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Issue #1449 :: Thursday, February 8, 2007

Top Headlines

Musically Blonde
While attending a musical that starts and ends with the phrase “omigod you guys,” omigod seems to be an extremely appropriate description of the experience: Omigod, did they really make “Legally Blonde the Musical”? Omigod, am I actually seeing this show? Omigod, can this musical possibly be any good?

Tedford Happy With 2007 Class
Additional Podcast: Brian Bainum, beat writer for the Cal football team, talks to

Serious Art, Frat-guy Fun
You’ve probably heard of Tucker Max, the 30 year old self-proclaimed “asshole” popularly known for his elaborate online stories recounting his booze and sex-fueled adventures. He sums it up: “I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead.” Tucker Max is purportedly the reason Duke Law School dropped from 7 to 11 in the U.S. News rankings during his tenure; after reading his “Sushi Pants” story, in which he decides to buy a portable breathalyzer and match his blood alcohol content to his age, I would completely accept the claim as fact.

Aid Boost Possible in New Budget
As part of the 2008 federal budget, the U.S. Department of Education has proposed increasing the funding for student grants and also increasing the limit on how much students can borrow from the federal government.

News

Aid Boost Possible in New Budget
As part of the 2008 federal budget, the U.S. Department of Education has proposed increasing the funding for student grants and also increasing the limit on how much students can borrow from the federal government.

Berkeley Alumna, Employee Test Will to ‘Survive’ in Fiji
A campus employee and a UC Berkeley alumna will get in touch with their wild sides as castaways on “Survivor: Fiji,” which premieres Thursday on CBS.

Memorial For a Friend


RESEARCH & IDEAS
Scientists Identify Alloy Promising For Fuel Cell Use

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have moved the dream of hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles one step closer to reality with the identification of a platinum-nickel alloy found to be the most efficient in processing the oxygen needed for fuel cells.

Professor Receives Award For Work With Nanotechnology
A UC Berkeley chemistry professor was named a recipient of a national U.S. Department of Energy award yesterday for his work in the field of nanotechnology.

Plaza Proposal Sparks Controversy
A proposed plaza in North Berkeley’s gourmet ghetto caused a stir at a community discussion yesterday, revealing a strong distaste for the plan among local business owners and residents.

Hot Debate at Meeting on Steel Plant
A three-decade dispute between a West Berkeley steel plant, its neighbors and the city over the plant’s emissions rose to a fervent debate last night at a meeting designed to bring about more cooperation between the parties.


Sports

Tedford Happy With 2007 Class
Additional Podcast: Brian Bainum, beat writer for the Cal football team, talks to

Ubaka Urges Teammates to Regain Winning Mentality
Listening to senior guard Ayinde Ubaka, it seems the young Cal men’s basketball team still has a lot of growing up to do.

Diving Duo Making a Big Splash For Bears
Good things often come in pairs. Take Batman and Robin. Ketchup and mustard. Peanut butter and jelly. Coke and rum. The doublemint twins.

For Women’s Hoops, There is Vital-ity in Backcourt
Natasha Vital said she has always been preparing to play a huge role for the Cal women’s basketball team.

Spot on National Team Could Be in the Cards for Cal Duo in Vegas
The No. 9 Cal men’s gymnastics team will send two individuals to Las Vegas for the 2007 Winter Cup Challenge that takes place today and Saturday.


Arts & Entertainment

Musically Blonde
While attending a musical that starts and ends with the phrase “omigod you guys,” omigod seems to be an extremely appropriate description of the experience: Omigod, did they really make “Legally Blonde the Musical”? Omigod, am I actually seeing this show? Omigod, can this musical possibly be any good?

No Surprises, But Lilly Allen Is ‘Alright, Still’
It’s a tough time to be a British-imported it girl. Artists such as Lady Sovereign and Lily Allen have generated so much buzz before their albums even were released that they’re put under the critical microscope much more than other fledgling music acts. A backlash becomes almost inevitable, and they might find themselves playing to a sold-out show, made up of an audience that is sick of them before they even begin.

Interview: Matmos and The Transient ‘Art Object’
Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt are Matmos, the San Francisco-based duo whose music is sound art in the truest sense—high-concept but wholly listenable. On last year’s The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, they assembled “sound portraits” of ten people they admire using objects from those individuals’ lives, and it’s perhaps their most compelling effort yet. As part of this year’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquim, they’ll be holding a free lecture, “The Re-Dematerialization of the Art Object” on February 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall. For more information, visit atc.berkeley.edu.

I’m Definitely Not From Rolling Stone
Until recently, I was pretty sure college was nice and all, but I was just biding my time until Rolling Stone called to tell me they were hiring. It’s the world’s biggest music magazine for a reason, after all. They craft compelling, stirring prose about Bob Dylan. They passionately criticize the Bush administration. And then they slap Fergie on the cover and a three-star rating on “Little Miss Sunshine,” the same rating bestowed upon “Jackass: Number Two.”

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