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Haas NewsWire, March 13, 2000


Berkeley's Real Estate Challenge Teams Gear Up for Competition
Rose and Vogel Butt Heads Over Trade Liberalization
C4C Rakes in the Cash for Charity at the Annual Auction
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Two teams of UC Berkeley students are burning the midnight oil preparing their entries for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Challenge and the Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge.

This year, Kali Rembold (Haas 01), Glen Cerdono (Haas 01), and Martin Dare (Haas 01) are representing Haas on the UC Berkeley team for the NAIOP Development Challenge. The other members of the team are Justin Reginato (Ph.D. candidate in Construction Management) and Kevin Hufferd (city planning). This annual challenge between Cal and Stanford brings together students from various departments (Haas has always been involved) to create a development proposal that will bring home the coveted Golden Shovel. The record currently stands at four wins for Cal and five for Stanford, inspiring this year's team even more.

The NAIOP Challenge has been going strong for ten years. Founded by Haas Adjunct Professor in Real Estate Steve Chamberlin in 1990 when he was president of the local NAIOP chapter, the challenge was meant to give students at Cal and Stanford a taste of the challenges that face real estate professionals after graduation. The site is chosen and each team is given $2,500 and 90 days to come up with a proposal. Beyond that, the teams have to decide on their own how much work they will need to put in to win. "It is a competition--you don't know how much effort the other team is going to put in," said Chamberlin. "The nature of the competition is not to give them a project that is too easy."

This year's project is Pier 70 and the client is the Port of San Francisco. The Cal team describes the site as having a lot of issues--there is a working shipyard, historic buildings, and community concerns. "This site seems to be really controversial," said team member Martin Dare, MBA 01, "It's been in the news a lot and many other constituencies have proposed developments on the site."

The nine-member panel of judges includes practitioners from every area of real estate development: architecture, planning, banking, brokerage, and property management. The teams give their presentations at a lunch meeting of NAIOP on April 27, and the winner is announced immediately afterwards. "There is no second place," said Chamberlin.

The Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge is a competition among several west coast graduate schools. Each team must identify a site, gain community support, and then create an affordable housing project. This year's Cal team has chosen a site in San Francisco. The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency is its client.

The Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics is sponsoring the UC Berkeley teams for the NAIOP Challenge and the Bank of America Low-income Housing Challenge. The Cal Team for the NAIOP challenge is looking for support and assistance on all aspects of their proposal. E-mail them at dare@haas.berkeley.edu to join in the fun. To attend the final competition, please call NAIOP at 408-452-1634.

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The insults will be flying and mud will be slung this Friday at the Clausen Center faculty debate. Continuing a long tradition of heated debates, Professors Andrew Rose and David Vogel will address the following resolution: "Should trade liberalization be linked to labor and environmental standards?" on Friday, March 17.

When asked to comment on the debate, the distinguished scholars gave answers that show the dual nature of the event. On the subject at hand, Vogel said, "The benefits of trade liberalization can and should be enhanced by linking trade agreements to the improvement of environmental and labor standards. Trade should be a vehicle to promote the exchange of norms and values as well as goods and services."

On the subject of his opponent, Rose said, "I'd write something, but it'll be so easy that it scarcely seems worth trying to intimidate him. I feel sorry for him, I really do. If you thought that Seattle was a mess, wait 'til you see him on St. Paddy's. This could be as bad as core BPP... well, perhaps not that bad..."

The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy sponsors the annual event. The debate starts at 4:00 in Anderson Auditorium. Sebastian Teunissen will serve as moderator.

A Consumption Function sponsored by the European Business Club and the Clausen Center will follow. There will be tables featuring dishes from: Benelux, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.

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Challenge for Charity's annual auction surpassed the funds it raised last year by approximately $2,000. The whole auction this year (both the silent and live portions) raised approximately $40,000. The live auction was a huge success, with 40 items bringing in more than $23,000.

The top bid of the evening was dinner for six with Dean Laura Tyson and her husband for $2,400. Other hot items of the night included dinner with Economics Professor Janet Yellen for $1,100, a coaching session with a group of angel investors from the Angels' Forum ($750), and a day of surfing lessons followed by a pool party for twelve with Paul Tiffany, senior lecturer in the business and public policy group ($1,800).

The MBA Challenge for Charity is a competition among six west coast business schools (Haas, Stanford, UCLA, UC Irvine, USC and the University of Washington) to raise money and provide volunteer hours for the Special Olympics. This was the 17th annual C4C auction.

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Robbie Jackson has moved from the casual position she held in the accounting office to a permanent accounting and personnel representative position replacing Helen Choi. Robbie will be the account rep for the Dean's Office, the associate deans, Development and Alumni Relations, the Center for Executive Development, the Accounting group, and the Manufacturing and Information Technology group.

Robbie's previous experience includes 13-and-a-half years as the office manager for the Student Health department at UCSF. She recently decided to look for a position on this side of the bay when she moved to Vallejo. Until her phone number is moved from her old desk, Robbie can be reached at 3-3196. In about ten days her number will be 3-2603. She can be reached via e-mail at rjackson@haas.berkeley.edu.


Sojourner Blair has joined the Undergraduate Program Office as an admissions officer and system administrator. Sojourner will be working to make the department's computer systems more efficient by coordinating the in-house databases with central campus resources.

Sojourner was a senior managing consultant for Navigant Consulting Inc. before joining us here at Haas. Sojourner can be reached at 2-1421 or blair@haas.berkeley.edu.

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David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, will be giving a half-day presentation on branding in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of a larger seminar organized by Informationskollegiet on March 14.

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The March 13 issue of the Financial Times mentions the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition in the "News from Campus" section.

In "Why Net Stocks do that" on CNNfn (March 13), Professor Brett Trueman, is quoted on the results of the study he and Assistant Professor M. H. Franco Wong and Assistant Professor Xiao-Jun Zhang conducted on how the stocks of internet companies are valued.

Marketing professor Rashi Glazer states that location still matters for Internet-based businesses in the Monday, March 13 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Glazer is quoted in "Online Outposts Flocking to Bay Area" on the need for technology to be in close proximity to share information.

The front page spread of the Sunday, March 12, Contra Costa Times featured a story on the 1999 Haas Founders Forum. "The Haas Connection" is about the group of Haas Class of 1999 entrepreneurs that have formed their own network for support and information. All of them founded their own companies. The full text of the article can be found at http://www.hotcoco.com/biztech/stories_business/o12haas_20000312_biz.htm.

With gasoline prices going through the roof, Professor Severin Borenstein has been in high demand. He was quoted on March 11 in the San Francisco Chronicle in "Oil Prices Presage Expensive Summer" on the potential for gasoline prices to climb even higher. The article can be found at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/03/11/MN77038.DTL.

The March 8 issue of the Berkeleyan ran an article on the Business Plan Competition. The article, "Battle of the Business Plans," reported that 65 teams are competing in the next round and $70,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the first place team.

The March 8 edition of the New York Times included the Haas School of Business in an article about retaining business students. The article, "Giving Student Entrepreneurs a Reason not to Drop Out," mentioned that the Haas School has an incubator to support student entrepreneurs. The article can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/yr/mo/cyber/education/08education.htm.

Professor Severin Borenstein explained that holding inventories of oil can be costly, leading refiners to keep even lower supplies in times of high prices, thus leading to more shortages and higher gas prices in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. The article, "Gasoline Barreling Toward $2," can be found at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=

Borenstein was also quoted in the Sacramento Bee on March 7 saying the gas prices may go up another 10 to 15 cents a gallon. The article "Gas at $2 a gallon could burn drivers this summer," can be found at http://www.sacbee.com/ib/news/ib_news01_20000307.html.

The Financial Times wrote an article on Evening MBA ('98) alumna Elizabeth Pearce's mutual fund and quoted her in the March 6 edition. Read the entire article, "Stockpickers: Disciple of the value prophets," at http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&

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