS’ “best” have refused to admit hundreds of error-busting facts such as (what to pick?) Richard Nixon being elected president in 1968, Spiro Agnew not being the first vice president to resign, 2 times 20 being 40, not 60; the Andes not topping 25,000 feet and October not being spring in most of Africa. As for the real Coast Guard, I was nicely surprised by its deputy historian, Scott Price, forthrightly correcting the same Healy-death error in a

source Cicerone could better have cited — a Healy series by a United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) professor and USCGA’s librarian. USCG contrasts ( just staying maritime) recent Marine and Navy behavior. A prominent United States Marine Corps (USMC) site claimed the Grenada fight was in 1985 and Haiti’s January 2010 quake was in the future (“September 2010,” displayed earlier). These were corrected after crazy responses including threatening me with NCIS (please send the pretty gal; no, not the funky kid). After more sad misconducts from command colonels, one, Donald Hales, still wouldn’t admit wrong the same page’s claim Marine peacekeepers entered Kosovo in 1998 (no; after 1999’s air war on Serbia). There the Few and Proud draw the line on corrections, a Chosin-worthy stand. Does military performance gain from such decrepitude? Whither the rhetoric of intense heuristic self-examination, truth over stupid egos? If they can’t admit this ... The Navy, among varied examples, has errors around historical showpiece USS Constitution, from battles and cannons to an apparent huge lie on tourist attendance. It bars discussion let alone correction — and not only made Navy magazine renege written commitment to publish my report in last July’s issue, but without notice. So goes War on Error. For now. Mark Powell specializes in documenting error.

justice,” educational excellence and a revenue information” that should have slowed, shrunk boon for the university. or quashed the project, it got a bail-out from It was too good to be true. We knew it then the university, a $4-7 million interest-free line and explained why. Online education in the of credit. This at a time when Operational “quality sector” had already met with bankExcellence at Berkeley is slashing vital staff ruptcy at Columbia University, University of positions, when tuition continues to skyrocket, Illinois and elsewhere. No studies established when hiring freezes have hamstrung countless that online education could match that providdepartments and other campus units, when ed on campuses. Problems with online courses the university is bracing for another round of are legion. Moreover, existing online programs devastating budget cuts from the state. are worse exploiters of debt-financing by stuA loan for a pipe dream — when existing dents than bricks-and-mortar campuses. departments can’t even staff their existing curNow there is a new twist to the story. The ricula, support existing graduate students or Academic Senate approved the pilot provided pay for printer paper — would be bad enough. that it was funded, as Edley promised, entirely But it is the collateral on this loan that is the from extramural funds. But fundraising has icing on the cake. fallen far short of hopes: Edley has managed The loan is “secured” by fees expected to be to obtain only a $750,000 grant sponsored by paid by non-UC students taking the pilot the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and online courses. In other words, students who the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. are not UC students would be funding a pilot This is substantially less than the more than that offers courses that are not UC courses $7 million that the pilot is expected to cost. (the courses have not yet gone through Why the shortfall? Academic Senate channels for approval). Since Because private foundations concerned with the students are not UC students, they will not online education be eligible for seek to underUC aid, which Not only is the online education pilot means they will stand its problems and want be encourproject being launched on a broken either to fund studies aged to borrow of those. Why promise, it aims to use non-UC students or they will be the persistently wealthy individhigh and seem- as both cash cows and guinea pigs ... uals, mostly likely intractable ly from outside —Wendy Brown the United attrition rates? What happens States, who can to students be duped into who go deep into debt for online education thinking that these are UC courses and that and don’t finish the courses or obtain a they are UC students when they take them. degree? How to address high cheating Who else would pay thousands of dollars to rates? What elements of classroom courses take a course stamped falsely with the UC cannot be replicated online (oral skills, brand name that could be more cheaply promany critical thinking skills, group probcured through any number of other sources? lem solving, spontaneous integration of This is a scandal of obscene proportions. course material and current events) and Why is a project promised to be funded extrawhat is the significance of these losses? murally now allowed to borrow up to $7 milAnd how can expensive, high quality lion from the university itself ? Why is collatercourses compete with Open Source on al that depends upon hoped-for exploitation of the one hand and for profit colleges on student indebtedness or consumer ignorance the other? allowed to secure the loan? And what guaranIn other words, Edley’s dream of a tees that state funds or student fees — the only money-making cyber campus came at the fungible income streams UC has — will not be wrong time, after other experiments with tapped if and when the original collateral plan online education in the quality sector had collapses? failed and so many problems in online curricuNot only is the online education pilot projla have surfaced. At this point, foundations ect being launched on a broken promise, it rightly want to study the problems, rather than aims to use non-UC students both as cash throw good money after bad for another highcows and guinea pigs, perhaps falsely selling priced experiment. That is why the UC pilot them the UC brand into the bargain. Who could not draw the private funding it knows whether the scheme will work. What is sought. certain is that the $7 million loan and its colBut did this stop the pilot? No. lateral represents corruption in the present Dean Edley is a powerful man in the and captures in a nutshell how “students” University of California system, one who would be regarded in the future cyber-campus remains a special advisor to President Yudof the pilot anticipates. and routinely rubs shoulders with other top Social justice indeed. Wendy Brown is a professor of political scibrass in the University of California Office of ence at UC Berkeley and is co-chair of the the President. So, instead of treating the failBerkeley Faculty Association. ure to raise money for the pilot as “market

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City Council to address cab drivers’ complaints By Kelsey Clark | Staff Despite a six-month lag, the Berkeley City Council will respond May 3 to a letter of grievances submitted by taxi drivers concerned about issues surrounding the current status of city taxicab services. The Berkeley Taxicab Association sent a letter Oct. 4 to City Manager Phil Kamlarz addressing the formation of its association and outlining a list of 13 grievances in addition to requesting a meeting with city officials to discuss its concerns. The City Council initially agreed to address the association’s grievances at a Feb. 14 meeting, according to Councilmember Kriss Worthington, but members from the association boycotted the meeting because they were not specifically invited to attend. “We boycotted because we were not specifically invited,” said Said Ali, chairman of the association. “We wrote the letter to them, so they have to write to us and invite us ... Up until now they have not called us for a meeting.” The council will formally address the association’s grievances May 3 due to Worthington’s March 29 submittal of a request to the City Manager’s office for a formal response to the association. “(The letter) is being presented as an information report, as if there’s nothing for the City Council to do — I don’t believe that’s the case,” Worthington said. “I think we need to provide additional direction to show that we actually want to see things fixed.” While the council’s report will respond to the grievances laid out by the association in the October letter, the only two areas the council distinguishes as options for possible future action are police officer training in taxi code violations and additional taxi stands in the city. A proposed training bulletin for Berke-

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Resident’s app to let users map water fountains

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After six months of delays, the Berkeley City Council agreed to address a list of city taxi drivers’ grievances, which include allegations of illegal cab operation, at its May 3 meeting. ley Police Department officers would help educate officers on proper taxicab violations and increase awareness of illegal taxicabs in the city. Currently, according to Ali, 30 percent of the association’s business is taken by illegal taxicab operators. “It’s not the question of training or learning,” Ali said about police enforcement of illegal taxicab operations. “It is a question of implementing.” In addition to the possible training bulletin, the city plans to reinstate a taxi stand at Hearst and Euclid avenues that was eliminated when the curb was painted red for an unknown reason, Worthington said. The possibility of establishing two new

taxi stands — one on Bancroft Way near Sproul Hall and another on Piedmont Avenue north of International House — is being pursued by the city’s Public Works Transportation Division. However, some grievances listed in the report — including multiple annual vehicle inspections and the temporary suspension of taxicab permits — did not merit possibilities for future action by the city, and instead many were responded to with references to the Berkeley Municipal Code. “We are not happy with the way they are handling it because it is taking too long and too slow,” Ali said. “We do not know what will come out of it. I’m not happy yet.”

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Berkeley resident Peter Gleick has been working with Google to develop a smartphone app for mapping drinking fountains. By Weiru Fang | Staff

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AC Transit to hold public hearing to discuss possible fare increases Financial difficulties are prompting the bus system to reconsider its bus fares, discounted pass prices

By J.D. Morris | Staff An AC Transit staff recommendation aimed at instituting regularly scheduled fare increases over the next decade will be discussed at a public hearing with the transit board on Wednesday as one method of dealing with the district’s increasing financial woes. If the recommendation is approved after it is heard by the board, AC Transit spokesperson Beverly Greene said the district will see about a $2.6 million increase over the next fiscal year, during which she said the district is facing a $21 million deficit. Among the first round of fare changes would be an increase in the youth pass price from $15 to $20 per month. “This is about a broad and general look at fare policy, of which the student pass is one small element,” said AC Transit director-atlarge Chris Peeples. “The recommendation has been made by staff that we adopt a fare policy that actually has us raising fares in some sort of regular way.” Though the youth pass was once priced at $27, it was lowered to $15 in 2002. According to the recommendation, youth pass prices would increase to $45 per month in the 2018-19 fiscal year, while adults, who currently pay $80 per month, would see their

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AC Transit is considering increasing bus fares to cope with its financial problems. The transit system is holding a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss this and other possible solutions. prices increase to $90 by that year. “I don’t think $5 higher price per month (for youth) would make that much of a difference — it is still a hugely discounted fare both from what it actually costs to operate the system and relative to what gets paid by a poor single mother,” Peeples said. “This is not to say I’m going vote to support it, however ... I do not make that decision till all the information is presented.” Peeples said he may propose changes to the staff recommendation after hearing more information at the Wednesday hearing. In 2008, Berkeley voters approved an in-

crease in a district parcel tax — doubling it from $48 to $96 per year — partly in order to keep transit prices low. But the district is now facing what Greene described as a “volatile economy” under which decreases in funding from the federal and state level, as well as funding from tax revenue and operating costs, have put the district under tight financial constraints. “Funding is decreasing, not just for AC Transit, but for many in the state,” Greene said. “Fares are one revenue stream that’s

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STAR: Scientists attempt to recreate conditions of the Big Bang From Page 3 The cylinder is filled with methane gas, which allows the scientists to track the particles and analyze their movements and changes after the experiment via 3-D imaging. The Big Bang conditions were created by colliding gold nuclei together at rapid speeds, which, according to Crawford, es-

sentially breaks the skin of the nuclei and leads to the possibility of making new types of particles. “By recreating ‘little bangs,’ we have a shot at finding new kinds of phenomena,” Crawford said. However, the STAR experiment is ongoing, and the antihelium-4 discovery was

just one among many anticipated findings. Ritter said the experiments will continue, and the findings made thus far will only trigger more questions. “It is important to understand where we come from and what the universe is made of,” Ritter said.

A smartphone application developed by a Berkeley resident seeks to reduce the consumption of bottled water by providing information about the locations of public water fountains. Peter Gleick, the president and cofounder of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, has been working with Google for the past few months to develop this new application that allows users to locate and input the locations of nearby water fountains. The beta version will be available this week to approximately a dozen volunteers who will map fountain locations around Berkeley and the rest of the East Bay using the automatic GPS on their phones. The goal is to provide public information nationwide about water fountains ­— where they are, what their condition is and how to find them — while simultaneously making it easier for people to wean themselves off of bottled water because free tap water will now be easier to find, Gleick said. “One of the reasons I think more and more people are buying bottled water is because public drinking water fountains are disappearing,” Gleick said. “It’s easier and easier to find commercial bottled water.” Gleick said he believes bottled water is an expensive, unnecessary and environmentally damaging product. Having written about this topic in his book “Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water,” he said on top of causing serious environmental problems due to the excess of plastic bottles, bottled water is 2,000 to 3,000 times more expensive to produce than tap water. This is unnecessary because the United States, in general, provides very safe tap water, he said. With the application, users will also be able to upload pictures of a water fountain, add comments and provide information such as whether the fountain’s water is warm or chilled. All of this information goes to a publicly available open-source database, Gleick said. Once the operational version is ready, the next step is to launch it nationwide through various sources of social media, he said. The publicly available version is expected to be out in the next month or two. UC Berkeley senior and director of the ASUC Sustainability Team Rose Whitson had a similar goal of reducing waste and encouraging UC Berkeley students to use refillable canteens with the “End the Sale of Bottled Water Initiative” — a statement of support to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, which was passed in this year’s ASUC General Election. “I think (Gleick’s application is) a great start because such a tool would enable not only access to water, but also, a better feedback mechanism for maintenance and reporting,” said Whitson in an email. Brian McDonald, chair of the city’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission, said whenever there is public feedback, the commission tries to see what sort of action the city can take. “It would be interesting to look at what the findings are and if this is something that the commission should look into,” McDonald said. Though the application is currently available only on Android smartphones, Gleick said he hopes to expand onto other platforms, such as the iPhone. Once the application is fully in operation, a map of fountain locations will be available on a website. Gleick said the entries are reviewed to prevent false information, but over time crowd-sourcing will be a preventive measure against misinformation, as other users can give contrasting reviews to correct these mistakes. “We’re in a new era when more and more public information will be available to us on our smartphones,” he said. “One piece of that information is safe drinking water.”

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expansion: Other campuses also hired external consultants for guidance From front planning in the face of budget cuts. As a result of the project, the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restructuring Steering Committee was formed in February 2010 to plan cost-cutting projects in areas such as information technology, which could save over $20 million and are in various stages of implementation. The campus entered into another $350,000 contract with the consulting company in March 2010 to help with carrying out the projects, according to UCLA spokesperson Phil Hampton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Identifying cost savings and efficiencies and implementing changes in large and complex organizations such as major research universities benefits from the involvement of external parties, who lend a different perspective on operational and structural issues,â&#x20AC;? he said in the email. In February 2010, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced the launch of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organizational Excellenceâ&#x20AC;? initiative in her state of the campus address and said the campus would work on projects such as creating shared services centers and streamlining areas such as technology and human resources. In addition to using recommendations from a Budget Advisory Committee formed in January 2009, the campus hired ScottMadden Management Consulting for $420,000 to help design shared services centers.

The centers are expected to save $25 million from this year through 2015-16 and $10 million annually starting in 2016-17, according to Dave Jones, associate editor for UC Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; news center. The newest of the initiatives, UC Santa Barbaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operational Effectivenessâ&#x20AC;? began in August 2010 at the suggestion of a subcommittee of its Coordinating Committee on Budget Strategy. The campus is currently planning to cut costs in areas such as information technology and procurement to save between $7 million and $20 million, according to UC Santa Barbara Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas. The campus looked to UC Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Operational Excellence plans as well as other universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; projects for guidance and hired an individual consultant to aid in the planning process, Lucas said in an email. Though campuses have followed UC Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s model without the same cost, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ambitiousâ&#x20AC;? nature of the project required Bain & Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help, Reichle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given my sense of the size and complexity of all the Operational Excellence initiative is or is trying to be, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it could have happened without an outside perspective coming in and organizing it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I think an outside investment was well worth it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Alisha Azevedo covers academics and administration.

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Campus receives funds to make safety repairs By Nina Brown | Staff As part of a systemwide effort to improve workplace safety, UC Berkeley received over $6 million dollars of surplus funds distributed to campuses from the University of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Compensation Program. Associate Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Ron Coley announced in a campuswide email Friday that the campus would receive $6.7 million in surplus funds from the 2009-10 fiscal year. The money will fund proposals from campus departments for safety improvements in the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;built environmentâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; encompassing repairs to stairways, lighting and alarm systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; according to Mark Freiberg, director of the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Environment, Health and Safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe the people working in the departments are the most familiar with the safety hazards they face each day,â&#x20AC;? Freiberg said. The Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Compensation Surplus Program, which began in 2005, distributes funds based in part on the success of each campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts at reducing workplace injuries, according to Freiberg. Funding for the workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compensation program comes from an â&#x20AC;&#x153;additive rateâ&#x20AC;? or payroll tax levied by the university on each campus and calculated from the size of the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce. Since 2005, the payroll tax has dropped over 50 percent, according to data from the campus Office of Environment, Health and Safety. Simultaneously, the size of the surplus from the workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compensation fund has increased, according to a UC report on the program. UC Berkeley has remained a frontrunner in minimizing workplace injury and receiving a large portion of the surplus funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have many safety programs weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve launched on campus, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

worked with department safety coordinators,â&#x20AC;? Freiberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also worked to reduce the medical costs associated with the injuries when they do happen, to try to return employees back to work quicker.â&#x20AC;? Improvements made on campus have included repairs to laboratory equipment and bracing the contents of buildings to withstand seismic activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last one we did, the biggest, was working on redoing the fans at Hearst Mining,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Shackleton, assistant dean for facilities and capital programs in the College of Engineering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an air balance issue with the fans, and it affects the fire system.â&#x20AC;? After department proposals are submitted on May 31, they will be evaluated by a team composed of representatives from the campus offices of Environment, Health and Safety, Space Management and Capital Programs, the Department of Facilities Services, the Disability Management Center and a faculty representative. Ultimately, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau will make the final decision about which proposals to fund. While improvements to building maintenance and equipment would ameliorate employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety, Liz Perlman, a lead organizer for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, said the primary cause of worker injuries was â&#x20AC;&#x153;skimping on staff.â&#x20AC;? She said fewer safety inspections and the sparse availability of staff to perform repairs contribute to workplace accidents. However, according to data from the Office of Environment, Health and Safety, the number of workplace injuries on campus has decreased since surplus-funded improvements have been implemented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is one of the rare rays of sunshine in the budget this year,â&#x20AC;? Freiberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This money is coming back, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad to have it.â&#x20AC;? Nina Brown covers higher education.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Best Newcomer Cindy Tran

Honorable Mentions

Natalie Coughlin is arguably one of the greatest female swimmers of all time. A year ago, Cindy Tran broke Coughlin’s 1998 national high school record in the 100-yard backstroke — by more than a second. It’s far too early to say that Tran will follow in the twotime Olympian’s wake, but her freshman season was a good start. She became the second-fastest 100-yard backstroker in school history when she won the event during the Pac-10 Championships. Tran followed that performance with a national title in the same event event, as well as the 400 and 200 medley relays. —Jack Wang

Best Male Athlete

Mike Morrison Senior Mike Morrison of the Cal track and field team leads the pack that will compete in the fastapproaching NCAA championships. He was last year’s runner-up to Oregon’s Ashton Eaton. Eaton won three straight NCAA titles in the decathlon, but graduated last year to open up the field again. Morrison leads the pack now. He set a new personal record of 7,921 earlier this month to move him into third on Cal’s all-time performer list. —Byron Atashian

Best Coachp Jack Clark had to be more than a championship rugby coach this season. Faced with the possible demotion of his legendary program from varsity standing, Clark rallied alumni and Cal backers to save the team. Despite the off-the-field distractions, including displacement from Witter Rugby Field, Clark hasn’t missed a step. The Bears tore through their regular season unscathed, leaving opponents in their wake. Clark, who co-captain Jason Law said “provides enough leadership for the whole team,” has his team poised for a run at its 26th national championship. —Christina Jones

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In the newest tennis rankings Jana Juricova is No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and with good reason. The junior finished her season in singles undefeated and dominated the doubles courts with senior Mari Andersson. Juricova defeated two then-No. 1 players — Stanford’s Hilary Barte and USC’s Maria Sanchez — in March. Her most memorable victory this season came two weeks ago, when the Slovakian grinded out a tough three-set victory against No. 3 Barte. With Juricova carrying the torch, No. 8 Cal women’s tennis team is aspiring to win its first NCAA title. —Seung Y. Lee

Take away six senior scorers from the NCAA’s third-place finisher and what do you get? The nation’s No. 2 team, apparently. Led by sophomore Breda Vosters and a pair of impact freshmen in Kelly Mendoza and Ashley Young, the Bears have put to rest any expectations of a rebuilding campaign. Cal wrapped up the regular season with a 6-1 record in the MPSF — including a league play sweep of UCLA and USC, the last two national championships. Cal can continue its storybook season with a strong showing at this weekend’s league tourney. —Ed Yevelev


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Sports Tuesday, April 26, 2011 •

2011 Spring Sports Awards Best Male Athlete

Nathan Adrian matt miller/file

Jolene Henderson has pitched over 218 innings this spring, easily more than anyone else in the Pac-10. Luckily for the No. 12 Cal softball team, her arm hasn’t felt tired at all. That’s not to say that the sophomore hasn’t had injury troubles. A stress fracture in her hip a few weeks ago had her sitting out a handful of games on crutches. But in a season that began without All-American Valerie Arioto — last year’s ace (21-9, 1.43 ERA) and leading slugger (.819) broke her leg during the team’s second spring practice — Henderson’s emergence has been a godsend. Her 27 wins and 0.74 ERA both top the Pac-10 — a conference that has six teams ranked among the top 13 in the country. ASU freshman Dallas Escobedo allows a next-best 1.49 runs per seven frames, a respectable number that’s laughable next to Henderson’s. The sophomore has netted three Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards, also more than any other player. She was also named the NFCA National Player of the Week last week. The squad is approaching the end of the regular season now, and while Ninemire is confident that Henderson has the endurance for the team’s 26th consecutive postseason, she’ll be careful to manage her pitch count down the stretch. Much like last season, Cal is poised as a dark horse candidate for the Women’s College World Series despite starting three freshmen in the infield. But this year, the Bears are only going as far as Henderson takes them. —Jack Wang

Back a couple of years ago, I was winning races all the time. For me to get a win under my belt is definitely a confidence boost.” —Michael Coe, who was .07 seconds away from breaking the four-minute mile mark Saturday

The Daily Cal sports staff selects the best of the spring semester in Cal athletics.

Nathan Adrian is the future of American sprinting, but was the present of the Cal men’s swimming program this year that earned its first national title since 1980. After seeing the Olympic gold medalist swim a few times, you come to expect the sprinter to dazzle you each time he touches the water. He certainly didn’t disappoint in his senior campaign, not dropping a single short-distanced freestyle event. In the preliminary round of the 100-yard freestyle, however, the Pac-10 CoSwimmer of the Year looked human. Adrian, the top-seeded qualifier heading into the prelims, was the eighth-placed swimmer in the morning session, the last to qualify for the evening’s finals. But it didn’t matter; he was merely conserving his energy to eventually claim his signature event. Adrian captured his third consecutive 100-yard title in a pool record time of 41.10 seconds. After losing his crown in the 50-yard free last season, the CSCAA Swimmer of the Championships seized what was rightfully his yet again. He clocked in at 18.66, going down in the history books with the fastest American time. That’s the fastest time in any stroke in history. Over his four years of collegiate swimming — interrupted for a year due to his Olympic training — Adrian nabbed 11 national titles and set eight school records. In addition to winning all of his individual races, Adrian anchored all three of the Bears’ championship relay teams. Adrian carried the Bears to a national title. He’ll likely carry the Americans to Olympic glory. —Christina Jones

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Jolene Henderson eugene w. lau/file

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David Durden skyler reid/flie

When the Cal men’s swimming team lost consecutive meets to Stanford, some questioned its legitimacy as a national title contender. Coach Dave Durden was not among that group. Just as he planned it, the Bears peaked at exactly the right time, and came away with the NCAA championship in March. “It’s all about the trust,” senior Josh Daniels said. “If you put your faith in him, he’ll take you pretty far.” Durden came to Berkeley in 2007, taking over a Cal team that had just finished a disappointing eighth at NCAAs. Since then, the Bears haven’t finished out of the top four, and Durden has been named Pac-10 coach of the year twice. Prior to his arrival, Cal had always had its fair share of high profile swimmers — boasting names like Matt Biondi, Anthony Ervin, Duje Draganja and so on — but was rarely considered a top tier team, having not won a national title since 1980. Durden flipped that notion on its head, creating an unequivocal beast of a swim team — one that took the national championship this year without getting a single point from its diving team. But despite all the success he’s had at Cal, winning isn’t necessarily the end all be all of sports for Durden, but rather enjoying and relishing in the process is. And that’s what he’s best at. “I’ve been a part of national titles that have just been a chore,” Durden said. “It’s not about winning. It’s about getting a group of guys together, having a good time and swimming fast.” —Connor Byrne

The freshman guard from Los Angeles came to Cal as one of the state’s top basketball players. If his first season is any indication, Crabbe may leave as one of the best in the Pac-10 — coach Mike Montgomery has hinted as much. After starting slowly during the non-conference slate, Crabbe blossomed into one of the Bears’ most consistent options down the stretch. He became the team’s first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year since Leon Powe in 2004, after ranking third on the team in scoring (13.4 points per game). And it didn’t take long for other coaches around the league to notice his potential. “He doesn’t play like a freshman,” USC’s Kevin O’Neill said. “He plays with poise, he shoots it. To me, he’s the best freshman in the league, without question.” Crabbe failed to reach double digits just five times in 18 conference games; three of those contests, all Cal losses, were cut short or missed entirely due to injury. Notable performances included a career-high 30 points to lead the Bears’ home upset of Washington State, and a 27-point outburst in 54 minutes of play during the Arizona marathon. Known best for sharp 3-point shooting, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Crabbe has started to develop an impressive all-around game — he grew much more confident driving to the basket as the season went on, and also finished as Cal’s third-leading rebounder. With another year of experience, last year’s overachieving Bears squad should continue to impress in 2011-2012 — Crabbe especially. —Ed Yevelev

Best Newcomer

Allen Crabbe

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