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Issue #2162 :: Monday, October 27, 2008

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Top Headlines

State Cuts $5 Million From Campus Budget
In response to the state's increasing financial crisis, UC Berkeley has been forced to take a $5 million budget cut after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a fiscal order to state agencies to increase savings early last week.

Chancellor Speaks Out On Divisive Proposition
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau released a public statement last week speaking out against Proposition 8, prompting both criticism and support from campus figures and state officials.

History Professor Passes Away
UC Berkeley history professor Jon Gjerde passed away last night at his home in Albany, according to history department officials. He was 55.

AC Transit Board Candidate Faces Charges of Perjury
A candidate running for a seat on the AC Transit Board of Directors is facing charges that he lied about living in the district he hopes to represent.

News

State Cuts $5 Million From Campus Budget
In response to the state's increasing financial crisis, UC Berkeley has been forced to take a $5 million budget cut after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a fiscal order to state agencies to increase savings early last week.

Chancellor Speaks Out On Divisive Proposition
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau released a public statement last week speaking out against Proposition 8, prompting both criticism and support from campus figures and state officials.

AC Transit Board Candidate Faces Charges of Perjury
A candidate running for a seat on the AC Transit Board of Directors is facing charges that he lied about living in the district he hopes to represent.

Businesses Fear Transit Plan Could Hinder Sales Podcast
From the Berkeley Hat Company to Amoeba Music, shops along Telegraph Avenue are plastering their windows with one common fixture: A bright, lime-colored campaign sign asking residents to vote "Yes on KK" on Nov. 4.

Engineers' Gecko Project Defies Gravity Video
Gravity posed no threat to the Gecko Woman who scaled a five-story concrete wall, armed with nothing more than the research of a UC Berkeley professor, some rope and gecko claws.

History Professor Passes Away
UC Berkeley history professor Jon Gjerde passed away last night at his home in Albany, according to history department officials. He was 55.


Sports

Bears Master Craft, UCLA Offense to Stay in Pac-10 Hunt Podcast Gallery
With its offense nearly nonexistent and facing a 4th-and-22 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the UCLA football team tried to spark something with a fake punt pass that was stopped short by Cal cornerback Chris Conte.

Nothing Tricky About It: Ride Best, Vereen
The trick-or-treat ultimatum came about a week early for the Cal football team. Luckily for those at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the Bears didn't have to pick one or the other-they got both.

Alualu, Mohamed Shine in Stingy Defensive Effort
Although the Cal defensive line's depth chart may have taken a hit with injuries to Rulon Davis and Kendrick Payne, the Bears' 41-20 win over UCLA proved that the unit is plenty strong at the top.

Trojans Snap Cal's 13-Match Winning Streak
All good things must come to an end, and the No. 4 Cal volleyball team's historic Pac-10 run is no exception to that rule.

Late Goal Foils Cal Comeback Gallery
After giving up a lead that it had held all game, the No. 4 UCLA water polo team had one final chance to put Saturday's match against Cal away for good. Bruins coach Adam Krikorian took a timeout with 16 seconds remaining in order to set up a shot for freshman Ben Hohl.

Cal Converts on Corner, Holds On for Win Over Cardinal
Shouting from the sideline, Cal field hockey coach Shellie Onstead wasn't secretive about reshuffling her offense in Friday's game against Stanford.

Bears Shut Out Wildcats, Pick Up Much-Needed Win
After two losses and a tie in their last three Pac-10 games, the Cal women's soccer team needed a win against Arizona. And on Sunday, the Bear's defense locked down the Wildcats to ensure a 2-0 result.


Arts & Entertainment

Bush Whacking Gallery
Twelve weeks and one day from now, there's going to be a party in Berkeley and across the nation as George Bush's presidency finally expires. In the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts last Thursday night, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy kicked off those celebrations with "The 5th (and Final) George Bush Going Away Party." It was a night of liberals coming together to deliver our commander in chief one last, swift and highly-relished kick to the balls. Doing the kicking were host Lisa Geduldig, Bush Show veteran Ross Turner, gay Iranian Ali Mafi and anti-death-penalty lawyer Aundre the Wonderwoman. These four comics represented both the old and the new of liberal political comedy.

The Coup Bring Fierce Beats And Energy to Lower Sproul Gallery
Oakland-based band the Coup set a fiercely energetic scene during their Thursday concert. A diverse bunch of kids slowly amalgamated on Lower Sproul, singularly drawn by cavity-shaking beats and politically charged lyrics that cut through the masses.

Album Reviews Podcast
AC/DC has reproduced a sound for three decades that consistently ranks estimably on the Billboard charts. That, my friends, is praiseworthy. In their early years,

Album Reviews Podcast
For some groups, it takes major label backing before they're ready to put out an "accessible" album. For Deerhunter, the pop hooks and soft edges of their third LP come as the next logical step. After the success of their breakthrough album Cryptograms, their newest Microcastle could easily have retraced the steps of earlier works and taken in a dive into a psychedelic-noise wonderland, but instead the band opts for a more pop-laced path.

Album Reviews
Snow Patrol's latest, A Hundred Million Suns, is as close to a chin-up album as they will probably ever make. While past albums by the Irish quartet have banked heavily on frontman Gary Lightbody's head-in-hands mourning to create emotional surge in their songs, this latest effort plays like a tribute to love instead of a bemoaning of its fallouts. Musically, the band doesn't deviate much from formula: alt-rock anthems touch off and wind down the album. But while the sentimentality is likable enough, it also comes off as a lowest-common-denominator approach to attaining universality.

Album Reviews Podcast
I've always had some beef with that whole "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" thing. It's cool when, say, synchronized swimmers do it. But musical imitation walks a fine line between flattery and farce-when artists noticeably copy each other, it's hard not to let the laziness bleed through the homage.

'High School Musical 3' Is Entertaining Despite Weak Plot
The 14-year-old in line next to me, awaiting to see the third installment (and silver screen debut) of "High School Musical," told me she had ignored food-poisoning in order to see her favorite high schoolers sing and dance. She then sat in silence awaiting my reply, as if to ask me what near-fatal ailment I had overcome in order to see the likes of Zac Efron and company. While simply reading the title of the film forced many to cringe, "High School Musical" has escaped the land of "made for TV movies" and is now curing foodborne illnesses among teenyboppers in theatres nation-wide.

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