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Issue #2246 :: Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Senior Fatally Shot in Oakland
UC Berkeley graduating senior Vincent Choi was fatally shot early Saturday morning outside a bar in Oakland. He was 22.

Student To Be Tried In Separate Recall Campaign Hearing
The ASUC Judicial Council will hold a separate hearing for junior Dina Omar after issuing a default judgment in favor of Nathan Shaffer, a defendant in the case that sought to overturn the recall election of Senator John Moghtader.

Former Haas Dean Plans Bid for State Governorship Podcast
Former Haas Business School dean Tom Campbell, who announced his plans to run for California governor last July, says he will focus on securing jobs and improving the state's higher education system if elected.

Downtown Area Plan Undergoes Further Revisions
The city's planning commission made some of its final revisions to the Downtown Area Plan, which will shape the face of the city's Downtown district.

News

Senior Fatally Shot in Oakland
UC Berkeley graduating senior Vincent Choi was fatally shot early Saturday morning outside a bar in Oakland. He was 22.

Student To Be Tried In Separate Recall Campaign Hearing
The ASUC Judicial Council will hold a separate hearing for junior Dina Omar after issuing a default judgment in favor of Nathan Shaffer, a defendant in the case that sought to overturn the recall election of Senator John Moghtader.

Former Haas Dean Plans Bid for State Governorship Podcast
Former Haas Business School dean Tom Campbell, who announced his plans to run for California governor last July, says he will focus on securing jobs and improving the state's higher education system if elected.

Downtown Area Plan Undergoes Further Revisions
The city's planning commission made some of its final revisions to the Downtown Area Plan, which will shape the face of the city's Downtown district.

Budget Issues Key in Race for Academic Affairs Vice President
In the midst of the state budget crisis and looming cuts to university funding, candidates campaigning for the position of ASUC academic affairs vice president are putting forth their ideas to deal with hard financial times.

News in Brief
Police Investigate Report of Missing Graduate Student

Influential Public Economist George Break Passes Away at 88
George Break, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of economics and scholar of public finance, passed away in Berkeley due to heart failure on March 13. He was 88.


Sports

Bears Score Season-High 22 Goals in Win Over Lowly Gaels
For a team that has played from behind several times this season, the Cal lacrosse team made sure that it would not be forced to mount a comeback in a critical conference game.

Shattered Expectations in 2008-09 Leave Future Bright
The season had just finished, and Cal men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery wasted no time putting it in perspective by noting the future.

At Helm, Monty Steers Cal in the Right Direction
Last spring, Mike Montgomery was brought in to return the Cal men's basketball team to relevance. With a 20-win season and an NCAA tourney "run," he did just that-at least in the Pac-10.

Cal Seniors Thrived in Program's Best Year Podcast
An era of unprecedented success in Cal women's basketball history arguably came to an end last Sunday.

Seniors Leave Legacy but Need an Heir
The second sentence out of coach Joanne Boyle's mouth after the Cal women's basketball team fell to Connecticut in the Sweet 16 wasn't a surprising one, but it was a telling one.

Dirtbags Pound Out 21 Hits en Route to Rout at Evans Diamond
Down 6-4 in the top of the seventh, the Cal baseball team was still within reach of visiting Long Beach State.

Bear Naked
After months of basketball, the time has come.


Arts & Entertainment

The Show Must Go On
Vaudeville is dead. French filmmaker Christophe Barratier knows that as well as anyone. But in the tradition of using the past to interpret the present he attempts to bring the vivacity of the Parisian version of Vaudeville-variety shows-back to life in his latest film "Paris 36."

'Hazards of Love' An Experiment in Whimsical Noise Podcast
Diehard devotees will be relieved know that the Decemberists haven't done away with their vocabulary-rich, plot-driven, eloquently dark lyrics and acoustic guitar-supported music. It's all there in Hazards of Love, and it's pretty entertaining, though first-timers might consider starting from the beginning of their massive canon to get a better feel for their music.

'Sonata for Miriam' Entertains With Imaginative Storyline
Let's face it: New Zealand is an obscure island nation, dwarfed by its continental counterpart down under, Australia. To the American psyche, its only notable exports are wool and the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, which informed audiences of New Zealand's pristine landscapes, untouched by human development.

Diamonds in the Rough
One of the most common inebriated-conversation topics of our college years has been the so-called "Golden Age" of children's shows-basically Nickelodeon programming from the mid-'90s. "Salute Your Shorts" and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" are shared experiences that lend themselves to drunken bonding and wistful reminiscing. Usually these discussions end with the general consensus that "they don't make 'em like they used to" and an impromptu whistling of the "Doug" theme song. But the next morning a frightening thought tends to creep into our throbbing skulls: Were these shows that good or are they covered in the sweet sap of childhood nostalgia? Or were we just drunk?

Fever Ray FEVER RAY Podcast
The music of Swedish duo the Knife sounds like the creations of a haunted, spectral computer. Its members, Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, once cited David Lynch as one of their influences, and there couldn't be a more apt comparison.

Film 'Hunger' a Stirring Exploration of Martyrdom
The effect of martyrdom on human civilization is indisputable, and few films portray this onscreen with as much stunning panache as "Hunger." Both audacious and chastening, British video artist Steve McQueen's feature debut succeeds in building sympathy for its tortured heroes even as it exposes the consequences of their sacrifice with uncompromising brutality.

French Film 'Shall We Kiss?' Needs a Little Less Conversation and a Little More Action
"Shall We Kiss?" is basically a movie about thin, attractive French people who like to get down. Sounds hot, right? But now imagine those sexy Frenchies deciding not to have sex and instead opting to talk about it for approximately an hour and a half. This describes the disappointment after watching "Shall We Kiss?", which starts out with a compelling plotline and vibrant characters but that ends up feeling like a total tease.

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