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Issue #1397 :: Thursday, November 2, 2006

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Bears Buck Broncos With Wieger’s OT Goal
Last year, the Cal women’s soccer team missed opportunity after opportunity to put Santa Clara away—including a wide-open shot that hit the post in extra time. It opened the door for the Broncos to come marching down the field to hand the Bears a 2-1 loss in extra time.

Political Mailings Incite Protest
Several dozen Berkeley residents and elected officials rallied yesterday in opposition to a series of political mailings funded by a local pro-business group.

Not Pulling Your Weight?
Group work is an essential part of a college education. In these war-like times of design projects, lab reports and midterm assignments, we reach out to our fellow students to share the pain and lighten the burden by working and studying together. Group collaboration, though, has a terrible flip side. That flip side is called the “flake.”

The Greatest Thing Ever...
Fact: Your neighborhood pop-culture vulture is guilty, time and again, of perpetuating unnecessary hype and praise for the flavor of the month. Whether labeling the iPod as the niftiest innovation since sliced bread or calling sliced bread the greatest invention ever, there is a widespread and unhealthy obsession with overstatements. This excessive reliance upon exaggeration inevitably leads to confusion—how exactly is one supposed to describe an entity that actually warrants such lofty adjectives?

News

Political Mailings Incite Protest
Several dozen Berkeley residents and elected officials rallied yesterday in opposition to a series of political mailings funded by a local pro-business group.

Campus Worker Arrested On Child Porn Charges
A UC Berkeley employee posted bail Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography on a campus computer.

Recovered After 100 Years, Papyri Debut on Campus
Four large rolls of Egyptian papyri, some dating back more than 4,000 years, made their official debut at the Bancroft Library yesterday afternoon after UC Berkeley professors played detective to uncover their multicontinental journey.

Final Renovations Report Addresses City’s Concerns
UC Berkeley released a final report Tuesday, furthering the plan to renovate the southeast corner of campus.


Sports

Bears Buck Broncos With Wieger’s OT Goal
Last year, the Cal women’s soccer team missed opportunity after opportunity to put Santa Clara away—including a wide-open shot that hit the post in extra time. It opened the door for the Broncos to come marching down the field to hand the Bears a 2-1 loss in extra time.

Cal Tips Off Early Against Seawolves
For the Cal men’s basketball team, finding an identity without former star Leon Powe is the million-dollar question. The Bears will get an early start trying to find that answer.

Bears Enjoy First-Round Bye in NorPac Tournament
With the first round of the NorPac tournament kicking off today in Davidson, N.C., the No. 13 Cal field hockey team is looking at the season in a much different light.

Three Bears Have Three Goals for Tournament
For the first time in program history, the Cal women’s tennis team is sending three players to the ITA National Indoor Championships. And each has her own set of goals.

Bears Face Familiar Foes in National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
After cruising through the ITA Northwest Regional with little trouble, the doubles pairing of Daniel Sebescen and Pierre Mouillon of the Cal men’s tennis team now has its sights set on a new challenge: making the most of a familiarly difficult draw.


Arts & Entertainment

GET FED
My arms have track-like burns running up them as regular as a railway from wrist to elbow. A look at my hands reveals knots and veins of pink-white scar tissue where I’ve done things like slash my pinky or peel my thumb. I’ve bashed knees, bumped heads, and have taken months of verbal abuse from a rage-filled Italian man. All of this because I love to cook. It's my hobby, my passion, and on occation it has been my job.

The Greatest Thing Ever...
Fact: Your neighborhood pop-culture vulture is guilty, time and again, of perpetuating unnecessary hype and praise for the flavor of the month. Whether labeling the iPod as the niftiest innovation since sliced bread or calling sliced bread the greatest invention ever, there is a widespread and unhealthy obsession with overstatements. This excessive reliance upon exaggeration inevitably leads to confusion—how exactly is one supposed to describe an entity that actually warrants such lofty adjectives?

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley Stages Tragic ‘Hedda Gabler’
Without giving too much away, “Hedda Gabler” ends with a horrified gasp in the face of seemingly senseless violence: “People don’t do such things, even if they say them!” moans Judge Brack. It’s a tragically vacuous phrase we frequently hear variations of on the news, and though the reaction may seem rooted in naivete, we’d be wiser to look at our own self-absorption instead. Until it actually happens, we often think of tragedy as an observational spectacle rather than a personal experience.

The Dude Speaks
When one hears the words “the Dude,” one usually thinks of bowling and White Russians. But before there was “The Big Lebowski,” there was the real Dude-film producer and one-time Vietnam-war protester, Jeff “the Dude” Dowd.

the to-do list
As a college senior, Sylvia Plath was grappling with the same sickness that plagues many students—boredom. But instead of checking Facebook, she dealt with it by, you know, being a prolific writer.

the to-do list
This Friday kicks off the tenth annual Latino Film Festival. Films from all corners of Latin America and Spain will be featured at venues across the Bay Area, complemented by more elaborate cultural events. Prices range from six to eight dollars for students.

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