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Misconduct Hearings’ Conduct Task Force Makeup Under Debate Handling Questioned by Aaida Samad Contributing Writer
Months after students were charged with misconduct for their involvement in demonstrations last November, conduct hearings commenced last Thursday, but questions about UC Berkeley officials’ handling of the cases have clouded the proceedings in controversy. The proceedings, since their inception, have been fraught with multiple allegations of procedural violations on the part of the Office of Student Conduct. In response to these allegations, officials from both the campus and the office said they could not comment on specific cases but said they follow procedure as laid out by the campus code of conduct. “The code is just a tool for (the office) — they use it when it’s to their own advantage and ignore it when it isn’t,” said Daniela Urban, a student at the UC Berkeley School of Law and member of the Campus Rights Project who has been advising students charged with conduct violations. “They don’t see the code as a written text they have to adhere to.”
According to Susan Trageser, director of the office, conduct proceedings are not arbitrary but directly follow the process that is laid out in the student code. If students have concerns over violations, there is a process in the code to address them, she added. Regardless of possible procedural violations, both students and campus officials agree the proceedings have been exceedingly drawn out. The Timeline According to students, the delays in proceedings may be attributed primarily to the suspension of the timeline for conduct hearings as well as to the multiple iterations of the code, both of which complicated the proceedings. Campus officials and students worked on changes to the code over spring and summer 2009 but did not institute the new code until the beginning of spring 2010. Provisions in the code have always maintained that students be charged within 30 days of misconduct and tried 45 days after being charged. But the old
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by Allie Bidwell Contributing Writer
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has been able to hold on to its third vice principal by moving around its budget. The school district had previously eliminated the position.
Middle School Finds Way To Retain Vice Principal by Soumya Karlamangla Contributing Writer
The Berkeley Unified School District saved $107,917 this academic year by eliminating a vice principal position at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, one of three middle schools in the district, but when parents went to the school’s back-to-school night last week, three vice principals were present — the same number as last year. Even though the district’s Board of Education eliminated the position at a June meeting — one of many cuts it was forced to make because of a $3.1 million shortfall this year — the school scraped up enough funds to support the position on its own. “The principal (of the middle school) worked his budget like a jigsaw puzzle
and found a way to fund the position for this year,” said Sophie Hahn, president of the middle school’s parentteacher association, in an e-mail. “So we still have our VP. For now.” The other two middle schools in the district — Willard and Longfellow middle schools — each have one principal and one vice principal, with student populations of about 480 and 420, respectively. If the position had been removed at King, two vice principals would have served the approximately 940 students who attend, and the student to vice principal ratio would have reached a level similar to that of other district middle schools. Parents and teachers at King said the vice principals are vital to the success of the school — the second-largest
>> vice principal: Page 3
As UC Berkeley administrators are finalizing the composition of a task force formed to propose revisions to the Campus Code of Student Conduct, students and student government officials are urging administrators to reconsider how they will select the final student-at-large position. The 17-member task force — cochaired by campus division of the Academic Senate Vice Chair Bob Jacobsen and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande — is composed of seven students, six faculty and four staff and will deliberate over the course of this academic year. Of the seven students, two were appointed by the Graduate Assembly, two were appointed by the Student Advocate’s Office and two, at the request of ASUC President Noah Stern, were senators nominated by the ASUC Senate. The task force was formed after a flurry of controversy surrounded student activists’ conduct procedures last year, which still continues this year. Members
of the campus community as well as outside organizations criticized the procedures for being unfair while campus officials insisted they were meant to be educational. Administrators later said they would sanction the task force and at the end of a 10-day hunger strike in May, expanded it to include those outside of student government. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer must approve all appointees and recommendations. Currently, the remaining studentat-large position is to be nominated by and selected from Le Grande’s 17member student advisory committee. But at a Sept. 22 senate meeting, senators unanimously voted to pass a bill calling for the student-at-large position to be open to all students and to be nominated by the senate. Le Grande and Jacobsen could not be reached for comment as of press time. According to Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein, coauthor of the bill and one of the two senators on the task force, having the final position be open to the entire stu-
dent body would better represent the student voice in the revision process. “Not all students think the ASUC is representative of them, granted, but at the same time, having an administrator select a student — I don’t think is an alternative,” he said. “The studentat-large shouldn’t come from within the ASUC, but should be open to all students and go through the democratic representative channel of the ASUC.” Goldstein said he spoke with Jacobsen Thursday to discuss possible outcomes for the position. He said in one option, the administration could add an eighth member to the task force to accommodate both the senate’s choice and an appointee from Le Grande’s committee. He added that the more likely outcome would be Le Grande’s committee nominating two students and the senate confirming one. According to Goldstein, the student advocate’s office will be holding a series of town hall discussions throughout the revision process to solicit student input.
>> task force: Page 5
Student Suicide May Have Been an Accident by Sarah Springfield Daily Cal Staff Writer
The early morning death of UC Berkeley student Alex Lowenstein on Sept. 24 — originally confirmed by police as suicide — may in fact have been accidental, police revealed Thursday. Though a preliminary on-scene investigation by officers from the Berkeley Police Department indicated that Lowenstein, 24, was the victim of a suicide and Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said Wednesday that there was “no evidence to suggest that the incident was anything other than a suicide,” Lowenstein’s death may be deemed accidental following further investigation, according to a department statement released by Kusmiss Sept. 30. Investigator Charles Brewer with the Alameda County Sheriff ’s Office
Coroner’s Bureau had also confirmed Friday that Lowenstein’s death was a suicide and that the cause of death was a gunshot to the head. But for the past week, friends, family members and members of the campus Greek community have questioned the classification of the death as a suicide. Multiple friends said Lowenstein, an Iraq War veteran, “always had a smile on his face,” while others said he would have been incapable of the act intentionally. Additional information regarding the circumstances of the death, the investigation or the change in the case’s consideration was not available as of press time. Though details of the incident are not available, according to the statement, there were “no outward indications and/or evidence of foul play” at the scene.
“The death investigation is now in the hands of the Alameda County Coroner’s Office,” the statement reads. “BPD must wait for the coroner’s report to determine the actual method of death. This process takes some time. There is a possibility that the death was accidental. This is an active, ongoing investigation.” On Sept. 24, Berkeley police officers responded to a 911 call at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house at 2425 Warring St. at approximately 3:11 a.m. after Lowenstein was found unresponsive in his room by another fraternity member, according to Kusmiss. Paramedics from the Berkeley Fire Department pronounced Lowenstein dead at the scene. Sarah Springfield is the city news editor Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Corrections The April 20 article â€œLower Sproul Initiative Overcomes Legal Disputeâ€? incorrectly stated that Elections Council Chair Vinit Sukhija was a defendant in one of the suits. In fact, he was not a defendant. Thursdayâ€™s brief â€œSuspect Arrested in Alleged Hit and Run, Vehicle Theftâ€? incorrectly attributed the suspectâ€™s psychiatric evaluation to a UCPD crime alert, when in fact it was a UCPD crime log. The Daily Californian regrets these errors.
Impending Position Eliminations Source of Worry Amongst Staff by Alisha Azevedo Contributing Writer
As UC Berkeley administrators discuss planned position eliminations as part of a campus-wide effort to reduce costs, staff members are worried that the layoffs will move forward without adequate communication from the top down. The decision to eliminate about 200 chiefly middle-management positions â€” which Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced in an e-mail will begin in January â€” is part of a slew of cost-saving plans the campus has created through its controversial partnership with consulting firm Bain & Company, dubbed Operational Excellence. Though the decision to further cut positions marks the first concrete plan before the beginning of the programâ€™s implementation phase, the initiative is still in the design stage, and details are uncertain. â€œI try to represent my work and lead my staff, but everything else is outside my locus of control,â€? said Cara Stanley, director of the Student Learning Center. â€œThe unknown is more scary than the known â€” at least if you know you are going to be laid off, you can begin to make other arrangements.â€? Birgeneau said in the e-mail that the
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regulations for a variety of appliances. â€”Sarah Mohamed
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley Campus Extension Program National Laboratory played a major role Offers More Biotechnology in helping develop a new energy standard for refrigerators proposed Tuesday UC Berkeley Extension is now offering cuts would return $20 million annually by the U.S. Department of Energy. three new professional programs in the to the campus â€” roughly a quarter of the The new standard would require that biotechnology field, designed to equip projected $75 million that the initiative all new refrigerators meet an energy per- students with the skills necessary to enaims to save. The eliminations, which formance target based on the size and ter the booming biotechnology industry. will consist of a combination of retire- type of refrigerator, classifications used The programs, new to the Berkeley ment, attrition, voluntary separation to determine usage in kilowatt hours per and San Francisco campuses this seand layoffs, are part of the organizational year. The labâ€™s role in crafting the policy mester, offer certificates in regulatory simplification directive to try to stream- was to conduct economic analyses on the affairs, biopharmaceutical product line campus managerial organization. impacts of the new policy â€” such as the and process development, and biosciOn Sept. 21, Albert Pisano, mechani- impact on the average consumer, accord- ence manufacturing and supply chain. cal engineering professor and faculty ing to James McMahon, head of the labâ€™s â€œWhat weâ€™re looking to do is estabhead of the initiativeâ€™s Program Office, Energy Analysis Department and leader lish UC Berkeley Extension as a biospoke to the Council of Deans â€” a group of the Energy Efficiency Standards technology leader for the area,â€? said of leaders of campus units and senior Group at Berkeley Lab. UC Berkeley Extension CommunicaThe regulation will not be finalized tions Manager Erin Hanson. â€œCompaadministrators who meet twice a month year, after the de- nies need trained professionals.â€? â€” and stressed the â€œfaculty and staff re- until the end of this Ma^=Zber<Zeb_hkgbZg ;460;B2><82B?DII;4B quests for more detailed and timely in- partment allows for public comment. According to UC Berkeley Extension Program Director Victoria Sharma, this formationâ€? about the initiativeâ€™s progress, If passed, it will go into effect in 2014. â€œWeâ€™re confident that this will be final- kind of education is valuable because it according to official meeting notes. Team sponsors, Vice Chancellor ized given that most ... involved have ex- prepares students for the job market. A year ago, there were only two certifFrank Yeary and Keith Gilless, dean of pressed their consent,â€? McMahon said. According to a statement by the icate programs in biotechnology in the the College of Natural Resources, are meeting with the 27 targeted campus energy department, consumers will extension program, Sharma said. A total units to discuss how to consolidate and have lower energy bills in the long run, of seven programs were added over the restructure each department. Units amounting to savings of over $18.6 bil- past three semesters, with approximatemust submit design plans by Nov. 1, lion over 30 years time. However, in ly 40 faculty members hired to teach, all according to Claire Holmes, associate order to benefit from the lower energy from within the industry to â€œbring realcosts, consumers will have to dispose life knowledgeâ€? to the classroom. vice chancellor for communications. The program plans to create even more But many staff members remain wor- of their old refrigerators in exchange ried about the state of communications for refrigerators manufactured under biotechnology certificate programs, she the new guidelines. said, including personalized medicine. >> staff: Page 3 The lab has been a contractor to the Sharma said research shows that the energy department since 1979 to pro- biotechnology industry will continue to vide technical analysis about what is grow in the future, especially in Berkeley, possible in terms of changing energy San Francisco and surrounding cities. standards, according to McMahon. â€œOne of the great things about bioThe department has a very active pro- technology is that even in this terrible gram to set new energy standards, Mc- economy, biotechnology has continued Go online at Mahon added. Several public hearings to grow,â€? Sharma said. dailycal.org will be held in October to discuss new â€”Katie Bender
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he only fight I’ve ever been in was on my elementary school playground back in Scotland. A hard-knuckled nine-year-old ganglord said my overgrown mop looked like camel’s hair one too many times. I knew I had to teach this fool a lesson but had never been in a fight before, and due to a sheltered upbringing in terms of exposure to Hollywood action movies, I had no clue how to go about it. Indeed, the only real portrayal of anger I had seen was people putting their heads down, stamping their feet and charging in bull fighting games we used to play. It had been raining for three months straight and pretending to be in Spain was our only means of escape. So, with this act as my reference, I lowered my head and charged at my tormentor like a furious bull. Of course, once he realized I was actually trying to hurt him and not just scratching my head against his ribcage, he beat the shit out of me. So, not an entirely impressive result — I’m not exactly Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which is fine, obviously, because fighting is pretty horrible and unnecessary, not to mention really painful (plus I totally couldn’t govern California). I bring up this incident because it was linked to an old, very strong ambition. My expansionist follicular tendencies, which were quite unusual even for kids my age, were let loose because I wanted to become — a Jedi. “So what?” I hear you cry, “So what? Does not every man regardless of age or religion, ethnicity or elementary school grade have the right to be a Jedi?” The answer is of course an emphatic “No” followed swiftly by a kindly nudge back in the direction of Telegraph Avenue. However, albeit that my ambitions were somewhat intergalactic in proportion, I admire my hairy little self for having the determination to not only literally shoot for the stars but to follow through and attempt to make it a reality — a quality I feel I’m lacking in my life now. Besides growing my hair, I also made my reluctant Jedi treasurer, Momma Johnson, take me to Toys R Us to equip me with a (foam) lightsaber, founded my own training school with a (small) number of neighbourhood friends and even went into shoe stores and asked if they had any Jedi Boots for sale. In short, I was a determined, plucky young Padawan willing to stretch the limits of both his mom’s purse and, indeed, of real actual life. eedless to say the bubble burst when I found that being part of Jedi Club didn’t in fact make you a badass but just highlighted you as an easy target for ordinary mortals with freakishly big knuckles. However, like I said, despite my shortcomings I feel I’ve lost something from that period of my life. At the time, I had a whole series of ambitions and goals, all dreams and desires that slowly faded into the
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drudgery of teenagerdom. This happened by degrees: first I wanted to be a wolf, then the Jedi phase occurred, then Dragon Ball Z era, then I aimed to be an enigmatic controller of Pokemon, then a famous soccer striker, then a famous soccer goalkeeper, then a bookshop owner who could just sit around forever reading books and drinking hot chocolate. Thus I declined into pre-teen puppy fat. o these dreams died out through changing tastes, fading imagination and the sudden realization that it wasn’t cool to pretend to have “The Force” on the playground any more. Similarly, I experienced a sudden shock about four or five years ago when I realized that it wasn’t “acceptable” to continue to consider being hormonal as your sole occupation in life. One day I would have to get a job, and what’s more, I was expected to know what that job would be. And so I trudged off to university in Edinburgh and while wallowing in the student community, I continued to avoid the looming question of my “future occupation.” But now, being at Berkeley, I suddenly find myself surrounded by people who are motivated and focused. They may not be the majority, but there are people who, whether they have specific goals or not, seem to be constantly thinking of resumes and job prospects. Some of them have actual, intimidating grown-up jobs, or internships at top businesses, or platinum American Express cards or wear clothes made of money. This helps, in an annoying kind of way. It’s infectious, this focus and zeal, and I find myself thinking more these days about where I’m going and what my life should be. However, even now I’m considering these things more, I still make no real progress, I have a tendency to dismiss my ambitions as unrealistic. And so I wish my capacity to dream and believe in my own ability was like it was in my kid days, I wish I could prioritize exactly what I wanted to happen in my life like I could then. Qui Gon Gin never had to deal with this shit. If I close my eyes and let The Force guide me, I know there’s only one path that’s right for me — I’m restarting the Jedi Club.
in the district — and are needed to work toward closing the achievement gap and appealed to the district to continue funding the position, but a lack of funds did not allow it to do so. “Unfortunately, when a district of our size has to make cuts of this magnitude, they cannot be made without causing some pain,” said district Superintendent Bill Huyett in a letter to parents. “King Middle School is a vibrant place of learning, with a strong team of teachers and staff committed to the best for its students. I ... am sure ... (the school) will find ways to continue to excel next year.” State standardized testing scores released last week show that King has improved 60 points since last year, one of the biggest improvements in the district. Jason Lustig, principal of the school, attributes much of the success to the vice principals. “It is not about one beloved person losing his or her job — it is about what works for nearly 1,000 students at our school,” Lustig said in an e-mail. Because voters have approved several local tax measures over the past few decades that generate extra revenue for the district, programs and schools like King have the ability to compensate for cuts that the district is forced to make. Numerous programs in the district are using their own money to continue providing service even during the economic crisis. In fact, the district itself has been using its own reserve funds to keep programs running while it waits for the state to approve a budget, which is now over three months late. For instance, the district’s afterschool state-subsidized childcare pro-
gram, Berkeley’s Excellent Academic Road to Success — BEARS — was cut severely at the beginning of the school year in anticipation of statelevel reductions to childcare in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s budget. The childcare sites that are still open are being run with BEARS’ own funds and with funds from a similar program that is not state-subsidized. Cathy Campbell, president of Berkeley Federation of Teachers — a local teachers’ union — said schools and programs in the district are fortunate they can find the money to sustain programs internally. And although the middle school having enough resources to fund the third vice principal position was a “huge blessing,” she hopes the state is not permanently heading away from state-funded programs. Although the school reallocated enough internal funding to keep the position through this year, neither the district nor the school may be able to do so in upcoming years. Hahn said in anticipation of more drastic cuts next year, something will have to be done to secure the position in coming years. Huyett estimates more than $5 million in cuts for the 2011-12 school year. “I doubt there will be one penny left to scrounge up,” Hahn said. “That’s when the real pain may begin.” Lustig expressed hope that if the situation improves, the district will be able to fund the position again. “We believe we will find a solution, at least for the near future, to keep the vice principal position at King,” he said. Soumya Karlamangla is the lead local schools reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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regarding the initiative. Derek Van Rheenen, director of the Athletic Study Center, said staff have a reason to be nervous because Birgeneau’s e-mail keeps the possibility open that the campus might continue cuts on different levels in other campus departments. While Van Rheenen said it is unclear as to how the eliminations will impact individuals, he stressed that the announcement provides an opportunity for staff to voice their concerns about campus services rather than sit back and wait to be asked for an opinion. “There’s this dual effort — saving money and improving services. It’s possible, but it’s a hard sell,” he said. “There are areas on campus where we can be more efficient, and the challenge is to step away from anxiety. It’s hard for people to engage fully when people are worried about the mortgage.” According to Lisa Walker, director of Cross-Cultural Student Development, most of her co-workers are “very in the dark” about what positions could be eliminated in January. Walker, a UC Berkeley alumna, said she is worried that if she loses her job, she will not be able to interact with students — something she genuinely enjoys. “People don’t take this job to get rich,” she said. “People need to remember that.” Katie Nelson and James Zhao of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Alisha Azevedo is on the the academics and administration team. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Although necessary, cutting five intercollegiate campus teams is indicative of administrative mismanagement.
nd then there were 24. deficit of any sport, rugby covered its Tuesday’s announcement costs and additionally contributed that five out of 29 intercolle- $300,000 yearly to the department, giate athletic teams would be cut according to rugby coach Jack Clark. shook both Cal Athletics and the Title IX is thus left as the reason the campus community as a whole. In 61-man roster had to be cut to maintotal, 163 student athletes will be tain a legal male-female ratio for directly affected as a result of the campus athletics. decision to eliminate men’s rugby, Yet Clark independently compiled men’s baseball, men’s and women’s a proposal for a campus women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse rugby team to save his squad’s interfrom the intercollegiate department. collegiate status and to increase The campus will save $4 million opportunities for female athletes to the first year from these cuts as part compete. Clark said this team could of the effort to reduce athletics’s reli- have been fully funded by stakeholdance on institutional funds. In the ers, not costing the campus a penny. 2008-09 fiscal year alone, the depart- Such an innovative approach seems ment received $13.7 million from the to have not been thoroughly considcampus. ered by administrators. When a Daily These cuts shocked many but were Californian reporter specifically asked the staggering culmination of years of what the campus thought of Clark’s departmental mismanageplan, UC Berkeley spokesperment by the administraInstead of son Dan Mogulof supplied an tion. While necessary, no unsatisfying response: “Insofar fully owning as the women’s team, we’re Division I competitor should have to annihilate to gender equity up to its committed five teams in one press conand we’re evaluating what ference and become the responsibility sports fit into the classificaonly Pac-10 program withWith this proposal, the in the entire tion.” out a baseball team. administration could have We understand the affair, officials postponed their announceadministration’s position, ment to evaluate this option having editorialized this instead chose on the table instead of punishsummer that sacrifices to at least ing the department’s most would have to be made to winning program. partially hide While the rugby cut has balance a disastrous budget — even if it meant cutting behind Title IX. been garnering a lot of attenteams. Athletic Director tion, the other cut teams Sandy Barbour was in an deserve their dues. Baseball is unbearable position to make these perhaps the most emblematic case of decisions and Chancellor Robert departmental mismanagement. As a Birgeneau has confessed that the staple sport on most campuses and in department was mismanaged. Still, the nation as a whole, the team should some of the provided rationalizations have been approached seasons ago for these necessary evils demonstrate with strategies to increase attendance cowardice on the administration’s and generate revenue — the program part. Instead of fully owning up to its could have easily been turned around. responsibility in the entire affair, offi- Woman’s gymnastics, finishing last in cials instead chose to at least partially the conference for 18 of the last 24 hide behind Title IX. seasons, was an underperforming The federal law, while admittedly program that was likely first on the imperfect, is out of both the state’s chopping block. It was therefore a and campus’s control to be reformed, necessary evil to also cut men’s gymand the campus simply has to deal nastics, a stronger program. On the with it. But it is a shame that Title IX West Coast, now only Stanford offers has morphed from a promotion of men’s gymnastics as a intercollegiate participation in women’s sports to a varsity sport. Finally, the loss of wommathematical formula for cutting en’s lacrosse is sad but unsurprising, men’s teams. Closer scrutiny of the as it is an East Coast dominated colmost egregious cut — men’s rugby — legiate sport that was a risk to bring shows that the campus was irrational to the campus in the first place. in a way that Title IX cannot explain. For all of the bottom-line motivaWhile rugby will still be able to tions and unpleasant realities, we compete at the same level with its truly feel for all of the athletes whose new “varsity club” categorization, this campus experience has been transin no way compensates for the fact formed overnight. It is unfair and that the most successful team on this unfortunate that years of mismancampus, one with 25 national cham- agement have yielded this consepionships since 1980, will no longer quence. Yet what’s done is done — have the intercollegiate status it now it is the administration’s respondeserves. Financially, the cut also sibility to follow through for the good does not make sense. Unlike the men’s of the entire department. Make sure baseball team that had the highest these cuts were not made in vain. Letters to the Editor and Op-eds:
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An Open Letter To Sandy Barbour Downgrading Rugby to ‘Varsity Club’ Status is Unfair to the Team and Unwise for the Future by Nina Sasso I never thought I would say these words, much less publish them in writing, but I am embarrassed and deeply saddened to be a Golden Bear today. Your decision to make Cal Rugby a “varsity club” sport, which effectively ends the program as we know it, is absurd and ill-conceived.
Cal Rugby exemplifies everything that Cal Athletics strives to be. The team graduates their athletes, cultivates men who become prominent alumni and, of course, wins national championships. By stripping the team of their varsity status, you not only exclude them from the Big C Society, you also anger hundreds of alumni that donate to the university. By alienating these alumni, we stand to lose millions of dollars in donations and corporate sponsorships. This monetary repercussion alone should be reason enough to keep the team, not to mention their countless other contributions to this campus. In the Chancellor’s letter to the Cal community, the sports cuts were
By Nina Tompkin
announced as part of a plan to create a “sustainable financial future for Intercollegiate Athletics at Cal.” However, Coach Clark of the rugby team has publicly stated, “Cal Rugby is financially self-supportive ... and contributes in excess of $300,000 annually to the athletic department’s general fund.” The financial motivation to cut sports doesn’t even apply to rugby, which shines light on the real reason you are targeting rugby: Title IX. First, you need to clear up the confusion surrounding what role Title IX plays in the sports cuts. In the report issued by the Chancellor’s Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics on July 6,
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lete. However, the second that Title IX 2010, the report states, “Berkeley unfairly undercuts a men’s team has effectively added 11 women’s under the guise of promoting womteams and not only met the ‘program en’s athletics, the purpose and intent expansion’ mandate of [Title IX] but of Title IX is completely nullified; it now meets the ‘full accommodation’ simply creates gender inequality in prong for compliance.” the opposite direction. Title IX dicThis statement directly conflicts tates that participation in sports canwith information published in the not be denied on the basis of sex. Intercollegiate Athletics FAQ on the Denying rugby the right to remain a UC Berkeley News web site Sept. 28, 2010 that states, “In order to conform varsity sport solely on the basis of its male roster violates the to the [Title IX] law, uniHowever, the sec- main objective of Title IX. versities must meet one of How does cutting men’s three tests for participation ond that Title IX rugby improve women’s – proportionality, ... program expansion, and full unfairly under- athletics in any way? According to John accommodation of athletic cuts a men’s Crumpacker’s article in the interests... The university Chronicle from Sept. expects to be in Title IX team under the SF 21, “Cal has about 150 compliance through the guise of promot- more male athletes than proportionality prong.” If That is no small the university is only ing women’s ath- females.” oversight and is not a required to meet one of letics, the pur- number that appeared three Title IX requireHow many ments, and if we already pose and intent overnight. years has this margin meet the program expansion mandate, then why do of Title IX is com- existed? Why haven’t you been addressing and fixing we also need to fulfill the pletely nullified. this disparity gradually? proportionality mandate? The simple answer is This conflicting informathat you haven’t been tion from the university is doing your job. As Athletic Director, inconsistent and unacceptable. If you you are responsible for developing want to justify sport cuts based on our athletic programs while conformTitle IX, you have to be exceedingly ing to certain regulations. By neglectclear about the procedure. ing to address the gender imbalance, While a student at Cal, I spent a we find ourselves in our current preportion of my time competing for the dicament with 150 more male athvarsity women’s crew team. As a forletes than female athletes. Rather mer female student athlete, I can than taking the effort to formulate a appreciate the opportunities that plan to fix the gender imbalance, you Title IX afforded me as a female ath-
choose the quick and easy way to reach compliance — at the expense of Cal Rugby. Cal Rugby is paying the price for your incompetency and inability to comply with Title IX. With your salary of over $470,000, you honestly can’t come up with a more imaginative solution to Title IX compliance? Instead of targeting rugby, why not distribute the cut and implement a department-wide squad size reduction across all men’s sports? Your uninspiring decision to eliminate rugby is a discredit to this university that values innovation. This letter is a call for your accountability regarding the rationale behind cutting rugby. Terminating rugby under the guise of a budget cut is dishonest and deceitful. While Title IX must be adhered to, compliance should not dovetail with removing men’s opportunities. Our rugby team and the Cal community deserve a much more comprehensive and informed decision making process. It simply requires a little bit of leadership on your part, which may be asking for too much. There is still time to set things right and give our rugby team the full measure that they deserve. Anything less is inexcusable, and should call your employment into question. It is my sincere hope that you reassess the decision and save yourself from making the biggest mistake of your career. Nina Sasso is a UC Berkeley alumna and former women’s crew team member. Reply to email@example.com.
College Faculty Show Tendency to Sponsor Democrats’ Campaigns by True Shields Contributing Writer
According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics, college professors and administrators across the nation have shown tremendous support for Democrats through campaign donations during midterm elections, with those at the University of California leading the way. This year, 86 percent of the total of $414,351 in political contributions by UC employees went to Democratic candidates and organizations, according to the study. Faculty at other universities, including Harvard University, Stanford University and Princeton University, have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars each to Democrats as well. UC Berkeley Professor of Political Science Kiren Chaudhry said part of the reason for the university’s large contributions is that “Democrats tend to invest more in education, and if you look at what’s happened in California, (the numbers are) obvious.” The few universities in the study that contributed more funds to Republican candidates than to Democrats gave no more than about $80,000. Among politicians receiving the largest amount of campaign contribu-
tions are senators Barbara Boxer, DCalif., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Charlie Crist, Ind-Fla., each receiving more than $160,000 from university employees during this election cycle. While the study suggests that academic support “may also be a potential boon” to President Barack Obama’s potential reelection because the UC system was the largest contributor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, donating about $1.5 million, UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Affairs Laura Stoker said faculty’s decisions to donate are individual in nature. But the report stated that academic donations to political parties could pose problems regarding the possible “consequences of professors engaging in partisan politics, especially when students are footing at least part of the bill with tuition dollars.” But Stoker said it is not in professors’ interests to attempt to sway the political views of their students. “It is not important for professors to show support one way or another — you’re (donating) as a private citizen, whether you’re a fireman, professor, banker or anything,” she said. “The last thing I would try to do is attempt to influence the political beliefs of my students.” Contact True Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outsourcing Shuttle Services Is a Mistake
task force: Graduate Student Aims for Clearer Code
The University Has Not Provided Proof That Contracting Shuttle Service Is Cost-Effective
He added that he would post blogs to make the process visible to students. Neil Satterlund, one of two graduate students on the task force, said he hopes the revision process will produce a code that better reflects acceptable student behavior and establishes clearer punishments for violations.
by Jojo Mends My name is Jojo Mends, and I am one of the shuttle drivers on campus. I moved to the United States from Ghana for opportunities and for a better life for my family and me. I attended Cal, and now my daughter is going to Princeton. Serving students and staff on campus for 13 years as a driver is one of the opportunities that I’m most proud of. Every day I talk to the students and the faculty and other members of the community. They know who I am when they get on my shuttle, and I know them. My coworkers and I are established in this community and this is why we provide excellent, safe service. We have a duty as human beings to look out for one another, so we can survive and thrive together. Many Cal shuttle drivers have worked for MV Transportation, the contractor that took the Lawrence Berkeley Lab shuttle service in January and is the most likely contractor for the campus service. They complain that MV Transportation is a
terrible employer, with poverty wages, no real retirement, poor health benefits which cost $700 a month for families and no job security. We’ve heard that MV Transportation’s starting pay is $11 an hour. Most of us now only make $16 an hour, and have to work two jobs to survive. When MV took over the Lab service they promised the drivers that they could have any schedule they wanted. Our Lab co-workers were skeptical and couldn’t afford $700 a month in health care so they stayed at Lab as gardeners and custodians. MV had to hire all new drivers and now all the new drivers are working “split” shifts: eight hours of work in 12 hours. With those hours, having time to work another job and still be able to see your family is nearly impossible. It’s no surprise then that 15 out of 20 MV drivers at the Lab have been fired or quit in the last nine months. High turnover and long hours are a recipe for failure in the shuttle business. This is why the Lab riders complain of seeing a new face every time they ride the bus, more accidents and worse service. We all deserve better. The university has told us that they were committed to ending poverty at UC and creating decent jobs that service workers could afford to live on. But now they
are going back on their promise. And why? The Parking & Transportation Department managers and leaders at this university have still not been able to provide the proof that outsourcing will actually be more cost-effective than current operations. We’ve been able to show them that simply leasing new buses and treating their loyal employees well by keeping us as drivers will actually cost less and be more safe than contracting out. So what does the university stand to gain? That through attrition, us, the “old” drivers, will leave, as the shuttle drivers are leaving the Lab. And the new cheap contracted service will cost less because the “new” drivers will suffer with poverty wages and benefits. The end result is that this is simply taking from the poor and giving to the rich. What we stand to lose if the university contracts us out is safety, reliability, and secure futures. The only apparent gain is convenience to management. How does this live up to the principles that Berkeley stands for? We will not rest until the university keeps its promise to end poverty and provide high-quality, safe services. Jojo Mends is currently a shuttle driver for UC Berkeley. Reply to email@example.com.
letters to the editor Playboy Isn’t News Are you kidding with the Playboy article? Of everything every UC Berkeley female student is doing, this is what merits front-page attention? And next to a photograph of one of our most esteemed professors? Because their “accomplishments” are totally equivalent. One was deemed “one of the hottest women in the Pac-10” by the arbiters of corporate sexuality, the other is leading the fight against climate change on an international level. This is Berkeley in 2010, and you can’t do better than this? No wonder so many women grow up thinking that a smokin’ bod and available sexuality are what society truly values from them.
Samaria as a leak which Obama must fix, Yevelev buys into the popular, but false notion that the settlements are the obstacle to peace. In past peace talks, this issue has been one of the most easily dealt with, while other issues have prevented an agreement from being reached. Certainty, both the Palestinians and Israel will have to compromise on the settlement issue, but the issue alone is not reason enough to abandon the pursuit of peace. Demanding a settlement freeze as a precondition to talks gives the Palestinian Authority an excuse for ending the talks and avoiding a settlement with Israel. Abbas’s eagerness to walk away from the table over a single issue is the leak that needs to be plugged.
Laura Van Nostrand UC Berkeley Alumna
Jacob Lewis UC Berkeley Student
Cartoon Oversimplifies The Situation in Israel
I am writing in response to Tuesday’s political cartoon by Ed Yevelev, which misrepresents the current situation in Israel. By portraying Jewish settlements in the disputed territories of Judea and
Losing A National Pastime The decision by the UC Berkeley Athletic Department to eliminate four NCAA sports, including baseball, this country’s “National Pastime,” will prove to be a huge embarrassment to the University and the soon to be created “Pac-12.” All of this to save $4 million per
year? No amount of alleged “pain” the Athletic Department claims to have suffered in making this decision will justify it. This decision will have widespread negative ramifications as alumni support for all of Cal athletics will suffer. I remember as a young ballplayer starting my four years at Cal learning of the then recent decision of the University of Oregon to drop baseball, and all I could think of was how pathetically disorganized an athletic department must be to drop the baseball program. Oregon must have eventually realized the same and brought it back several years ago, with great success. This is a very sad day for Cal, a school I will have a very hard time rooting for in the future. This ridiculous situation could have been prevented by competent management in the Athletic Department, starting with the new Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, as evidenced by the fact that none of the other UC schools are taking such drastic action. I don’t know where Ms. Barbour came from, but she ought to go back because she obviously never heard of the motto of Cal Athletics that “The Bear Never Dies.” M. Neil Cummings, Esq. UC Berkeley Alumnus
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code reserved the right to suspend the timeline expressly to the Dean of Students, currently Jonathan Poullard. The new code allows either the dean, or his or her designee, to suspend the code. Poullard could not be reached for comment as of press time. But Christina Gonzales, associate dean of students, suspended the code in August 2009, before the new code was instituted, in response to budgetinduced campus-wide furloughs. She said given the days that staff would be able to work, the timeline was no longer “feasible.” Students charged for conduct violations during the protests in November 2009 argued that the timeline’s suspension was invalid because the language of the code at the time of the suspension precluded Gonzales from suspending the timeline. “Suspending the timeline has had the most significant impact,” Urban said. “Every time something doesn’t happen, (the office says) the timeline has been suspended. It’s absurd, stringing these people along for 10 months.” Gonzales has maintained that she had the authority to suspend the code because Poullard was “out of the office,” and in his absence, she is the acting dean of students. Civil Action If the delays continue, bringing the issue to court is an option that is on the table, according to Dan Siegel, a
civil rights lawyer with Oakland-based law firm Siegel & Yee, which has been supervising the law students who are advising the students facing misconduct charges. In April, the firm issued a letter to campus officials demanding unrestricted legal representation for students and the dismissal of charges against students charged with misconduct during fall 2009’s protests. Later that month, the campus responded to the firm, dismissing its demands. The group is considering asking a judge to issue an injunction either forbidding the university from proceeding with the charges or at least ordering the campus to resolve the hearings quickly, Siegel said. “We’re kind of at the end of our rope here,” he said. “We thought that the university would move promptly to get these cases solved when school started, but we’ve been involved in what seems like endless conversations and prehearings and hearings that are rescheduled, postponed and cancelled at the last minute.” According to Gonzales, students should be able to resolve the issues without having to turn to outside mediation. “The students on this campus are some of the smartest in the world along with our staff and faculty,” Gonzales said. “We should be able to resolve this.” Aaida Samad is on the higher education team. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Bears Open Pac-10, Aim to Continue Winning Streak Against Card by Kelly Suckow Contributing Writer
Saturday marks the beginning of the Pac-10 season for the Cal men’s soccer team. Four of the six teams in the conference are currently ranked in the top-25 in the nation. Based on this national recognition, as well as attention to all of the teams’ records and performances, the Pac-10 is shaping up to be a competitor for one of the strongest conferences this year. “Certainly the Pac-10 this year, as you look across the board, everybody has had a good start to the season,” coach Kevin Grimes said. “Stanford, as well as the other opponents in the Pac-10, are all going to have good strengths that we need to keep an eye on and continue to do our best in those matches, obviously.” The No. 16 Bears’ (4-1-2) tilt against the Cardinal (4-4-0) at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium is expected to be a good indication of the Pac-10’s strength. The Bay Area rivals are both riding four-game unbeaten streaks going into the match. Stanford has won four games in a row, while Cal is 3-0-1 in that span. “You always want to win this game because obviously it is our rival school and we have teammates there that we have played with in the past,” senior co-captain Hector Jimenez said. Stanford started the season slow with four consecutive losses. Its win against San Francisco ignited the fire that the Card seemed to be missing, evening out the record with four straight wins.
An important factor in team success comes in senior midfielder and defender Bobby Warshaw, who earned NSCAA first-team All-American honors and a All-Pac-10 first-team choice in 2009. He leads his team with three goals this season. Last year, Cal was affected by injuries for its game against the Card. Despite the resulting win last season, midfielder Ted Jones was sidelined for the rivalry matchup. This year, he is healthy and strong. “We know that last year, injuries took a toll on our team and hurt our chances of having a normal Cal season,” Grimes said. Considering that there are no major injuries affecting the team’s performance, the Bears have been able to focus on their style of play and improve between each match. “Every game is as important as the next one,” senior co-captain A.J. Soares said. “We don’t really fall into the hype of it being a big rivalry game. We approach it like we approach every game: focus, serious in training and focusing on our own game plan.” Despite the team’s attention to the game ahead of them, the last couple of contests between the two have proved to go in Cal’s favor. In the past four competitions, the Bears have shut out Stanford 1-0 in exciting performances. “We gotta play our game, Cal soccer, stay organized and work together,” Soares said. “It doesn’t matter where we play, how many fans there are, it is the same game no matter what. You’re on the field with your eleven guys.” Kelly Suckow covers men’s soccer. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Last week, the No. 16 Cal womenâ€™s â€œNow weâ€™re picked ahead of Oregon, soccer team finished both an eightso theyâ€™re out to do it again,â€? Feller Contributing Writer game undefeated streak and a seasonsaid. â€œI think Oregonâ€™s going to bring long string of home games with a 3-1 as much as anything weâ€™ve seen this loss to then-No. 3 Portland. The Bears Tuesday felt like a Monday for the year and probably a lot more.â€? Cal volleyball team. Key to Oregonâ€™s success thus far (5-1-3) will hit the road for the first time After a 3-0 victory at Arizona State has been remarkable serving, an area this Saturday, but they wonâ€™t trek very on Sunday afterof the game the Bears have struggled far. They face another East Bay comnoon, the No. 8 with this season. The Ducks sit atop petitor, St. Maryâ€™s (6-3-2), at 4 p.m. on Bears took Monthe Pac-10 with an average of 2.20 aces Saturday. While the Gaels lost, 3-1, to the day off. They began per set behind senior outside hitter MEDIUM # 98 their practices this Heather Meyersâ€™ 38 aces this season, Bearsâ€™ fellow Pac-10 team, Washingweek on Tuesday, TIPOFF: which leads the Pac-10 and is good for ton, a week ago, tomorrowâ€™s match at which included the St. Maryâ€™s Stadium in Moraga, Calif., is second in the nation. Cal takes weightlifting regiWith such power from the service still important. It is Calâ€™s last non-convs on No. 11 men typically reline, Cal must counter with solid per- ference match before starting Pac-10 served for Mondays Oregon play against No. 11 UCLA next week. formances from its back row. tonight at and Wednesdays. â€œWeâ€™re definitely going to have to The team is looking to bounce back â€œIt was definitely 7 p.m. at Haas work on getting really good passes from its first loss of the 2010 season. different,â€? sopho- Pavilion in the Bearsâ€™ â€œWe did a lot of good things against each time on serve-receive so we have more middle hitter Pac-10 season home a lot of options for our offense,â€? Brown Portland; we just have to be better in Kat Brown said. â€œI opener. transition defensively,â€? he said. â€œWe said. kind of had a hardThat offense is the best in the league have to be tight on our marks in our er time getting into with senior setter Carli Lloyd running final third, and we just have to make the practice routine.â€? an attack that has hit for .347 this sea- sure that we take advantage of any opCal hopes to get its internal calenson. The go-to attacker, junior outside portunities we get.â€? dars in sync by the end of the week. Capitalizing on offensive chances hitter Tarah Murrey, is coming off a The Bears take on No. 11 Oregon on career-best 28 kills in the win over wonâ€™t be as easy as usual for the team jeff totten/file Friday at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, Arizona. The El Cerrito, Calif., native which has outscored its opponents by their first home match of the Pac-10 Senior midfielder Emily Shibata has started seven of Calâ€™s nine games. The Bears tacked on another 20 against Arizona a combined 25-9 margin. Senior Alex season. State, and committed only eight attack Morgan, who scored 10 of those 25 are coming off of a loss to No. 3 Portland, their first of the season. They have three ties. Preparation, though condensed into goals and has taken 49 of the teamâ€™s errors over the weekend. three days, will be crucial for Cal (12-0, Options do not exclusively run 141 shots, is gone this weekend at a They lead the team with three asHe also emphasized the Gaelsâ€™ of2-0 in the Pac-10) in the battle of these through the outside. From quick sets U.S. national team training camp. sists each, but Calâ€™s attack remains fense capability of breaking past the two undefeated teams. The Ducks â€œThereâ€™s no doubt Alex Morgan is ex- well-balanced. The teamâ€™s 15 assists Bearsâ€™ back line. on slides to the middle hitters as well (14-0, 2-0) are coming off a 3-1 upset as opposite-side looks for sophomore tremely talented,â€? McGuire said. â€œBut are spread among 10 players. â€œThey have an ability to switch the of a perennial Pac-10 power in thenWhen discussing the obstacle at point of attack and are dangerous on Correy Johnson, Lloyd can choose this team is full of talented players.â€? No. 7 Washington. ACROSS The team proved they donâ€™t need hand, McGuire seemed less concerned the weak side of the field defensively,â€? from many weapons and locations on Coach Rich Fellerâ€™s squad is riding Morganâ€™s golden shots to11. scoreVoice against range 1. Title of respect about the teamâ€™s offense, which has, McGuire said. some momentum of its own following the court. a top team. At halftime 12. last Thursday, on average, outshot opponents, 15.7 Redshirt sophomore middle hitter In case While Cal is familiar with its lo4. Western Indians a five-set comeback win at Arizona last over the Pi- to 6.3. in the nation the Bears took a 1-0 lead cal opponent, 13. 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dreams deferred Check our sports blog for more reactions on the recent cuts to athletics. See online
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The Cal baseball team is one of the oldest programs on campus, with their existence spanning over 100 years. It is unclear what will happen to Evans Diamond, its home field.
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We’ve listed the championships, the accolades and the legacy. We all know that Cal rugby is one of the most storied programs on campus, but its removal from varsity status signals the end of an era. Jack Clark, the faithful head coach since 1984, will no longer lead the “Golden Bear Varsity,” which won him 21 national championships in his 27 years in charge, after the 2011 campaign. The demotion to “varsity club” status offers little solace to a program that has won, fundraised, and represented Cal better than arguably any team on campus. “If I ever go back and write a book someday, I’ll look back and say that Tuesday was the hardest day of my life,” coach Jack Clark said. While the pain remains fresh and the disputes continue, we take today to present a small reminder of what exactly rugby has offered this school in its long existence on campus. Rugby was the school’s prmary sport from 1906-1914 and would later flourish under legendary coaches Miles “Doc” Hudson, Ned Anderson, and Clark. More importantly, Cal rugby was one of, if not the only source of athletic pride for several years. When Cal sports struggled, which they did for decades, rugby offered fans bragging rights. In the words of Yahoo! Sports columnist and Daily Cal alum Michael Silver, “I remember when Cal sports was at a real low about eight to 10 years ago, but Stanford wimped out and would not play us in rugby. It was a reminder that we still kick ass and we do it on our terms.” —Gabriel Baumgaertner
The Cal rugby team is indisputably the sport’s top program nationally, totaling 25 championships during its 128-year history. It defeated BYU, 19-7, this spring.
In 1947, the Cal baseball team won the very first College World Series, infamously defeating George Bush’s Yale squad by a score of 8-7. You have to wonder now if the Bears will ever again have a chance to return to the national championship. On Tuesday, the athletic department put an end to over 100 years of history, cutting the Cal baseball program in a move to reduce expenditures. The sudden, unexpected decision leaves dozens of players without a future at Cal, and dozens more without an alma mater program to return to. “I was looking forward to giving back to the program that gave me so much. And being a part of Cal baseball’s future,” former Cal center fielder Brett Jackson said. “It’s a terribly sad
day for Cal and a terribly sad day for college baseball.” In spite of a lack of recent postseason success, Cal has consistently sent scores of players to the major leagues. Under coach David Esquer, who has been with the Bears since 2000, 57 Cal players have been drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft. But this isn’t quite the end of the road. This spring, the Bears will begin their swan song campaign at Evans Diamond, completing one final season before the program quietly fades away. And, with the talent that they have, it could be one for the record books. If they’re still keeping those. —Katie Dowd taryn erhardt/contributor
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Jack Clark has won 21 national championships at Cal. He was handed his termination papers Tuesday morning. The 2011 season will Clark’s final one at the program’s helm, closing his tenure at 27 years.
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