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As the UC Berkeley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics nears a decision on how to sustainably operate the department in light of multimillion dollar budget deficits in recent years, students and alumni have begun to speculate that UC Berkeley’s championship-winning rugby team may lose its varsity sport status. While campus officials maintain that no decisions regarding the future of the department are finalized, supporters of the team created a Facebook event titled “Protest Cal varsity rugby becoming a ‘club sport’,” with more than 890 guests attending and approximately 4,000 people invited. The event displays an e-mail allegedly written by head rugby coach Jack Clark to Athletic Director Sandy Barbour urging Barbour to maintain rugby’s varsity status. Similar concerns surfaced over the summer for the men’s gymnastics team. Team members created a website and initiated a letter-writing campaign due to fears that their sport would be cut. At the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year, the department received $13.7 million from the campus. As a result of continuing budget deficits in prior years, campus leadership and the department have been formulating a plan to restructure the department’s financial model. An advisory council, appointed by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and composed of four faculty and

four alumni, issued recommendations in July similar to those of the Academic Senate Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics and discussed the possibility of “team elimination.” Birgeneau will make all final decisions regarding the department. Jeffrey Warren, a donor to the campus and a former Cal rugby player, said after talking to Clark, he was concerned that rugby could be relegated to the status of a club sport, thus losing campus financial support used for services such as sports medicine for the team. But UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof said the department and campus leadership are examining all possibilities. “No decisions have been made,” he said. “Asking about cuts is a hypothetical question, and IA and campus senior leadership are sorting through all possible options.” In a statement released earlier this year, Barbour said only football, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball would be completely safe from elimination because they generate a significant amount of revenue for the department. Formed in 1882, rugby is UC Berkeley’s oldest sport, and the team has won 25 national championships since 1980. Warren said while eliminating the team’s varsity status may seem to save the campus hundreds of thousands of dollars on paper, rugby’s budget for this year is already covered by alumni

An update to the city of Berkeley’s long-unenforced Soft Story Ordinance, which requires owners of earthquake-vulnerable buildings to inform tenants of building weaknesses, will come before members of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, as council and community members hope to strengthen the program. The ordinance was created in 2005 to address the city’s earlier surveys indicating that up to 5,000 residential units in the city were located in soft story buildings. These structures feature an open ground floor, usually used for parking, and are more likely to collapse in the event of an earthquake. Under the ordinance, building owners are required to notify their tenants of the structure’s weaknesses both in writing and by posting a warning sign on the building. Owners are also required to complete a seismic engineering evaluation within two years of their building being classified as a soft story by the city and listed in its online inventory. Since its approval by the council, implementation of the ordinance has met with some difficulty — including budget limitations, personnel cuts and the failure of some building owners to cooperate — and results have been mixed, according to Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. Dan Marks, the city’s director of planning and development, said a little over 13 percent of the total inventory of 270 buildings have not yet submitted building evaluations, while 25 percent have been voluntarily retrofitted. Just over 50 percent of soft story property

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Continued Lack of Diversity in UC System Raises Concerns by Rachel Banning-Lover Contributing Writer

Despite continued efforts to increase and promote student diversity at the University of California, a report presented to the UC Board of ONLINE PODCAST Regents last Rachel Banning-Lover week shows that students from and Javier Panzar talk certain racial about diversity in the UC. backgrounds are still underrepresented across all UC campuses. The report, commissioned by the board, details the race and gender composition of UC students, faculty and staff. Several regents expressed concern about how the data reflected the lack of racial diversity in the UC system. The report stated that Latinos make up only 14 percent of the UC undergraduate student body, although they represent 34 percent of the state’s population. David Plank, executive director of Policy Analysis for California Education, said the “urgent issue is to increase the number of Latino students who are eligible and who can apply” to the UC. Currently, the UC takes the top 12.5 percent of all California high school graduates, but by design, Plank said this allows for discrimination against schools that may not have been able to provide adequate teachers or course provisions due to resource constraints. He said these schools typically have more diverse student bodies. Plank added that university officials need to “make the UC look more like

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Over the past century, the changing voice of puberty has been arriving earlier and earlier in American children, a phenomenon that could — at least in girls — be partly attributed to a higher family income. A study by UC Berkeley researchers published online Monday in the Journal of Adolescent Health examines the connection between an early onset of puberty in girls and environmental factors, such as the absence of a biological father in the home, body mass index, ethnicity and family income. Earlier puberty for women is linked to breast cancer later in life and can increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy and substance abuse, said Julianna Deardorff, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. While the effects of a missing biological father and body mass index have been studied in previous research and ethnicity plays an important role, according to Deardorff, the effects that

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a family’s income have on puberty had not been taken into consideration prior to this study. “Income has (been of ) interest (to researchers) for a while now, particularly because we know that extreme malnutrition, which doesn’t typically happen in the United States, has been linked to delayed puberty,” she said. “There’s some suspicion that puberty in this country may be linked to food choices — higher caloric-density food — and that might affect female development.” However, Deardorff said the results of the income portion of the study were not what she expected. The research team, which included researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, anticipated that girls in lower income families would undergo puberty earlier. But in fact, girls in families without a biological father that made $50,000 or more experienced puberty earlier than those in lower income families did, leading to a conclusion the researchers said they do not quite understand yet themselves. According to Larry Kushi, co-author of the study and associate director of etiology and prevention at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, researchers do not yet have a hypothesis as to why girls of higher incomes would experience puberty earlier. Deardorff suggested factors such as nutrition, increased exposure to artificial lighting from televisions and computers and exposure to beauty products and chemicals may shed light on the phenomenon, but that none of these explanations fully account for the discrepancies in pubertal onset as they relate to income. “This article brings up more questions than it answers in some ways,” Deardorff said. While previous studies on puberty have relied on information gathered after the fact, the UC Berkeley research has monitored 444 girls 6 to 8 years old since 2005, Deardorff said. Researchers plan to monitor the girls for five more years. Claire Perlman covers research and ideas. Contact her at cperlman@dailycal.org.

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A union representing more than 12,000 academic student employees throughout the UC system filed unfair labor practice charges against the university Monday, four months after the groups began negotiating the union’s sixth contract. Officials from United Auto Workers Local 2865 filed the charges with California’s Public Employment Relations Board, accusing the university of bad-faith bargaining, though UC officials deny the charges. The two groups have reached an impasse regarding the level of child care reimbursements, sick leave and fee remittances for the thousands of graduate student instructors, readers and tutors represented by the union. Union officials said their current proposals would increase their wages by 7 percent, bringing the average salary to market rate — the average union member currently earns $14,166. Union members added that negotiations have stalled because members of the university’s bargaining team have not presented financial data regarding the union’s proposals. “There is no legitimate reason that negotiating a contract should take longer than the end of September, if the UC engages in good-faith bargaining,” said Daraka Larimore-Hall, the union’s vice president and a sociology graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. Along with increasing the university’s reimbursements for child care costs and sick leave, the union has asked the university to stop charging its 12,000 workers campus fees while they work, Larimore-Hall said. Currently, the members do not pay systemwide fees. He said contention over those three items has prevented discussion of the rest of the items, though he would not say how many items had been settled with the university. UC spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez said the university is currently reviewing the charges, but added that the university did not bargain in bad faith during negotiations. The union also accused the UC of bad-faith bargaining in June, when they represented the system’s postdoctoral scholars during their first contract negotiation with the university, which was ratified in August. “The benefits plan design changes reflected in the new systemwide plan were made following extensive consultation with student groups and bargaining with the UAW,” Vazquez said in an e-mail. Javier Panzar is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at jpanzar@dailycal.org.

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ex is like Ruffles potato chips: greasy, artificial and often regrettable. Hi, I’m Priscilla, your other sex columnist. Why not start at the beginning: When did I discover sex? It was definitely before my high school boyfriend whispered “Are you sure?� into my naked little ear, and even before I bashfully brushed lips with my spiked-haired, silver-chained micro-beau during a round of truth or dare. No, I got my first whiff of sex’s stuff back in the preschool days, when nap time was a mandatory part of any curriculum and Belle’s flaunted bestiality was the most risque fetish I was exposed to. But who needed X-rated material when four year old me had an X-rated mind, and, well, The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs. The book tells the classic fable from the perspective of the wolf who claims he was framed. Sure, children’s books are meant to spark a kid’s imagination, but I doubt mom predicted the electricity this hardback would trigger between my thighs. Yup, I still can’t explain it, but boy, can I remember it: that big, bad wolf wrongfully accused, rough and wild with a sensitive streak. I was smitten. If only he wasn’t fictional, or a wolf, he would practically have been John Travolta in Grease (the other object of my affection.) And that nap time, in a twin bed a few feet away from my sleeping sister, I put a pink lacy pillow right where I wanted it and discovered the perks of story time. As you can imagine, this fun fact rarely escapes the most high security, solitary cells of my memory; but now that I’m revisiting the torrid affair, with all the wolf ’s huffing and puffing, no wonder I was hot and bothered. Right around when the wolf blew the house down, and my grinding session, party of one, came to a halt, I figured I had discovered the best new game of solitaire. I never would have described the tingly excitement I felt as sex, at least not the kind I was familiar with, mainly experienced from smashing two naked Barbie dolls up against each other. y next major step in the journey from imaginary wolf sex to live-action human sex came around second grade, when all the cool kids were doing it. Playing house. My best friend and I spent hours a day building an unbelievably complex fantasy world which went something like this: My name was Lily, I was 16 (the oldest possible age before you were just, well, old), wore only leather, and was dating a fabulous albeit invisible lifeguard named Cody. Needless to say, Lily and Cody did not take it slow. One day after Cody rescued Lily from nearly drowning at the beach, they took things back to his place. Cody slowly unbuttoned his Baywatch gear, and I was helpless to resist. While in my eyes, Cody’s

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priscilla frank glistening muscles rippled on top of Lily’s evenly tanned, super hot, post-pubescent body, in my mother’s eyes Priscilla’s six-year-old frame had defiled another guest pillow. I remember her knocking on my door the day after the awkward run-in, quietly asking “Are you playing a game about sex?� Upon hearing that forbidden, dirty word my paralyzed self was rendered mute, diving under the covers until it all went away. know I’m not alone in feeling a little frisky pre-Bat Mitzvah. I was there when a friend’s two-year-old brother complained “It won’t go down!� during an episode of Rocket Power. To this day, my roommate won’t stop reminiscing about how Aladdin rocked her preschool world. And then there’s my dear baby sister who couldn’t stop giggling on a family road trip up north until mom uncovered the water bottle riding the turbulence down south. With age, of course, comes great wisdom, and my sister was no exception. As her sexual IQ climbed the charts, she started asking me sex questions that straddled being sensual and making sense: Would you rather have sex with four girls or eight boys? Would you rather have three penises in your vagina or one in your butt? Ah, sister, if only we had so many options. Whether sprouting from a fantasy or an accident, an idea or a funny feeling, sex often introduces itself way before a “the birds and the bees� speech. I saw private parts in print at quite a young age when mom showed me the difference between a man and a woman. But these naked, hairy strangers weren’t nearly as arousing as an innocent picture book. Before we know what sex is, we are free to discover what sex can be. Instead of a preconceived ritual act, sex was a surprising electrical current that could ignite anywhere at anytime. My limited vocabulary did not include erotic, but I knew what fun meant, and those guilt-free romps sure fit the description. Sex is the way grownups play, is it not? So let’s take a hint from our pervy little selves and make the world our dirty playground.

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UC Energy Sustainability Programs Set to Expand by Aaida Samad Contributing Writer

A University of California systemwide energy program will see an expansion in energy-saving projects after the UC Board of ReONLINE PODCAST gents voted last Tuesday to in- Aaida Samad talks crease the pro- about the university’s gram’s budget sustainability program. by more than $15 million. The increased budget will enable UC Davis and the UC San Francisco Medical Center to complete more energy projects under the university’s 2010-2012 Statewide Energy Partnership Program — a collaboration between the UC and some California utility companies to reduce utilities costs while increasing energy efficiency and sustainability. The entire initiative is expected to save the UC $17.8 million over the next three years while advancing the university’s goals for “environmental stewardship.� Approved by the regents in March 2009, the program was implemented in January 2010 and has a total project budget of more than $262 million. As part of the program, campuses identify projects where they can achieve greater efficiency and sustainability, borrow money to complete changes and receive incentive awards from utilities companies if certain levels of efficiency are met, according to Patrick Lenz, UC vice president for budget. “These are the kinds of changes campuses unfortunately have to put off year after year due to lack of

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Sustainability has long been an area of the UC system’s concern. This display panel in Wurster Hall suggests ways in which individuals can reduce personal energy consumption. funding,� Lenz said. “The ultimate goal is to reduce overall university energy consumption and to be more green.� Only one year into the three-year program, UC campuses have applied for $79.1 million of authorized funding for more than 300 projects. Completion of these projects will save

103.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 8.6 million therms of natural gas — more than half the savings goal for the program, according to an action item from the meeting. Lenz said the program has achieved “significant energy and cost

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The university should communicate its voting records on shareholder resolutions to clear up recent allegations.

n our generally liberal campus, it is hard to imagine many people who would oppose measures that encourage the use of eggs from cage-free chickens, prioritize renewable energy research or establish water as a human right. Yet the University of California did vote against these shareholder resolutions, along many others that touched upon moral and social issues, according to a recent article from The Bay Citizen. However, there is more than meets the eye to this story, and the currently available information is not sufficient to denounce the university. The university’s multi-billion dollar investment portfolio makes it a shareholder in thousands of companies, a status that enables the university to vote on shareholder resolutions. In past years, the UC Board of Regents voted on each resolution separately but in 2001 the regents switched to an external manager to handle the growing portfolio. Nonetheless, the proxy voting guidelines require

the university to review cases that are “controversial or relate to social issues.” It is easy to jump to conclusions, especially since the referenced resolutions appear to be clear moral i s s u e s . Ye t t h e r e i s a l o t l e f t untold. Perhaps the university did not want to endorse resolutions attached to private corporations. Perhaps the fact that these resolutions are nonbinding would have made university support inconsequential. There could certainly be other factors we do not know that change implications of this issue — questions left unanswered by a single article. Whatever the case, it is in the university’s best interest to speak up in response to The Bay Citizen article to clarify what has been presented as a black-and-white scenario. Considering a fact that a portion of the investment portfolio is comprised of employee contributions and student fees, the university community has a right to know what is going on.

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Declining a chance to talk to the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board will not help Meg Whitman in the long-run.

his was a week of firsts for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. In addition to breaking the record for campaign self-funding — contributing $119 million thus far for her bid for governor — Whitman also declined the invitation to speak with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, making her the only statewide candidate in memory to do so. Although it can be assumed that both decisions were made by Whitman’s campaign to theoretically help her chances in the statewide election, declining the chance to talk to the Chronicle is not a wise strategy. Whitman’s campaign claimed that the candidate had already selected which newspapers she wanted to target. However, excluding one of California’s major newspapers that serves the fourth largest city in the state hardly seems to be a smart omission. If Whitman becomes governor, she will be dealing with issues in this part of the state just like all other areas. Refusing to directly address its newspaper and people now sim-

ply sets a troubling precedent. While the Bay Area undeniably serves as a liberal hub for the country, let alone the state, the fact that Whitman removed herself from the discussion forum here speaks to a few key points. She might have felt the Chronicle’s coverage of her campaign has been misrepresented and she would not get fair treatment with an interview. Still, since the interview would have been recorded and shared with the public, Whitman could have pointed to the primary source in her own defense if she felt any of the Chronicle’s conclusions were unbalanced. Additionally, Whitman must believe that talking to the newspaper would do her more harm than good. In weighing her o p t i o n s , s o m e h ow facing the repercussions of refusing the editorial board’s invitation was a better bet than having an interview o n t h e r e c o r d . T h i s a tt i t u d e appears ominous for our political system as a whole, especially if winning the Whitman way means avoiding discussion.

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In Face of Significant Financial Hurdles, AC Transit Reluctantly Must Cut Service for Its Riders

The Solution to AC Transit’s Budget Needs Lies in Further Negotiations Between the Union and the District

AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous and reliable transit service for the more than 230,000 riders who use our transit system. Our riders are predominately students, the young, the elderly and the poor who rely on us to take them to school, to work, to worship and back home. However, we are now being forced to consider drastic service cuts, including eliminating almost half of our weekend bus service, removing all but two All Nighter service lines, and reducing operation hours for all lines. How did this dire situation come about? Two reasons: Due to the recent state and regional economic decline, AC Transit has received less state and federal funding for operations at a time when the cost of maintaining service has increased. Stretching every dollar is relevant not only for everyday consumers but also for our transit district. The second reason is the Amalgamated Transit Union’s (ATU) refusal to accept a contract that is fair for the unionized employees of AC Transit as well as for our riders and taxpayers. These two factors will significantly impact our riders and the future of bus transit in the East Bay. Already, the district has scaled back in substantial ways, including eliminating more than 70 general and administrative staff positions, reducing executive management positions

No one doubts the severity of the Great Recession and its impact on public entities like AC Transit. What’s at issue is — how did we get into this mess, and how do we get out? The worldwide crisis was brought on by reckless lending of Big Banks, historic excesses on Wall Street, and tax cuts for the rich, which have left working people and their communities high and dry. AC Transit faces an added burden for being the low agency on the totem pole for funds disbursed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), which historically has favored rail service over bus service by huge margins. In other words, the salaries of AC Transit bus drivers and mechanics are not what got us here, but we are willing to do our share to solve the crisis, as we have done in the past. Every three years we sit down with AC Transit and negotiate a contract that is fair for both workers and riders alike. In 1992, bus drivers and mechanics accepted a two-year wage freeze to meet another budget crisis. In 2004, we saved AC Transit $3 million by again freezing wages. Then, there’s this year. AC Transit showed up to negotiate with a high-priced Southern California lawyer who

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by 33 percent, raising fares for riders, cutting salary for the board of directors by 5 percent and travel by 50 percent. However, with union labor cost accounting for approximately 75 percent of AC Transit’s budget, there is no way we can meet our budget goal and keep bus lines running without ATU — the labor union representing 1,750 of our employees — participating in the solution. Here is how we got here: AC Transit attempted to mediate and work with ATU on a number of work rule changes that would result in savings, in essence, asking that the union chip in to help balance the budget, just as non-union AC Transit employees have done and just as our faithful bus riders have done. Considering the situation, the staff presented a plan to the board of directors a series of reforms to the expiring labor agreement with ATU that would save at least $15.7 million annually. The proposed plan preserved union wages and health care benefits while reducing costs by reducing overtime costs, initiating work rule changes consistent with those of other public agencies, co-pay policies for medical care and employee health insurance, and a two-tier pension plan. The Board voted to impose these contract amendments because the ATU was unwilling to offer enough meaningful concessions to assist the agency in managing the budget crisis. ATU sued and was successful in having the Alameda County Superior Court re-institute the expired contract which costs

the district $300,000 a week and forced the district into a period of arbitration with the union. AC Transit is appealing the court’s decision but, if we are unsuccessful, service cuts will continue and our riders and taxpayers will pay the price. Beyond the weekend bus and All Nighter cuts and reduction in operation hours for all bus lines, the district will also need to close the paratransit division and eliminate several bus lines entirely. These service cuts will not only impair our riders’ ability to easily and safely travel in the district but also will lead to a drop in fare revenues which will translate to more employee layoffs. In the end, the refusal to compromise and contribute to the budget challenge will harm ATU members as they will lose their jobs as service cuts occur in the coming months. We value and appreciate the work that our unionized staff contributes to keep AC Transit moving every day, but they must recognize that they are by far the largest expense in the district's budget and join the rest of AC Transit, our district taxpayers and our bus riders in balancing the budget and ensuring the survival of the transit district. The future of mass transit, of easy access to reasonably priced travel, is at stake. We need the support of everyone to make sure we can continue into the future for all the people we serve. Mary King is interim general manager of AC Transit. Reply to opinion@dailycal.org.

Obama Chooses Campus Professor for Committee Professor of Atmospheric Science Inez Fung Will Help Select Nominees for National Science Medal by Noor Al-Samarrai Contributing Writer

UC Berkeley atmospheric sciences professor Inez Fung, known internationally for her climate change research, has been chosen by President Barack Obama for a position on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Appointed to the position on Sept. 17, Fung will Inez become part of the Fung 12-member body that selects nominees for the medal each year from a pool of about 150 to be ultimately decided by the president. Members of the committee are selected from a wide pool of sources across disciplines, according to the committee’s program manager Mayra

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had no experience in public transit and a history of dictating contract terms rather than a history of negotiating. We went ahead and bargained in good faith, and to meet AC Transit’s goal of saving $15 million from workers we proposed a contract that saved $9 million the first year, $6 million the second and $3 million the third — for a total of $18 million in savings, according to union documents. AC Transit rejected our offer, and just minutes before the June 30 contract deadline its negotiators walked away from the table and challenged us to strike. That same evening, AC Transit’s board of directors voted to impose a non-negotiated contract, which included massive schedule changes that riders were not informed of in advance (a later court ruling called this imposition a “derogation of its duties”). On July 16, both sides were ordered by Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch to submit to neutral arbitration and finish our pre-existing contract. Union members immediately agreed to abide by that decision. AC Transit challenged the order in court and used a “damage control expert” whom they have paid more

Montrose. The medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon scientists by their peers. UC Berkeley chemistry professor and 1997 medal recipient Darleane Hoffman said the award is “the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the United States.” Fung could not be reached for comment as of press time because she was traveling in China. Fung is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, an American Geophysical Union Biogeosciences fellow and a contributor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its work. Her research includes studies of the climatic effects of aggressively planting trees and the use of satellite base remote sensing to explore how the biosphere absorbs carbon dioxide and methane gas. “Her background is perfect for the committee,” Montrose said. “She’s from atmospheric sciences, and right now we have one other person on the committee (with this background) ... This area of research is very hot.” With more women now being recognized for their work in the scientific community, Hoffman said Fung’s

appointment to the committee will help maintain this trend. “Until you got some women on the committee … women weren’t getting chosen to receive the National Medal of Science because it was almost exclusively going to men,” she said. Fung’s colleagues said her sense of what is happening in the world of science will enable her to select strong nominees. “Inez has incredibly good judgement about what ‘on the cutting edge’ in science is and who the members of the scientific community are who are helping to push it toward that level,” said UC Berkeley chemistry professor Ronald Cohen. Many UC Berkeley faculty have been appointed to positions under the Obama administration, including Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “With a public university orientation, Cal faculty understand the importance of what a public university does and therefore what a government can do to follow,” said Henry Brady, dean of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. “I think our faculty take to Washington that notion.” Contact Noor Al-Samarrai at nsamarrai@dailycal.org.

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union: AC Transit Has Historically Wasted Money than $175,000 in order to falsely blame bus drivers for the scheduling chaos caused by the imposed contract. On Aug. 2, Alameda County Superior Court rescinded the imposed contract and noted that the chaos in fact was caused by terms of the contract, which among others things radically cut the number of drivers assigned to the system’s “extra board” for filling missed bus runs. AC Transit then unsuccessfully filed a motion to increase the union’s “preliminary injunction bond” from $40,000 to more than $10 million dollars, and voted to challenge (again) the court’s order to finish negotiations with the help of a neutral arbitrator. All of these actions by AC Transit have wasted not only hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal and consulting fees but also have wasted months of precious time. We’ve been willing from the start to solve AC Transit’s budget needs by negotiating the necessary savings through good faith bargaining. We call on AC Transit’s elected board and appointed officials to do the same. Time — and money — is wasting.

donations, and the campus may lose philanthropy donations if they remove rugby’s varsity status. “(Rugby) is the fourth largest revenue-producing sport on campus,” he said. “There’s no reason, financially, to drop rugby, and the sport meets all the requirements of excellence that the university requires. The children sacrifice, they work hard, and they graduate.” But Mogulof said any decisions would be made on a holistic review, not on a team-to-team basis. He said Birgeneau must also consider Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal bill that prevents gender-based discrimination for federally funded education programs. “It’s not just looking at a specific team, it’s looking at the program as a whole,” he said. “You can’t simply say that if you eliminate one thing, it’ll fix the problem ... everything impacts everything else.” He added that it was understandable for people to be anxious about the upcoming decision. “Anybody who can read basic financial numbers is concerned,” he said. “That’s why in IA and campus senior leadership, they’ve taken so much time to work through and understand the impact of every possible option and discuss and analyze alternatives.”

Claudia Hudson is president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192. Reply to opinion@dailycal.org.

James Zhao covers academics and administration. Contact him at jzhao@dailycal.org.

from front California.” He said his organization — formed through a collaboration between the UC and Stanford University — stated that the university should consider the top 10 percent of students from each high school instead of the top 4 percent. The funding required to increase diversity in the UC’s student body is also an issue, according to a report from UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA). This study shows that California’s weak educational and fiscal structure will continue to reinforce inequality in the future. John Rogers, director of the institute and an associate professor of education at UCLA, said the lack of diversity among students in the UC can be traced back to the primary level, where minorities graduate at lower rates than whites. Schools that serve minority students tend to be located in areas with less tax revenue and are underfunded compared with other schools. “The fact that those schools are so underfunded and unequal contributes to these broader problems of inequality,” he said. The report also stated that traditionally, each level of the higher education system was less diverse as it became

more advanced, citing a disparity in the amount of underrepresented minority or female individuals between undergraduate students and faculty. At the meeting, UC Regent Eddie Island expressed concern about the ladder-rank faculty composition and the senior management composition — both of which were largely composed of whites — stating it “looks about the way one would have expected it in 1975, and a lot has happened since then.” The lack of diversity in higher education is also reflected nationally, with 71.8 percent of undergraduates and 76.8 percent of faculty classified as white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. White scholars also make up 82.9 percent of tenured professors nationwide. Plank emphasized the need for the university to work with schools to align their expectations and demands. The A-G Curriculum, which is a pre-requisite of entry to UC, is currently being considered as the potential default curriculum for California schools. Javier Panzar of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Contact Rachel Banning-Lover at newsdesk@dailycal.org.

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dinance, giving them a month or two to complete the requirement of tenant notification and submit a building refrom front be the main demographic affected by port by an engineer. A time frame for soft story buildings, and the inven- mandatory building retrofitting will owners have provided some notificatory indicates that many are located on then be established by the council, Artion to their tenants to date, he said. Southside and Downtown. reguin said. While Councilmember Darryl Still, UC Berkeley senior Jose MarIncentives may also be created to Moore said the program has solicited quez said he felt safe despite being â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant improvements,â&#x20AC;? Arreguin made aware that his building is listed help owners deal with the financial expressed frustration at the tedious as a soft story structure by the property burden of renovation. Jill Martinucci, legislative assistant to Capitelli, listed progress seen overall by the program. owner and is therefore vulnerable dur- waiving permit fees and setting up ?7>=4).*)&.-1&1,))50G).*)&1-2&+1),4<08;)e^`Zel9]Zber\Ze'hk` Ihlmrhnk:eZf^]Z<hngmrE^`Zelpbmanl' â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m frustrated weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had this law ing an earthquake. He added that he on the books and owners arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow- had noticed warning signs posted in rolling loan funds as potential aids for ing the law,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to make compliance with the ordinance on the landlords, while Moore said the city needs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;put some carrots in place to sure owners follow the law.â&#x20AC;? premises when he moved in. incentivize landlords.â&#x20AC;? In the meantime, these buildings pose At the meeting, Arreguin and CounArreguin said in addition to incena significant risk to tenants, and Steve cilmember Laurie Capitelli plan to tives, specific penalties must also be Mahin, director of the Pacific Earth- introduce phase two of the program, developed to ensure that owners know quake Engineering Research Center which involves a multistep process â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are consequencesâ&#x20AC;? in failing to and UC Berkeley professor of structural of developing a mandatory soft story meet ordinance standards. engineering, said that many buildings policy whereby building owners will â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only are we talking about the that collapsed in the 1994 Northridge have to retrofit all soft stories within loss of housing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about the earthquake were soft stories. the city, according to Arreguin. loss of lives,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are known hazardous buildCity staff members have begun sendings that could collapse,â&#x20AC;? he said. ing out warning letters to owners who Contact Nina Brown at Student tenants are considered to are still not in compliance with the or- nbrown@dailycal.org.

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savings,â&#x20AC;? with net energy savings of about $10 million to date â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than half of the three-year goal of $17.8 million. The project will advance the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to reduce energy use by 2014 to levels 10 percent below energy levels in the year 2000 and to become climate neutral after 2020, a goal laid out in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy on Sustainable Practices. According to Christine Shaff, communications director for the UC Berkeley Department of Facilities Services, last year the campus completed 14 projects under the program and about 39 projects are under way for this year. Projects include monitoring base commissioning and upgrading lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The total cost of the campus projects over the three years is $24 million, with $16 million scheduled to be financed through borrowing and $8 million in incentives awarded by the utilities companies, Shaff said. The

campus anticipates approximately $4 million in annual savings from the changes, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about little efforts like these,â&#x20AC;? Shaff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each change makes a big difference. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about saving energy, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and saving money, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win, win and win situation.â&#x20AC;? While programs like these are beneficial to the campus and the environment, they are not publicized well enough to the campus community, said Jason Teh, a UC Berkeley sophomore and civil and environmental engineering major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainability is important in preserving our future,â&#x20AC;? Teh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs like these are great, but the campus should do more to explain what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing ... so people can follow in their footsteps to help them to achieve this important goal.â&#x20AC;? Nina Brown of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Aaida Samad covers higher education. Contact her at asamad@dailycal.org.

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The Daily Californian ing himself in college. I know that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit the traditional NFL running Am I simply writing this column back mold. No heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Jim Brown, and because Jahvid scored me 41 points no, Lions fans, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jinx him and comin my fantasy league this past week? pare him to Barry Sanders (yet). Jahvid Best is a new brand of NFL Hell yeah, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing this column. This article is moderate solace running back. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if you from a painful sports weekend (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a line him up in the backfield, in the slot, or out wide. He is a threat wherever he Los Angeles Dodgers fan, a Washingstands. All us Cal fans knew he could ton Redskins fan and a Cal fan. You do sprint past the defense, but take a look the math.) at him now and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll notice his frame After two games for the most hapis expanding. less NFL franchise not named the Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting stronger, a lot stronger; Raiders, Jahvid Best showed that it he is building a power element to his is his field, and more importantly, his current lightspeed component. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ma^=Zber<Zeb_hkgbZg 3D<<H end zone. After all, he has found it five want to make comparisons to Tennestimes in two games, the most by any see Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; running back Chris Johnson rookie since former Heisman Trophy quite yet, but look me in the eye and winner Billy Sims did that in 1980. tell me that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see similarities. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from two yards out in The best part about Jahvid Best is a goal line set or off a screen pass from that he is merely developing. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the shotgun, Jahvid Best darts, cuts want to jinx it, but if Best even remoteand dives into the colored grass. ly maintains this incredible output, he Oh, and by the way, his 154 receiv- will soon be one of the most dynamic ing yards on Sunday were the most threats in the NFL. by a rookie running back in one game If he continues to effectively find the since another former Heisman winner, end zone from inside the five yard-line the legendary Herschel Walker had as well as execute screen passes and 170 in 1986. catch passes out of the backfield, he Alright, Mr. Realist: I know that will become a marquee player. He will Jahvid has played only two career NFL be the focus of opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film games. I know that he had a knack for sessions, and a nightmare of opposing starting the season well before injur- defensive coordinators.

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Now, hopefully I do not sound too much like Lions coach Jim Schwarz in my description of Jahvid (you know, the guy that says he finds arousal through the running backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlight reel), but, damn, this guy is exciting. Cal has had no shortage of players not merely make it to the senior circuit, but excel there too. Aaron Rodgers, DeSean Jackson, Andre Carter are Tony Gonzalez are all considered elite at their respective positions. Jahvid has shown preliminary indications that he will keep up our alma materâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in that department, and be really exciting in the process. Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to tell, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing Buffalo and San Diego, who selected other running backs (C.J. Spiller and Ryan Mathews) ahead of Best, both lightly clenched their teeth after seeing his Sunday performance. The agony of Friday night should be no stranger to any Cal fan. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just another chapter in the struggles of those who chant â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Bearsâ&#x20AC;?. At least we can cheer for those that once made us jump, scream and clap. Oh, come on, just sing it with me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You da Jahvid Best, you da Jahvid Best.â&#x20AC;?

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be especially poised to make a run after such a horrific start to their season. last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA College Cup, Stanford was expected to make significant Bruins Beating the Competition noise in the Pac-10 this season. With a Outside of an uncharacteristic 5-1 No. 13 preseason ranking and a large loss to Indiana in the Adidas/IU Credit crop of returning starters, the Cardinal Classic, No. 17 UCLA are doing what were touted by some to possibly even they do best: winning. The back-todethrone UCLA as conference cham- back conference champions (4-1-1) repions by the end of the season. turned hardly anybody that won them But after an shocking four consecu- the 2009 Pac-10 championship, but in tive losses to mostly mediocre non- natural Bruin fashion, they have found conference opponents to start the sea- Mankl]Zr%FZr,%+))0 a way to keep winning in Westood deson, Stanford will have to impress in spite a difficult non-conference slate. conference play to even merit considUCLA has found an unlikely scoreration from the selection committee. ing machine in freshman Kelyn Rowe, Despite sporting Hermann Award who leads the team with eight points Watch List member Bobby Warshaw (three goals, two assists). The Federal and a plethora of other experienced Way, Wash., native and U.S. Understarters, the Cardinal stunningly lost 18 National team member has been a to Vermont, No. 10 Harvard, Sacra- scoring force in the first games of his mento State and UNLV, games that, collegiate career. Rowe has tallied all excluding the tilt against the Crimson, eight of his points in the Bruinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last they should have won handily. three games. It appears that Stanford has, at least So UCLA proves yet again that even temporarily, awakened from their pre- if they seem to lose everybody, they will season slumber after defeating both find a way to win. San Francisco and Santa Clara in this past weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Area Classic. Kelly Suckow and Gabriel Still one of the most dangerous Baumgaertner cover men's soccer. teams in the Pac-10, the Cardinal will Contact them at sports@dailycal.org.

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With the Start of Pac-10 Play This Weekend, Our Football Beat Writers Break Down Three Pressing Topics Can Arizona Win the Pac-10?

Does Saturday's Strong Showing at Wisconsin Offer Hope for ASU?

Is USC’s Perfect Record an Accurate Reflection of its Ability?

There was 3:48 left on the game clock and, with his team down by a touchdown at Arizona Stadium last Saturday, Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was poised for another one of his signature fourth-quarter comebacks. So the Wildcats sacked him. Then they did it again. And again. And again. Five plays later, and the then-No. 9 Hawkeyes limped off the field with a 34-27 loss. Have you ever seen a team drop any quarterback four consecutive times, let alone one behind center for a top-10, Big 10 team? (One concurred with a 5-yard Hawkeye penalty.) For a defense that had lost seven starters, it was one hell of a statement. Immediately before that sequence, Arizona had driven 73 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown against then-No. 9 Iowa. Nick Foles had effortlessly completed five out of six passes — the sole drop coming on a perfectly placed floater into the left side of the end zone. The quarterback, who has completed nearly four-fifths of his passes this season, helped vault his team 10 spots up in the polls to No. 14 with a clutch performance that matched the Tucson heat, where they rest below only fifth-ranked Oregon. It’s this sort of dominance — not any of Larry Scott’s booming trailers or shiny logos — that will stamp out a place for the conference on the national stage. Pac-10 contender? Yeah, you could say that. —Jack Wang

As Vontaze Burfict and Lawerence Guy demonstrated against the No. 11 Badgers, making plays on defense was not the Sun Devils’ main problem during a four-win 2009 campaign. Rather, it was the team's offensive ineptitutde that made coach Dennis Erickson’s hair grayer after every game. For that reason, Saturday’s heart-breaking road defeat at Camp Randall Stadium still offered positives for Sparky nation. Most importantly, Arizona State has found an established leader under center after last year’s forgettable Danny Sullivan experiment. Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet passed for a modest 221 yards in Madison, Wisc., but flashed his Big-10 experience when it mattered most. Threet engineered an impressive 77-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive that was just a blocked extra point away from tying the contest. The Sun Devils also got 122 rushing yards from running back Deante Lewis, along with 288 from returns. Kyle Middlebrooks’ near touchdown on the last play of the first half could have been the game-winning score. To be sure, Arizona State faces a very tough road ahead, with three of its first four conference games away from Tempe, Ariz. The lone home match-up? No. 5 Oregon. But if Threet and the special teams can help take pressure off their defense, the Sun Devils shouldn't be anyone’s easy out this season. —Ed Yevelev

Before the beginning of the season, USC coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans’ ineligibility for the postseason wouldn’t affect their long-standing goal of winning the c o n ference. Three games in, that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case. Although USC is a perfect 3-0, its play has been utterly uninspired. After opening the season with a clunker at Hawaii, the Trojans nearly frittered away the win against Virginia — at home in Los Angeles, no less. Their latest embarrassment came at the hands of Minnesota, a team that the week prior lost to South Dakota. SC put up 32 points on the Golden Gophers; South Dakota hung 41 on the same squad. USC is incurring over 100 yards in penalties per game, and its defense has been average at best. Opponents are passing for more yards per game than the Trojans, and they’re scoring more points in the fourth quarter than any other quarter. Those numbers aren’t conducive to wins against better competition. We’ve now seen ample evidence to suggest the Trojans’ mediocrity. And with conference competition beginning this weekend, USC’s Pac-10 opener against lowly Washington State could be its offensive, and defensive, highlight of the season. —Katie Dowd

G To be perfectly honest, I don’t really want to talk about it any longer. Yes, Cal endured probably its worst loss in the Jeff Tedford era— a 21-point thrashing at the hands of a team that will spend the rest of its year playing the likes of Utah State, San Jose State etc.— but, hey, I guess conference play hasn’t started yet. And it’s Tuesday, so why dwell on last Friday’s misery? Instead, let’s talk about football from a just a plain ol’ guy’s perspective. And let’s discuss somebody that, well, used to play for Cal. Jahvid Best is awesome, stupendous and magnificent. He, not Fedde Le Grand, makes me want to put my hands up for Detroit. He actually has me contemplating purchasing a Detroit Lions jersey. I’m usually the type to kill hype and weather enthusiasm. But now I want to fan the flames, I want to spread the word, I want the name “Jahvid” to be a definitional synonym for “best”. I want Drake to sing “You da’ Jahvid Best.”

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Bears Benefit With Victories From Working More Overtime

Crosson Over: Assistant Key In New Offense’s Success Assistant Coach Sam Crosson Brought a New Offense With Him From St. Mary’s to Berkeley

by Kelly Suckow and Gabriel Baumgaertner

by Jonathan Kuperberg Contributing Writer

Six games into the season for the Cal men’s soccer team and four of them have gone into overtime periods. For three of those matches, it has been double overtime. When you add up the minutes, double overtime is almost an additional half of a match for the squad.The ability to come out and perform in four overtime games out of six contests is a definite reflection of the Bears’ fitness. The return of eight Cal starters, including the three captains, seniors Hector Jimenez, A.J. Soares and Servando Carrasco, provides evidence for both experience as well as strength in the team. Carrasco and Jimenez provide anchors in the midfield seemed to be a factor defensively in last Sunday’s game. Soares is arguably the best defender on the team and was a key to keeping USF scoreless for the first ninety minutes of regulation time. The strong defensive and midfield fronts have kept opposition at bay for most of the matches, allowing only three goals thus far in the season. The returning talent as well as the depth created by the newcomers on the team, have allowed the team to pull it together as the minutes of play have added up into the triple digits.

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“Sam’s a traitor.” The chant came out of nowhere, so unexpected that it wasn’t discernible in McKeon Pavilion at first. “Sam’s a THE traitor.” The shout grew louder, now audible, but still a little puzzling. After all, why would the St. Mary’s men’s basketball team be heckling the Cal volleyball team’s assistant coach? Sam Crosson coached the Gaels for five years before he joined Rich Feller’s staff at Cal in February. As the top assistant, his tactics and recruiting helped lead St. Mary’s to back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years, the latter of which was the school’s first WCC championship. That didn’t seem to matter to the shirtless men’s basketball team who congregated in the front of the student section to taunt Crosson on Saturday. “I wasn’t expecting to be heckled coming back here,” Crosson said. “But at the same time, it’s all in good fun … If they want to pick on a coach instead of the players, kudos to them, I guess.” Crosson said he had mixed emotions feeling to play his old team, comprised of players he recruited. Overall, he enjoyed the experiencing of returning to Moraga, Calif. “There’s a lot of familiar faces and great memories that go on in this place,” he said. “It’s a little bittersweet because you want to win, but you don’t

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Carli Lloyd leads the Bears with 342 assists this season. The two-time All-American has anchored a relatively young, inexperienced squad to drop only one set over 10 games.

want to beat up on old friends.” The No. 10 Bears didn’t beat up on the Gaels, but they won in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-16) and played perhaps their most complete match of the season. Statistically, Cal played St. Mary’s tougher than No. 1 Stanford did the previous night — the Cardinal won in four sets. Having Crosson, the architect of both squad’s fast-paced offensive schemes, in blue and gold didn’t make things any easier for the Bears (10-0) to start the match. The Gaels (7-5) looked invincible the first few points. Cal outside hitter Tarah Murrey, the Bear’s go-to hitter who averages 4.71 kills per set, went up for a kill on the first play, only to be stuffed by two St. Mary’s defenders. The very next play, Gaels’ outside hitter Lauren Corp leapt to record a kill over two Cal defenders. Two plays later, she did it again. The Bears, usually the squad that obliterates its opponent in the first set, were facing an early deficit and a ferocious defense. Gradually, they adapted. “It was kind of trying to give (our team) enough of the big picture things and then a few smaller adjustments as the match went on to kind of show them different reactions,” Crosson said. “The girls were great tonight about making small adjustments and changing what they need to do.” Cal just needed a little time to adjust to the St. Mary’s blocking and digging. The Bears started altering their kills, hitting the ball different ways, whether it be location or hitting stroke. “I actually think this is the best we’ve played so far this season,” senior setter Carli Lloyd, who posted a double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs, said. “St. Mary’s is a great team. They have crazy good ball control, and they’re so stable … They’re hard to read sometimes. They’re a good challenge.” Jonathan Kuperberg covers volleyball. Contact him at jkuperberg@dailycal.org.


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