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Issue #1712 :: Monday, October 8, 2007

Top Headlines

On the Rise: Cal at No. 2 After USC Shocker
Although the Cal football team was close to rising to the top of the rankings after it appeared as though Florida would be able to stave off LSU, the Bears still capitalized on No. 2 USC’s shocking 24-23 loss to Stanford and jumped to second in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

Young at Art
My grandfather, an artist, was once approached by an art dealer who wanted to market and sell his work. The dealer assured him that he’d become rich, but he had one stipulation that my grandfather would not agree to: The dealer wanted to play up my grandfather’s friendship with Jackson Pollock. The only problem was that my grandfather was never friends with Jackson Pollock. He had never even met him, though they did walk in the same circles. Creating good artwork, it seemed, was only half the battle; the identity of the artist in question is often the real clincher.

Protesters Call for Return of Relics
American Indian groups gathered Friday to protest Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s refusal to meet with them to discuss the return of thousands of American Indian remains housed in a campus museum.

Columbus Day? No Way
When I was growing up, my family celebrated just about every holiday in the book. Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, Passover, Summer Solstice, the Big Game, you name it. I love any excuse to throw a party. I tell you this personal anecdote to let you know just how hard it is for me to say the following: We shouldn’t be celebrating Columbus Day today.

News

Protesters Call for Return of Relics
American Indian groups gathered Friday to protest Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s refusal to meet with them to discuss the return of thousands of American Indian remains housed in a campus museum.

Lab Fined For Errors In Anthrax Shipment
The University of California was fined $450,000 last month for allegedly releasing anthrax during a shipment from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Compensation Increases for UC Employees
Compensation for UC employees beyond their standard salaries and overtime pay rose by $59 million to more than $975 million in 2006-07, according to a university report released last week.

UCPD: Simulation Exercises Showed Officers Are Prepared
Last weekend, UCPD Lt. Adan Tejada cornered an active shooter and defeated terrorists­­­­­­ several times. Athough his accomplishments were part of an elaborate simulation, Tejada said they provided the UCPD with valuable training and confirmed that its tactical team is prepared to handle a variety of dangerous scenarios.

Berkeley Film Festival Showcases ‘Untold Stories’
Eager film buffs and a variety of filmmakers attended the 16th annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival this weekend at California Theatre in hopes of viewing groundbreaking cinema.

University Bans Students From Contract Talks; Union Objects
Students and negotiators from the union representing service workers across the UC system raised concerns Friday that university management compromised transparency when it barred students from observing contract negotiations.


Sports

On the Rise: Cal at No. 2 After USC Shocker
Although the Cal football team was close to rising to the top of the rankings after it appeared as though Florida would be able to stave off LSU, the Bears still capitalized on No. 2 USC’s shocking 24-23 loss to Stanford and jumped to second in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

For Bears, It Should Be New Orleans or Bust
For about an hour Saturday, it looked like the Cal football team was going to ascend to the No. 1 spot for the first time since 1951.

Women's Tennis
Babos Wins All-American For Second Year in a Row

Cal women’s tennis player Susie Babos hadn’t lost a set all week coming into the finals at the All-American Championships.

Men's Soccer
Wiedeman Propels Bears to Weekend Sweep of Pac-10 Foes

After shuffling the midfield throughout the first eight games of the regular season, Bears coach Kevin Grimes made sure to place two of his most trusted veterans at the heart of the field entering Pac-10 play.

Volleyball
Bench Mob Gives Cal a Boost In Easy Sweep of Oregon State

Before the No. 10 Cal volleyball team played unranked Oregon State on Friday night, coach Rich Feller held a meeting with his players, and discussed the responsibility of the starters to play 100 percent out of the gate.

Men's Polo
Fallout From In-Water Scuffle Mars Winning Weekend for Cal

The Cal men’s water polo team closed a three-victory weekend and 17-12 win over UC Davis on Saturday at Schaal Aquatics Center on a sour note, as a scuffle in the water between the No. 2 Bears and No. 9 Aggies resulted in a quartet of suspensions of key players for the defending national champions.

Field Hockey
Bears Fall to James Madison Despite Winning Numbers Game

The Cal field hockey team trailed by one as the clock read zero at the James Madison Field Complex yesterday, but the Bears were still very much alive.

Cross Country
Individual Performances Highlight Second Place Finishes for Men, Women at Invitational

SAN FRANCISCO—As the Cal cross country team entered the confines of Golden Gate Park for Saturday’s San Francisco State Invitational, many on the team wondered if they were even in the right place.

Men's Tennis
Katsarov Captures Singles Title at Bulldog Classic, All Other Cal Entries Fall Short

Having already won the first set, freshman Bohzidar Katsarov of the Cal men’s tennis team led 4-0 in his second set and looked assured to come away with an easy second-round victory. Katsarov lost the next five games, but still managed to hold on for a 6-4, 7-5 victory against David Chu of Washington.

Men's Swimming
Bears Experiment in Unfamiliar Events, Still Dominate Pacific in First Meet

Coming into its first meet of the season, the Cal men’s swimming team emphasized experimentation and early progress as more important than winning.

Women's Swimming
McKeever Still Sees Room for Improvement After Bears Sink Pacific

Even though the Cal women’s swimming team placed first in all but one event against Pacific on Friday, to coach Teri McKeever, in the words of Blink 182, it’s still “all the small things.”

Women's Golf
Cal to Ride Momentum From First Tournament Into Tough Competition, Challenging Conditions of Invitational

The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational: hard to spell, harder to win.

Men's Golf
Conference Opponents Set to Visit Bears at Familiar Course for Alister MacKenzie Invitational

The Bears are back in familiar territory, and are facing some familiar foes.


Arts & Entertainment

Young at Art
My grandfather, an artist, was once approached by an art dealer who wanted to market and sell his work. The dealer assured him that he’d become rich, but he had one stipulation that my grandfather would not agree to: The dealer wanted to play up my grandfather’s friendship with Jackson Pollock. The only problem was that my grandfather was never friends with Jackson Pollock. He had never even met him, though they did walk in the same circles. Creating good artwork, it seemed, was only half the battle; the identity of the artist in question is often the real clincher.

Shins Play to Unusually Angsty Crowd
Maybe it was all the people massed together, or the intimate nature of the music, or the clouds of marijuana smoke permeating the crowd, but the Greek Theatre felt unseasonably warm when the Shins took the stage Friday night.

‘30 Rock’ Gets Another Shot
I’ve toyed with pursuing many a career growing up: veterinarian, author, astronaut. Then there were my fantasies of becoming a paleontologist (I watched a lot of “Jurassic Park” as a kid) and golf caddy (so I could drive that little cart around all day). But after last Thursday night, I now realize my true life ambition: to be Tina Fey.

CD Reviews
Like many sophomore albums, The Flying Club Cup has the unenviable task of proving that a band with a successful debut hasn’t peaked too early. Beirut turned heads in 2006 with the folksy, eastern European sound of Gulag Orkestar, and while that formula worked astonishingly well, band leader Zach Condon has been wise enough to develop a more sophisticated approach in his second work.

A Choppy Finish for Bravo's 'Top Chef'
An embarrassing confession: I am obsessed with Bravo’s cooking-competition-reality-show, “Top Chef.” I wait with baited breath as host Padma Lakshmi counts down to the end of each Quickfire challenge, a contest where contestants are asked to create delicacies at the speed of light out of ingredients—which have included, on separate occasions, vending machine snacks and raw alligator. I drool over each beautifully designed dish and sigh with relief when the chefs successfully plate their dishes before the time runs out.

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