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Issue #2288 :: Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Top Headlines

Campus Considers Its Options As Cuts Near
Following Monday's campuswide e-mail outlining methods to balance UC Berkeley's deficit that has more than doubled in six weeks, many say the campus's competitiveness could be at risk.

UC Accepts More Transfer Students
At the start of his second semester at community college, incoming UC Berkeley transfer student David Barrera approached the transfer center on his campus with the goal of eventually attending a UC campus.

Federal Court Lets Civil Suit Against Yoo Move Forward
A recent decision allowing a civil suit against UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo to continue will not likely aid efforts to have him brought to court over Bush-era memos he authored, legal experts said.

Hundreds Gather to Protest Outcome of Iranian Election
Hundreds of people marched on the streets of Berkeley Sunday afternoon to protest the outcome of Friday's election in Iran.

News

Campus Considers Its Options As Cuts Near
Following Monday's campuswide e-mail outlining methods to balance UC Berkeley's deficit that has more than doubled in six weeks, many say the campus's competitiveness could be at risk.

UC Accepts More Transfer Students
At the start of his second semester at community college, incoming UC Berkeley transfer student David Barrera approached the transfer center on his campus with the goal of eventually attending a UC campus.

Federal Court Lets Civil Suit Against Yoo Move Forward
A recent decision allowing a civil suit against UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo to continue will not likely aid efforts to have him brought to court over Bush-era memos he authored, legal experts said.

Hundreds Gather to Protest Outcome of Iranian Election
Hundreds of people marched on the streets of Berkeley Sunday afternoon to protest the outcome of Friday's election in Iran.

Former Performing Arts Director Passes Away at 92
UC Berkeley performing arts pioneer Betty Connors, longtime director of the center that would become Cal Performances, died of natural causes in her Richmond, Calif. home on June 11. She was 92.

Graduate Fellowship Fund Will Support LGBT-Related Research
Since its approval in March, UC Berkeley's first ever LGBT graduate fellowship fund has been receiving ample attention from faculty, staff and students in all areas of study, campus officials say.

BART and Labor Unions at Odds Over New Contract Negotiations
In an effort to find ways to cut costs to combat its $250 million deficit, BART and labor unions are still in a deadlock over a new contract negotiation with employment benefits at stake.

Students Excavate Local Archeological Site
Clad in a thin layer of dirt, nearly 20 student archeologists spent their Monday excavating relics from Berkeley's past.

Study Shows Link Between Stress Levels and Infertility
Whether you are a zebra constantly running from lions or a chemistry major on the brink of failing a course, stress can be a healthy part of life.

Governor Suggests Cuts to Cities May Be Negotiable
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would be willing to abandon $2 billion in cuts to cities proposed in his May state budget revision after a speech Friday.


Arts & Entertainment

Caged In
The task of bringing Edward Albee to the stage is a unique one. Unlike Shakespeare or Stoppard, the casts are small. The visuals are minimal. There is very little, beyond the dialogue. What sets Edward Albee apart from the rest of the pure-bred pack of famous and prolific writers is his exclusive mastery of language, his fixation on it above all other dramatic considerations.

No Need to Curb Your Enthusiasm About Woody Allen's 'Whatever Works'
The film "Whatever Works" is classic Woody Allen. It's got a middle-aged Jewish misanthrope with a cuddly core for a protagonist; a simple, fun-loving girl for a love interest; and a host of other elitist side characters. It's got the rapid dialogue, the visual love-making to the city of New York and the existentially heartwarming goodness you'd expect from a classic Woody Allen film.

Samurai Exhibit Displays Cultural Legacy
Standing in front of a centuries-old suit of samurai armor, it's almost comical when you picture real people fighting in them. The imaginary warrior ritualistically suits up, an epic soundtrack rising in the background. Cut to a wobbling pile of iron and lacquered scales held together by silk cord, topped by a Darth Vader helmet decorated with long, waving pheasant feather antenna and a precisely trimmed blond mustache. It steps forward. It mounts a black horse. It rides off to battle, rigidly hanging on for dear life.

Pop Theory
As I write, Carson Daly, the TRL puppet of the '90s, is eating a submarine sandwich. Singer Lisa Loeb, another '90s icon, is eating miniature baked potatoes with halibut. About two hours ago, Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas had "a nice lunch and a little wine." Oh yes. Despite all the glamour and glitz, celebrities are real people too. They need to eat. And more importantly, they want you to know.

Latest Jonas Brothers Album Should Be Given a Fair Chance
You have to wonder why a sensation that has coaxed the hearts of millions of teenie-boppers around the world has yet to even reach our age group. To college students, the Jonas Brothers are like that proverbial falling tree that falls in the forest. If no one is there to hear the tree fall, does it make a noise? With our alternative radio and ever-growing weariness of the mainstream, we have not been entangled in this "JoBros Craze." So if we have just escaped the target age for the average Jonas Brothers fan, we must ask: Do these three brothers (who just exited the final stages of puberty a good, oh, three hours ago) make any difference to us?

Mos Def THE ECSTATIC
Mos Def is a model rapper, a man who can express himself, say "fuck you" without dropping the f-bomb and make his conscious rhymes appealing and twisted. His albums are tricky to pin down and his latest is no exception.

Spinal Tap BACK FROM THE DEAD
Well, it's official. They've come back from the dead, and they've got a spring in their step. Actually, it's a whip. Listen for it in the title track.


Opinion

Maher Shreds Obama Podcast
Dear Joshie: Bill Maher tore Obama a new one on Friday night, claiming that our president is more interested in being on TV than pushing for real health care reform. "This is not what I voted for," he said in his rant, and I found myself agreeing with him. But does Obama deserve this? Should I start vilifying him as a do-nothing centrist now and avoid the Christmas rush?

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