News Briefs

01 October 2008

Turf restoration to close Memorial Glade

A large portion of Memorial Glade will be closed for much of the fall semester to allow restoration of the areaís soil and grass. Preliminary work has already begun, and temporary fencing will go up following Student Homecoming events scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1. Repairs to soil levels and the lawn will begin soon thereafter. Fencing is expected to be up through November to allow for complete restoration of the turf. During restoration, a section on the south side of Memorial Glade will remain accessible for activities.

Flu-shot clinics start Oct. 6

The Tang Center, located at 2222 Bancroft Way, will offer fall flu-shot clinics beginning Monday, Oct. 6, from noon to 6 p.m. Five other clinics are scheduled during the fall semester: Oct. 15 and 20, Nov. 5 and 13, and Dec. 1. The cost for staff, faculty, and members of the community (college-age adults and older) is $25 for the regular vaccine, $30 for one that is thimerisol-free. No appointment is necessary. For information, visit

Informational meetings for potential vanpoolers

Parking and Transportation is presenting vanpool programs through Enterprise Rideshare, a division of the car-rental company, as an alternative-transportation opportunity for all campus staff. Two hourlong informational meetings for potential participants from Solano County and the Contra Costa County communities of Antioch, Brentwood, and Pittsburg will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Unionís Tan Oak Room, the first from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the second from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A vehicle demonstration will be given on Spieker Plaza immediately following each meeting. For information, phone Alesia Woods at 643-9362 or Connie McGee at 877-5472.

Watch the veep debate at IGS

Berkeley students will gather at the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) tonight to watch the debate between vice-presidential candidates Sen. Joseph Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin. The IGS event is co-sponsored by two student groups: Berkeley College Republicans and Cal Berkeley Democrats.

An hour before the debate begins, a panel of political experts will discuss the role of debates in campaigns. The Berkeley panelists will include David Karol, assistant professor of political science, and Jack Citrin, professor of political science.

The panel discussion will run from 5 to 6 p.m; the debate watch will occur from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the IGS library, 109 Moses Hall. IGS will also sponsor debate-watch events the evenings of the second and third presidential candidatesí debates on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the same times and location.

For the record . . .

A photo caption in our last issue misidentified a member of the bluegrass band the Wronglers, which played at an outdoor music event on campus on Saturday, Sept. 13. The musician identified as Berkeley physics chair Frances Hellman, wife of Wronglers banjoist/vocalist Warren Hellman, is in fact Hellmanís wife, Chris. Frances Hellman, his daughter, was not pictured. We regret the error.