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Issue #2308 :: Monday, August 24, 2009

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Tedford Names Riley as Starting Quarterback
Jeff Tedford started to walk off the field after practice, then turned back and spent a few minutes addressing the quarterbacks. When he came off the second time, he brought the resolution to the Cal football team's quarterback competition along with him.

Officials Seek to Set Campus Closure Days
In response to a systemwide furlough program approved by the UC Board of Regents, campus officials have released a series of 11 proposed campus closure dates.

Feature Photo: Summer's Passing
New and returning students, with help from friends and family, move into Unit 3 on Sunday. Classes begin this Wednesday.

Parents of Child Killed in Accident File Suit
The parents of a kindergartner who was killed by a truck while walking to a UC Berkeley day care program filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several defendants in court Thursday.

News

Officials Seek to Set Campus Closure Days
In response to a systemwide furlough program approved by the UC Board of Regents, campus officials have released a series of 11 proposed campus closure dates.

Feature Photo: Summer's Passing
New and returning students, with help from friends and family, move into Unit 3 on Sunday. Classes begin this Wednesday.

Parents of Child Killed in Accident File Suit
The parents of a kindergartner who was killed by a truck while walking to a UC Berkeley day care program filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several defendants in court Thursday.

Since You've Been Gone
May 18: Five propositions aimed at offsetting $6 billion from the state's budget deficit failed in the May 2009 Statewide Special Election. Proposed cuts to the UC and CSU systems increased by $200 million.

Petition Against Downtown Area Plan Advances
After more than 150 public meetings and $1 million spent by the city of Berkeley to create a plan for future Downtown development, 9,200 signatures have put the city's plan in jeopardy.

Yoo's First Fall Semester Class at Law School Draws Protest
Students of a class taught by UC Berkeley law Professor John Yoo experienced an unusual commotion on their first day of class, involving a protest against their professor's justification of controversial interrogation techniques.

School District Sees Minor Changes in STAR Scores
Results from 2009 state standardized testing show a slight increase in English scores and a slight decrease in math scores across the Berkeley Unified School District, although both scores remain above the statewide average.


Sports

Over the Summer
As a bridge between its 2008 and 2009 campaigns, the Cal women's soccer team spent 10 days travelling through Italy this summer.

Morgan Carries Cal in Season Opener
Alex Morgan took more than a month off this summer to study in Madrid. And her teammates on the Cal women's soccer team decided to throw an impromptu welcome back party in the season opener, providing her with several gifts in front of the goal.

Card Drops Inexperienced Bears in Preseason Match
Stanford returned three times as many starters as the Cal field hockey team this season. And it scored three times as many goals as the Bears in Saturday's preseason exhibition.

Bears Starters Still Unknown as Fall Camp Draws to a Close
Today's helmets-only session is the Cal football team's last practice before it begins to split up into starters and scout teams to prepare for Maryland, and coach Jeff Tedford still has yet to name a starting quarterback.

Scrimmage Shows Off Revamped Front Row
It takes a lot to steal the spotlight away from Hana Cutura, the Cal volleyball team's 6-foot-4 outside hitting machine. But at Saturday evening's Blue and Gold intrasquad scrimmage, sophomore Tarah Murrey easily stole a bit of the limelight for herself.

Tedford Names Riley as Starting Quarterback
Jeff Tedford started to walk off the field after practice, then turned back and spent a few minutes addressing the quarterbacks. When he came off the second time, he brought the resolution to the Cal football team's quarterback competition along with him.


Arts & Entertainment

Goodbye Gray Sky, Hello Blue Gallery
It's not much of a compliment to call a stage production a pile of dirt, but in the case of Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," first performed in 1961, that's simply a statement of fact. At California Shakespeare Theater, director Jonathan Moscone's production of "Happy Days" is a particularly charming pile of dirt.

Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' Gets Hearts Racing and Nazi Blood Flowing
If you've ever seen a 1940s comic book cover where Captain America is decking a tooth-spitting Hitler, then you have a good idea of the attitude of Quentin Tarantino's new film, "Inglourious Basterds." Although the movie delivers its share of Jew-on-Nazi revenge fantasy fulfillment, Tarantino has attempted to craft something a bit more serious than that preliminary sense of brutal propaganda and, in the process, more sincere than his revenge film, the two-part "Kill Bill."

Documentary Examines Personal Toll of the Current Economic Crisis
As cliche would have it, the house always wins. But when investment banks and brokers act like bookies with the income of countless Americans, the mortgages they set up are as volatile as any bet taken out on a sporting event.

Strong Performances Make Theater Production of 'Grapes of Wrath' Compelling
You've read the book, and you've probably watched the movie, but chances are you've yet to see John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" in a theater (unless you're old enough to have seen it during its Broadway run in 1990). It may seem like an intimidating feat to convert an American classic into a small theater production, but the players of Actors Theatre SF do it, and do it well. The set decor may be lacking, but what is missing in the background is well made up for with the outstanding and expressive performances made by each and every actor, no matter how small the role.

Imogen Heap ELLIPSE Podcast
On first listen, Imogen Heap's album Ellipse seems formulaic and lacking in some X factor. Instead of another album bursting with upbeat gems, the 13 new tracks-including the single "First Train Home"-appear to be running low on the boundless energy of her past albums.

Jay Reatard WATCH ME FALL Podcast
On Jay Reatard's breakthrough effort, 2008's Blood Visions, the Memphis musician heralded the second (third? fourth?) coming of deliciously amateurish punk. His short, sharp songs were fuzzed out and repetitive, crammed with aimless loathing, but they were also inescapably catchy-even fun. Following a series of Matador singles, the provocatively named punker's new album Watch Me Fall takes his sound in a more composed and comparatively mature direction.

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