Daily Archives: August 24, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.24.11

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Cal Chancellor calls on Silicon Valley to help with funding

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau (center) flanked by xxx and xxx at a press conference today on campus
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UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said it’s time for corporate California to step up to the plate and help fund the university.

In light of the severe shortfall in state funding that UC Berkeley is dealing with, the Chancellor said he would like to see companies from Silicon Valley and beyond contributing $100 million to UC Berkeley — money that would be slated for students, such as for financial aid, not the university’s bottom line.

“Companies in Silicon Valley tell us we … Continue reading »

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At today’s Off The Grid: Liba Falafel with vibrant new truck

blah blah blah. Photos: Christina Diaz
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Gail Lillian is one busy street food hawker. The seasoned chef just launched a brand new lime-green truck bearing the Liba label and in a typical week she and her crew of five can do nine food service shifts around the Bay.

Case in point: Lillian dished up her trademark falafel sandwiches and sweet potato fries at last Saturday’s San Francisco Street Food Festival, where some 50,000 people chowed down on mobile food fare.

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Were you a winner in our Caltopia raffle?

Baskets filled to the brim with gift certificates and pizza for a year from LaVal's
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The two days of Caltopia were quite a whirl for students, faculty and staff, as well as for exhibitors like Berkeleyside. From the tens of thousands who passed through the self-proclaimed “greatest days on planet Earth”, we were able to have conversations about local news with hundreds of people, we launched OneNews/Berkeleyside, our exciting new citizen journalism app, and we even found some potential new journalists.

But what about the Berkeleyside raffle? We partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses … Continue reading »

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Building a modern epigrammatic tradition

Thomas Farber, modern-day epigrammist. Photo: Peg Skorpinski
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If you’re of a literary turn of mind, when you think of the epigram, you may think of Martial, or perhaps a more modern wit like Oscar Wilde. But the tradition of concise, meaningful verbal twists is being partly sustained by Berkeley author Thomas Farber, whose most volume of “the epigrammatic”, Forgone Conclusions: Equivoques, Aperçus, Spars & Cattarhs, has recently been published by Berkeley’s Andrea Young Arts.

“I wanted to try to write intensely in a very compressed … Continue reading »

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Berkeley group restores 2,000-year-old place of worship

Tsering Gellek was born and raised in Berkeley, but her background is somewhat unusual.

She is the daughter of Tarthang Tulka, a Tibetan lama who fled his country after the Chinese invasion in 1959 and moved to the United States ten years later to teach Buddhism and work for the preservation of Tibetan culture. He now commands a mandala of enterprises, including a block of buildings in downtown Berkeley that includes the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, The Tibetan Aid Project, The Guna Foundation, which makes films, and Dharma College, among others.

Gellek, although raised in a Buddhist community, had “a very normal American childhood,” she told the ECS Nepal magazine. She earned a degree in International Relations and spent two years in Africa. … Continue reading »

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Many Berkeleyans felt another small quake this morning at 9:57 a.m. It was centered in the Knowland State Arboretum and Park, just east of the Oakland Zoo, the same epicenter as last night’s quakes.

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Two late night earthquakes felt in Berkeley

People stand on the street in Washington DC after Aug. 23 earthquake. Photo: Bloomberg News
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Maybe it was payback for all those chuckles West Coasters delivered to the East Coast on Tuesday, after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia scared the beejezus out of people.

As thousands poured from their homes and New York’s skyscrapers, more than 40,000 people tweeted the news. The comments from the West Coast were not, well, shall we say, necessarily sympathetic.

“Hey east coasters: welcome to our world and what we live with everyday in California. Stay safe,” tweeted … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 11:32pm: More than 12 hours after we posted the photo, reader Lisa got it right — the birdcage is on 9th Street between Addison and University. “Pretty little finchlike birds,” says Lisa. Congratulations on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Patrick Nagel.

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