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The UC Board of Regents voted to increase employer and employee contributions to the university’s massively underfunded pension system Thursday despite UC employee protests, which forced a brief suspension of the meeting. In an effort to reduce the program’s $14 billion funding deficit, the board approved a plan to increase the total level of contributions into the pension program by more than 250 percent, a move that employee advocates say could leave the lowest-income UC employees teetering on the brink of poverty. “If you work for such a great institution, you should be able to retire with dignity,” said Arnold Meza, an organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. “Even if you try to live off $2,000 a month, it’s really hard, because you have to pay for a place to live, you have to buy food, you’re going to be living off cat food … because it comes to that.” Under the new plan adopted Thursday, employee contributions will rise from the current 2 percent of an employee’s salary to 3.5 percent in July 2011 and to 7 percent in July 2012. Employer contributions will rise from the present level of 4 percent to 7 percent in July 2011 to 10 percent in July 2012. Members of AFSCME and other unions have criticized the increase in contribution rates, saying that many workers simply cannot afford to pay a higher portion of their current salaries into the pension fund. “If you want us to be able contribute to our pension, put it in our checks,” Meza said. “Trying to contribute an ex-
by Soumya Karlamangla Contributing Writer
Amatullah Alaji-Sabrie, chief negotiator for the Coalition of University Employees, addresses a crowd outside of the regents meeting at UCSF. tra 5 percent to a pension without getting that money, you’re looking at about $2,000 (out of a paycheck) for the average worker, and that’s a big burden.” Protesters shouting “Whose university? Our university!” and “Arrest Yudof!” disrupted the meeting, forcing
the regents to take a recess at about 10:15 a.m. so police could clear the room. The protesters’ actions were declared an unlawful assembly, and the demonstrators were forced to leave the meeting, shouting “Shame on you,” as they left.
Members of the board’s committee on finance stressed the need for resumed state contributions into the pension fund, saying it is unfair for state money to help fund public high school and
A temporary restraining order was issued Sept. 2 against an academic counselor at Berkeley High School after he was accused of sexually harassing a student. In April, a female student accused counselor Anthony Smith of sexual harassment in a report to the Berkeley Unified School District, according to district documents. After a district evaluation, administrators chose not to remove the counselor from his position. The student’s attorney, Stephen Rosenbaum, then applied for a temporary restraining order with the Alameda County Superior Court Aug. 31 — before the school year began — which keeps Smith 100 yards from the student and her home at all times. Allegations against Smith include hugging the student while placing his face on her chest and his hands on her waist, constantly talking about her hair, caressing her inner thigh, placing his nose on her neck and telling her she smelled good and spanking her as she left his office, according to a July letter from Cliff Wong, the district’s interim director of personnel services, to the student in response to her report filed with the district.
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Grad Student Berkeley Schools Fall Into ‘Program Improvement’ Category Group Policy Would Change Funding Rules by Soumya Karlamangla Contributing Writer
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After much heated debate at UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly’s first meeting of the semester Thursday night, assembly members voted that the executive board’s decision over the summer to alter student group funding policies was “unlawfully imposed.” The policies were intended to apply funds in more direct proportion to the graduate student population, but many at the meeting criticized how the board made the decision — which capped funding at a lower level than before, among other provisions regulating the way groups are funded — in May while delegates were absent. The new policies would change the way student groups apply for and receive funding from the assembly by categorizing organizations into various “supergroups,” such as humanities and law. According to two-year veteran of the assembly’s funding committee, Christopher Klein, the new measures ensure a greater measure of equity in
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Anabelle Tong, Meleia Hong and Ariel Brown (left to right) sit at Emerson Elementary School, one of two Berkeley elementary schools declared a Program Improvement school under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Based on scores released this week, two elementary schools in the Berkeley Unified School District have been plunged into the category of Program Improvement and marked as low-performing schools under the national No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, though criticism of the act leaves the significance of this designation unclear. The schools, Cragmont Elementary and Emerson Elementary, exceeded state standards this year, but have not met federal academic standards — widely regarded as unrealistic — for two consecutive years. After being designated a Program Improvement school, a school must immediately direct 10 percent of its federal funds toward staff development and is subject to a major restructuring if the status continues for five consecutive years. Eight other schools in the district were already considered Program Improvement schools, and the district itself is a Program Improvement district. Now, 10 of the district’s 15 public schools are subject to these changes. Of the five schools that are not in the program, two of them — Malcolm X Elementary and Oxford Elementary — did not meet the federal standards this year and are in danger of being put in Program Improvement next year. Paradoxically, the district’s overall performance, along with that of almost every school in the district, has increased over the past eight years but still falls short of the federal standards. In fact, the state scores, which measure growth — instead of the federal model, which sets standards that individual subgroups must meet — show the district making significant jumps in scores over the past eight years. “Frankly, from our viewpoint here, it really has been more like the No Child Left Standing Act,” said district spokesperson Mark Coplan. “It’s really designed to make public education fail.” He added that forcing schools to reach such levels of improvement is illogical. “You’re not judged by where your school is at and what you’re doing with it, but this line you’re supposed to meet,” Coplan said. “It discourages good quality teachers from going into those
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the distribution of funds, striking a balance between the funding of specific departments and specific student groups within those departments. The main opposition to the policy changes came from Berkeley Law student organizations who have vehemently decried the measures as unfair because the law school has more active groups that need greater funding. But Klein, who participated in the 2008 ad hoc committee that originally examined the funding reforms, said law students received nearly 35 percent of the total Graduate Meetings, Events and Resources funding, despite the fact that the students represent only 10 percent of the student body. â€œ(The new procedures) are objectively fairer in terms of distributing funding by population size and academic units,â€? Klein said. Instead of adjusting funding for each supergroup by cutting small amounts of funding from each in order to accommodate large grants and contingencies as in the old policy, the new
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policy either accepts or rejects proposals in order to prevent overestimation of required funds. Supporters of the measure said that the new policy procedures will bring appropriate funding to the necessary supergroups while simultaneously utilizing excess funds as contingency funds. The executive board also came under fire due to the timing of the May ad hoc meeting, when the funding procedures were presented, because the assembly delegation could not inspect or pass the measure by a twothirds vote due to their absence during the summer. While the assemblyâ€™s bylaws state that in matters of â€œimmediate concernâ€? the executive board may act without the delegate assemblyâ€™s approval, other sections state that the assembly has the right to repeal or review all measures. Resolutions are currently under way to determine the final fate of the funding policies.
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ASUC President Noah Stern made a formal apology at the ASUC Senate meeting Wednesday night, fulfilling a condition of his settlement resulting from charges of bylaw violations last semester. After being charged with bylaw violations in the ASUC 2009-10 general election, Stern received a total of four censures â€” one shy of being disqualified â€” and although he was found guilty of voting on behalf of another student, the ASUC Judicial Council lacked the authority to issue censures. He was issued three censures for sending spam e-mails to students and received an additional censure in his settlement from an obstruction of justice charge. Stern told the council he electronically voted for UC Berkeley senior Roy Pfaffman at an April 8 Alpha Omicron Pi sorority event after previously stating he had not done so. As a condition of his settlement, Stern was required to formally acknowledge that â€œthe investigations undertaken and charges filed by the Elections Council and the Attorney Ggeneral were undertaken and filed in good faith, and were not motivated by personal malice or by religious or ethnic prejudiceâ€? as well as make public apologies to the ASUC, the Office of the Attorney General and the
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community and state college employee pensions but not pay anything toward the UC pension program. The board also approved the reamortization of the pension fund over a 30-year period â€” twice its current 15-year schedule â€” to reduce the programâ€™s susceptibility to sharp investment gains and losses and to create a more attainable annual payment level. â€œEvery time you donâ€™t pay the recommended amount, that creates a new unfunded liability the next year and that makes the policy go up,â€? said Regent Paul Wachter at the meeting. â€œBy having a more attainable funding policy, you actually reduce the amount that youâ€™re falling short in the early years, and you greatly reduce the cost of that shortfall in later years.â€? The increased contribution rates expire in July 2013, when university officials plan on implementing a new pension model. UC President Mark Yudof will present his recommendation for the new pension policy at the boardâ€™s November meeting. The board will debate and vote on the new model at a singleissue meeting in December and will then bargain with all UC employees before the plan takes effect. Jordan Bach-Lombardo covers higher education. Contact him at email@example.com.
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The districtâ€™s evaluation concluded that there were no witnesses to the incidents of harassment and that Smith denied the allegations, but also determined that Smith â€œengaged in inappropriate and unprofessional behavior contrary to District policy.â€? Smith returned to his usual position at the beginning of the school year two weeks ago. In another letter from Delia Ruiz, the districtâ€™s assistant superintendent of human resources, she said the district â€œtook into consideration the size of the high schoolâ€? and the â€œability to minimize contactâ€? between the student and Smith in deciding to retain him at the high school. â€œWe believe that with these precautions, there is little or no chance that any additional offensive contact between the two will occur,â€? Ruiz stated in the letter. Rosenbaum appealed to the district, asking that Smith be removed from any position that puts him in contact with students â€” an appeal that was denied by district Superintendent Bill Huyett as of Sept. 8. A court hearingÂ to determine whether the temporary restraining order is justified and should be extended is scheduled for Sept. 21. Soumya Karlamangla is the lead local schools reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A UC Berkeley student was assaulted with a club after pursuing two suspects who had stolen a laptop from another student while in front of the campusâ€™s Recreational Sports Facility late in the evening Sept. 9. The victim of the robbery, a 19-yearold male, was sitting on the ground in front of the RSF on Bancroft Way and Dana Street when two suspects took the laptop â€” which was sitting on the ground next to him â€” at approximately 11:50 p.m., according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao. The second victim, a 36-year-old male, and the victim of the robbery then pursued the suspects on foot, he said. According to Yao, the two victims chased the two suspects through the parking lot located on the west side of Trinity United Methodist Church, also at the intersection of Bancroft and Dana. The chase continued east on Durant Avenue, where the suspects allegedly signaled to a third suspect sitting at the southwest corner of the church, who stepped between the victims and suspects to cut off the pursuit, Yao said. The third suspect then hit the 36year-old male on the back twice with a club one foot in length and a half-inch in diameter and consequently fled south. The waiting third suspect makes the crime appear premeditated, Yao said, though crimes of this nature are uncommon. According to a UCPD crime alert detailing the incident, the two suspects got into an older vehicle at Durant west of Dana and drove away. A fourth suspect was sitting in the vehicle in the rear seat, the alert says. Three suspects are described as males between the ages of 18 and 26. There is no description of the fourth suspect. The victim did not require medical attention, according to the alert. â€”Gabby Fastiggi
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â€™m not a sex maniac. Iâ€™m not used to getting a lot of sex, or even a lot of interest at all really. So, when I was choosing where in the world to go on exchange and to what university, I certainly didnâ€™t base any of my decisions on the likelihood of my achieving coitus in said location. Well, not entirely. The thing is, Berkeley, that according to various myths stirred up by word of mouth and confirmed as fact by such documentaries as â€œLove Actuallyâ€? and any other film that features Hugh Grant, British people get a lot of sex in America. Believe it or not, Americans, you love our cute bespoke accents, your senses tingle when positively charmed by our slightly naughty manners, you are reduced to a giggly, wobbly-kneed state by even a glimpse of our bad teeth and inclinations toward colonial domination and haggis (often simultaneously). You may not know it now, you may vehemently deny it, but eventually it will dawn on you that you find the British irresistible. Now imagine how inviting this prospect must have been to a nowhere-near-good-looking British male (my face normally looks as unsettling and odd as most peopleâ€™s do when viewed upside down) whose advances on British lady-people have been reciprocated by such raunchy encouragements as â€œFuck off â€? and â€œHa!â€? That is, when not laughed off in the assumption that Iâ€™m being sarcastic. Imagine the joy I would experience when my classically idiotic chat-up lines, such as â€œWhat was your name again?â€? are received as if they were charming and romantic. So, the week before term started and in anticipation of mass girlyaction, I leeringly asked a French girl if she thought my accent was sexy (As research to determine on what scale I should bulk-buy condoms): â€œEet iz verry cold,â€? she said, in her scorching hot, oniony voice, â€œtoo cold.â€? When, thoroughly put off by this reply, I asked if this meant I probably had a cold heart and was awful in bed, she just laughed forcedly in a way that emphatically said â€œoui.â€? Even so, although I was slowly realizing I probably wouldnâ€™t need to worry about the cost of the reconstructive surgery I would need after thousands of girls spontaneously sat on my face for a year, it was hard not to expect just a little bit of female attention if not just for my novelty value. I had stories worked out for use on sorority girls of questionable world knowledge to capitalize on my national identity. Such tales include the â€œfactâ€? that I am Hugh Grantâ€™s rebellious younger brother, the son of the Queen (who is in fact a Corgi) and play xylophone for the Sex Pistols. ou can imagine my disappointment in discovering that Berkeley girls are in fact intelligent and rational people who arenâ€™t ready to jump in to bed with me because I sound posh, and wonâ€™t believe that Tony Blair is the new 007 and Iâ€™m his
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The UC Board of Regents’ vote to increase public access should have been policy sooner to promote transparency.
hile nobody would claim that meetings for the UC Board of Regents are the lights-and-camera sort of action, a vote conducted on Wednesday will increase public access. The regents tossed an eight-paragraph policy that restricted many from recording meetings and replaced it with a single paragraph assuring greater openness. Attendees will be able to film or record as long as they are not being disruptive. The new policy simply makes sense. While some may argue that this increased access creates new opportunities for disruption and protest, the fact that open filming and recordings have not been allowed in the past sends entirely the wrong message for a public institution. The regents have nothing to hide in these meetings and so this apparent fear of cameras is illogical. It should have been this way — open to everyone — all along. Even more alarming is the possibility that the ridiculous regulations would still be in place if the regents
had not been criticized for violating California’s Bagley-Keene open meeting law after a filmmaker was not allowed into the July meeting with his taping equipment. Before Wednesday, cameras and recording devices were only allowed in the press section of the room. Even then, this publication has encountered difficulties in comprehensively covering regent meetings in recent years. Our photographers have not been allowed to stand or move from one side of the room to get a different shot. If these were instituted restrictions for verified members of the press, it is hard to imagine how university officials will react to the general public’s ability to record proceedings. We are therefore skeptical of how this new policy will be implemented — what will constitute a “disruption?” We will believe the openness of camera use when we see it. Still, this a step in the right direction for a policy that should have been changed long ago. It’s time for the regents to be completely on the record.
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Two bills would make the transfer process much more efficient for California’s community college students. legitimized as a sure-fire way to access higher education. These bills also help to eliminate unnecessar y redundancies in courses for transfer students — C S U a n d c o m m u n i ty c o l l e g e administrators estimate that $160 m i l l i o n c o u l d b e s av e d w i t h increased efficiency in curriculum. Officials hope this money can be applied to increasing enrollments within the CSU system. We do hope these bills become law. Some might suggest that it is appropriate for the University of California to follow suit, but it is not included in the equation for a reason. UC campuses already prioritize transfer students; in the fall of 2008, 20.8 percent of the student body was composed of transfer students. If the university guaranteed a place to one of only nine undergraduate campuses, the already overenrolled system would be far less flexible. The bills currently in play reflect an admirable collaboration among CSU officials, community college officials and legislators. We hope the governor too will soon add his support to this apparent solution for troublesome transfers.
ith overenrollment, hiked tuition and more competition for classes, any bit of creativity can go a long way in helping students navigate California’s public higher education system. We hope the process for transfer students from community college will get easier, if two bills from the state legislature that are currently on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk get signed into law. Both SB 1440, sponsored by Sen. Padilla, D-San Fernando Valley, and AB 2302, sponsored by Assemblymember Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, would establish a new transfer degree for community college students. Those who earn this degree would then be guaranteed a place at one of the 23 California State University campuses — an excellent assurance for those who are pursing a post-secondary degree in the state. Granted, those who complete community college curriculum should already have access to at least one CSU campus. Yet these bills would make the commitment to transfer students more concrete. Additionally, if these measures become law, community colleges would be reinvigorated and further
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Marijuana Prohibition Should Go Up in Smoke by Esteban Gil Like prohibition of alcohol before it, outlawing marijuana has been a devastating failure. Marijuana prohibition has fueled a criminal market run by violent drug gangs, wasted police resources and victimized nonviolent offenders. This has helped drain our already burdened State and local budgets. The University of California is even projected to continue raising fees next year. Our state cannot afford to enforce marijuana prohibition while vital institutions like public education suffer. 90 percent of all marijuana arrests are for simple possession and create a drug arrest record that impairs an individual's ability to obtain student aid, housing, employment and entry to schools. Marijuana prohibition has been shown to be a major form of institutionalized racism. A recent study, Targeting Blacks for Marijuana Possession: Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08 based on Attorney General data found that African Americans are 400 percent more likely to be arrested for marijuana in California. According to the FBI, in 2008 over 61,000 Californians were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession, while 60,000 violent crimes went unsolved. Prohibition pricing has created vicious drug cartels across our border. In 2008 alone, cartels murdered 6,290 civilians in Mexico — more than all U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. 60 percent of drug cartel revenue comes from the illegal U.S. marijuana mar-
ket. Proposition 19, The Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 will regulate Cannabis like alcohol, allowing adults over twenty-one to posses up to one ounce, and grow limited amounts at home. It will allow local governments to tax and regulate the sale of Cannabis. The Board of Equalization estimates Prop 19 will generate $1.4 billion in tax revenue for state services like education, parks, health care, and jobs. Additional spin-off industries are estimated to create $8-14 billion of economic impact and 60,000 to 110,000 new jobs. Finally, Proposition 19 will maintain and strengthen the rights of medicinal cannabis patients. Prop. 19 expressly ensures coops and collectives will continue receiving the same protections they are entitled to under Prop. 215 and SB 420. The initiative was authored with the purpose of providing “easier, safer access for patients who need cannabis for medical purposes” as it says in the initiative. Medical cannabis users under 21 will continue to be protected. That's why we've got support from respected members of the medical cannabis community, such as the Berkeley Patients Group and Harborside Health Center. Don Duncan, the California director of Americans for Safe Access, the nation's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, has said the group does not think the initiative will undercut the rights of medical users. With Proposition 19 we can change our failed system of criminalizing
people for something that isn't a crime. At the same time we will generate revenue to the state and make our streets safer. Prop. 19 treats cannabis the same way that alcohol is treated, allowing the responsible use of cannabis by responsible adults. Students for Sensible Drug policy, the leading national watchdog safeguarding the rights of students under drug laws has endorsed Prop. 19, as have the California Young Democrats. It’s time to stand up for common sense and change these unjust laws. As opponents understand Californians support legalization, they instead rely on false and fear based statements about the measure and what it will do. An old trick to mislead voters, not to be believed. This November 2nd, is the day Californians stand up and declare an end to the injustice and absurdity of cannabis prohibition. Drug policy experts, law enforcement, judges, health professionals, civil rights and faith leaders and everyday people agree: we must pass Proposition 19 in California. See the incredible list of Prop. 19 endorsers at www.yeson19.com/endorsements. Politicians have failed to lead for too long, the legislature can't even pass the budget. Generational voters will determine the outcome of this election. On November 2nd, vote Yes on 19. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit www.yeson19.com or call at 510-268-9701. Esteban Gil is a UC Berkeley alumnus. Reply to email@example.com.
What Does It Mean to Be a Progressive? by Linda Maio Last Friday’s Daily Cal piece on progressive trends on the City Council raises an important question. In this election year some City Council members are campaigning on being members of an outspoken minority and the “most progressive” voices on the Council. In that connection, Mayor Bates asks a good question: “What does it mean to be “progressive?” Exploring the answer would be an important service for the
Daily Cal to provide. I’ll give it a shot. A progressive works to ensure that all members of society have their needs met and are provided the fullest opportunity to lead fulfilling lives. A progressive gets good things done for people, especially for those in need — those who, for whatever reason, lack the personal resources to meet their own fundamental needs: food, housing, health care, etc. A progressive agenda in Berkeley should prioritize public health, safety, justice and education, and work
to enrich our culture. A progressive leadership gets results. True progressives take the lead in working to actually build affordable housing. They respond quickly and effectively to concerns raised by constituents. They provide enlightened environmental stewardship (creating, for example, a state-of-the-art David Brower environmental center, or working with the regional Air Quality Management Board to clean up our industrial sites
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Progressive: Making Progress Requires Results letter to the from page 4 editor what seems a “progressive” record by and improve our air quality). Effective progressives help guide the city in developing the financial ability to support vital services in a time of economic downturn (achieving, for example, an AA+ bond rating when other cities around us are struggling to fund basic services). Progressives advance tangible and feasible action plans for enlivening and enhancing our downtown. They actively support our schools and work to improve student achievement (through participating, for example, in efforts to close the achievement gap among our students, efforts such as the 20/20 Vision). True progressives rise above the Us-vs.-Them dichotomy that has too often squandered time on needless partisan squabbles (symptomized by labels like “most progressive?”), working instead to develop more mature public processes in which our best thinking coalesces to produce results. And — in the time-honored Berkeley tradition — progressives speak out forcefully and effectively against injustice in all quarters. These, it seems to me, are the qualities that qualify as progressive. On the other hand, one could amass
filling each week’s Council agenda with items in support of, or opposition to, one or another house or senate bill, or with items praising the work of worthy community groups, or with items condemning unjust behavior near and far. Such items — if well-documented, wellworded, and well-reasoned (often not the case)—rarely meet with significant Council opposition, and are passed without much fanfare. Such agenda items are relatively easy to prepare, often prepared by interns, and cumulatively produce a long list of seemingly “progressive” accomplishments. They may be well-intentioned and worthwhile, but in the bigger picture how weighty are the results? I encourage the Daily Cal to take a deep look at actual “progressive” achievement, at how tangible advances have resulted from the Council’s work, and to report to your readers what you learn, where you’ve found substantive progressive achievement, to help voters determine where the “progressive” label really belongs.
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By Nicole Lim
Bravo for Free Speech Bravo for standing up for the principles of free speech and the right to protest! You criticize the shouting down of the Israeli ambassador during a presentation at UC Irvine last February. (“Fair Speech” Sept. 7). But, you have it wrong in commending the temporary ban on the Muslim Student Union simply because some of its members participated in the disturbance, and the Union failed to condemn the disruptions. You write that whereas a yearlong ban on was “harsh,” suspending the student group for a quarter is “fair.” A key component of our rule of law society is that collective punishment is never okay — even when it comes in an abbreviated form. It wasn’t OK when Nazi operatives exacted ten Jewish lives as a punishment, instead of 20. And, it isn’t OK when Israeli soldiers bulldoze five Palestinian houses instead of 10. Let those who violate the rules be disciplined accordingly — no more, and no less. Steve Rosenbaum Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law
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Best Teams in Nation Square Off at Cal in NorCal Invitational by Byron Atashian Contributing Writer
Berkeley Student Food Collective plans to open Berkeleyâ€™s only cooperatively-run grocery store on Bancroft Way in October. Renovations on the site will begin next week.
Food Collective Prepares to Open Storefront on Bancroft by Hailey Parish Contributing Writer
The Berkeley Student Food Collective is making the move into its first storefront â€” located directly across from the UC Berkeley campus on Southside â€” where it plans to open a cooperativelyrun grocery store in mid-October. Aiming to bring â€œlocal, humane, ecologically sound and ethically producedâ€? food to both students and city residents, the store will offer local produce, coffee, prepared deli foods and other grocery items to customers, according to Bree Oâ€™Keane, program director for the collective. Last semester, the collective sold sandwiches made with ingredients purchased at local farmersâ€™ markets on Upper Sproul Plaza once a week. Ruby Yoon, the collectiveâ€™s outreach and publicity coordinator and a campus sophomore, said work crews will begin renovating the space located at 2440 Bancroft Way Tuesday in preparation for the opening. Food sold in the store will follow guidelines set by the Real Food Challenge, an organization whose objective is to make campus food more sustainable nationwide. â€œWe aim to give better, easier and cheaper access to more affordable, sustainable foods,â€? Oâ€™Keane said. Campus student survey results have reflected the need for a grocery store close to campus for years now, according to Dave Fogarty, the cityâ€™s economic development project coordinator. â€œI think the new Samâ€™s Market has met some of that need, but there definitely needs to be a wholesome organic grocery store, like the co-op will provide,â€? he said. The collective formed shortly after students protested the possibility of a Panda Express franchise opening on campus in February 2009, according to Oâ€™Keane. After students kept the restaurant from opening, the collective decided it wanted to provide an alternative food option for students. Since it was founded, the collective has raised about $120,000 in grants and donations â€” $91,000 of which came from the campusâ€™s Green Initiative Fund for sustainable student proj-
ects â€” to make its plan for a store a feasible reality, according to Oâ€™Keane. â€œIn an attempt to keep costs as low as possible, we will rely on volunteering from our members,â€? she said. An operations supervisor will oversee volunteers and hold the only paid position in the store. The collective will also have two temporary consultants to help with training and supervise opening operations. â€œWeâ€™re in a great place because Berkeley is known as a hub for food activism,â€? Oâ€™Keane said. While the new store will be the only cooperatively-run grocery store in the city, there has been a long tradition of food cooperatives in Berkeley, according to Michael Caplan, economic development manager for the city. Until 1987, the city had three cooperatively-run grocery stores, according to Fogarty, who added that the stores closed after going bankrupt. In addition to providing local sustainable food options, the collective educates students and community members about food sustainability. â€œEducation is a very integral part of our collective,â€? Yoon said. The collectiveâ€™s board of directors consists of eight student members who head operations such as finance, membership, policy and education, according to Oâ€™Keane. She said the collective had initially planned to open the store at a larger venue with enough space for a cafe and seating area, but funds were not sufficient to meet this goal. The collective plans to move into a bigger space in the future. â€œWhile we have no seating right now, weâ€™re sure some of the grassy knolls on campus will be filled with our customers,â€? Oâ€™Keane said. She added that although inventory orders have yet to be made, the collective plans to work with Veritable Vegetable, a San Francisco-based organic produce distribution center. â€œIf these students are successful in motivating students and community members to eat healthier, thatâ€™s good for everyone,â€? Caplan said. Hailey Parish is the lead local business reporter. Contact her at email@example.com.
api: Schools Score Low by Federal Standards from front
environments to improve things because they get brought down with the school.â€? Rebecca Cheung, district director of evaluation and assessment, pointed out that most of the schools have made the state target but just are not meeting federal criteria. The state evaluates schools using an Academic Performance Index â€” measured out of 1,000 points, with a proficiency level at 800 points â€” and under these standards, 11 schools have exceeded the state standards, she said. Simultaneously, according to the federal standards, 10 schools are Program Improvement schools. To rid itself of the label, a school must meet federal standards for two consecutive years, which is usually difficult. â€œIt takes twice as much effort to get out than to get in,â€? Coplan said. A school is only subject to the Program Improvement label if it receives federal Title I funds, which are given to schools with about 40 percent of students classified as low-income. Berkeley High School is the only school in
the district that does not receive these funds, ensuring it does not receive the status despite not meeting federal standards, according to Cheung. Cheung praised the districtâ€™s significant increases in test scores over the past eight years and attributed them to a clearer curriculum and district-wide staff development. â€œI really do believe the articulated curriculum ... is a large part of why weâ€™ve had growth,â€? Cheung said. â€œWeâ€™ve also hired a lot of phenomenal leaders for the schools.â€? The discrepancy between the state scores, which show the districtâ€™s schools as performing well above the standards, and the federal scores, which continue to pull down schools, was frequently noted by district administrators. â€œThe Bush No Child Left Behind Model is in a stage of not working,â€? said district Superintendent Bill Huyett at the districtâ€™s first board meeting Wednesday. â€œWeâ€™ll hope for change soon.â€? Soumya Karlamangla is the lead local schools reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After practically snoozing through its first two victories, the No. 1 Cal menâ€™s water polo team finally has a chance to show its stuff this weekend at the NorCal Invitational. The two-day tournament will be played at Spieker Complex and nearby Cal Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, menâ€™s Calif., features 16 teams, all but one of which were ranked in last weekâ€™s top 20 Water Polo poll. The Bearsâ€™ main MPSF adversaries, WHAT: UCLA, Stanford and USC, will also be Cal plays Pomona- vs present. Cal kicks off the first game at Spieker Pitzer in Complex against unranked Pomona- the first Pitzer at 8 a.m., on Saturday. game of The NorCal tournament will serve an the NorCal Invite. important purpose: testing the youth WHERE/WHEN: and depth of Calâ€™s squad. Spieker Complex The upperclassman first string is tried and true, but the freshman additions at 8 a.m. tomorrow have yet to prove their worth against any formidable opponents. Four freshmen have put themselves on the scoreboard for Cal. Of the 28 total team goals, they account for eight, with transfer Matt Golden leading the way with three. True freshman Giacomo Cupido notched five steals, one goal and one assist in just one of those games. â€œThe freshman class bring a lot of energy which is always great when you have an established core group,â€? senior cocaptain Brian Dudley said. â€œThey bring a dynamic to the team that weâ€™ve been missing in the past.â€? The fact remains, however, that these performances came against Santa Clara and UC Davis. The way the Bears would dominate these teams could be foretold by the size advantage, apparent during the national anthem even before the game started. With the Bears most likely playing four games, the younger squad may prove instrumental in keeping the first string fresh for the more challenging games. If the veterans get early advantages, they would be able to rest while the freshmen hold down the fort the rest of the
Junior college transfer Matt Golden is already making an impact with the Bears. Golden has scored three goals this season.
game. The tournament is divided into four brackets of four teams, with one MPSF powerhouse in each bracket. Each team plays two games, then the undefeated team from each bracket advances to the semifinals. Those teams play an additional two games to duke it out for first, second, and third place titles. The Sagehens are 2-3, with one of their losses coming against Davis by a score of 10-3. As a frame of reference, the Bears tore through the Aggies 14-4, so they shouldnâ€™t have any trouble against Pomona. The time of the Bearsâ€™ subsequent matches depend on the outcome of the previous ones. Last year, Cal lost to;460;B2><82B?DII Stanford by one goal in the semifinals and lost again to USC by two goals in the match for third place. Contact Byron Atashian at email@example.com.
w. soccer: Few Preseason Games Left for Bears from page 7
nonconference, this weekendâ€™s competitors are at least familiar with the challenge they face at Edwards this weekend. As a conference opponent of No. 11 Santa Clara, who the Bears tied, 0-0, this season, USF is experienced playing elite Bay Area opponents. Their participation in the California Invitational over Labor Day ended in losses to teams that Cal devastated that same weekend, so itâ€™s possible the Bearsâ€™
might be inflicting another scoreboard beatdown this weekend. While Pacific certainly has competed with other Pac-10 teams, its record against those opponents indicates it as well is unlikely to stack up against Cal. The Tigers have lost two of the three Pac-10 games they played this season, tying only against Oregon, which was ranked ninth in the conference by a preseason poll. Last year, the Bears beat Pacific, 3-0,
Bears to Play Weak Tigers, Ranked Card Back-to-Back by Catherine Nguyen Contributing Writer
Returning home after a 1-2 road trip to play the first back-to-back games of the season is not an easy task, but the Cal field hockey team is up for the challenge. â€œScheduling the back-to-back emulates what the conference tournament is like,â€? coach Shellie Onstead said. â€œThe players will have to turn around and execute.â€? Onsteadâ€™s squad returns to Maxwell Field to host Pacific (0-6) Friday at 10 a.m. Fridayâ€™s match is the first in a crucial three-game stretch against conference rivals. Following the game against Pacific, the Bears will then take a quick trip to Palo Alto, Calif., to face No. 16 Stanford (5-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Although Cal defeated Pacific in their exhibition opener, Onstead warned against overlooking Pacific in anticipation of the feature match against the Cardinal â€” even though the Tigers are mired in a season-long losing streak. â€œI think we have to be careful about looking ahead to Saturday, since thatâ€™s always a big match. Pacific is always dangerous, so weâ€™re trying to focus on one at a time,â€? Onstead said. The Tigers had their highest-scoring effort of the year in a 7-2 loss to Maine. Melissa Maultsby leads the team in scoring with two goals, while Kelly Perkins has eight shots on goal. Saturday pits two offensive-minded teams against each other in what should be a fast, high-scoring match. Excluding the 2-0 shutout loss to then No. 11 Louisville last Sunday, Cal
has scored at least two goals in every match and is currently tied for 20th in the nation with 2.83 goals per game and 8.17 points per game. Sophomore Claire Dougherty and senior Megan Psyllos lead the team with four goals scored apiece. Dougherty also leads the team with nine points. With two assists during the Bearsâ€™ road trip, West Vancouver native Shannon Elmitt won her third NorPac Player of the Week honor. Stanford swept its three-game series over the weekend to climb up three spots in the national coachesâ€™ poll. The Cardinal has been ranked in the top 20 for 12 consecutive weeks dating back to Sept. 2009. The Cardinal is paced offensively by NorPac Player of the Week Stephanie Byrne, who is tied for the team lead with three goals and seven points. Byrne helped the Cardinal to victories over Kent State and Iowa with two goals, including an overtime gamewinner against Iowa. Additionally, Alessandra Moss took home more conference honors for Stanford, earning Defensive NorPac Player of the Week. Moss currently posts a stingy 1.18 GAA and has recorded 14 saves on the season. As for Cal, Onstead believes that her squad has improved coming out of their road trip and is ready to face two considerably different opponents in the span of only two days. â€œI think we grew a lot in those three games,â€? Onstead said, â€œand I think weâ€™ve got a better understanding of our system and of the speed of play weâ€™ll need to do well.â€? Catherine Nguyen covers field hockey. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in an exhibition match. While the Bearsâ€™ preseason schedule may not have been challenging this year, the teams were geographically and stylistically diverse, allowing the team to work on accommodating to best match up against any different Ihlmrhnk:eZf^]Z<hngmrE^`Zelpbman tactics. â€œWe kind of expect two hard working teams that are never going to give up no matter what the score is,â€? freshman Kate Bennett said. â€œWe have to match their effort and their style of play.â€?
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M. soccer: Bears Won Quick, Physical Match from back
into the box, gently set the ball off to a streaking Jimenez. Jimenez broke from picking up and improving their play, so the Santa Clara wall after some jostling our guys had to battle a little wind in in the penalty box and placed a perfect our faces, but we hung on for a good crossing pass to Avalos, who drove the victory.â€? ball back into the Bronco net for a 2-0 Cal would eventually strike first with lead. 17 minutes remaining off of a perfect â€œSometimes our guys improvise a little setup from right defensive back bit and then they go for it,â€? Grimes said. Demitrius Omphroy. Omphroy sped â€œI think this was an instance where they past two Santa Clara attackers down saw something and just went for it.â€? the left sideline, and dished the ball off Avalosâ€™ first goal of the season came 3D<<H to an open HectorMa^=Zber<Zeb_hkgbZg Jimenez, who buried at a good time for the Bears, who were a right-footed shot into the side net. able to settle down a little bit after getJimenez added to his point total just ting a two goal cushion. 11 minutes later, assisting on Anthony â€œWe have a mentality that we donâ€™t Avalosâ€™s eventual game-winning goal. stop until the ball is in the back of the The play started with forward Davis net,â€? Avalos said. â€œI just crashed the six, Paul, who instead of crossing the ball Hector made a great play, and I was
lucky to be on the end of it.â€? After scoring a goal last season that could have made SportsCenter highlight reels, Santa Clara midfielder Erik Hurtdao struck again, sprinting past two Cal defenders and finishing the long carry by drilling a hard left-footed shot past Cal keeper David Bingham into the bottom right corner. After a rather lackadaisical first half, the Broncos played a more aggressive second frame, peppering Bingham with chances and almost trying the game several times in the last couple of minutes. â€œ(Santa Clara) ramped up their intensity in the second half,â€? Grimes said. â€œI think overall the team that had the wind at their backs had the advantage.â€?
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Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s had to prepare for more dangerous dual threats there. That said, Kaepernick â€” who has Of course, this is what theyâ€™re suptwice passed for 2,000 yards and posed to say. Even if there were some rushed for 1,000 â€” is miles ahead of superstitions floating around the Hansen and the Wolf Packâ€™s chances locker room, who would admit it? at an upset rests on his long legs. Rest assured, though. After the You could argue that added presMaryland debacle two years ago, Cal sure comes with the national ranking. has learned its lesson. Not taking any While that may be true with a top-10 chances with travel fatigue, the team ranking, itâ€™s not quite the case with a already left yesterday morning â€” by barely-there placement in one poll. plane. (Reno, if you didnâ€™t know, is And this edition of the Bears? Well, less than a four-hour drive away. maybe â€” just maybe â€” this team is Everyone will be well rested for the 7 Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 one thatâ€™s underrated. p.m., kickoff.) Donâ€™t start thinking Rose Bowl, On paper, Cal naturally looks better obviously. The way the Pac-10 teams than their hosts. (â€œIf we win, thatâ€™s have unveiled themselves so far, the what weâ€™re supposed to do,â€? Riley only choice is to slot Oregon as the said.) favorite to repeat. The Wolf Pack has the No. 1 offense But Cal is looking like it can at least and the Bears have the No. 1 defense, finish in the top half of the conference. but both have gorged themselves on Given that almost every pundit had cupcakes through the first two weeks. them carved in for around seventh This type of early statistical obesity place, this might be one season where will shrivel away soon. eight or nine wins might not disapBut in a telling press conference point. moment, Cal linebacker D.J. Holt So donâ€™t feel the need to unpack tried to compare Nevada quarterback those good luck charms youâ€™ve got Colin Kaepernick favorably to Colorastored up in the attic. doâ€™s Tyler Hansen. His point was that Save those for Arizona next week. both could run, but that didnâ€™t end Gorge on cupcakes with Jack at well for the Buffs last week. Clancy firstname.lastname@example.org. Pendergast has been in the NFL, and
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ranked ninth in the conference by a preseason poll. Last year, the Bears beat Pacific, 3-0, in an exhibition match. While the Bearsâ€™ preseason schedule may not have been challenging this year, the teams were geographically and stylistically diverse, allowing the team to work on accommodating to best match up against any different tactics. â€œWe kind of expect two hard working teams that are never going to give up no matter what the score is,â€? freshman Kate Bennett said. â€œWe have to
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Top Nevada Offense Meets No. 1 Cal Defense in Reno All Bets Are Off On Bears’ Ranking Curse
by Katie Dowd Daily Cal Staff Writer
In practice this week, the Cal defense looked across the line and saw quarterback Brock Mansion pretending to be one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history of NCAA football. They may have tried to replicate it in practice, but there’s really no preparing for Colin Kaepernick. “He’s a different type of athlete,” linebacker D.J. Holt said. “He’s bigger, he’s fast, he makes a lot guys miss. He can also throw the ball. He’s a great leader.” Any discussion of Nevada (2-0) begins and ends with Kaepernick. The 6-foot-6 quarterback already owns a collection of NCAA records and is close to adding another spectacular title to his resume: the only quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 4,000 yards and pass for 8,000 more. In the Wolf Pack’s first two games of the season, Kaepernick averaged 110.5 rushing yards and 273.5 passing yards per contest. With an average of 50 points scored per game, Nevada is, unsurprisingly, the No. 1 offense in the nation. Luckily for the Bears (2-0), they have the No. 1 defense to match. “We have to execute and tackle. A lot of the plays get to the perimeter and (Kaepernick) makes a lot of guys miss, so we have to swarm to the ball,” Holt said. “Everybody has to do their job and give great effort. He might make one guy miss, but he can’t make the whole defense miss.” The Cal defense, which hasn’t been tested by either UC Davis or Colorado, will — in theory — get its first real challenge at Mackay Stadium at 7:05 p.m., tonight in Reno, Nev. By dropping the Aggies and the Buffaloes by a combined score of 104-10, the Bears have accrued some pretty impressive stats. Opponents are averaging 44.5 rushing yards per game and 161 yards of total offense. But tonight, Cal will see something it hasn’t seen before: the pistol offense. The pistol — also known as the triple option — has garnered some eye-opening numbers in years past. Last year, Nevada became the first team in NCAA history to have three 1,000 yard rushers
Junior linebacker Mychal Kendricks had one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks last Saturday in the Bears’ big win over Colorado. on the same squad. Two of them, Kaepernick and running back Vai Taua, are still on the squad. “Their backfield can all run,” Holt said. “Most teams, the quarterback is a pocket passer. Now, we have to contain not only the running back and the receivers — the skill positions — but they also have a talented quarterback that can also run ... “It’s a great challenge for us as a defense.” There’s no question that the Wolf Pack can put up spectacular offensive numbers. Defensively, though, they might have some trouble stopping the
Bears. Two weeks ago, Nevada gave up 24 points to an Eastern Washington squad that Cal held to a single touchdown last year. The Eagles and Colorado State also averaged a sizeable 5.2 yards per play against the Wolf Pack. Meanwhile, the Bears have been eating up yards on offense. Tailback Shane Vereen is among the nation’s touchdown leaders (5), and wide receivers Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen are connecting with quarterback Kevin Riley. Considering the Bears’ tendency to stumble on the road, a large load
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by Gabriel Baumgaertner SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Playing at the home of the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes, the No. 21 Cal men’s soccer team made another stride in m. soccer shaking up the Cal 2 national rankings 1 with an impressive Santa Clara 2-1 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night. With the wind at their backs, a lightning fast pace and a very physical temperament, the Bears played perhaps their best half of the season, putting high pressure on the Bronco defense and creating several first half chances. The beginning of the game played faster than maybe any match this season, with both squads constantly counter-attacking and making long downfield runs. The rough play was apparent too, with Cal defender A.J. Soares having had to be subbed off for a few minutes in the first half to take five stitches. “We played excellent in the first half,” coach Kevin Grimes said. “In the second half, Santa Clara did a great job of
weighs heavily on Riley to perform well. The senior looks as good as he’s ever looked in his Cal career; he leads the conference far and away in passer efficiency. “We’re going to have to be ready for this game,” Riley said. “I think for both teams, both 2-0, it’s a big win. Especially if you look at it from their standpoint, not a BCS conference, this would be a gigantic win for them. And if we win, that’s what we’re supposed to do. “We just got to go out there and play our game.”
al is off to its perennial hot start. Those always precede the inevitable spiral. Cal is ranked. That’s always the beginning of the end. Cal is playing on the road — on ESPN2, no less — where it has been known to devolve into an imploding mess. Uh oh. Now forget all of that. Huh? As hard as it may be for some longtime Bears fans, I’m telling you not to believe in curses, jinxes or the Ghost of Cal Games Past. Yes, with perhaps the season’s first non-blowout coming up against Nevada, the Bears have managed to sneak into 24th place in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll while pulling in 45 AP votes. In its past 13 games as a ranked team, Cal has lost 10. For a team that hasn’t had a losing season yet under Jeff Tedford, it’s a trend that stands out. What does it mean? Let’s ask senior quarterback Kevin Riley. “It’s just a statistical fluke,” he said, responding as any reasonable person would. “I mean, you go out there in the game and if you’re ranked it doesn’t matter. You just go out there and play.” How about you, Coach Tedford? “No,” he said. “It’s not something we talk about.”
Sophomore defensive specialist Robin Rostratter, seen here serving, leads the Bears in service aces with 10. She also leads the team with 72 digs in 24 sets played.
After a preseason of decimating its inferior competition, the No. 10 Cal volleyball team will finally face a worthy adversary this weekend. Following tonight’s 7 p.m., bout against San Francisco at War Memorial Gym, the Bears (8-0) will end their preseason with St. Mary’s tomorrow at 7 p.m., at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. Though coach Rich Feller calls the Dons a “pesky squad,” it’s hard to envision that the 1-8 team from across the Bay will present Cal with any legitimate challenge. The Gaels (7-3) are likely the only team capable of pulling off a win, or at the very least a set, against the Bears before conference season. “They’re our best competition so far,” junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey said. “They’re good to lead into Pac-10.” St. Mary’s, which began the season ranked No. 25, has held its own against top teams in the country. The Gaels played both No. 14 UCLA and No. 6 Hawaii tough, winning a set in each loss. In fact, on the Rainbow Wahines’ home floor, St. Mary’s nearly came up with the upset, registering at least 22 points in all four sets. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Corp paces the Gaels with 3.08 kills per set. As a reference point, only one Cal player tops that mark — Murrey and her 4.79 average. Senior middle blocker Shannon
Lowell leads St. Mary’s with 1.13 blocks per set. Her sophomore counterpart, Gabby Jolly, recorded 31 kills and seven blocks in three matches last weekend. “They’re going to fight back the whole match,” middle hitter Kat Brown said. “When we (last) played them ... we struggled with them a bit.” Corp recorded 17 kills in that match, which the Bears squeaked by in four sets (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-18) on Aug. 29 of last year. One major change since that match is on the coaching end. Cal hired former St. Mary’s assistant coach Sam Crosson in the offseason to replace Matt McShane, who took the head coaching position at Air Force. Crosson, the mastermind of the Bear’s quick-paced offensive system, employed the same tactic as an assistant for the Gaels last season. “A lot of things we’re doing, they’re doing,” Murrey said. “Our systems are very similar — swing blocking, faster sets.” Cal knows the way to play the particular scheme; on Saturday, they need to prove that it can beat it. The Bears’ ability to complete kills against the Gaels’ stout defense will be key. The Bears’ .391 hitting percentage currently leads the country, but St. Mary’s defense will be the best they’ve seen this year. “They’re a scrappy team,” Murrey said. “We need to kick it into (the next) gear” Jonathan Kuperberg covers volleyball. Contact him at email@example.com.