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14 November 2001 |

Berkeleyan’s next issue is Nov. 29
Next week, Berkeleyan takes its traditional one-week Thanksgiving week break. We publish again Nov. 29, followed by our final issue of 2001, on Dec. 6.

Kids festival at PFA
Bring teddy bears and cuddly toys to the Pacific Film Archive Nov. 24 and 25 for the 18th annual Teddy Bear Parade and Film Festival. The annual event features movies from around the world, appropriate for children 4 and older, as well as a teddy bear parade and a free helium balloon for each child.
Screenings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day at the new PFA Theater, located at 2575 Bancroft Way, near Bowditch Street. Admission is $3.50 for adults and children. Advance tickets are recommended; call 642-5249.

Haas forum looks at economic future
Students flocked to the Economic Outlook Forum for 2001 at the Haas School of Business Friday, where a panel of experts discussed everything from recession and company “right sizing” to the airline and insurance industries, real estate, the stock market, Silicon Valley and globalization.
The panel addressed the current economic downturn in California, the United States and around the world, particularly in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Panelists included professors Janet Yellen, Richard Lyons, Ken Rosen, Jerome Engel, Hal Varian, Severin Borenstein and Dwight Jaffee.

Yellen, a former governor of the Federal Reserve Board and chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton administration, said the economic picture looks gloomy for the next six months. But beyond that, there are “solid grounds for optimism,” she said.

“Even as anxious as American consumers were, they bought a heck of a lot of cars in October,” Yellen said, referring to the strong appeal of zero-percent loans for new cars by several U.S. automakers.

Faculty Club honors Sandy Elberg
The Faculty Club recently renamed its Directors Room to honor Sanford (Sandy) Elberg, long-time dean of the Graduate Division and president of the Faculty Club from 1988 to 1992. Elberg is best known in the campus community as dean of the Graduate Division in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. His friends and family have raised more than $40,000 to help remodel the room. Tax-deductible donations for the project — made out to the UC Regents, Fund No. 469 and mailed to the Faculty Club, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-6050 — are still being accepted.


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