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Issue #1170 :: Thursday, May 5, 2005

Top Headlines

Disqualified ASUC Presidential Candidate Arrested After Protest
Minutes before the ASUC was scheduled to begin its annual budgeting meeting last night, independent ASUC presidential candidate Zach Liberman and a friend were arrested in the ASUC Senate chambers after locking themselves inside to protest Liberman's recent disqualification.

Conference Tourney Begins as Bears Enjoy Bye
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament begins today with the absence of two familiar teams.

Groove is in the Art
Whether it was the fake-blood-spattered, Viking-wig-wearing boys of Reggie & the Full Effect or the surprisingly talented 12-year-old sisters of Smoosh, the opening acts at Slim's far outshone their headliners on all counts.

Draft Natalie Coughlin
Meet Benjamin Barber. He is not a former Secretary of State. He doesn't host a nightly television show. He didn't found Apple. And he didn't win an Olympic gold. He is, however, the class of 2005 commencement speaker.

News

Buddhist Institute to Center Downtown
Downtown Berkeley will soon be home to a new Buddhist learning center run by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the San Francisco-based Buddhist Church of America.

Detours Don't Deter Top Student
It was fall 2003 when UC Berkeley senior Branessa Kunitz had an epiphany: She wasn't a super woman.

Architect Who Left His Mark on Campus Dies
Vernon DeMars, professor emeritus of architecture and co-designer of Zellerbach and Wurster halls, died last Friday after a stroke. He was 97.

School Mulls Moral Dilemma in Deciding Whether to Change Name
Berkeley's Jefferson Elementary School may opt to change its name after some teachers felt uncomfortable with the former president having owned slaves.

City Gets Energized About Alternative Power Sources
The city is looking to double its use of renewable energy by going around Pacific Gas and Electric and purchasing electricity directly from clean power plants.

News in Brief
Man Robs South Berkeley Cell Phone Store With Gun

Disqualified ASUC Presidential Candidate Arrested After Protest
Minutes before the ASUC was scheduled to begin its annual budgeting meeting last night, independent ASUC presidential candidate Zach Liberman and a friend were arrested in the ASUC Senate chambers after locking themselves inside to protest Liberman's recent disqualification.


Sports

Conference Tourney Begins as Bears Enjoy Bye
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament begins today with the absence of two familiar teams.

For Cal, This Strange Journey Is Over
As all teams do, the Cal women's water polo squad sat down before the season began to discuss its goals for the upcoming months.

Notebook: Athelete of the Week
Kristina Thorson put up a whole lot of zeros this weekend.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Salmon
I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am not turning pro.

NCAAs Offer Cal Chance to Rewrite Tumultuous Year
After a fourth-place finish at last year's NCAAs, the Cal women's golf team has endured a season with its fair share of bumps and slumps.


Arts & Entertainment

Groove is in the Art
Whether it was the fake-blood-spattered, Viking-wig-wearing boys of Reggie & the Full Effect or the surprisingly talented 12-year-old sisters of Smoosh, the opening acts at Slim's far outshone their headliners on all counts.

Born to Rhyme
Lyrics Born, the Berkeley-bred rapper with more speed settings than a blender on a bicycle, put on one of the best SUPERB shows in years on Tuesday. Coming to the end of a tour, he stepped up to the Lower Sproul plate, swinging hard enough to shatter dishes at his house-which he said was five blocks away.

How to Lose Your Pants in Seven Plays
If you're at a loss for where to take your date this weekend or want an alternative to all of those cheesy comedies plaguing the cinemas, try Impact Theatre in La Val's Subterranean Theater on Northside. How many places offer live entertainment for the price of a movie and allow you to eat pizza and drink beer while they're at it?

Searching for Bobby Zimmerman
It's a lapsed fairy tale, the story of a girl from the Right side of everything who learns how to fall. It's a statement of revolution, an emancipation proclamation. Maybe it's the only Bob Dylan song you know. "Every time I hear ‘Like a Rolling Stone,' I get a lift," says rock critic and Berkeley graduate Greil Marcus, about the song and subject of his new book, "Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads."

Entertainment Listings
Day of Percussion

CD Reviews
The Books-LOST AND SAFE

And That's A Wrap!
Cinco de Mayo is officially upon us all, and with the advent of that holiday, we triumphantly come to the end of a glorious school year-a year that began with a fantastic David Byrne show and ended with a disqualified ASUC presidential candidate chaining himself to the bottom floor of Eshleman Hall.

‘Kingdom of Heaven' Fails to Bloom
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Hollywood is desperate for the next great epic, as theater-goers have witnessed a number of films in the sword-and-sandal tradition, such as "Troy," "Alexander," and "King Arthur," within the past year. Yet all of these films disappointed and now the mantle has passed onto Ridley Scott to deliver yet another sweeping tale to bring respect back to the genre. Directed by the man who brought audiences the Oscar-winning film "Gladiator," "Kingdom of Heaven" pitches the now overdone epic premise of a hero fighting against huge odds to achieve his goals. This time, however, the hero is more on a saintly quest for spiritual redemption than on a journey to conquer foes.

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