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Issue #1663 :: Thursday, August 30, 2007

Top Headlines

Double Absurdity
At some point in his career, R. Kelly must have stood back, looked at his life, and thought, “it’s not enough to be the king of the R&B sex jam. I want more than this … more artistic credibility, more of a claim to fame than just being the man who wrote ‘I Like The Crotch On You.’ If only I could aspire to more … ”

Backup Quarterback Reed to Leave Bears
Backup Cal quarterback and former SuperPrep All-American Kyle Reed announced yesterday that he will be transferring to San Jose State.

Looking For Green Love
There is a new breed of human searching for love nowadays. It has only recently come out of the Green Closet, and it is taking a strong stance in the rocky world of relationships. Though it can be either male or female, the demands it makes of a prospective match are quite similar, and rather unnerving to us mainstream, equal-opportunity lovers. I introduce you to the Ecosexual.

UC Police Fence in Memorial Oak Grove Protest Podcast
A crowd of protesters rallied yesterday against a newly built chain-link fence around the oak grove near Memorial Stadium that campus officials defended as a necessary safety measure.

News

Chancellor Announces New Fund For Students
All UC Berkeley students can now apply for up to $2,000 in funding for extracurricular and academic activities, an award made available by the campus Student Opportunity Fund, activated Tuesday.

ASUC Proposal Urges City to Settle Athletic Center Lawsuit
A resolution encouraging the city of Berkeley to either drop or settle the lawsuit it currently has filed against the university over the Student Athlete High Performance Center was proposed in this year’s first ASUC senate meeting last night.

Students Try Their Hand at Remaking a City Street
As part of a city planning class, a group of UC Berkeley graduate students will have the chance this semester to redesign and propose a rehaul of one of the main streets in the nearby city of Pittsburg.

Lawrence Lab’s New Cure for Lost Voices
Ancient voices and recorded snippets once thought to be irrecoverable have come back to life thanks to two new machines developed by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Seismologists: Recent Quakes Not Precursors to ‘the Big One’
A number of recent earthquakes may have shaken the nerves of Berkeley residents, but seismologists say they should be seen as wake-up calls rather than cause for alarm.

Academic Affairs Official on Lower Sproul Plans
The Daily Californian sat down with ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President Curtis Lee, who said he hopes to work to advance Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment plans and to make student voices heard at the administrative level.

UC Police Fence in Memorial Oak Grove Protest Podcast
A crowd of protesters rallied yesterday against a newly built chain-link fence around the oak grove near Memorial Stadium that campus officials defended as a necessary safety measure.

Lawsuit Plaintiffs Argue Latest Move Is in Violation of Court Injunction; Campus Says Fence a Safety Measure
Attorneys on both sides of the oak grove controversy will argue in court today whether the erection of a fence surrounding the grove yesterday constituted a violation of an injunction placed on the university in January.


Sports

Backup Quarterback Reed to Leave Bears
Backup Cal quarterback and former SuperPrep All-American Kyle Reed announced yesterday that he will be transferring to San Jose State.

Iron Man
On the very first play of the very first game of what was supposed to be the Cal football team’s coming-out season, the game that turned into the Flop at Rocky Top, the Bears lost one of their most crucial pieces—All-Pac-10 tight end Craig Stevens.

Cal Looks To Defend Pac-10 Title
The No. 11 Cal men’s soccer team begins its 2007 campaign carrying the same preseason ranking as last year’s squad, which had little to lose entering last fall.

Cal Sets Out With New Coach, Philosophy
First year coach Neil McGuire will take the reigns of the No. 18 Cal women’s soccer team this season. The first change he is making is to teach his players to take control on the field and make their own decisions.

Cal Looks to Replace Top Scorer With Balanced Attack
A year ago, Ashley Glosz flew under the field hockey radar.

Bears Looking to Rebound From Disappointing ’06 Campaign
Excitement abounds for the Cal men’s cross country team this year as it comes off a disappointing end to its 2006 season.


Arts & Entertainment

Double Absurdity
At some point in his career, R. Kelly must have stood back, looked at his life, and thought, “it’s not enough to be the king of the R&B sex jam. I want more than this … more artistic credibility, more of a claim to fame than just being the man who wrote ‘I Like The Crotch On You.’ If only I could aspire to more … ”

Panel Discussion: The Merits And Mysteries of R. Kelly’s Bizzare ‘Trapped in the Closet’
R Kelly's “Trapped In The Closet” is a true pop anomaly: a now-22-chapter hip-hopera, it is at once completely ridiculous and somehow totally irony proof—too over-the-top to even mock. Nevertheless, “Trapped In The Closet” has put Kelly in both the critical crosshairs of hipster bloggers and girls who download their music via ringtone.

Commentary Track
Think back, if you will, to a simpler time—a time when you had to go out to rent movies, when pausing live television was science fiction, when only the most obsessive VCR users owned full seasons of their favorite shows. Countless upgrades later and here we are. Rentals come to you in cute red envelopes, TiVo makes bathroom breaks a breeze, and, for just $40, Season Three of “House” can be yours.

Lost In Space
Maybe it was the threat of Daft Punk stealing their title of “Least Productive Studio Band That Still Puts on a Legendary Live Show,” but the Flaming Lips have finally released a live concert film.

White Space