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Issue #2297 :: Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Top Headlines

Two Berkeley Women Assaulted in Their Homes
Two young Berkeley women were sexually assaulted in their homes in separate incidents early Thursday morning, according to Berkeley Police.

Union Rejects BART Executives' Contract Offer
Members of the Service Employees International Union, the largest service workers' union in North America, rejected a contract proposal from BART executives Thursday night.

UC Regents Approve Furlough Plan
SAN FRANCISCO-The full UC Board of Regents approved the plan to enforce unpaid furloughs Thursday in a 20-1 vote.

UC Furlough Plan Moves Forward
SAN FRANCISCO-Amid rancor and outcry from employees, a committee of the UC Board of Regents voted 11-1 Wednesday to require that its employees take unpaid days off in order to offset unprecedented cuts in state funding.

News

UC Furlough Plan Moves Forward
SAN FRANCISCO-Amid rancor and outcry from employees, a committee of the UC Board of Regents voted 11-1 Wednesday to require that its employees take unpaid days off in order to offset unprecedented cuts in state funding.

Faculty Warn Salary Cuts May Damage UC System
As it makes cuts to cope with a cumulative $813 million budget shortfall for the last two years, the University of California could face the prospect of losing professors, according to a letter signed by 323 faculty members and presented to the UC Regents at their meeting on Wednesday.

Former Football Player Gets Jail Time for Sexual Assault
Former Cal Football player Noah Smith will serve four years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female students while he was a student at UC Berkeley in 2007.

City Council Passes Downtown Area Plan Despite Misgivings
After three and a half years of planning, the Berkeley City Council approved a plan Tuesday outlining the next two decades of development in the city's Downtown area.

Yoo Appeals for Dismissal of Civil Suit Over Torture Claims
UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo filed an appeal Monday seeking the dismissal of a civil suit brought against him by convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla.

Report Shows More Students Taking Out Loans
More than 50 percent of full-time undergraduate students in four-year public universities took out loans to support their education in 2007-08, a number that reflects a pattern of growth over the last two decades, according to a report released Thursday.

Former Boalt Hall Professor Dies at 82
Law professor emeritus Paul Mishkin, a prominent expert on federal courts, died June 26 in his home in Berkeley. He was 82.

Memorial Stadium Retrofit Preliminary Plans Approved
A committee in the UC Board of Regents approved preliminary plans on Tuesday for the seismic retrofitting of Memorial Stadium.

Some Stimulus Funding to Help Repair Berkeley Streets
Transportation funds from the federal stimulus package will be used to make improvements to highways and repave roads across the nation, but the chances that all of the money will find its way into cities, such as Berkeley, is unlikely.

Bill Proposing Legislative Control of UC Stalls in Senate Committee
A proposed state constitutional amendment that would bring some UC management decisions under legislative control appears to be stalled, as a bill proposing the change has been shelved in the state legislature.

UC Regents Approve Furlough Plan
SAN FRANCISCO-The full UC Board of Regents approved the plan to enforce unpaid furloughs Thursday in a 20-1 vote.

Union Rejects BART Executives' Contract Offer
Members of the Service Employees International Union, the largest service workers' union in North America, rejected a contract proposal from BART executives Thursday night.

Two Berkeley Women Assaulted in Their Homes
Two young Berkeley women were sexually assaulted in their homes in separate incidents early Thursday morning, according to Berkeley Police.


Arts & Entertainment

Indie Trinity Gallery
Some genres know exactly who they are. Punk, hip-hop or metal succeed in being diverse and complex without undergoing drastic personality crises. Indie pop, in comparison, is a schizophrenic desperately in need of a therapist.

'Private Lives' Pokes Fun at the Rich, Pleases the Crowd Gallery
Nothing is private onstage. Doomed romances and torrid love affairs flame out for audiences that demand, for the high price of admission, the right to see and know everything.

Exhibit Captures Spirit of Late Photographer
Richard Avedon may be just another name for those unfamiliar with the history of photography or the magazines Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker. Although certain photographers' names like Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz ring out in our cultural vernacular, the artists behind the camera are often obscured by the personalities they depict in the frame.

Visual Magic Makes New Harry Potter Film a Thrill
Don your cloaks and pick up your wands, it is time to venture back to the wizarding world with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", directed by David Yates ("Order of the Phoenix"). From merely the opening scenes, it becomes clear that this movie stands out from its predecessors. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel takes the audience on a visual roller coaster as the camera pursues the trails of the Death Eaters, weaving in and out of Muggle buildings. Glass shatters, bridges are torn down, windows explode- yes, just another day in the war against the Dark Lord.

Pop Theory
Why are rich kids and television such a fitting match? Of course, I'd watch anything on television. If tomorrow AMC were to debut its newest potential hit "Watch Old Men Look For Their Keys While Mumbling," not only would I watch it, I'd rave about it, blog about it and recommend it to all my friends, enemies and frienemies. I even learned that last term from television. How educational.

Film 'Humpday' Gets Fresh With the Bromantic Comedy
Amateur pornos have been dominating popular conversation lately. While the mainstream "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" had Seth Rogen cast as the emotionally involved pornstar-for-a-day, Lynn Shelton's film "Humpday" came away with ample buzz after exposing Sundance to a bromance movie taken one step further.

'Soul Power' Has Fascinating Footage of Soul Legends, But Not Much Else
B.B. King sits in a cramped-looking coach seat, smiling quietly as he picks out a blues riff on a nylon string guitar. Across the airplane aisle, the camera pans to show Celia Cruz singing animatedly and James Brown sitting with concert promoter Stewart Levine, discussing the wonder of French-speaking fans in Zaire knowing all of Brown's English lyrics. This is a 13-hour flight from JFK to Zaire, filled with world-class soul and R&B singers. You'd better believe they're going to have a jam session to pass the time.

Tanna Frederick Discusses Acting and Singing in Her Latest Film 'Irene in Time'
Tanna Frederick, an independent film actress, starred as the titular character in Henry Jaglom's latest film, "Irene in Time." Jaglom, interestingly enough, first introduced her to the acting scene when he suggested that she act out one of his plays. Since then, Frederick has performed in various productions. Here, the Daily Californian talks to her about her role in "Irene in Time."

'Seraphine' is an Honest and Moving Portrayal of Painter's Life
She's a dumpy little woman, wide in girth and small in presence. She has a lined face, a high-arched nose and thick, meaty hands befitting a butcher. Throw on a crocheted shawl and formless frock, and you've got Seraphine de Senlis, a little-known housecleaner with an extraordinary penchant for painting, now recognized as one of the most celebrated painters of the 20th century in the naive style, which emphasized a childlike simplicity.

Henry Jaglom Discusses 'Irene in Time,' Film Career
Henry Jaglom entered the entertainment industry as an actor, but halfway through his career, he switched from acting on the big screen to working behind the scenes as a director. Since then, he has directed numerous independent films, the latest of which is "Irene in Time." The Daily Californian phoned him to talk about aspects of his film.


Opinion

Fighting the Colder War
Is it just me, or did we trade the Cold War for a Colder War in the 21st century? We seem to have collected more enemies in the last couple decades, and worse, they seem to be getting more dangerous. Remember when our favorite rancher George W. called them the Axis of Evil? We always need a bogeyman (or men) to prop up support for military action. But Obama promised a new era in foreign relations, one where bogeymen weren't needed, where we could be tough without being assholes at the negotiating table, and one where military action was a last resort rather than the preferred course of action for a bunch of White House hawks who were willing to distort facts to make their case for war.

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