The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
OCTOBER 26, 2010
Polling place Arguing that California is at a critical juncture, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies has joined with its counterparts at Stanford and Sacramento State to launch a new nonpartisan website, California Choices. Its aim is to help voters wade through acres of conflicting information about the nine statewide ballot measures up for a vote next Tuesday.  Its founders describe their goals in a Sacramento Bee perspective piece.

> Go directly to California Choices

> Also: IGS guide to state ballot measures

Retirement logo People who work at Berkeley face significant changes in their  pensions and health insurance. To provide information, the campus plans several forums over the next few weeks.
Post-retirement: Increases in employee pension contributions and other proposals will be discussed at two sessions this week: one for staff Wednesday morning, one for faculty Thursday afternoon. Full details are here.
Health insurance: Open enrollment opened yesterday (Oct. 25) and closes Nov. 23. Sessions for staff and faculty will be held on Nov. 3 and Nov. 16. In addition, individual help is available by appointment. Full details are here.
'Black Cat' movie poster Thousands of online movies may be just a click away, but picking the best ones for a Halloween-week fright fest can be a bloody challenge. As Oct. 31 approaches, a few UC Berkeley authorities -- including Media Resources Center director and lifelong scary-movie fanatic Gary Handman -- share their own spooky faves.

> Read the full article...

Prestigious award from USC for molecular and cell biology professor.

Pair honored for accomplishments in media resources, preservation.

Aspen Institute recognizes contributions in field of corporate social responsibility.

"Northgate Radio" up for best feature program.

New edition of Bright Green News highlights sustainability on campus. (PDF)
And Berkeley places ninth in the number of scholars produced.

Partnership aims to help low-income Mexican workers in California.

Special edition of California Journal of Politics and Policy offers some answers.

"Trash talk" at entries encourages fans to reduce waste.

Relationship-violence-awareness event tonight and tomorrow.
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