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Issue #1124 :: Monday, February 28, 2005

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Noise Pop
Come the end of every February, fans of independent music in San Francisco and its environs sell back their Dishwalla records and use their newly-earned cash for one glorious purpose: buying concert tickets. Now celebrating its thirteenth year, the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival has been bringing the noise to the City by the Bay since a bygone era in which the concept of being "alternative" was somehow emerging as a viable marketing term.

Despite Losses, Cal Focused on NCAAs
At the beginning of the season, the Cal women's swimming team had two goals in mind.

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ the Great American Music Hall
With more elasticity in his facial muscles than the waistband of a fresh pair of Fruit of the Looms, a muted Ted Leo would still be compelling to watch. Of course, without the spastic blasts of vocals these contortions produce, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall last Tuesday would have definitely lacked a certain something.

Students Could Pay For Excess Units
Some students who exceed unit caps for graduation may have to shell out an extra fee to UC if a state-driven proposal to charge students for excess units gets the nod from the UC Board of Regents in May.

News

Berkeley High Program Connects Students to Past
Berkeley High School senior Stephanie Stephens says black history instruction in many public schools emphasizes the most negative aspect of the African American experience-enslavement.

City Officially Swears In First Female Fire Chief
Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor was officially pinned and sworn into office Friday afternoon before a crowd of more than 200 Berkeley residents, city officials and fire chiefs from nearby cities.

Exhibit Preserves Black Panther ‘Legacy'
When Billy X Jennings joined the Black Panther Party as a 17-year-old community college student, he did not expect to one day escort party co-founder Huey Newton to his murder trial, or to become Bobby Seale's campaign manager when Seale ran for mayor of Oakland.

Campus to Help Create New Charter School
UC Berkeley will partner with a statewide nonprofit charter school organization to create a secondary school in West Oakland in order to better prepare students for college, officials announced last week.

New Director Frames Vision
The African American Student Development office won't reopen its doors for another two weeks, but the office's new director, S. Nzingha Dugas, has been at UC Berkeley for more than a decade preparing for its opening.

Corrections
Friday's article "UC Berkeley Black Faculty Have Unique Struggle" incorrectly stated that .3 percent of faculty are black. In fact, 3 percent of the faculty is black.

Students Could Pay For Excess Units
Some students who exceed unit caps for graduation may have to shell out an extra fee to UC if a state-driven proposal to charge students for excess units gets the nod from the UC Board of Regents in May.

Senior Center Meeting Addresses Recent Rape
Nearly 100 community members, the majority of them women, packed the West Berkeley Senior Center Thursday evening to voice their concerns to Berkeley police about a rapist in the area.

News in Brief
Police Detonate Packages


Sports

Despite Losses, Cal Focused on NCAAs
At the beginning of the season, the Cal women's swimming team had two goals in mind.

Bears Busted by Beavers, Pac-10 Tourney in Doubt
CORVALLIS, Ore.-One possession late in the second half pretty much explained everything.

Sweep Gives Cal Eight Straight Wins
Although the Cal baseball team (9-4) narrowly defeated Saint Mary's in 12 innings Friday, the Bears turned around and shut out the Gaels 7-0 on Sunday, allowing only four hits.

Bears Crack Triple Digits Against ASU
The Witter Field scoreboard read 21-0 as the final whistle sounded.

Late Turnover Spoils Cal's Upset Bid at James Madison
When freshman Emily Haller scored with 4:31 remaining in the game, No. 13 James Madison took an 11-10 lead. At that point in the matchup, the Cal lacrosse team and the Dukes both had 11 turnovers each.

Bears Hope Local Knowledge Helps at Ashworth Invite
No. 8 USC may be hosting this year's Ashworth Collegiate Invitational at the par-71, 6,900-yard North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., but the Cal men's golf team harbors a little local knowledge of its own.

Return of Maack and Niland Not Enough to Thwart SoCal Powers
Injuries and a suspension the past year and a half have kept the Cal men's tennis team from reaching its full potential.

Cal Only Manages Three Points Against No. 12 USC, No. 11 UCLA
The No. 17 Cal women's tennis team suffered two consecutive losses this weekend against No. 12 USC and No. 11 UCLA, bringing the Bears' record to 4-3.

Seniors Give It Their All, But Come Up Short Against Ducks
The Cal women's basketball team lacked only one thing down the stretch of a tightly fought struggle with second-place Oregon-the lead.

Bears Run Into Beavers' Buzzsaw
Last Friday night, the Cal women's gymnastics team showed it was beginning to regain its form to potentially qualify for the NCAAs.

Cal Suffers First Loss, Thorson Remains Dominant
Cal softball pitcher Kristina Thorson should ask for overtime pay.

Women Climb to Second, Men Fall to Fourth at MPSF Indoors
The women's contingent of the Cal track and field team posted strong results in the final day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor championships, but the men's side faltered.


Arts & Entertainment

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ the Great American Music Hall
With more elasticity in his facial muscles than the waistband of a fresh pair of Fruit of the Looms, a muted Ted Leo would still be compelling to watch. Of course, without the spastic blasts of vocals these contortions produce, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall last Tuesday would have definitely lacked a certain something.

Mission of Burma @ Bimbo's 365 Club
Most major band re-unions are indicative of a need (or want) of money. Mission of Burma's recent re-union is, thankfully, an exception to this phenomenon. As one of Noise Pop's headlining attractions this year, their Wednesday-night show at Bimbo's 365 Club was a striking performance of eccentric, trebly passion.

The Polyphonic Spree @ Bimbo's 365 Club
The Polyphonic Spree performed for the last time, before taking a break from touring, at Bimbo's 365 Club last Thursday night in San Francisco. It was a fine finish for a group that has been touring for three years, and one that has been able to retain the same enthusiasm right up until their very last night.

Amon Tobin @ Bimbo's 365 Club
The skeptical will undoubtedly inform you that electronica is a genre for poindexters who spend their Saturdays coding Scheme in Heller Lounge, fueled by bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. And, well ... they're right. But for those bored with good time rock n' roll and trying to find a way to stick it to the man and unleash the raver within, Brazil's own Amon Adonai Santos de Araujo Tobin is about as excellent of an introduction as one can find.

Joanna Newsom @ the Swedish American Hall
Joanna Newsom started off her set last Saturday at the Swedish American Hall by walking from her luminous harp to the front of the stage. With a childish happiness and disregard, she abruptly started singing "The Side of the Blue," cooing the audience to clap along. The crowd poured back with the chorus: "We do!" and an inundation of applause.

Alexi Murdoch @ the Swedish American Music Hall
Alexi Murdoch is an easy-going guy, and so are his fans. Despite sitting through three other performances, the audience showed no signs of restlessness when Murdoch finally came out past midnight on Saturday at the Swedish American Hall.

Louis XIV @ the Great American Music Hall
This past Thursday night The Great American Music Hall saw its lofty and well-established "American" title disintegrate under beautifully poised and French haughtiness. As the San Diego four piece Louis XIV sauntered onto stage in that demure yet cocksure heavy manner that they have come to inherit by namesake, the Great American Music Hall was no longer the glorious edifice of grandeur it had been for its camera phone burdened pop crowd.

Mates of State @ Slim's
When was the last time you heard the wondrous music of a large, live organ – and I don't mean the large intestine, badum-ching! – and really appreciated it? Sunday school, maybe; although perhaps you are of the secular ilk. Possibly Barnum & Bailey's, if you didn't have a tendency to wet the bed from clown nightmares.

Nada Surf @ Slim's
The Noise Pop Festival rolled into The Great American Music Hall this Friday, and brought with it a lot of thunder but a sparse amount of lightning, all topped off by a dose of Nada Surf. The Wine Chuggers, solo project of Emperor Penguin's Melvoin Stanke, also known as Bill Cameron, were the opening act. They lacked anything truly engaging, but there was a girl on the cello, which has to amount to at least 25 coolness points.

Vetiver @ the Bottom of the Hill
They say that in the music business, it's all about who you know, and one might think that the case of San Francisco-based folk group Vetiver, as their debut album boasts contributions from veritable indie music acts Devendra Banhart (an oft member of the band), Joanna Newsom, Colm O'Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine, and Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star.

Noise Pop
Come the end of every February, fans of independent music in San Francisco and its environs sell back their Dishwalla records and use their newly-earned cash for one glorious purpose: buying concert tickets. Now celebrating its thirteenth year, the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival has been bringing the noise to the City by the Bay since a bygone era in which the concept of being "alternative" was somehow emerging as a viable marketing term.

The Ditty Bops @ Cafe du Nord
Despite being an opening band, the Ditty Bops were the real party at Cafe du Nord on Friday night. The tiny club was packed with a bizarrely middle-aged crowd, who must have been there to see the headliners, Bettie Serveert, but neither they nor either of the other two bands were within miles of the Ditty Bops.

Ringside @ Cafe du Nord
The hipster joint Café du Nord in San Francisco's funky Castro district was further sexified Friday evening by the fusion of hypnotic beats and guitar riffs which, combined with frontman Scott's rough, sultry vocals- is Ringside. Despite a thin crowd due to the awkward 5 p.m. time slot, Ringside played a solid opening set that ranged from dance-rock songs with heart-pumping bass beats to harder, more Live-esque pop rock.

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