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Issue #1757 :: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Top Headlines

Jason Goes to Hell
They say there are no new stories: All that can be written has already been written. With that in mind, it’s not the tale you tell, but the way you tell it that makes good art compelling. And if you succeed, even the ancient can feel fresh.

Freshman Goalie Not Alone in Cancer Fight
Fighting cancer can really put things into perspective, but for those of us who haven’t experienced a life-threatening illness—news flash—hair isn’t really all that important.

UC Berkeley and BP Ink $500 Million Deal
Nine months after announcing a $500 deal with energy giant BP, UC Berkeley officially sealed its partnership yesterday in the largest deal the campus has ever entered into with a private corporation.

Off the Beat
Damn, I Need Sleep

Stop. What are you doing right now, while you read this? Are you stumbling across Upper Sproul on your way to class? Are you shoveling some 40 percent-rubber excuse for a beef patty from the GBC down your gullet, trying to fit the one item of your diet that isn’t coffee or booze into the five minutes you have between classes? Are you tuning out your professor who’s talking about ... something? Are you doing any of these things with those inconspicuous little white iPod headphones shoved into your eardrums? While talking on your cell phone? While navigating your car down Bancroft Way?

News

UC Berkeley and BP Ink $500 Million Deal
Nine months after announcing a $500 deal with energy giant BP, UC Berkeley officially sealed its partnership yesterday in the largest deal the campus has ever entered into with a private corporation.

Across Bay, Obama Calls for Change
As Barack Obama addressed thousands of people in San Francisco last night, his message was clear to all--American politics needs to change and it needs to do so now.

2008-09 Budget Advances With Fee Hikes Still Possible
LOS ANGELES—After strong opposition from students in the audience, a UC Board of Regents committee passed the university’s 2008-09 budget for current operations without committing to halt student fee increases.

Committee OKs Raises For Top UC Officials
LOS ANGELES—A slew of salary increases for UC administrators, including chancellors, was passed yesterday by a UC Board of Regents committee, with UC President Robert Dynes scheduled to receive a hefty compensation package upon stepping down from his post.

Planned Campus Presidential Candidate Debate Cancelled
A debate among Republican presidential candidates tentatively planned to happen on campus this December has been called off because of election schedule changes.

Injured Tree-Sitter Served With Stay-Away Order
UC police served injured tree-sitter Nathaniel Hill with a seven-day stay-away order Tuesday aimed at keeping him from the oaks near Memorial Stadium.

Proposed Parking Structure Would Allow Homeless to Sleep in Their Vehicles
Community activists are taking advantage of a national Homelessness Awareness Week to promote a new parking structure that would allow the homeless to sleep in their vehicles.

News in Brief
Charges Filed Against ASUC Senators Over Judical Council Interviews


Sports

Freshman Goalie Not Alone in Cancer Fight
Fighting cancer can really put things into perspective, but for those of us who haven’t experienced a life-threatening illness—news flash—hair isn’t really all that important.

Cal Blows Past Eagles in Home Opener
Staring at the statistics sheet after the Cal men’s basketball team’s 67-59 victory over Southern Miss, DeVon Hardin smiled.

Hardin Back With a Vengeance
Without forward Ryan Anderson for the bulk of the second half and with Patrick Christopher struggling to finish around the basket, the Cal men’s basketball team turned to scrappy, Ben Braun-style defense to squeak out the 67-59 win over Southern Miss.

N’Diaye to Make Return at Riverside
During Saturday’s win over Fresno State, center Devanei Hampton wasn’t the only injured player on the roster for the No. 12 Cal women’s basketball team.

Bears Get First Taste of NCAA Format at Hoosierland Open
On the calendar, March is more than four months away.

Cal Makes First Road Trip of Season to Face Four Top-25 Teams
Three days of competition, jet lag, and below-freezing Indiana weather will put the No. 3 Cal women’s swimming team to the test this weekend.


Arts & Entertainment

Jason Goes to Hell
They say there are no new stories: All that can be written has already been written. With that in mind, it’s not the tale you tell, but the way you tell it that makes good art compelling. And if you succeed, even the ancient can feel fresh.

Winning Performances Boost Comic ‘Wintertime’
Too many passions cramped in small spaces often cause matters to explode with a greater intensity. Such is the case in Charles L. Mee’s comedy “Wintertime”, presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. In the play, a son, a mother, a father and their respective lovers each decide to take a wintry retreat at the family cabin. But unwittingly, they each choose the same weekend. What follows is a descent into a maelstrom of wild accusations, jealousies and physical contentions.

Commentary Track
This Week: Desert Island DVDs

I’ve always been a big fan of the “desert island” question, even though I never know how to answer it. It’s such a bizarre concept when you think of it. Like, I’m going to be stranded on a desert island, and rather than attempt to avoid this fate, I’ll just pack my five favorite books. Or people. Or pies. I guess you just have to go with it.

American Ballet Theatre Brings Classical Dance to the Masses
Even the most passionate of dance lovers know that ballet rarely crosses over into popular territory. Definition and reputation both contain the dance form within classical, academic and technical realms. Deviations into popular culture almost always require some corruption of traditional ballet. However, on rare occasions, ballet can be enjoyed by the masses, and American Ballet Theatre has met the task.

Passionless Film Adaptation Falls Far Short of Gabriel Marcia Marquez’s Fiery ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’
Bringing revered literature to the silver screen is an inherently precarious enterprise. The rich world of imagination inspired by the kind of wordsmithery and poignant storytelling characteristic of enduring novels can hardly be touched by even the most faithful screenplays or gifted auteurs. Yet, the daunting challenges of cinematic adaptation certainly haven’t stopped ambitious—perhaps overly so—directors from undertaking some of the most epic and most beloved literary fare.

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