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RESEARCH & IDEAS
Scientists Create Touch-Sensitive ‘E-Skin’
State Control Shifted Balance of Rent Board by Sarah Springfield Daily Cal Staff Writer
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Artificial Skin Detects Pressure, Could Be Used in Prosthetic, Robotic Limbs by Claire Perlman Contributing Writer
A new artificial skin developed by UC Berkeley researchers could eventually provide prosthetic and robotic limbs with one of the five human senses: touch. Using inorganic materials — in this case, semiconductors — Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of elec-
trical engineering and computer science, and his team of engineers were able to create an “e-skin” that is sensitive to pressure because of electric conductivity similar to human nerves. The researchers described their creation in a study published online Sept. 12 in the journal Nature Materials. “The goal was to create a material system that could function similar to the human skin, being able to detect touch,” Javey said in an e-mail. The e-skin consists of multiple thin layers including a base, parallel strips of germanium and silicon nanowires that conduct the electricity and transistors that control the conductivity in the nanowires, which are topped with pressure-sensitive rubber, according to the study. For an initial test, researchers placed a mold of the “Cal”
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The city of Berkeley’s rent control system, long governed by state legislation, may continue its evolution as elections for the Rent Stabilization Board commissioners ONLINE PODCAST approach. Sarah Springfield The board, talks about the Rent whose elected Stabilization Board. commissioners will come before voters this November, functions as an independent body separate from the Berkeley City Council and other boards and commissions under the control of the City Manager’s office. With a charge to implement and enforce the city’s Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance as approved by the council in 1980, the board appoints staff who in turn manage the city’s Rent Stabilization Program, according to Stephen Barton, the program’s deputy director. In distancing the city’s actual rent control process from the political arena, voters who approved the break away from council appointments in the mid1980s hoped to insulate the program’s management from the sway — and contention — of political ideology. For more than a decade, the program was defined by its strong rent control system, as it imposed strict rent ceilings on local property owners and particularly prioritized fair practices toward tenants.
But the city’s system of strong rent control was somewhat put to bed by state legislation in 1995, when the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act laid the framework for a system of “vacancy decontrol” for all of California, ensuring that property owners can align rates with the current market value at the time of vacancy by a tenant. The new program was phased into place fully by 1999. This overriding of the city’s previous system changed the dynamics and membership of the board, Barton said, as fewer property owners have run for seats since then because of a possible feeling that their interests are somewhat protected at the state level. “It used to be that elections for the rent board were hotly contested,” Barton said. “But since the passage of vacancy decontrol by the state Legislature in 1995, there has been relatively less controversy ... it doesn’t have the level of intensity behind it.” Sid Lakireddy, president of the Berkeley Property Owners Association — a group that he said has been the historic “diametric opposite” to the Rent Stabilization Board — agreed that the board’s membership generally does not include those on what Barton called the “prolandlord slate,” but instead attributed the lack of seated property owners to a standing political bias. “Are we represented today? No,” Lakireddy said. “We don’t have representation on there and that has always been
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Council Members Represent Geolocation Service Expanded to UC Berkeley Berkeley in Regional Affairs by James Zhao Contributing Writer
City Council Members Represent City’s Political Leanings as They Serve Regional Organizations by Nick Myers Contributing Writer
Members of the Berkeley City Council not only serve the constituencies from which they are elected but also give voice to the city at large with their service on a number of regional organizations outside of their time on the council. Nominated by the mayor and approved by the council, members can serve on a varying number of regional bodies such as the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership or the Alameda County Transportation Commission, according to Councilmember Kriss Worthington. According to the city of Berkeley website, council members currently participate in a total of 13 regional organizations. The committees serve differing purposes, from coordinating transit networks between cities in the county to forming joint policy decisions for Bay Area cities. One such organization, the Association of Bay Area Governments, is a regional planning authority with limited statutory ability to sanction member cities for not falling in line with policy decisions. Councilmember Laurie Capitelli is the council’s representation within the body.
“We join these (local) committees so Berkeley can have some impact on policy,” Councilmember Gordon Wozniak said to The Daily Californian in November 2006. “They’ve been created as coordination has been needed between an organization and the City Council.” Worthington — who has previously represented Berkeley on the now-defunct Alameda County Congestion Management Agency — said Berkeley has, at times, been at the forefront of promoting progressive ideas in the region. He said he no longer holds any positions appointed by the council, having lost his last post with the ACCMA on July 13 to Capitelli after that organization was absorbed into the new Alameda County Transportation Commission. Worthington held the previous position for nine years and currently serves as Capitelli’s alternate to the commission. “To the extent we keep shifting the personnel to the right, that limits the progressive voice in the county,” Worthington said. Worthington added the upcoming November elections will have an uncertain impact on Berkeley’s place in regional politics but that the council’s voice on these committees reflects larger trends within the city’s own political leanings. “Since the moderates have already taken over these seats, the progressives don’t know what effect (the election) will have on policy,” he said. Nick Myers is the assistant city news editor. Contact him at email@example.com.
Fountainhop, an ASUC-sponsored geolocation service launched last month, is amid plans to expand service on the UC Berkeley campus by increasing partnerships with student groups. The project, created by four Stanford University graduates, is a social application for college students that operates through an iPhone application and a website, which mark event locations on campus. While the application has been active on Stanford’s campus since last year, it was launched at UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Princeton University, Harvard University and UCLA within the last few months. Zavain Dar, a co-founder of Fountainhop, said he and the other cofounders developed the idea to keep tabs on what events their friends were attending. “The four of us just graduated from Stanford, and we realized there was no easy way for us to see what our other friends were doing on campus,” he said. Geolocation services have grown increasingly popular within the past year with applications like Foursquare and Facebook Places, drawing both acclaim and controversy. Dar said Fountainhop wanted to differentiate from other geolocation services by focusing on privacy while still sharing information. “We value privacy a lot,” he said. “Your profile is locked to your Berkeley e-mail address. The only people you can see are your friends in Berkeley, and not just anyone can see where you are. At the same time, any student
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Fountainhop, a geolocation service created last year by Stanford graduates, has come to UC Berkeley. Students using it will be able to find nearby friends and events on campus.
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ASUC Senate Set to Vote on Election Bylaws Bill by Allie Bidwell Contributing Writer
The ASUC Senate is planning to vote Wednesday night on a bill that satisfies conditions of settlements for two ASUC officials and seeks to revise the election bylaws in hopes of preventing violations of the bylaws in the future. Senators are planning to consider the bill — created to fulfill certain terms of settlements for both ASUC President Noah Stern and Student Action Senator Michael Bloch after both were charged with bylaw violations in the ASUC 200910 general election — Wednesday after it is considered by the standing committee on constitutional and procedural review Monday night, as of press time. Stern received a total of four censures and was found guilty of proxy voting but was only issued censures for charges of sending spam e-mails to students. He received an additional censure in his settlement from an obstruction of justice charge. Bloch was issued one censure in his settlement, although he was not found guilty of violating any bylaws. Stern and Bloch collaborated with Attorney General Kevin Gibson to draft the bill in order to address concerns raised by the charges and to remove possible loopholes in the bylaws.
“With these changes to the (bylaws), the rules have been strengthened and clarified for all future candidates in ASUC elections,” Bloch said in an email. “Hopefully now we can avoid situations like mine, where candidates were wrongly accused of bylaw violations.” Stern and Gibson were not available for comment as of press time. The bill states that any “person, party, candidate, proponent or opponent of a proposition” found guilty of attempting to vote more than once is subject to punishment by the Judicial Council. The provision would be added to the section of the bylaws outlining punishable violations, giving the council the authority to issue censures for proxy voting. According to Bloch, one of the bill’s 10 amendments is a set of new guidelines for the attorney general regarding investigations and cases, restricting campaigning in any university-owned property and changing the number of votes required to start initiatives. The current section of the bylaws outlining the duties of the attorney general has no specific time limits for filing charges and conducting investigations of alleged violations, stating one of the duties of the attorney general is simply “to investigate alleged violations of these by-laws and to prosecute them before the ASUC Judicial Council.”
The amendment adds eight parts to this clause, providing stricter guidelines for filing charges and investigating cases. The attorney general would need to notify the possible offending party and the chair of the Judicial Council within 48 hours of receiving information that could lead to an investigation, file charges before one week following tabulation and notify the chair and offending parties of specific violations within two weeks. Another amendment under the bill would modify the number of signatures needed to start an initiative to better reflect the size of the student population, Bloch said. The current bylaws require 1,000 signatures on a petition to start an initiative, but the bill would require 25 percent of the total number of votes in the previous election. “Putting a set number when the number of students fluctuates isn’t necessarily fair,” Bloch said in the e-mail. “Making it into something more fluid helps.” Additionally, three clauses that restrict campaigning during elections would be moved to a different section of the bylaws in order to give the council the power to issue censures for these violations. Allie Bidwell is the lead student government reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Offers Youth Free Swimming Lessons Qualifying Third- and Fourth-Graders Given An Opportunity to Take Free Swimming Lessons by Daniel Means Contributing Writer
In an effort to increase access to Berkeley’s public pools and ensure that the city’s youth learns how to swim, a new program offering free swimming lessons to qualifying third- and fourthgraders launched Saturday. The Every Kid 2 Swim program, an affiliate of Berkeley Partners for Parks, is offering free swimming lessons to third- and fourth-graders in the Berkeley Unified School District who qualify for the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program, a national program that provides free lunches to children of lowincome families. The swim program was created by Shelley Hayden, who worked unsuccessfully to save Willard Pool, and is currently giving swimming lessons to 51 students at the West Campus Pool. “What’s really exciting about this program is it is targeting kids ... who have had limited (swimming) access before,” said William Rogers, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. One-hour lessons will continue for three more weeks on Saturdays, as well as four weeks in May.
At Berkeley’s West Campus Pool, the Every Kid 2 Swim Program provides free swimming lessons to third- and fourth-graders who are in the Free and Reduced-Price lunch program. “This is just a start,” Rogers said. “Berkeley has a lot of pools in its midst ... I think it’s something that will increase access for populations with limited access.” The program is funded in part by a $25 per child donation from the East Bay Regional Parks District. Hayden, chair of the program, said she will need to raise additional private funds to meet the needed $50 per child. Scott Ferris, recreation and youth services manager for the city, said a national swimming study found that
six of 10 black and Latino children in the United States do not know how to swim, while only three of 10 white children do not know how to swim. Hayden said several barriers — such as expensive lessons, distance from pools and parents’ inability to swim — prevent young children from gaining necessary pool skills. Additionally, the closure of the Willard Pool left the city with only three operating public pools, further decreasing access to aquatics
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letter C on a 7-by-7 square centimeter prototype of the skin and applied pressure. According to the study, the e-skin “felt” the letter with an accuracy of 84 percent. Previous attempts at producing a useful artificial skin have used organic materials because of their flexibility. However, the organic materials require a much higher level of electricity — more than 10 volts, as opposed to two or three — to function, rendering them impractical for most real applications, according to Javey. “Low voltage is, of course, important for portable sensors (like e-skin) to enable longer battery life times,” Javey said in the e-mail. “Additionally, inorganics are often more chemically stable than organics, which presents yet another advantage of the current work.” According to the study, the development of the e-skin “is of profound interest for robotic and prosthetic applications.” The benefits of the skin to people with prosthetic limbs are likely not immediate. However, such a skin could be incorporated with a robotic platform, enabling robots to hold a delicate item without breaking it or to hold a heavy item without dropping it. Pieter Abbeel, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said he is interested in the benefits of the artificial skin to robotic dexterity. Abbeel’s own research focuses on programming robots to complete simple household tasks, such as folding towels and pairing socks. According to Abbeel, it is difficult for a robot to coordinate the image from its camera with the motion of its “limbs.” “First off, it is very hard to ensure the robot’s perception of 3-D through its cameras (is) perfectly matched with its notion of where it is moving its hands,” Abbeel said in the e-mail. “Secondly, often when grasping an object, the hand will enclose the object, making it very hard to see what’s happening. The incorporation of high quality tactile sensing could greatly enhance current robots’ performance.” A prosthetic arm works in a similar fashion and would benefit in many of the same ways, said Tony LaFrance, a certified prosthetist and orthotist at Laurence Orthopedic in Oakland. “Skins” currently made for prosthetics are merely for cosmetic purposes, Lafrance said. Made of vinyl, the skins have no ability to transmit feeling or touch. “They are a far way from being a skin,” he said. “There isn’t anything that is integrated or moving or anything remotely close to that. It’s just basically a fancy glove.” Like a robot, a prosthetic arm — whether it has a hook or a hand at the end of it — can grab and hold an object based only on what its user can see. Therefore, Lafrance said the feedback that “e-skin” could provide to people who use prosthetics would be invaluable. “Right now it’s all visual,” he said. “This would be a huge new area.” Claire Perlman covers research and ideas. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ex, my sister once told me, is like Pringles. An unorthodox simile, to be sure, but before you rule this one out and dismiss me as a complete lunatic, allow me to show you just how wise older sisters can be. Let’s compare. Sex, like Pringles, can be enjoyed just about anywhere — in a bed, on a couch, even in a library, provided that you (and your plus one) keep things relatively quiet. An unplanned, late-night indulgence in either can lead to some mild regrets in the morning. Cravings arise if you ever start to think about the last time you had sex (or Pringles), even if the answer is well within a reasonable time frame. And of course, sex, like Pringles, tends to get better and better the more you have. In short, “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop.” Given that this is my first time writing an official Sex on Tuesday column, I feel as though it only makes sense to dedicate these next 600 or so words to the other kind of “first time.” Too corny? Yeah, well, so is mood music, and that hasn’t gone out of style yet, either. But let’s get back to the point. As soon as you’ve had that first heart racing, cherry-popping encounter, an entire world of impromptu trysts and orgasm-induced pleasure lies at the tips of your anxious fingers. It’s like the floodgates to your sexual urges have finally been opened, and the release of that mighty river creates a roar that overpowers any other conscious desire. The act of losing your virginity is right up there with first words or learning how to walk, as far as life’s major landmarks go (though, unlike the latter two, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mom-made scrapbook page dedicated to “Susie’s deflowering” or “Brian cashing in his V-card”). And since entering the world of sexual interactions marks a sort of passage into adulthood, the most primitive inclinations toward sex surface early on in life, courtesy of horny tweens who can’t wait to become all grown up. As a result, a cloud of myths and contradiction surrounds the “first time.” Is it the greatest thing ever? Is it a veritable minefield of awkward incidents waiting to explode? Is it even worthy of all the build-up that seems to be attached? Movies and television shows exaggerate the miseries of novice sex to the point that, from time to time, I am amazed by America’s ongoing battle with teenage pregnancy. With Hollywood around, there’s no escaping the stream of jokes and comedy that surrounds amateur love-making. t the same time, though, TV dramas and half-naked models smiling coyly from the covers of fashion magazines make sex look utterly enchanting. Let’s be real here, how else could the Gossip Girl franchise have gained so much steam?
Jillian wertheim What we’re left with is the idea that sex is this glamorous thing that can only be attained after the dreaded first time. Everyone’s heard the horror stories: “It hurt so much I cried and we had to stop.” “I got too excited and came before things even got started.” “I burned myself on the very same candles I lit to create an ultra-romantic atmosphere.” But how many of those tales have been embellished for the sake of a dramatic conversation, and even if those events actually did happen, is it really that big of a deal? By and large, most virginities are lost after a few minutes of sloppy foreplay atop a too-small bed. Maybe there are some clumsy hands involved, but it doesn’t usually get any worse than that. We fret about the most minute details, hoping that an adrenalineinduced sense of awareness will ward off embarrassing mishaps, but oftentimes the fussing is exactly what keeps us from enjoying the fucking. remember lying in bed, that foggy evening a few Februaries ago, wondering: Is that really what all the hype is about? I had focused so much of my energy on making sure I didn’t embarrass myself, trying to make the night flow smoothly that I forgot to enjoy what was happening. And that’s got to be the ultimate rookie mistake. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized in all my worrying, I had deprived myself of a true sexual experience. I wanted a second go-around. Then I wanted a third. Sex went from being enigmatic to something of a letdown, and then back to being a source of intrigue and excitement — all in the span of a day. It took a couple of tries before I actually derived ... ahem, pleasure ... from the act, but once that light bulb lit up, man, the world was effing radiant. My words of wisdom, then — now that I am on the giving end of the advice circuit — are relatively simple: don’t let first-time awkwardness prevent you from taking another whack at getting in the sack. Stop obsessing over sex and just get to it, if that’s what you want. For god’s sake, forget about the Pringles and just get Lay’d.
Haas Undergoes Yet Another Phishing Attempt by Mihir Zaveri Daily Cal Staff Writer
Students in the Haas School of Business received an e-mail from the school’s computing services help desk Friday afternoon warning of “Possible hacking into Haas NT account and email,” and while officials described the warning as a routine occurrence, it is indicative of a greater problem facing students and campus officials alike. The warning e-mail was sent in response to reports of earlier e-mails sent to students soliciting their personal information, a practice also known as “phishing.” Attempts from unidentified individuals — masquerading in this instance as “Vice-Chancellor” — to acquire students’ sensitive information are both widespread and regular, said Ann Geyer, campus chief privacy and security officer. “Day two when I was here at campus, I got a phishing attack,” Geyer said. According to Help Desk Manager
Darrell Alder, phishing scams occur at Haas every two to three months. He said once he became aware of the scam, he immediately sent out the follow-up email warning students of the situation. “Every once in a while, someone will get cocky and try to hack into the system by duping people into believing this is a legitimate e-mail,” Alder said. “Some people are tricked, but we do everything to make sure students are aware that the e-mail is bogus.” Geyer said phishing attacks are especially common at the beginning of the academic year and target not only students’ information but also other sensitive resources. She said attackers often place links in phishing e-mails that download malicious code onto unsuspecting users’ computers, creating back doors through which hackers can penetrate campus defenses and access sensitive information. Hackers have breached UC Berkeley defenses on a number of occasions, including an April 2009 breach of the
RENT: Property Owner Fees Fund Board’s Budget
an injustice that our members have suffered. We can ever only voice opinions in front of them, not from the inside.” He added that the rent board’s budget is sustained by annual registration fees from property owners and that managing 2,800 of the city’s apartments that fall under the ordinance reached a tab of $3.5 million for the board this year. “The work that the rent board has to do has gone down but their budget has
gone up tremendously,” Lakireddy said. But Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who sat on the council’s 3x3 committee on housing and often speaks extensively on rent board issues at council meetings, said the board’s independently garnered budget is a program strength. Barton and Arreguin both said the capacity of the board has changed since implementation of the state’s vacancy decontrol program. Barton pinpointed affordable housing programs,
University Health Services system, which resulted in 97,000 compromised Social Security numbers and other personal information. A breach at the campus Graduate School of Journalism in July 2009 endangered close to 500 individuals’ personal information. In response, the campus ramped up minimum electronic security standards in January, and security officials are conducting reviews of different campus departments to identify potential vulnerabilities. Geyer said efforts to prevent phishing attacks center around installing proper security software and learning to “recognize what looks suspicious.” She added that any suspicious activity could be reported on the campus security website for security officials to investigate. Katie Nelson of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Mihir Zaveri is the university news editor. Contact him at email@example.com.
tenant safety and improved environmental practices as areas included in the board’s expanding field of interest. With its independent status, the board is limited to enforcing the ordinance, though commissioners are often vocal in their support or opposition to housing practices as orchestrated by the city’s other agencies. “The board’s role is still absolutely critical, especially during these difficult economic times,” Arreguin said. Sarah Springfield is the city news editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The proposal to break reliance on state funds for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management seems to be best option.
hose decrying the privatization of the University of California may soon have a concrete case to utilize as evidence. A plan recently submitted by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management proposes a move away from accepting state funding. The $5.6 million that the graduate school currently receives annually from the state would be supplemented by higher tuition costs and an increase in private donations. While we are not thrilled that the state has disinvested so drastically, prompting the Anderson School to cut its ties from public funding, at this point there seems to be no better option. We cautiously support the plan but know that the change could have an adverse effect on students. Anderson officials say that the plan could allow the $5.6 million to be diverted to other underfunded campus programs. Accessibility is also a more pressing issue for state undergraduates. MBA candidates, generally speaking, are in line to enjoy lucrative careers after receiving a degree from the 15th best business school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. We would frankly prefer charging more for a business degree than
hiking fees for all campus programs. Nevertheless, even though California residents attending Anderson would receive a $5,000 discount and the charge is still similar to other business schools nationwide, the proposed increase in tuition from from $41,000 to an eventual $53,000 is by no means insignificant. The increase is even more troubling considering the startling fact that Anderson, unlike the higherranked Haas School of Business on our own campus, does not have a loan repayment assistance program for students who go into the public or non-profit sector and will therefore receive lower salaries. Should this proposal go for ward, we strongly encourage Anderson to look into a loan repayment assistance program to help mitigate the increased costs of attendance and also encourage students to explore outside of the private sector once they have graduated. It is not clear whether or not the university will approve Anderson’s request. Yet, if nothing else, the UC Office of the President should realize that this proposal can be a loud and clear message to Sacramento that the state cannot continue disinvesting from the university without consequence.
Ban Should Be in the Bag CITY AFFAIRS
Although the state measure to ban plastic bags failed, Berkeley should pursue a similar ordinance for the city.
n ordinance, if passed in Berkeley, could shorten an oft-heard option for bags in retail stores to one choice only: paper. City officials are continuing a debate to ban plastic bags after a similar bill was voted down at the state level near the end of August. While those who opposed AB 1998 said that the ban went too far in regulating personal choice, this ordinance should be passed in Berkeley — plastic bags create a huge strain on the environment and it’s a cost that nobody has internalized. Among other statistics, the California Integrated Waste Management Board estimates that Bay Area residents discard over 100 plastic bags per second, the vast majority of which do not biodegrade. However, another part of the proposal to charge 25 cents per paper bag is unreasonable and could have an adverse effect on lower income shoppers. A five to 10 cent fee would
be better in encouraging people to bring reusable bags without substantially draining food budgets. Positive reinforcement — some grocery stores already give a discount to shoppers who have their own bags — would also be more effective in emphasizing a priority away from single-use paper. Taking this fee adjustment into account, Berkeley should also pursue this ordinance with its neighbor’s mistake in mind. After passing a ban on plastic bags in 2007, the city of Oakland was sued for not aptly examining the environmental impacts of their law. The ban was reversed by a court ruling in 2008. Past history aside, banning plastic bags in Berkeley has been debated for years. The Daily Californian endorsed such a measure in 2005, and we continue to support it today. It’s about time the city lived up to it’s progressive hype — although it was too early to pass a statewide ban, it certainly should not be problem to prohibit plastic here.
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The West’s ‘Moral Superiority’ Over Radical Islamic Extremism A Close Comparison of Two Traditions Shows the West’s Eminent Advantage in the World by Marsha Enright and Gen LaGreca In the wake of September 11th, Americans remember the morning in 2001 when the World Trade Center turned to rubble. It is a fitting time to consider the nature of the civilizations that collided that day—and how to defend ours. In their quest to establish a worldwide caliphate, radical Islamists invoke morality, claiming they have God’s sanction for performing their barbarous acts. To defend Western civilization, we, also, need to invoke morality. But although the world envies the wealth we’ve achieved, it is widely seen as the product of soulless materialism, of unbridled “greed,” of unscrupulous self-indulgence. What moral claim, then, can we make for our way of life? To understand the moral values of the West, let’s turn to its beginning. In her prescient 1943 work of political philosophy, “The God of the Machine,” Isabel Paterson chose as the symbol of Western man a figure from Ancient Greece: Pytheas. This enterprising merchant left his homeland to explore Britain and beyond, seeking tin to make bronze. Insatiably curious, Pytheas also discovered the relationship between the moon’s phases and the tides, and was the first to describe the aurora and other phenomena. Pytheas epitomizes the Western spirit: a self-directed man whose free will determines his life’s course, a thinker who employs reason and science to understand the world around him, and a producer who seeks to sell goods in peaceful trade. From its founding, America was intended to be the country where Pytheas could flourish—the first nation established to protect the life, liberty, and property of the individual. It did so by curbing government power over the peaceful activities of its citizens. In this, the contrast between America and radical Islam could not be greater. Whereas Thomas Jefferson exhorts
us to “Question with boldness even the existence of a God,” militant Islam kills people for apostasy. Whereas James Madison proclaims a man has “a right to his property” and equally “a property in [all of ] his rights,” Palestinian Islamists strap suicide belts on children, seizing their young lives to fight ancient vendettas. Whereas the Declaration of Independence affirms America’s devotion to life, Osama bin Laden declares: We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the difference between us two. “The excellence of the West” lies in its “respect for the human being, the recognition of his individuality, the liberty it has granted him,” observes Saudi Shura Council member and Muslim reformist Ibrahim Al-Buleihi. “Humans are originally individuals,” he continues, “but cultures (including Arab culture) have dissolved the individual in the tribe, sect, or state.” It is only “with the diffusion of philosophical ideas from (Ancient) Greece” that “the human being became an individual of value for himself . . . and not merely a means for others.” Thus, in our civilization, a person is born free to live for his own sake and to pursue happiness. In radical Islam, a person must obey a central authority and sacrifice his life to its aims. Which society is better? Granted the West’s superiority, why is radical Islam advancing? Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, cites “an active propaganda campaign” in which “the Saudis invested at least $2 billion a year over a 30-year period to spread their brand of fundamentalist Islam.” Why aren’t we passionately defending our civilization? Certainly, money isn’t the obstacle. Is it because we don’t understand the nobility of our individualist foundation, including the virtue of private advancement and profit? We must never forget that we’re the country of Pytheas: a people of free will, free minds, and free enterprise. Our spectacular prosperity is not our dishonor, but the glory of our liberty. It is said that Ground Zero is “sacred ground.” In truth, all of America is sacred ground—because the individual is sacred here. We must assert the moral superiority of our civilization—or lose it to our enemies. Marsha Enright is president of the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. Gen La Greca is author of “Noble Vision.” Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Berkeley Is Slow to Stop Steel Plant’s Air Pollution by Janice Schroeder In the September 3, 2010 Daily Californian article titled, “Odor Problem Still a Contentious Issue in Race for District 1 Seat”, Council Member Linda Maio stated, “Frankly, I don’t think that there is anyone who is better versed with what’s happening ... with Pacific Steel Casting than I am.” Linda Maio may know quite a bit about Pacific Steel Casting Company (PSC) and its toxic pollution, but she, the mayor, the City Council and the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) have done little to effectively reduce PSC’s toxic emissions. The dogged persistence of community members calling in odor/nuisance complaints to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (Air District) hotline, and attending many Air District, ZAB, and City Council meetings for over three decades has resulted in PSC being mandated by the Air District to install carbon adsorption filters in all three of PSC’s plants, as well as to install extensive venting to the carbon filters and baghouses at PSC’s three plants. Communites for a Better Environment sued PSC, on the community’s behalf, and more pollution reduction measures were mandated in the resulting legal settlement. Fugitive emissions from PSC continue to persist. Do you ever smell what seems like a burned pot handle, or another acrid chemical smell? It may be coming from Pacific Steel Casting Company located at 2nd and Gilman Sts. It is the fifth largest steel foundry in the U.S. Walk, bike or drive by the facility. Once you smell the noxious odor, you will remember it. The community can call the Air District hotline when we smell the distinctive PSC odor comprised partly of odorous known carcinogens formaldehyde and benzene, but we currently have no recourse against the fine particles of manganese and nickel emanating from PSC. High levels of manganese and nickel were first found by community testing done around the Pacific Steel Casting Company vicinity. The Air District’s
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Students in November Have One Obvious Candidate Meg Whitman Is the Only Candidate With a Comprehensive Plan to Fix California’s Broken Education System by Robert Burgren As Cal students know all too well, California is in a crisis. Class sizes are being raised, teachers have been laid off, and UC fees have increased 32 percent in the past year. Clearly, we need a plan to help us restore California’s public education system, the economic engine that will guide us through the 21st century. Meg Whitman understands this. That’s why she’s developed an innovative plan for a new California. As the next governor of California, Meg will make restoring our public education system a top priority. She is the only candidate for governor that has proposed dedicating $1 billion in savings from other public programs to restoring the UC and CSU systems so that we can stem the ongoing tide of fee increases, ensure students can get the classes they need, and stimulate the world renowned research for which the University of California is known worldwide. UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world — Meg will make sure that remains the case for generations to come. But before students can come to college, they need be prepared with the best K-12 education possible. That’s why Meg has also released a
comprehensive plan to fix public education for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently, California’s public education system is failing our students. While we don’t have money to throw at the problem, we can certainly do much better with the resources we do have. As governor, Meg will work diligently to redirect education dollars that go to bureaucracy and overhead to the classroom, where it is sorely needed. In addition, she’ll hold schools and districts accountable for the quality of teaching they produce by grading each school on a scale from A-F, encouraging the creation of new charter schools, and rewarding the teachers who produce outstanding results. But
Whitman Promises Success by Investing in Higher Education by Frank Ruiz California’s economy is struggling and the next governor must focus on creating more jobs and restoring opportunity in our state. The next governor must also focus on investing in what I consider the jewel of California: its higher education system. The future of our state is directly tied to the quality of our higher education system, which remains world class. Meg Whitman is the only candidate with a plan to preserve our public university and college system that has given so many of us the opportunities to pursue our dreams here in California. Since the beginning of her campaign, Meg has made fixing K-12 schools one of her top priorities and now she is laying out her plans to invest in the University of California and California State University systems. I attended the College of the Sequoias, a community college located in Visalia, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Its mission, when it was established in 1926, was to provide affordable college education to local high school graduates and help them achieve their goals. I joined with my father and turned a small family-owned business into the largest Hispanic frozen food company in America. I am admittedly biased when it comes to our public universities and colleges, and proudly so. I am a Regent of the University of California. Innovation and a first-class education system go hand in hand. My wife and I have set up an endowment at UC Merced to support entrepreneurship because we believe it is vitally important to invest in our public education system. Families all over California have stories about how affordable access to the UC and CSU system put them on the path to find good jobs, grow their careers and companies hereand build a quality of life second to none.
Today, we are at risk of losing all that. Our state budget is under incredible pressure, but Meg has designed a plan to invest significant new money into the system that will come from savings from her budget reforms. She is proposing to invest $1 billion of the savings from her welfare and other budgetary reforms into California’s higher education system. And she has a plan to create academic enterprise zones around our academic institutions to foster collaboration. That’s exactly why I am supporting Meg. She is making fiscally sound proposals and is providing a specific way to pay for them. She’s an astute manager who has balanced budgets for decades while leading one of the Fortune 500’s most innovative companies. With the economy struggling, our next governor must focus on creating jobs and improving the conditions for new businesses to start and grow here. Having a top-notch college and university system is essential to graduate California’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and workforce talent. As former chair of the California Chamber of Commerce, I know well the challenges facing businesses as they struggle to recover in our tough economic environment. Key to the recovery will be a talented workforce ready and able to compete in the global economy. Meg’s plan is designed to encourage higher education and business to come together around campuses to foster innovation and build new companies that will change the world. Meg’s plan makes certain California has a solid foundation for decades of continued economic strength. By investing in higher education, we will ensure California is the global hub for innovation in the future. Frank Ruiz is a UC Regent and cofounder of Ruiz Foods Inc. Reply to email@example.com.
even a world class public education system won’t matter much if students can’t find quality jobs in California when they graduate. Currently, unemployment is near record highs, with some areas of the state experiencing rates as high as 30 percent or more. Businesses are leaving our beautiful state for the likes of Nevada, Arizona, and Texas because of our unfriendly business climate, and taking the jobs we need with them. Meg understands that we need to improve our business climate to bring jobs back to California. Her 36 page plan to create jobs, available for free at the Berkeley Students for Meg table on Sproul, outlines her proposal to attract job creation. Included in her
plan is a proposal to eliminate the small business startup tax, streamline and reform regulations and create an economic development sales force to attract jobs to the Golden State. Of special interest to Berkeley students and faculty, she will increase the research and development tax credit from 15 to 20 percent and authorize the development of academic enterprise zones, providing tax incentives to businesses that create jobs that are connected with major research institutions, such as UC Berkeley. We invite you to read Meg’s full plan for California at www.megwhitman.com. On that site, you can also submit your new ideas for a new California — as intelligent students,
you are just the people Meg would love to hear about how we can improve our state. We would also encourage you to join us in supporting Meg’s campaign. Berkeley Students for Meg will be tabling on Sproul four days per week and hosting a phone bank on campus every week until Election Day. You can find us on Facebook as well under “Berkeley Students for Meg.” Join us in helping Meg make a new California. Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted on behalf of the Berkeley College Republicans.
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is subjected to from this steel foundry. Pacific Steel Casting Company must be a good neighbor and use best practices, install the most advanced, effective pollution control equipment, change the existing carbon filters appropriately, stop fugitive emissions, become transparent, involve all stakeholders in decisions and implement a Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) approach. What can you do? Whenever you smell PSC’s distinctive odor, you can call the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) hotline to make a complaint. The toll free number is: 1-800-334-6367. You can call the hotline 24/7. Whether your complaint is confirmed by an inspector or not, the complaint is important to show PSC, the City and the Air District that the air pollution problem from PSC continues. You can also write to your council member and mayor regarding your concerns. The powers that be want you to give up. Don’t do it! Enforcement action against PSC is dependent upon called in public nuisance/odor complaints from the community. The City of Berkeley and the Air District must take action when odor complaints attributed to PSC are received by the Air District. Hold our officials and regulators accountable! For much more information please check our website at: http://westberkeleyalliance.org/ You are also welcome to e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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monitoring station on Sixth and Camelia Sts. confirmed the high levels of manganese and nickel. These fine particles do not necessarily have an odor, but they are very harmful to humans when we breathe them into our lungs. Children are especially vulnerable. Some community members are still feeling nauseous, getting headaches, having difficulty breathing, and experiencing asthma attacks when the pollution from Pacific Steel Casting Company is in the air. PSC was legally forced to release its Odor Management Plan (OMP) this year, but portions were redacted due to a claim of “trade secrets.” The portions that were made public showed that there were many deficiencies in this odor management plan. Even Berkeley’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission (CEAC) was concerned about PSC’s OMP. They wrote a letter to the City Council detailing their concerns. Thanks to the agenda committee, Mayor Bates and Council Member Linda Maio in particular, this agenda item was number 63 of 67 at the last July, 2010 City Council meeting. Needless to say, item 63 was shelved to the next City Council meeting scheduled for September 15th. What item number will it be on the agenda this time? Will members of the public need to wait until 1 a.m. again to be told it is too late to continue the council meeting? The City Council and the Zoning
Adjustments Board have put Pacific Steel Casting Company on agendas after midnight on other occasions as well. Is this merely chance? Pacific Steel Casting Company had to lay off almost 300 of its workforce last year due to the economic decline, but 150 workers were rehired this past spring. Production is up and the toxic pollution from PSC continues. Odor complaints drop off because the Air District complaint process is frustrating and time consuming. PSC can operate day and night 24/7, but Air District inspectors are more available from 9-5 p.m. M-F. Community members get discouraged. The West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs (Alliance) is an all volunteer, grassroots organization dedicated to stopping air pollution and preserving safe jobs. Since 2005 the Alliance has been working hard to get Pacific Steel Casting Company to clean up its operations and stop polluting. Some of our members have been involved in this struggle since 1979. Noxious odors are a real nuisance, and health effects from exposure to toxic chemicals are a very serious health concern. We don’t know what the cumulative impact and synergistic effects are from exposure to multiple sources of pollution in our community, but we have the ability to pressure regulators to protect our community from the toxic pollution emanating from PSC. We want to make sure community members know of our existence and of the toxic pollution the community
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Bills Could Improve Access for Transfer Students support the enrollment if they want this to happen.â€? Schwarzeneggerâ€™s May revision of the state budget does contain funding for increased enrollment, though not enough to compensate for the total number of unfunded students in the UC system, which currently stands at around 15,000. Ruskin acknowledged that a more efficient transfer system could strain the stateâ€™s already over-enrolled colleges. â€œOur work is not done.â€? he said. â€œUltimately the Legislature, the governor and the people need to make a commitment to the kind of system of higher education ... that we all want.â€? Those concerns can be somewhat quelled by the savings that a more efficient system could bring, according to Erik Fallis, a spokesperson for the CSU system. He said if the bills are signed into law, the number of excessive units students take due to repetition between systems will fall and the state could save close to $160 million. Those savings could go towards 40,000 more seats at community colleges and 14,000 across the CSU system, Fallis said. He added that the average student graduates with 165 units due to redundancies, though only 120 are required. Schwarzenegger has until the end of September to decide on the bills.
transfer process has been felt at the UC system, said Dan Simmons, chair of the UC Academic Senate. The two bills were a direct result of recently made recommendations from a state committee convened to analyze the status of Californiaâ€™s higher education system. That committee singled out a clearer transfer system as the most efficient way to increase the number of state workers with college degrees â€” a group that the committee reported is not growing along with the stateâ€™s economic need. According to a report presented to the committee by the Public Policy Institute of California, 40 percent of jobs in the state will require a college degree by 2025, but at the current graduation rate only 35 percent of the state workforce will have a degree â€” a shortfall of one million college graduates. State Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City, who co-chaired the committee and co-authored both transfer bills, said the bills are a â€œrevolutionary stepâ€? for the stateâ€™s system of higher education. But with the bills potentially decreasing the time it takes for students to graduate and increasing the amount of students transferring, some worry that there will not be enough space for them. â€œIf the state is really serious about helping transfers or helping access to the university, they will come forward with funds to support these students,â€? Simmons said. â€œThe Legislature has to
by Javier Panzar Daily Cal Staff Writer
Students struggling to transfer from community colleges to the stateâ€™s four-year college systems could have the gates of access kicked open a little wider if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approves two bills recently sent to his desk by the state Legislature by the end of the month. Together, the two bills would create a new transfer degree for community college students and guarantee recipients a spot at one of the California State Universityâ€™s 23 campuses â€” a measure officials from both systems say will make the transfer process substantially more efficient and save the state close to $160 million worth of redundant courses. Current transfer requirements, which differ not only between CSU campuses but also between community college districts, are so muddled and repetitive that the average community college transfer graduates from a CSU with one-third more units than are required, according to Alex Pader, president of the Student Senate for California Community colleges. â€œ(Transferring) is so broken, complicated and confusing that even teachers, chancellors, even advisors donâ€™t know everything they need to get (students) into a four-year school,â€? he said. The bills do not require the University of California to follow suit, though the legislative pressure to simplify the
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tisements that students see on Upper Sproul Plaza, she said she felt Fountainhop would prove useful for both student groups and individual students. â€œThereâ€™s so many events and diverse groups on campus, sometimes itâ€™s difficult to advertise to students and sometimes itâ€™s difficult for students to get information,â€? she said. â€œWith Fountainhop, the social aspect and ability to stay connected will help groups aggregate events and get heard.â€? Fountainhop plans to partner with various student groups on campus, providing analytics to the groups while publicizing the application. Dar said the ASUC sponsorship has been very
or student organization can create an event visible to the entire campus.â€? Dar added that student governments could use the service to broadcast important events and that student groups could organize and advertise meetings. According to Dar, while only 30 percent of students may have a smart phone, over 95 percent of students have ready access to the Internet, allowing users to capture a much larger audience. Connie Yang, a Fountainhop intern and sophomore at UC Berkeley, said the main focus of the campus launch is outreach to different student groups. With the large number of fliers and adver-
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helpful in spreading the word about Fountainhop on campus. â€œWeâ€™re working with (ASUC President) Noah Stern on a pretty regular basis,â€? Dar said. â€œWe tabled at Caltopia and Calapalooza, and weâ€™re ramping up for another big push to spread more publicity as well.â€? Dar said that while publicizing and marketing the application was important, the ultimate goal was to develop something that would be useful to students in as many ways as possible. â€œWhat Facebook did for college students in the realm of social networking, we want Fountainhop to do for geolocation,â€? he said. James Zhao covers academics and administration. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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News in Brief Victims Let Suspects Into U.S. Government Will Not Home, Consequently Robbed Pay Bail for Detained Hiker Three suspects were arrested by Berkeley Police Department officers following a home invasion and robbery Friday night on Southside. At least two victims were in their residence on the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue when a group of four suspects â€” two of whom were acquainted with one of the victims â€” came to the victimsâ€™ apartment on Sept. 10 at approximately 10:38 p.m., according to Berkeley police Officer Jamie Perkins. One of the victims granted the group entrance to his residence and, while inside the apartment, the suspects began â€œgoing through a couple of the bedrooms,â€? prompting one of the victims to â€œask (the suspects) what was going on,â€? Perkins said. When the suspects did not answer, the victim â€” who did not know any of the suspects â€” told the group he was going to call the police. A â€œscuffleâ€? broke out between the suspects and victims, ending in one of the victims being struck with a fist and the suspects â€œpushing past the roommatesâ€? to flee the area, according to Perkins. Officers from both UCPD and the Berkeley Police Department were given a description of the suspects, and three of the four were arrested following a short chase on foot by officers. The incident is unique because one of the victims willingly let the suspects into his residence before the crimes occurred and because the suspects were not strangers to the victim, Perkins said. â€œWhat makes this case special is that the victim was acquainted with two of the four, and that to keep one of them from calling the police the scuffle ensued,â€? she said. â€”Sarah Springfield
The U.S. government will not participate in the payment of a $500,000 bail to Iran for detained UC Berkeley alumna Sarah Shourd in accordance with established policies, a U.S. Department of State official said at a press briefing Monday. Shourd, who has been detained in Iran for more than a year, was originally scheduled to be released Saturday to coincide with the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, but the Iranian judiciary later delayed her release and a bail was posted. Shourdâ€™s family members have asked that the bail be lowered, major media outlets reported. The federal government will not contribute to the payment. â€œThe United States government does not fund prisoner bail,â€? said State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley at the Monday press briefing in Washington, D.C. Tehranâ€™s chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, said the caseâ€™s legal procedure is not complete, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency. Crowley said at the briefing that while paying the bail was one solution to the situation, the government would not be involved in any sort of payment to the Iranian government if that action were to be taken. Shourd and her fiance Shane Bauer were detained with Josh Fattal after being captured July 31, 2009 while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. The three were accused of trespassing and espionage by Iranian officials, but a June report by The Nation magazine revealed the hikers were actually seized on Iraqi soil. Reports surfaced in August that Shourd â€” who has a pre-existing condition related to cancer â€” had found a lump in her breast. â€”Nick Myers
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programs. â€œThere is a gap that this program can fill,â€? said Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak. â€œThis city has budget problems and we could use financial help for this cause. Itâ€™s a great idea for a nonprofit to step forward and offer its help.â€? After finishing a set of four lessons, children in the program will receive a certificate of completion consistent with American Red Cross swimming standards. â€œAnything we can do to make sure
that if somebody saves one life, just one time, it makes everything that weâ€™ve done worthwhile,â€? said Councilmember Kriss Worthington. Within the next three or four years, the goal of the program is to make sure every child in the community knows how to swim, Hayden said. â€œWe are on the water â€” we are a water community â€” we live on the Bay,â€? she said. â€œIt makes it more important that kids in our community know how to swim.â€? Daniel Means covers city government. Contact him at email@example.com.
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G UCLA UCLA has proved two things in two games. That they don’t have an offense nor do they have a defense. In other words, things are looking pretty gloomy in Westwood. Quarterback Kevin Prince has one touchdown and three picks in two games. And it’s not much better when the Bruins are on defense. Stanford trounced UCLA 35-0 last week, running all over the Bruins for 211 yards. With games against Houston and No. 6 Texas remaining, UCLA fans will have little, if any reason to cheer. —Katie Dowd
From a historical lens, it is reasonable to argue that integration has been a positive force of change. Free trade in 19th century Europe, Brown v. Board of Education and the appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor are just three examples of how the world evolves when individuals embrace change. Now, it would be unfair to cite such landmark decisions without mentioning that attempts at large-scale change can backfire or, more simply, just be a very bad idea. Examples: The McGriddle, Vanilla Ice trying out heavy metal (that is, if you thought he was a good
rapper) and moving “Project Runway” from Bravo to Lifetime (Wait, what?). And now it’s time to overhaul our approach college football. And it was all made very clear this past Saturday. That’s right, let’s embrace teams like Boise State and Utah as legitimate national title contenders. Hell, let’s cheer for TCU to go undefeated, even though starting quarterback Andy Dalton is a ginger kid wearing purple. Weird. The distinction of being in a BCS conference means less and less with every passing Saturday. Let’s start here in Berkeley. Cal scheduled Colorado earlier this decade expecting a primetime non-conference matchup. Take two marquee football conferences (Pac-10 and Big-12), one empirical college football power (Colorado), one exciting Pacific product (Cal), and you had the makings of a great game … in 2004. Unfortunately we land in 2010 where Cal is labeled underachieving and Colorado, well ... I’d rather watch “Waterworld” on repeat before I’d opt for another snap of Buffalo football. Colorado looked like they all got Rocky Mountain High before they took the field on Saturday. Slow moving, unresponsive to commands and tired by the end of the first half, the Buffs looked paralyzed by Peyote. Whether it was the left-handed interception, the timeout after an illegal substitu-
tion penalty, or the first and goal at the 2-yard line that turned into a missed 42-yard field goal, coach Dan Hawkins trotted out the saddest excuse of a former perennial power imaginable. And Florida State didn’t look much better in their trip to Oklahoma. This was a rematch of the 2001 National Championship. Oklahoma had three of the top four picks in the 2010 NFL Draft and Florida State finished in the top 5 for 14 consecutive years until 2000. This was a meeting of two storied college football powers. Instead, the Sooners soundly stomped the Seminoles, 47-17. Florida State, once the most feared team in college football, looked like a crumbling Ozymandias. The gradual demises of washedup relics like Colorado, Notre Dame, Florida State and Tennessee, coupled with 4 FCS victories over FBS schools in two weeks gave us a clear picture of what is happening in college football. Gone are the days when juggernauts like Nebraska and Miami (FL) rolled fellow top-25 teams by scores of 62-7. College football, much like the rest of the world, is homogenizing. Of the four FBS teams that have lost to a sub-division opponent in 2010, three of them played in bowl games last season (Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss). Two of them even played each other in a BCS game (Kansas beat
the Hokies in the 2008 Orange Bowl). Boise State shook up the BCS when it defeated Oklahoma in the thrilling 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Appalachian State drastically altered the perception of the “weaker opponent” when it knocked off then-No.5 Michigan to open the 2007 season. Both are isolated instances in the grander football scheme, but the gap is clearly closing. Now, let’s not get too caught up in the theory of a dissolved college football hierarchy. Most BCS conference teams will, for the most part, continue to throttle non-BCS and FCS foes. But competitive non-BCS schools like the Broncos face a tougher road to a BCS bowl despite constantly proving themselves to be top-flight competition. OK, so this is a not-so-thinly veiled call for a playoff system, but if schools from the sub-division are visiting and beating big-time programs, then it’s time we expanded our national title vision past six conferences (and Notre Dame, of course. Don’t you know how good Notre Dame was in the 70s?). It’s time we reward preparation and execution and forget about what a program once achieved. Because change is always good. Just think about what “Crossroads” did for Britney Spears’ career. Wait. Never, never, never change with Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roadrunners Pose Little Chance of Running Away From Bears by Christina Jones Contributing Writer
WASHINGTON STATE Washington State pulled off a gutsy comeback last Saturday, scoring 16 points in the final frame for a 23-22 win. Too bad it was playing Montana State. There’s something to be said for avoiding the season’s fifth FCS upset, but it isn’t that the Cougars are going to be anywhere but dead last in the final season standings. Wazzu could score an upset or two in conference play, but until then, it’s still bottom-barrel fodder. —Jack Wang
The Cal women’s volleyball team has yet to lose a set, and Cal State Bakersfield has yet to win a match. Though the numCal bers may indicate otherwise, today’s 5 Volleyball p.m. match at Haas Pavilion will be a good test for the No. TIPOFF: 10 Bears. Cal has struggled Cal takes vs to close out lower- on CSU level opponents this Bakersseason. Be it hitting field errors, service errors, tonight at 5 p.m. at erratic passing or Haas Pavilion. lack of intensity, the GAMETRACKER: Bears have not con- Calbears.com sistently overpowered inferior oppo-
nents. Coach Rich Feller’s squad has prevailed in each instance, but they are not pleased with the lulls. “I think we get a little ahead of ourselves and we realize that we’re up by a lot some of the time, and we just kind of relax a little bit too much,” redshirt sophomore Shannon Hawari said. “But I think we’re doing okay, and it’s good to figure those things out now and be able to fix them before (the) Pac-10 (season starts).” Given Bakersfield’s record and statistics, Cal should have plenty of breathing room. The Roadrunners’ best hitting night came in their home opener against No. 13 UCLA in which the team posted a meager .232 hitting percentage with eight attack errors. Bakersfield is coming off a threematch tournament at San Jose State that saw the team fail to take a set against Seattle, Santa Clara, and San
Jose State. Junior outside hitter Lindy DeGeare picked up 34 kills in the defeats, and was the only Roadrunner to reach double-digit kills in a match. The 3-1 loss On September 3 to Butler marked the last time Bakersfield won a set. That was also the match that star sophomore libero Lauren Holderman sustained a shoulder injury from which she has not returned. Though they have struggled to win sets, Cal will need to maintain its focus as the match wears on. “Effort in every play is something we need to work on a lot,” senior setter Carli Lloyd said. “We need maximum effort no matter who’s on the other side of the net every single play.” Today’s contest promises to feature young players on both sides of the net since the vast majority of both team’s rosters is composed of underclassmen. For the Bears, this is another oppor-
tunity for the younger players to gain more match experience. This weekend’s matches witnessed strides of development from Cal freshman outside hitters Adrienne Gehan and Lauren Loerch, but according to Lloyd, communication on the court needs to improve. The changing lineups have not helped the Bears’ consistency, Feller said, as players adapt their mindsets to who is next to them on the court. With three matches standing between the Cal and their Pac-10 opener, the coach staff is getting a clearer grasp on which players should play together. “I’m really excited to get a little more experience before we start, and use (the Bakersfield match) as one more practice for us to get better for Pac-10s,” Hawari said. “And I hope it’s fun.” Christina Jones covers volleyball. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Calling the Bears untested would be like saying UCLAâ€™s offense has issues. Calâ€™s pair of 52-point outbursts have come against an FCS school and a Colorado team that looked like one. That said, there is reason to be impressed so far â€” especially, the teamâ€™s defense has shined so far under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast. On Saturday against Colorado, the unit racked up six sacks, forced three interceptions, and recovered two fumbles. On the other side of Mn^l]Zr%CZgnZkr++%+))1 the ball, freshman Keenan Allen provides another explosive receiving threat across from Marvin Jones. The debate over the Bearsâ€™ true identity shouldnâ€™t last much longer, though. Upcoming trips to Nevada, Arizona, and USC will reveal a lot about Cal. â€”Ed Yevelev
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Oregon State might be the best 0-1 team in the nation, but we canâ€™t rank them too highly because they are still, well, winless. The Beavers battled No. 5 TCU on perhaps the worldâ€™s grandest venue, Cowboysâ€™ Stadium in Dallas, Tex., but came up short against the Horned Frogs. Even with new quarterback Ryan Katz, the Beavers return the Rodgers brothers, which means Oregon State is a viable candidate for a Pac-10 championship. The small, shifty Jacquizz Rodgers remains one of the best running backs in the Pac-10, and his brother, James is comparably dangerous. ?7>=4).*)&.-1&1,))50G).*)&1-2&+1),4<08;)e^`Zel9]Zber\Ze'hk` The key for the Beavers is that they survive this tough early slate of games. As if TCU wasnâ€™t difficult enough, coach Mike Rileyâ€™s squad still awaits a trip to Boise to face No. 3 Boise State on Sept. 25. Ââ€”Gabriel Baumgaertner
USC As lackluster as itâ€™s looked so far, No. 18 USC is probably not going to drop into the bottom half of the conference by the time it walks off the field at seasonâ€™s end. But boy, have the Trojans dropped off. Hours after Pete Carroll worked his magic 1,100 miles north of the Coliseum, USC made a near-180 degree turn from the juggernaut he guided not so long ago. A week after allowing 588 yards to a post-June Jones Hawaii, the Trojans barely eked out a 17-14 win over Virginia. The unranked Cavaliers were two missed field goals away from a huge upset, even though projected NFL first-rounder Ras-I Dowling was out with a bum hamstring. Forget the bowl ban; when you rank 119th in the nation with 120 penalty yards per game, youâ€™re not going to Pasadena anyway. â€”Jack Wang
WASHINGTON Jake Lockerâ€™s Heisman train sputtered out of the station two weeks ago. In the final period of Washingtonâ€™s 23-17 loss at BYU, his two fourth-down incompletion halted a potential rally. Locker got back on track with 289 yards and four touchdowns against Syracuse, but he may have to be flawless to overcome Nebraskaâ€™s stingy defense. A marquee upset over the No. 8 Cornhuskers on Saturday could catapult Locker back into the national discussion, and boost the Huskiesâ€™ confidence before conference play. With the Pac-10â€™s leading wideout (Jermaine Kearse) and second-leading rusher (Chris Polk), Washington has weapons to spring an upset. However, its hopes of returning to bowl eligibility will ultimately rest on the arm (and legs) of No. 10. â€”Ed Yevelev
ARIZONA STATE We canâ€™t say a whole lot about Arizona State yet because, frankly, theyâ€™ve done what they were supposed to do. Yes, the Sun Devils have recorded two blowout victories, but both were against FCS squads (Portland State and Northern Arizona). In fact, ASU head coach Dennis Erickson wasnâ€™t pleased how his team performed in its 41-20 victory over the Lumberjacks on Saturday. â€œWe were sloppy on both sides of the football,â€? Erickson told Yahoo! Sports. â€œWe made some plays, but it was not a good day.â€? Michigan transfer Steven Threet has reinvigorated the Sun Devilsâ€™ passing game, but questions loom on defense. With a weekend trip to No. 11 Wisconsin looming, Erickson knows that the defense must improve before they take the field against the Badgers. â€”Gabriel Baumgaertner
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Oregon For two quarters last Saturday, Oregon looked very vincible. And then they didnâ€™t. The Ducks outscored Tennessee 35-0 in the second half to handily put down the Volunteers 48-13, another feather in the cap of the preseason Pac-10 favorites. And with a 72-0 victory in week one, itâ€™s hard to bump Oregon from its spot atop the conference. In two games, the No. 5-ranked Ducks are averaging 307 rushing yards,
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tion percentage. Add in senior running back Nic Grisby, and Arizonaâ€™s potent offense should keep up with anyone in the conference. Of course, those numbers came against Toledo and The Citidel. With a win over No. 9 Iowa at home, the Wildcats could stake their claim as an elite Pac-10 squad. â€”Ed Yevelev
Having not won at the Rose Bowl since 1996, it must have been nice for Stanford to not merely beat, but annihilate UCLA on its home turf. The Cardinalâ€™s 35-0 thrashing of the Bruins gives them a nice jolt to start conference play, but UCLAâ€™s pitiful play was more notable than Stanfordâ€™s prowess. Quarterback Andrew Luck, who many project to be a top-5 pick whenever he decides to leave school, leads an offense that lost a Heisman nominee
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AN FRANCISCO — Over 3,200 people bounced up and down as the clock neared 5 p.m. You know that feeling, when your knees lightly knock, when your stomach slightly turns, when anticipation is getting the best of you. The gun fired, and the celebration began. Just seven months removed from the same event, over six times as many people attended the second “Jog for Jill” on Sunday in Golden Gate Park. The event brought out seemingly everybody in the Cal athletic department, plus far more. There was the rugby team, barreling past the finish line after their completion of the 3.1-mile race. There was athletic director Sandy Barbour, shaking hands and conversing with anybody willing to talk. And most importantly, there were the people that made this possible — except one. Yes, the late Jill Costello was missing, but it was the event that she planned and no runner forgot why they took to the course. Over the course of the three-hour event, the question was continually asked: “What is the color of the lung cancer ribbon?” Unlike the pink of breast cancer, lung cancer is colored clear and labeled “the invisible killer.” As her doctor Thierry Jahan put it: “Nobody wants to say ‘I have lung cancer.’ They have been stigmatized by the public in general.” Sunday proved that the perception is rapidly changing. Despite having a terminal diagnosis for just one year, Jill Costello tirelessly worked and organized to give a face to a disease so often associated with smoking. The event was showed that anybody, no matter the stigma, can make a change. —Gabriel Baumgaertner
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