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The Berkeley Wire: 09.28.10

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Biting the bullet: behind the Cal sports decision

Athletic Director Sandy Barbour
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In a sombre press conference this afternoon, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Vice-Chancellor Frank Yeary explained their decision to cut five varsity sports: baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s rugby and women’s lacrosse.

“This is a difficult and painful day for our intercollegiate athletic programs,” Barbour said. “Cal Athletics is not immune to the effects of the recession and the financial realities facing this campus.”

Both Barbour and Birgeneau stressed the university’s commitment to … Continue reading »

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City considers sunshine ordinance draft today

The City Council currently meets in the Maudelle Shirek building but is looking for new meeting space.
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Berkeley resident David M. Wilson is keeping his fingers crossed that a City Council work session tonight will take Berkeley one step further towards a more transparent government.

Wilson sits on a five-strong Citizen Sunshine Committee and has been lobbying to have Berkeley adopt a local “sunshine ordinance”, a law that would increase residents’ access to city government. “We want a law implementing state directives requiring open meetings with public participation, and guaranteeing open access to public records,” says Wilson. “The … Continue reading »

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Breaking: baseball, rugby, three others to go at Cal

Could Cal rugby be reinstated, along with four other sports?
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Following a joint faculty/alumni report urging cuts in the University of California Berkeley’s subsidies to its athletics programs, the university will announce today the elimination of five varsity sports: baseball, rugby, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse.

The cuts will save $4 million annually. The athletic department’s deficit has ranged from $10-13 million. Following the cuts, Cal will have 22 24men’s and women’s teams.

Cal’s rugby team is overwhelmingly the most successful sport at the university, and perhaps … Continue reading »

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Two UC Berkeley faculty win “genius” grants

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Dawn Song and Emmanuel Saez, a computer scientist and an economist at the University of California Berkeley, were yesterday named MacArthur Fellows, often dubbed the “genius” grants. Awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, the fellowships are five-year “no strings” grants of $500,000.

UC Berkeley was the only institution to garner more than a single fellow this year (faculty at UC San Diego and UC Davis were also among … Continue reading »

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