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Issue #2155 :: Thursday, October 16, 2008

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Top Headlines

ASUC Senate Faces Stalemates Podcast
As UC Berkeley students readied for 8 a.m. classes last Thursday, members of the ASUC Senate wrapped up their seventh meeting of the semester, which had been called to order just after 7 p.m. the previous evening.

Bike-Share Program Sets Up on Campus
It's a little easier to go "green" now that a group of UC Berkeley students instituted a bike-share program, one of the first to appear in colleges around the nation.

Local Volunteers Seek to Boost Nader's Campaign Video
Amidst the excitement of the final televised duel between John McCain and Barack Obama, few notice the absence of a third party candidate.

High Prices Prompt Students to Limit Air Travel
Senior Kevin Matthews is from Bakersfield, less than 300 miles from UC Berkeley. During his freshman year, it cost him about $350 to fly home.

News

Professors Help Indigenous Group Fight Deadly Rabies Outbreak Video
Deep in the South American rainforest, a deadly disease was claiming the lives of the Warao people, an indigenous group in Venezuela.

District 5 Sees Closely Contested Council Race Podcast
According to local residents, District 5 of the Berkeley City Council, in Northwest Berkeley, does not have a lot of problems.

Berkeley City College's Financial Aid Practices Questioned at District Board Meeting
Oversight of the financial aid system at Berkeley City College and other schools in the Peralta Community College District came into question at the district's board meeting Tuesday.

ASUC Senate Faces Stalemates Podcast
As UC Berkeley students readied for 8 a.m. classes last Thursday, members of the ASUC Senate wrapped up their seventh meeting of the semester, which had been called to order just after 7 p.m. the previous evening.

Bike-Share Program Sets Up on Campus
It's a little easier to go "green" now that a group of UC Berkeley students instituted a bike-share program, one of the first to appear in colleges around the nation.

Local Volunteers Seek to Boost Nader's Campaign Video
Amidst the excitement of the final televised duel between John McCain and Barack Obama, few notice the absence of a third party candidate.

High Prices Prompt Students to Limit Air Travel
Senior Kevin Matthews is from Bakersfield, less than 300 miles from UC Berkeley. During his freshman year, it cost him about $350 to fly home.

Facebook Application Reveals Department GPAs
UC Berkeley students now have yet another way to access course and classmate information online, thanks to the new CampusBuddy application on Facebook that was launched earlier this month.


Sports

Johnson Holding Down Last Line of Defense
Three weeks ago, the safety position was a mystery for the Cal football team.

Bears Roll On Through Old Dominion
In 1986, budding field hockey talent Shellie Onstead was under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Beth Anders.

Who's the Doss?
D.J. Holt has been fielding text messages all week.

Tuitama, Wildcats Pose 'Explosive' Threat
With the No. 25 Cal football team's defense emerging as its primary strength through the first five games of the season, this weekend's matchup against Willie Tuitama and the Arizona spread offense is shaping up to be its hardest test yet.


Arts & Entertainment

Too Soon?
The opening of Oliver Stone's "W." plays like a shameless parody of the Bush cabinet circa 2003. Gathered around the Oval Office are the familiar characters of this all-too-real burlesque: The President (Josh Brolin) drawls and struggles with his English. Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss) lurks in the corner. Condoleezza Rice (Thandie Newton) stares into space and occasionally nods. Karl Rove (Toby Jones) is just generally creepy. The group brainstorms, with perfect comedic deadpan, a name to bestow upon anti-U.S. terrorist-harboring nations. They arrive at "axis of evil."

Author Depicts East Bay Life in 'Straight Outta East Oakland'
Though separated by only a few miles, Berkeley and East Oakland seem worlds apart. This is one of the messages undertaken by Harry Louis Williams II in his new novel, "Straight Outta East Oakland." Williams, a minister at Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland and a social case manager in San Francisco, knows the dynamics of the streets well, and in his novel, he attempts to both illuminate the disparity between rich and poor in the Bay Area and give hope to youth who are struggling to escape the streets.

Sarcastic Patriotism: It's the New Black
Leonardo DiCaprio, you smug son of a bitch. I get that it's ironic, but the moment you shake your head and tell me not to vote, I almost want to follow your advice. You know, just to spite you. To be fair, you're not the only culprit here-Demi Moore, Halle Berry and Forest Whitaker have also made my shit list. And for the record, I was going to vote anyway.

Thumb Wars: A weekly forum for pop culture quarrels.
My reason for loving talking animal movies is fairly simple. Many animals are funny. And although they don't talk in real life, movies can make animals talk-thereby making them even funnier. I'm not saying that every talking animal movie is automatically good just because of that. Admittedly, over the years there have been some pretty horrid films starring talking animals. But think of all the greats: "Babe," "Dr. Doolittle" (some of Eddie Murphy's best work!) and "Homeward Bound." Don't you remember "Homeward Bound"? It's about two dogs and a cat trekking across America to reunite with their owners, learning important lessons about love and family along the way. And in a world presumably void of decent human role models, whom else can we turn to but our fuzzy little friends?

In Other Media
The best way to catch a glimpse of Hasan Elahi is to watch for bright colors. On any given day, the Oakland-based multi-media artist looks like a neon tapestry of glowing green shirts and chemically bleached orange hair. Not the type of incognito conduct you might expect from someone on the U.S. terrorist watch list. Even in the shadows, this guy sticks out.

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