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Issue #128 :: Friday, March 17, 2000

Top Headlines

GSIs Call Off Strike
The UC graduate student union has cancelled a strike set to begin today, less than 24 hours after the university filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union.

Go Abroad
Last weekend my high school exchange group had its reunion. Out of 31 original participants, 13 made it to Chicago for another session. It brought back crazy memories for me from five years ago when we were a pack of immature, wondering teenagers living in Germany.

Bears Bowl Over Princeton
One-by-one, the pins have been falling.

Three Dozen Roses
Great bands aren't born, they're made. And rare indeed it is that we the listener get to witness the process. Most bands don't appear on our listening radar until they've spent months or likely years refining their sound, writing songs, throwing out the bad, perfecting the good, and generally streamlining. Really good bands, though, get to put out rarities compilations which often give us a chance to hear their developmental years. You've got to have quite a reputation to release an album like Braid's Movie Music, let alone two.

News

GSIs Call Off Strike
The UC graduate student union has cancelled a strike set to begin today, less than 24 hours after the university filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union.

Student Regent Appointed
SAN FRANCISCO - A former UC Berkeley student once arrested for storming a UC Board of Regents meeting was appointed to the board yesterday as its only student member.

Board, Students Clash Over Selection Process
Despite agreeing on the best choice to serve as the next student regent, tensions remain high between the UC Board of Regents and the UC Student Association.

District to Keep Integration System
Faced with a possible lawsuit challenging its use of race in elementary school assignments, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education voted late Wednesday night to maintain the district's integration policies for at least another year.

ASUC Approves Campaign Spending Bill
In response to student outcry for campaign finance reform, the ASUC Senate passed a bill Wednesday that requires candidates to set self-determined spending limits.

Editor's Voice: Review Policy Wards Off Spin Doctors
Irate sources call editors at The Daily Californian several times each semester to tell us that a story is dead wrong. The disaster could have been averted, the caller often argues, had the Daily Cal just let the source see the story before it ran.

News in Brief: Lecturer Analyzes This Year's Academy Award Nominations
In the spirit of the Academy Award ceremonies, a UC Berkeley lecturer gave her critique of the nominations on campus yesterday.


Sports

Bears Bowl Over Princeton
One-by-one, the pins have been falling.

Sluggers Travel to Arizona For Series
When it comes to baseball, a team can never dwell too long on a good outing. There simply isn't enough time.

Quality Field for Ruggers in Cal Invite
This weekend, the Cal rugby team looks to shape up its game for postseason play. For the first time this year, the team will be playing back-to-back games in tournament format.

Gymnasts Head for Conference Title Meets
The season is finally drawing to a close for the Cal men's gymnastics team, and the team is preparing to go out with a bang.

Host Cal Wolfs Down New Mexico
When New Mexico's Ana Friganovic sarcastically yelled "Merry Christmas," after winning a point, Cal women's tennis player Anita Kurimay simply smiled and shrugged her shoulders.

Bears Journey to First Meet
The Cal men's and women's track and field teams have waited a long time for the opportunity to perform in Berkeley.

Sports Brief: Cal-Georgetown Tipoff Set for 6 p.m. Tuesday
The Cal men's basketball team will host Georgetown in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night.


Arts & Entertainment

Three Dozen Roses
Great bands aren't born, they're made. And rare indeed it is that we the listener get to witness the process. Most bands don't appear on our listening radar until they've spent months or likely years refining their sound, writing songs, throwing out the bad, perfecting the good, and generally streamlining. Really good bands, though, get to put out rarities compilations which often give us a chance to hear their developmental years. You've got to have quite a reputation to release an album like Braid's Movie Music, let alone two.

Getting Off
Watching Dramatic Masturbation, a new play from Barestage Productions, is like listening to a professor - you know, one of those really smart-ass types - lecture to you in that manner that is really clever but not exactly really theatrical. The professor speaks with poise and intelligence but constantly discredits his form, his intelligence, and even the fact that he's lecturing. All to the point that makes you smile and at the same time sigh with tedium.

A Civil Faction
Erin Brockovich wears the pretense of a hammy Civil Action Grishamized for genre standards. But if you can recall the indie breakthrough Sex, Lies and Videotape, you can rest assured that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will never ride on a commercial bandwagon.

re:Calendar
Omatsuri, 11th Annual Culture Night presented by the Tomodachi Club, 6 p.m., Saturday, March 18, free, Pauley Ballroom. 649-8251.

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