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The Berkeley Wire: 03.01.12

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Berkeley students march to protest public education cuts

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Hundreds of students in Berkeley took part in protests Thursday against cuts to public education.

On campus, a Day of Action at UC Berkeley began with teach-outs and protesters wrapping California Hall in caution tape. Many Cal students marched to Oakland to join other protesters at Frank Ogawa Plaza from where a march on Sacramento is set to depart.

Several hundred Berkeley High students left campus at 2:40 pm and converged on Old City Hall on MLK Jr Way. There they listened to performers and speakers. There were chants, including ones calling for money for schools and against wars. Some students were dancing.

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The environment: Three art shows that reflect landscape

"Victory Garden" by Amy Franceschini
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By Plinio Hernandez

As a life long resident of Berkeley, being conscious about the environment and global justice comes as second nature in my daily life. Biking, gardening, beekeeping, or donating to a much needed cause are all part of what I live and breathe in Berkeley. If you want to visually experience art that reflects these issues, three ongoing art exhibits in Berkeley, all varying in medium and style, exemplify ideas of the poetic and the political by exploring concepts of land usage, abstract landscape, and migrant farm workers.

The first and the most conceptual of these exhibits is “Land, Use” at the Hazel Wolf Gallery, located inside the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. For this exhibition, the Brower Center has commissioned the first collaboration between Amy Franceschini (San Francisco, CA) and Fernando García-Dory (Madrid, Spain). Individual projects by these artists are also on display. The exhibit is made up of documentary-style videos, drawings, photographs, silk-screen posters, remnants of a workshop facilitated at the gallery, and writings that both artists use to bring their social practice methodology into the gallery space. … Continue reading »

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Skydeck hopes to boost Berkeley-based tech startups

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There’s a long-standing mismatch between the number of ventures spurred by innovations at the University of California Berkeley and Berkeley Lab and the number of those startups that locate in Berkeley. The Berkeley Skydeck startup accelerator, with 10,000 sq ft at the top of downtown’s tallest building, hopes to change that.

The Skydeck is a collaboration between the university’s College of Engineering, the Haas School of Business, the Vice Chancellor for Research office, Berkeley Lab, the City of Berkeley, the Downtown Berkeley Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. According to data the university has compiled, there are about 20 companies founded each year from campus and Lab innovations.

“This initiative is a perfect fit for a campus that is deeply engaged with and concerned about real-world challenges,” said Graham Fleming, vice chancellor for research. “We have long needed a space to help support the activities of the campus’ many outstanding entrepreneurs.” … Continue reading »

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Baseball dreams: New academy serves Berkeley youth

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By Pam Zelnik and Mark Stuhr

Practicing youth baseball and softball in the Berkeley area can be tricky. There are few fields and almost none with lights. During the long dark months from late fall to mid-spring, players and teams are vying for the scarce resource of practice fields, batting cages, or pitching mound time.

Now, thanks to the hard work and the determination of one coach to turn a vision into reality, that has changed.

David “Shiva” Gaskins, a local veteran coach of the extremely well-run Albany Little League, has just realized his dream and opened Wheelhouse Academy of Baseball, an indoor batting cage and training facility for baseball and softball. Wheelhouse, which is on the Albany-El Cerrito border in Richmond, has professional instruction available, a regulation clay pitching mound setup for all distances, and state of the art equipment. … Continue reading »

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