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Issue #1709 :: Thursday, October 4, 2007

Top Headlines

Freshman Found Dead in Unit 1 Dorm
A mixture of birthday wishes and farewells covered a sheet of paper Wednesday outside the dorm room where a freshman was found dead on Friday afternoon.

Off the Beat
Inner Peace on Earth

The ravenous, consumerist attitude that drives America is due for a peaceful revolution.

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Marcus Ezeff stood on the Autzen Stadium sideline next to football coach Jeff Tedford. The sophomore rover had just delivered a hit to Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart and seen a flutter of yellow fly through the air in his general direction.

Almost Famous
As any 9-year-old kid who has kept abreast of conventional cinematic trends could tell you, the characteristics of the comic book medium lend themselves well to bankable big screen adaptation. This may be because the two media are closely related in form (both are highly visual while relying on linguistic expression), a result of the narrative grandeur comic books tend to possess or simply an indication that film producers have tapped other resources dry. Either way, the close relationship the two share has displaced comic books from a medium of fanboy obscurity to one of relative ubiquity.

News

Freshman Found Dead in Unit 1 Dorm
A mixture of birthday wishes and farewells covered a sheet of paper Wednesday outside the dorm room where a freshman was found dead on Friday afternoon.

Employees Protest I-House Conditions
About 50 International House employees and students gathered last night to protest what they say are workers’ rights violations and to demand that management listen to their concerns and make changes.

UC Berkeley Lectures Now Available on YouTube
Everything from vintage TV show episodes to music video parodies dot the landscape of YouTube. Now, so do UC Berkeley physics lectures.

The Perfect Match


No-Contest Plea in February Theft of Nobel Prize Medal
A former UC Berkeley student pleaded no contest Tuesday to grand theft in connection with the theft of a Nobel Prize medal from the Lawrence Hall of Science in February.

Judge Rules Web Site Must Comply With Disability Laws
A federal court issued a milestone ruling Tuesday against national retailer Target in an anti-discrimination lawsuit that originated in Berkeley last year.

Official in Residency Dispute Will Take Leave of Absence
A Berkeley elected official said Tuesday he will take a leave of absence until multiple felony charges stemming from a possible misrepresentation of his residency are resolved.

Report: California Top State for Number of ‘Insourced’ Workers
A report released last week says California leads the nation in the number of “insourced” employees, many of whom are concentrated in the East Bay.


Sports

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Marcus Ezeff stood on the Autzen Stadium sideline next to football coach Jeff Tedford. The sophomore rover had just delivered a hit to Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart and seen a flutter of yellow fly through the air in his general direction.

Volleyball
Struggles Could End In Oregon

The No. 10 Cal volleyball team is off to a 0-3 start in the Pac-10, and that can be looked at in either of two ways.

Field Hockey
Final Road Trip Features Two Ranked Opponents

The team bus leaves in less than 12 hours for the final regular season road trip, a three-game set in Virginia. The Cal field hockey team, however, is doing what it does every Tuesday afternoon—competing hard in practice for playing time today against No. 19 Virginia.

Sports in Brief
Women's Tennis
Babos and Kusano Fall in Final Round of Qualifiers


Arts & Entertainment

Almost Famous
As any 9-year-old kid who has kept abreast of conventional cinematic trends could tell you, the characteristics of the comic book medium lend themselves well to bankable big screen adaptation. This may be because the two media are closely related in form (both are highly visual while relying on linguistic expression), a result of the narrative grandeur comic books tend to possess or simply an indication that film producers have tapped other resources dry. Either way, the close relationship the two share has displaced comic books from a medium of fanboy obscurity to one of relative ubiquity.

Commentary Track
I have a secret, and though this column probably isn’t the best place to announce it, I’ve been dying to get it off my chest. See, I was just an average kid until an accident changed my life, and since then, nothing’s been the same. My best friend Ray thinks it’s cool. My sister Annie thinks I’m a science project. I can’t let anyone know, not even my parents. I know the chemical plant wants to find me and turn me into some experiment. But you know something? I guess I’m not that average anymore.

Girl Talk and Dan Deacon Mash-Up Lower Sproul
And so Girl Talk, the original Pittsburgh pirate, stormed in on his duct-rigged, dual-amped, Three-6-Maddona-fueled chariot to swelter the unsuspecting senses of a duskish Lower Sproul on Monday: a grizzly living testament to the universal unwritten awesomeness that is M.A.D.D., Music Attention Deficit Disorder. But more impressive than the ardor exhibited by the friction of sexual awkwardness that only a Berkeley crowd can offer was the one thing promised by Gregg Gillis’ alias.

Hail To the Yes
A friend of mine was foolish enough to attend a Billy Corgan poetry reading a few years back (yes, that Billy Corgan). After reading a few poems, Mr. Bullet With Butterfly Wings opened the floor for questions, and my friend, both naive and brazen enough to do so, asked Billy what he thought the future of music was. Billy sighed deeply, and then answered that the biggest change in the music industry would come when a huge artist releases their album online, for free.

White Space