A man was struck by a vehicle while crossing Telegraph Avenue this afternoon. At the time of the Daily Cal report, the man was in critical condition and still unconscious in the trauma center of Highland General Hospital in Oakland.

The man was crossing the street at the intersection of Blake Street and Telegraph Avenue. He was hit by a white Honda Accord, Berkeley police Lt. Wesley Hester said. Police received a call at 12:14 p.m.

OK, so let’s just recap:
* An elderly woman died after being hit while crossing Solano Avenue about three weeks ago
* An entire family died in a “murder-suicide” about a week ago
* A Bay Area activist/former UC Berkeley English professor died after being hit by a train about a week ago
* A body was found off Berkeley pier a day ago

And now this. What the hell is going on?

Image Source: Skyler Reid, The Daily Californian
Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Telegraph [Daily Cal]

We’re just going to say it, even though we’ve said it before—Alysia Johnson has got to be the Cal athlete of the year.

No one person has dominated her sport (actually event) like Johnson has this year. Sure Marshawn Lynch will make the big bucks playing for the Buffalo Bills and sure John Mann is the country’s top water polo player, but Johnson just defeated a bunch of pros—and no other athlete on this campus can say they’ve done that this year.

After winning the NCAA indoor and outdoor championship in the 800, Johnson went to the U.S. Track and Field Championships and took home a national title as well. So, the All-American can be called a three-time national champion.

And remember Johnson out-ran a bunch of professional athletes. We can’t stress that enough.

So now it’s off to Osaka, Japan in August for Johnson—as a member of the U.S. National Team. If she keeps this up, we think that Johnson will be wearing the red, white and blue once again next summer—but this time in the Olympics.

Image Source: David Belford, Daily Cal
Johnson Keeps Rolling With Another Championship [Daily Cal]

Yesterday, a body was found in the San Francisco Bay off the Berkeley pier.

A boater first spotted the body at about 9:30 a.m. and notified the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard retrieved the body, but the coroner has yet to identify the man or pinpoint the cause of his death.

We except more details to come, but that’s all (and we mean ALL) that the Chron’s reporting right now.

Man’s body recovered from bay near Berkeley pier [SF Chronicle]

Update, 9:00 p.m.: The Daily Cal updated early this afternoon saying that the Homicide Unit is now handling the case, according to Berkeley police Lt. Wesley Hester.bq. “A week prior we had a report of a person seen jumping into the water off the Berkeley Pier,” Hester said. “We went down and investigated and never found the person, we’re not sure if that incident coincides with the body washing up, but it is a possibility.”

The Chron doesn’t have anything else up.

First we had a bad week for bloggers. Now Berkeley’s residents are having an even worse week.

Body Found in Bay Near Berkeley Marina [Daily Cal]

A few weeks ago, the City of Berkeley announced that it approved some parts of the Public Commons for Everyone Initiative—sending most of it back to the city manager to figure out before a fall meeting decides the initiative’s fate.

But not everyone likes this idea.

On IndyBay.org, someone has come to the defense of the homeless, whom many think that the Public Common for Everyone Initiative targets directly.

This complainer writes:

bq. More anti-homeless proposals are being scheduled to come up for another city council vote sometime soon during the fall. The proposals being considered include strict enforcement of laws against noise disturbances such as yelling, parking a bicycle against a window or on a parking meter, smoking near buildings, unauthorized possession of a milk crate, obstructing or restricting use of the sidewalk, reducing warning provisions for sitting or lying down on sidewalks, littering, hitching animals to fixed objects, unauthorized possession of a shopping cart, increased fines for using the great outdoors as a lavatory, public drunkeness or drug abuse, and anything else that city officials can dream up as an excuse to run the homeless out of town.

Um, getting rid of some of those things, if not all of those things isn’t beneficial to the city? Yeah, why don’t we continue to litter and make Berkeley look like a third-rate dump. Yeah, why don’t we use the local neighborhood park as a bathroom. Seems very draconian to us for the city to not want these things (read: we’re being sarcastic).

And apparently even talks about the Public Commons for Everyone Initiative have already spooked some of the city’s homeless population into leaving. Osha Neumann, an attorney who defends the city’s homeless said:

bq. “The homeless know what is going on, they feel frightened and some are already talking about leaving town. The downtown police bike patrols get to know the homeless hot spots and get to know the homeless on a first name basis, making it very easy to target them for removal”

We’ll let you decide whether or not the homeless population leaving Berkeley is good for the city. But for now, we’ll be quietly waiting for that Summer Orientation issue to come out tomorrow.

Earlier: City Council Going to Clean Up the Streets
War on the homeless heats up in Berkeley [Indybay.org]

With Summer Session C starting Monday, the Daily Cal is getting ready to welcome the new influx of students. You’ll find the 2007 Summer Orientation Issue inside Monday’s paper.

It’s exciting. We’re excited.

We mean, we haven’t been posting less for no good reason. You’ll see.

Bears Necessity picked up this treat recently. That guy’s got an eye for talent.

We don’t know who these guys are, but we think we’ve found a duo for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Hell, they could even rock “America’s Got Talent.”

Come to think of it, they even dance better than celebrity Bai Ling.

Goin Hyphy a UC Berkeley Dorm Room [YouTube]

Student Special: Freshmen Have Their Moments [Bears Necessity]

SI.com can’t get enough of college football. They released their own opinion of which teams have the toughest schedules and which matchups are the best of the year.

Of course Cal wouldn’t have a schedule ranked in the top 25. Not with powder-puffs like Louisiana Tech and Colorado State on its nonconference schedule.

And of course the Bears/USC matchup in late November will make that top 10 list of games to see. That game should determine the Pac-10 championship and whether or not Cal will go to a Rose Bowl. We know that seems like a broken record, but ever since that loss to the Trojans back in 2004, the Bears haven’t performed well in big games.

Speaking of not performing well in big games, SI.com’s Stewart Mandel thinks that Cal has been overrated that last couple of years. Apparently an angry Bears fan was trying to bitch out Mandel for not giving Cal more credit heading into this season.

But Mandel’s can argue right back:

bq. Remember last week when we discussed the carryover effect of Oklahoma’s 55-19 game a few years ago and how it affected the perception of that program? Well, I can’t speak for other voters, but Cal’s humiliating defeat at Tennessee last year had much the same effect for me. This is a program that, for several years, I think many of us slightly overrated in anticipation of a breakthrough that seemed to be coming following Jeff Tedford’s impressive turnaround job. Much of this was based on two games — the upset win over USC in 2003 and the near-upset of the Trojans in ’04. But the fact is, in nearly every big showcase game since then, the Bears have fallen flat, from the Holiday Bowl loss to Texas Tech to the past two USC games to that Tennessee debacle. Beating Texas A&M in the bowl game last year was nice, but I didn’t have that high an opinion of that A&M team to begin with.

bq. So what I’m saying is, I’m taking a little more cautious approach to Cal these days. They’ll certainly be in my preseason Top 25, but I’m not ready to throw the Bears in the national-title mix. The good news is, they have a chance to change my opinion very quickly with their rematch against the Vols opening weekend.

We agree with Mandel. Who have the Bears defeated that was of any note in the last three years? We mean, which good teams has Cal beaten in the last three years? And don’t say Oregon or Texas A&M.

The Bears haven’t proven themselves yet, and when they had the shot of clinching the Rose Bowl last year, they choked in Tucson, Ariz. and then lost to USC the week later.

To gain any street cred, Cal will have to beat someone better than Oregon State.

Image Source: Allison Porterfield, Daily Cal
Momentous matchups [SI.com]
Top 25 toughest schedules [SI.com]
Fearless foresight [SI.com]

On Monday, Ben Narodick officially announced that “CalStuff isn’t dead” but that Monday’s post would be his last post.With no writers to keep CalStuff going, the great UC Berkeley blog is no more. But it’s not dead.

“CalStuff is alive – just alive in the Terri Schiavo sense of the word,” Narodick wrote.

So … it’s brain dead?

OK, all joking aside, it really is quite unfortunate what’s happened to CalStuff. It paved the way for the rest of us and made Berkeley blogging a more serious endeavor for all us: the Daily Cal, the Clog, bloggers and students alike.

We’re pouring this one out for our homie over at CalStuff.

So far, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen to the Berkeley blogosphere. The Cal Patriot Blog noted Narodick’s goodbye, but will it have any great effect?

CalStuff, besides its characteristic commenters, was inactive for a while—more than four months to be precise.

But in its heyday, CalStuff was a recognized news source, respected citizen/student journalism and the foundation for the Berkeley blogosphere today. It was both a rival and complement to the Daily Cal. Even UC Berkeley’s NewsCenter featured the team of bloggers in a “best of” story:

bq. The four students who run the blog “CalStuff,” for example, see themselves as a filter for Berkeley-related news and happenings — and view their blog as a supplement to the Daily Cal, not a replacement for it. “We all recognize that the Daily Cal is the No. 1 source for students and we’ll never have the manpower to come close,” says Andy Ratto, a third-year political science major and one of four regular bloggers for CalStuff (profiled below). “That’s not what we’re trying to do. There are certain things that a blog can do differently and better than a print newspaper …”

Where would we be without CalStuff?

We think CalStuff has reached its end, but blogging in general is thriving in our society. More and more people create their own blogs and more and more newspapers add blogs to their websites.

Still, finding bloggers to take on the enterprise is a difficult situation. And, like CalStuff, we’re still looking for writers too.

Image Source: CalStuff.com
Take It Out Back, Tie It To A Tree [CalStuff]
We need blogs [Cal Patriot Blog]

Parking is a bitch in Berkeley. We’re not going to lie. You drive around for about half an hour, think you see a spot, and it turns out that there’s a fire hydrant right there, or a driveway, or it’s a loading zone, or some Mini Cooper is hiding behind that huge-ass SUV.

It’s even worse, we guess, for people who actually live in Berkeley and have to deal with all the university’s pesky college kids taking up all the street-side parking.

That’s where the city comes in.

Inside Bay Area reports that starting as soon as September, a section of the city south of UC Berkeley will be closed off and reserved primarily for residents. This section runs from Telegraph Avenue to College Avenue and from Dwight Way to Derby Street.

The city will make one side of each of the streets restricted to only residents who live there. The other side of these streets will remain the same as it is now—people without permits can park for two hours, but if they stay longer, they get a nice little fine.

Much of the parking strain that occurs on the south side happened after the university decided to close off that parking structure behind Crossroads. That thing held about 300 parking spots, according to Inside Bay Area. But that new parking structure they’re building at the old site, which is slated to open later this year, is supposed to hold 1,000 cars. That should help with the problem.

And, of course, someone has to take to complaining about this new program. Take this shop owner for instance:

bq. “You can’t apply this solution in one area and not expect people in others to want it,” Laird said. “I can understand where the people in those areas think this might be good, but once again it’s a typical Berkeley short-sighted solution. Berkeley has allowed a lot of housing without parking, with the concept that people don’t need cars. And now the neighborhoods are saying we need a place to put all our cars.”


Image Source: Google Maps
Berkeley tests program to provide more parking [Inside Bay Area]

So now you’re graduated. Or you’re on track to graduate in, like, five years. So after being a super senior, what the heck are you going to do with the rest of your life?

We just want to say one word to you: plastics.

Yeah, maybe in 1967.

US News and World Report released a report on the best careers for those carrying a bachelor’s degree. And English majors won’t be living in cardboard boxes after all.

The top highest-paying careers are as follows:

bq. 1. Management Consultant – $96,245 – Bachelor’s in Business

bq. 2. Fund Raiser – $78,902 – Bachelor’s in Business

bq. 3. Actuary – $75,062 – Bachelor’s in Accounting

bq. 4. Engineer – $72,156 – Bachelor’s in Engineering

bq. 5. Systems Analyst – $70,438 – Bachelor’s in Computer Science

bq. 6. School Psychologist – $63,029 – Bachelor’s in Psychology

bq. 7. Registered Nurse – $59,046 – Bachelor’s in Nursing

bq. 8. Editor – $52,443 – Bachelor’s in English

bq. 9. Landscape Architect – $49,974 – Bachelor’s in Architecture

Of course, you can earn more being, say, a doctor or a lawyer. But those careers involve more than a bachelor’s. One would hope.

But if you’re pretty much done with school effing you over, that there list is your guide to the top-dollar life of a college grad.

Yeah, only if you could get into Haas.

Best Careers 2007 [US News and World Report]
Highest Paying Jobs for Bachelor’s Degree Grads [Education Nation]

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