16 November 2006
Berkeleyan returns Nov. 30
We'll take next week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to our regular publishing schedule with the issue of Nov. 30.
Regents defer decision on southeast campus projects until early December
A committee of the UC Regents on Tuesday voted to delay consideration of plans for the southeast corner of the Berkeley campus, including construction of a Student-Athlete High Performance Center, saying it needed more time to review late-arriving materials. At issue is approval of the center's design and certification of the environmental impact report (EIR) that examines the campus's overall Southeast Campus Integrated Projects program, which aims to renovate and seismically strengthen California Memorial Stadium and better integrate athletics and academics at Berkeley.
The delay will give members of the regents' Committee on Grounds and Buildings more time to review the city of Berkeley's comments on the EIR and responses from campus EIR experts. The committee, which is authorized to certify the EIR and give final approval of the student-athlete center design, will decide on the matter at a special session in early December.
The committee did approve an interim financing model for the student-athlete center, allowing the campus to proceed with planning for the new building. That action was set to go to the full Board of Regents for ratification at its Los Angeles meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Campus officials said the delay does not affect the proposed schedule for the new student-athlete center, nor a commitment to construct the center without displacing home football games.
Open Enrollment ends Tuesday night
Open Enrollment for 2007 ends Tuesday, Nov. 21, at midnight. Those who already have a Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) and/or a Dependent Care Account need to re-enroll annually. Benefits options selected during Open Enrollment become effective Jan. 1, 2007. All changes must be made online, at atyourservice.ucop.edu. A UC password is required to log in; those who have forgotten their password can request a temporary password from the At Your Service website.
Big Game tickets for sale
Tickets for end-zone seats close to the field remain for the 109th Big Game vs. Stanford, with kickoff set for noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at Memorial Stadium. Tickets may be purchased online at newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/endzone, by calling (800) GO BEARS, or in person at the Cal Athletic Ticket Office, 2223 Fulton St. (weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Campus choir Tangy Voce slated for two noon-hour holiday concerts
University Health Service's Tangy Voce will give two free noon-hour concerts in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the group will offer a program titled "Turkey Treat" in the Tang Center's downstairs atrium. Two weeks later, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, it presents "Winter Songfest" in the Bank of America Forum at Haas School of Business (on level two of the school's faculty wing, adjoining the courtyard). The Tangy Voce singers are employees and former employees from the Tang Center and elsewhere on campus. The Tang Center is located at 2222 Bancroft Way.
Art Studio's holiday sale begins next week
The ASUC Art Studio's 2006 holiday art sale begins this year on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 2. Art collectors and casual shoppers will find one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery, photography, prints, jewelry, and textiles by more than 30 Bay Area artists at great values; 30 percent of the proceeds support educational programming at the studio. The sale runs each day from noon to 5 p.m. at the art studio, located on the lower level of Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building. For information, call 642-3065 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Half-price youth tickets available for Golden Dragon Acrobats performances
Cal Performances is offering half-price tickets for youths 16 and under for the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at Zellerbach Hall during Thanksgiving weekend. The show is booked for Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26 (Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.). The Chinese acrobatic company is renowned for spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary theater techniques, and breathtaking routines. To order tickets, visit calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2006/world_stage/gda.php or to the Zellerbach Hall ticket office.
Water Archives offers free publications
Free copies of publications related to water issues are available from the campus's Water Resources Center Archives. For a recently updated list of available reports, abstracts, handbooks, conference proceedings, and other materials, visit lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/freepubs.html, then e-mail or fax the center to request specific items. Those on campus or living locally are encouraged to visit the archives in person, at 410 O'Brien Hall, to pick up materials. To receive e-mail notification when a new "Free Pubs" list is posted, join the WRCA publications listserv, found at lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/listservs.html.