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Issue #2211 :: Monday, February 9, 2009

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UC Regent, Professor Join Economic Board
President Barack Obama announced Friday morning that UC Regent Monica Lozano and Laura D'Andrea Tyson, a professor of business and public policy at the Haas School of Business, have been selected to be members of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Web Site's Advertising Practices Criticized
A popular consumer reviews Web site has been soliciting businesses for advertisements in exchange for suppressing negative comments, some merchants say.

Budget Cuts Take Toll on Arts Departments Podcast
When fourth-year art practice major Cesar Valdez planned his class schedule for this semester, he was dismayed to find only two painting classes offered in the department. On the first day of class, Valdez was one of 50 students trying to enroll in a class normally capped at 20.

City Council to Deliberate Over Cell Phone Antenna Installation
After months of public hearings and opposition from many residents, the Berkeley City Council will decide Tuesday whether to allow cell phone antennas to be installed in North Berkeley.

News

UC Regent, Professor Join Economic Board
President Barack Obama announced Friday morning that UC Regent Monica Lozano and Laura D'Andrea Tyson, a professor of business and public policy at the Haas School of Business, have been selected to be members of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Web Site's Advertising Practices Criticized
A popular consumer reviews Web site has been soliciting businesses for advertisements in exchange for suppressing negative comments, some merchants say.

Budget Cuts Take Toll on Arts Departments Podcast
When fourth-year art practice major Cesar Valdez planned his class schedule for this semester, he was dismayed to find only two painting classes offered in the department. On the first day of class, Valdez was one of 50 students trying to enroll in a class normally capped at 20.

City Council to Deliberate Over Cell Phone Antenna Installation
After months of public hearings and opposition from many residents, the Berkeley City Council will decide Tuesday whether to allow cell phone antennas to be installed in North Berkeley.

Projects Funded by BP Deal Study Biofuel Technologies
More than one year after UC Berkeley signed its $500 million deal with energy giant BP, the partnership has produced studies geared toward improving and implementing biofuel technologies.

News in Brief
Officer in Oscar Grant III Shooting Case Makes Bail


Sports

Christopher Regains Stroke as Bears Put Away Cougars
Six, four and three -- those were Bears guard Patrick Christopher's last three scoring outputs up until Saturday night.

Bears Win First Seven Events, Coast to Win Over Roadrunners
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, seven events were all the Cal men's swimming team needed against Cal State Bakersfield.

Rain Doesn't Dampen Cal's Spirits as Ilcinkas' Singles Victory Spurs Bears to 6-1 Win
It was raining and the No. 2 Cal women's tennis team had just lost its doubles point against unranked San Diego State. But that wasn't enough to stop the Bears from overcoming the Aztecs.

Past, Present Bears Qualify for U.S. Senior National Team at Winter Cup Challenge
After Friday's preliminary round of the Winter Cup Challenge, 42 of the country's top gymnasts qualified for the final round of competition. From that pool of 42, just the top seven scorers were selected for the U.S. senior national team after the final round. And of those seven, two were either current or former Cal gymnasts.

Bears Open Season Against Bulldogs With 19-0 Blowout
When the Cal lacrosse team took the field for its season opener on Saturday, its players knew they were facing a Fresno State team competing in its first lacrosse game ever.

High Level of Intensity Propels Cal to Tourney Championship in Colorado
Another weekend invitational for the No. 5 Cal women's team came and went with no surprises as the Bears coasted through all five of their matches at the Colorado State Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

Spring Season Kicks Off Amid Heavy Hitters at Northrup Grumman Challenge
When the No. 15 Cal women's golf team returns to action for its spring season this morning at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., it will mark a return of a different kind for one of the Bears' veteran leaders.

Christopher's Stroke Drives Cal Past Washington State Podcast
Six, four and three-those were Cal men's basketball guard Patrick Christopher's scoring outputs in the Bears' last three games.

Deja Vu All Over Again and Again
With only a few minutes left and the score tied at 60-60, it felt like deja vu all over again for Cal.

Win Over Cougars Ends Easy Weekend for Bears
Heading into Sunday afternoon's game, the No. 3 Cal women's basketball team was looking to extend its school-record winning streak and maintain its position as the frontrunner in the Pac-10 by beating Washington State for the ninth straight time.

Bears Defend Scrum Axe in Blowout Win
STANFORD--With the No. 1 Cal rugby team leading No. 24 Stanford 51-7, and the final seconds ticking off the clock, a young fan shouted, "Game over."

Stewart Bests Rosenberg as Cal Completes Comeback Win
Down one set and facing the second with a pulled muscle, things weren't looking too good for Pedro Zerbini.

Reid Homers Thrice in Cal's Perfect Weekend
Freshman Jamia Reid didn't even know if she would have the opportunity to get her brand new uniform dirty when the No. 17 Cal softball team began its 2009 season.


Arts & Entertainment

The Buzz Around Town
Writer Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" is positively electric. Complete with fussy Victorians, satirical humor, detailed costumes and yes, even an old timey vibrator or two, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production just might leave its audience in their own paroxysm of laughter and pleasure.

Demetri Martin Brings Deadpan to Center Stage
Full disclosure: I'm a huge Demetri Martin fan, from his standup to the trend-spotting segments in "The Daily Show." And his particular brand of quirky, hilarious observations emerges full force in his new television series, "Important Things with Demetri Martin."

Action-Packed 'Push' Has the Potential But Not the Punch
Contrary to what the trailer to "Push" would lead you to believe, "pushing" does not refer to moving objects telekinetically. That's "moving." To "push" is to plant a false memory in one's head via mind control. Those are two different kinds of psychic powers, you see. "Push" presents to us nine different types of psychic abilities, from "sniffing" (learning an object's history by smelling it) to "shifting" (changing an object's physical appearance by willing it to be). However, as entertaining as this may sound on paper, that's as good as it gets. The film never fully exploits its potential and as a result is nothing more than a generic spy-action flick.

Lily Allen IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU Podcast
Nothing is new under the sun. This aphorism can most appropriately (and perhaps most ironically) be applied to the sunshine of all musical genres: pop. So, it comes as no surprise that Lily Allen's new electro-pop album, It's Not Me, It's You (produced by the Bird and the Bee's Greg Kurstin), follows a near track-by-track formula for building the ultimate pop compilation. She's got the I'm-So-Much-Better-Without-You song, the I'm-So-Happy-It's-Working-Out song and even the bittersweet homage to daddy.

Miranda Lee Richards LIGHT OF X Podcast
Many musicians have employed mechanical means recently to smooth out their voices, whether they need them or not. (Kanye, you cannot sing. No amount of artificial smoothing can help you there, buddy.)

Fifth Volume of 'Scott Pilgrim' Retains Artistic Style But Lacks Strong Story Line
"Scott Pilgrim Versus the Universe" by Bryan Lee O'Malley belongs to a peculiar brand of graphic novels marketable to the general public. But not in any way like "V for Vendetta," "300" or "Ghost World." With Michael Cera slated to play Scott Pilgrim next year, it's apparent that the series shows off a different take on masculinity than most comic books.

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