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Issue #1011 :: Thursday, September 16, 2004

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State Colleges More Costly, Report Finds
California's ability to provide affordable higher education has slipped in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday that compared the state's performance in college preparation and affordability to colleges across the country.

Toward a Civil Society
The diversity of students on this campus never ceases to amaze me-just about every type of student exists here. And for every type of student there is a student organization on file at the Office of Student Life. A walk down Sproul Hall during the noon hour quickly becomes a regular ticker-tape parade of multicolored handbills and glossy-print fliers promoting general meetings, social mixers and parties. And for that, a large number of student organizations take a lot of shit for being apolitical and apathetic.

New A.D. to Tackle Fund-Raising Issue


Fahrenheit 472 B.C.
A young ruler, attempting to live up to his father's past legacy, sends an army into a foreign nation to reclaim the land as his nation's own. Sadly it ends in a horrifyingly bloody battle. And all that is left of the leader's desires to recover glory is merely an army and a nation torn apart. Does this at all sound familiar? Indeed, how history repeats itself.

News

State Colleges More Costly, Report Finds
California's ability to provide affordable higher education has slipped in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday that compared the state's performance in college preparation and affordability to colleges across the country.

New Athletic Director Named
The first female athletic director in UC Berkeley history, Sandy Barbour, was appointed yesterday.

FBI Given Direct Access to Foreign Students' Files
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted FBI direct access to records of international students and scholars Tuesday, affecting thousands of UC Berkeley foreigners.

Youth Take Stand Against Violence


News in Brief
Four Los Alamos Lab Employees Fired

Campus Groups Align to Lure Youth to Polls
With a meager turnout of young voters in the last presidential election, campus groups are stepping up their efforts to mobilize young voters, a large demographic that notoriously gives the cold shoulder to the polls on election day.


Sports

Keeping Tedford Critical
Twenty-eight games into Jeff Tedford's career at Cal, the football coach has the Bears ranked No. 10 in the country and riding a five-game winning streak dating back to November.

New A.D. to Tackle Fund-Raising Issue


Barbour Right Woman at Wrong Time
Kate Troescher became Cal's first long-term female yell leader back in 2002, a season in which the Cal football team performed the modern-day miracle of turning around its 1-10 debacle in '01 and in turn catapulted the Bears to a bowl game last season and a No. 10 ranking this year.

Water Polo: Top Four Squads Enter SoCal Tourney
If you were on the UC Davis men's water polo team, this weekend may not look promising.

Online Exclusive: Fire-Breathing Foe Takes on Cal Field Hockey
The Cal field hockey team opens up a three-game homestand today starting against nonconference foe Drexel.


Arts & Entertainment

Fahrenheit 472 B.C.
A young ruler, attempting to live up to his father's past legacy, sends an army into a foreign nation to reclaim the land as his nation's own. Sadly it ends in a horrifyingly bloody battle. And all that is left of the leader's desires to recover glory is merely an army and a nation torn apart. Does this at all sound familiar? Indeed, how history repeats itself.

Antiquated Notes From Nihon
I have to admit, I know nothing about ancient Japanese music. But the sight of 18 solemn musicians, clad in jewel-tone robes, gliding out to fill the stage at Hertz Hall last Sunday, was so hauntingly beautiful that I soon forgot my ignorance and enjoyed the spectacle.

‘Relationships 101' Hits a New Low
Contrary to Mama Gena's explicit intentions in writing her "Marriage Manual," she misses the target by a long shot. Mama Gena, known as Regina Thomashauer to the real world, states quite well in an opening comment, "Marriage, today, is about as relevant an institution as the National Rifle Association." Yet instead of leaving it at that, Thomashauer chooses to disclaim the premise of her entire manual, presenting all who dare to read with incoherent evidence for trapping, training and marrying a man.

Taster's Choice: More Time in the Tub Than President Taft
Some people know their bathtub only as the thing they stand in while they shower, or are disgusted at the idea of marinating in their own juices. This is sad reality.

‘Sky Captain' Heavy on Pulp, Feeble on Fiction
How badly did I want to like "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"? Let me count the ways.

Online Exclusive: Interview With "Sky Captain" Director Kerry Conran
"I'm just a huge movie nerd," says Kerry Conran, a proud grin on his face.

Online Exclusive: ‘Wimbleton' Match a Winning ‘Love' Story
You heard it here first, folks: 2004 is the year of the romance. It's September, and while there's still the big Oscar push to go, so far the movies that have really stuck out, the movies that have really left an impression, are all of the oft-maligned hearts & flowers genre: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." "Before Sunset." "Garden State." These films, which could easily be written off as simple date movies or (shudder) chick flicks, are instead the ones asking larger questions about love, life, and everything in-between.

Online Exclusive: Takashi Miike Sickens Yet Again: Do You ‘Gozu'?
The Japanese, aside from being the world leaders in cellphone and toilet technology, also make a mean horror flick. While American audiences shy away from the fun of violence, gore, and other disturbing goodies, the Japanese welcome them with chest cavity wide open. From high school students forced into allegorical bloodbath to abstract monster movies about menacing geometric shapes, there's a certain flair in all of it beyond another Kreuger, Voorhees, or Myers.

Online Exclusive: "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" Too Knowing, But Still Beautiful
The notion of intelligent machines rebelling against their masters is about as old as science fiction itself. If the human body is a machine-one of the ideas that comes up in the anime film "Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence"-then the story is as old as the Book of Genesis.

Online Exclusive: ‘Fractured Fairy Tales' Redux
"Will you marry me?" asks a half-man, half-lizard babysitter. The little belle responds with shrill cries of horror and reproof of her parents for leaving her with a monster. This spoof of "Beauty and the Beast" opens the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's first play of the season, "The Secret in the Wings." Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, the work is an enchanting exploration of the human psyche through the lens of childhood fairy tales.

Online Exclusive: Music Reviews
Rayon - Blow Away

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