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Issue #1539 :: Monday, April 2, 2007

Top Headlines

Shotgun Wedding
In their most volatile moments, the characters that inhabit Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” communicate using the adorned metaphors and imagery of poets trapped in a soap opera. Lorca writes like Salvador Dali paints—with a passion and honesty that evokes ineffable truths through surrealism.

Spring Break Recap
Take one week off and the entire political world goes a little bit crazy. But don’t worry, nothing slips by yours truly. Here’s the roundup.

Bears Begin Pac-10 Season With Sizzle
The Cal baseball team is hitting its stride, and the timing couldn’t be better.

Student, 19, Dies Suddenly Over Break at Unit 1
Brooke Petkevicius, a UC Berkeley freshman training to become a CalSO counselor, died suddenly last Monday after a large blood clot blocked an artery to her lungs. She was 19.

News

Student, 19, Dies Suddenly Over Break at Unit 1
Brooke Petkevicius, a UC Berkeley freshman training to become a CalSO counselor, died suddenly last Monday after a large blood clot blocked an artery to her lungs. She was 19.

The Last of a Winter Wonderland


Increase in Third-Party Candidates Challenges Student Action Dominance
A relatively large increase in the number of ASUC Senate candidates may signal an end to Student Action’s control of the body, as controversy surrounding the Student Action executive slate’s disqualification last summer and subsequent legal battles has galvanized minority-party candidates.

Candidates Look to Make Office More Accessible
Aiming to enhance the role of the Academic Affairs Vice President in acting as a liason between the ASUC and campus officials, most of the candidates for the position said they hope to make the office more accessible and effective for students.

Lab Development Plans May Affect City Traffic
City officials and residents say transportation problems on streets around Piedmont Avenue could be greatly exacerbated due to possible construction on numerous projects UC Berkeley plans to begin in the next few years.

Project Aims to Shed Light on Galaxy Formation
The universe is a seemingly never-ending area of study for astronomers, but UC Berkeley researchers are well on their way to unlocking the mysteries in the night sky and some of the large-scale structures formed over the last nine billion years.


Sports

Bears Slash B.C. En Route to World Cup Title
Cal rugby coach Jack Clark was relieved that his squad had secured the World Cup with an 18-12 victory against British Columbia on Wednesday after having lost the trophy the previous season.

Ravelojaona Finally Gets Over Rankin as Bears Sweep the Desert
For the No. 6 Cal women’s tennis team, this weekend’s matches against Arizona and Arizona State were more than just 7-0 sweeps.

Bears Goes Cold Against Streak of Ranked Opponents
Embarking on a four-game road trip to face some of the top teams in the country, the Cal lacrosse team needed to take advantage of every opportunity it had a shot at.

Bears Still Looking For Answers After Weekend Dud
CORVALLIS, Ore.—The Cal softball team had a wardrobe malfunction while boarding its bus from the Valley River Inn in Eugene to Corvallis, Ore. on Saturday.

Bears Split in Return to Desert
When the Cal men’s tennis team played against Arizona and Arizona State in February, it won both matches to break out of a skid of four losses in five matches.

Cal Stays Positive After Loss To Hawaii
From the perspective of the Cal women’s water polo team, it was simply a matter of bad luck. Unlike the local Hawaiian surfers, the No. 4 Bears caught many bad breaks in the water this weekend.

Only A Matter Of Time Before Johnson Grabs Cal Record
When senior Carrie Johnson earned second place in the women’s hammer Saturday at the Stanford Invitational, throws coach Jennifer Joyce was reminded of her days as a Cal track and field athlete.

Bears Frustrated With Recent Rough Scores
On the front end of what the team calls a “golf marathon,” the Cal women’s golf team struggled at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday, tying for 15th place in the 17-team tournament.

Bears Begin Pac-10 Season With Sizzle
The Cal baseball team is hitting its stride, and the timing couldn’t be better.

Cal Vaults to Third in Title Match
In a field of five ranked teams at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion, the No. 8 Cal men’s gymnastics team immediately claimed a spot on top of the leaderboard by scoring a 37.900 on still rings.

Bears Sit Back And Wait on NCAA Tourney Decision
Heading into Saturday’s Pac-10 championships in Tempe, Ariz., Cal women’s gymnastics coach Cari DuBois reiterated to her team that every tenth of a point counted.

Bears Drop Copley Cup To Cardinal
Last season, the Cal men’s crew varsity eight had its string of seven consecutive Copley Cup victories shattered at the hands of rival Stanford.

Opponents Take Note as Cal Suffers Subpar Performance
After the No. 1 Cal women’s crew completed the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday, coach Dave O’Neill made a simple comment to sum up the weekend’s developments.

Spring Break-Down
Bears Shine, Grab Gold Down Under


Arts & Entertainment

Shotgun Wedding
In their most volatile moments, the characters that inhabit Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” communicate using the adorned metaphors and imagery of poets trapped in a soap opera. Lorca writes like Salvador Dali paints—with a passion and honesty that evokes ineffable truths through surrealism.

Brazilian Pop Legend Plays Minimalist Greatest Hits Set
Gilberto Gil doesn’t wear socks. He also doesn’t have a backing band. In fact, at his March 25 show at Zellerbach Hall, the intimate nature of both the stage (two guitars, one stool, a glass of water) and Gil’s conversational manner with his captive audience belied his 40-odd years as one of Brazil’s biggest musical legends and (since 2003) its Minister of Culture.

TV on the Radio Toughens Up For Rollicking Fillmore Shows
It seems that a night out in San Francisco can do wonders for a band’s performance. The relentlessly genre-spanning TV on the Radio appeared in fine form Thursday night at the Fillmore, the last installment in their two-night stint in the city. Playing for a sold-out crowd composed of hipsters, middle-aged folks, stoners, and most subcultures in between, the band played a predominantly up-tempo show which seemed to cater precisely to the diverse musical tastes of the city singer Tunde Adebimpe said they had come to appreciate.

CD Reviews
It’s curious that Timbaland chose to call his latest album Shock Value when so much of this effort finds the ever-fashionable producer treading through his comfort zones, churning out repetitive digifunk with appearances from familiar players like Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott. That’s not a bad thing in theory; Timbaland has always worked best when he has a great muse to marry his minimal grooves to, be it Aaliyah or Missy. But the guest list on Shock Value is overly long, filled with novelty (Elton John, Fall Out Boy and Fiddy all stop by) and none of it comes close to Timbaland’s most memorable material. It’s a step away from the tight-knit community the producer has always fostered, and as a result the album feels bloated, with one forgettable diva or rapper after another filling up most of the songs, while all of his A-listers are underused.

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