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Issue #2346 :: Thursday, October 8, 2009

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ASUC Attorney General Says Senate Cannot Conduct Official Business
The ASUC attorney general announced Wednesday that he found the ASUC Senate to be in violation of a bylaw that requires it to confirm a finance officer by its fifth meeting.

CalSERVE, Student Action Parties Continue to Dominate ASUC Politics
Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on ASUC parties.

Faculty Sees Reduction in Tech Support On Campus
UC Berkeley faculty in various colleges and departments have less access to personalized technical support this school year due to staff reductions within the Information Services and Technology division.

Change of Venue Considered for BART Shooting Case
OAKLAND-Arguments continued in Alameda County Superior Court today as a judge deliberated whether or not former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle should have the venue of his trial changed.

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CalSERVE, Student Action Parties Continue to Dominate ASUC Politics
Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on ASUC parties.

Faculty Sees Reduction in Tech Support On Campus
UC Berkeley faculty in various colleges and departments have less access to personalized technical support this school year due to staff reductions within the Information Services and Technology division.

Change of Venue Considered for BART Shooting Case
OAKLAND-Arguments continued in Alameda County Superior Court today as a judge deliberated whether or not former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle should have the venue of his trial changed.

BART Airport Connector Project Under Fire
Construction on an extension of BART rail service to the Oakland International Airport is scheduled to begin next year, despite concerns about the costs and practicality of the controversial project.

Campus to Discuss Plans for Proposed Helios West Facility
Following the decision this July to separate the facilities for UC Berkeley's proposed Helios Energy Research Facility, the bidding period to find contractors for the construction of the Helios West facility opened last Thursday.

ASUC Attorney General Says Senate Cannot Conduct Official Business
The ASUC attorney general announced Wednesday that he found the ASUC Senate to be in violation of a bylaw that requires it to confirm a finance officer by its fifth meeting.


Sports

Press Room Banter
YouTube has become a strange bedfellow of celebrity. From Chris Crocker crying over the treatment of Britney Spears to the inmates of a Filipino penitentiary dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the most unlikely of celebrities have found their 15 minutes of fame on the popular video-sharing website.

Worldly Experience Inspires Swimmers in 2009-10 Podcast
The philosophy of the Cal men's swimming team can be summed up by its motto: "People not performance."

Cal Wins Ihlanfeldt Invitational In a Homecoming for McDaniel
Teeing off for the final round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., the No. 17 Cal women's golf team held a 10-stroke lead in what would become coach Nancy McDaniel's first victory for the Bears on her former home course.

Lack of Familiarity Doesn't Hinder Dahan and Zerbini
Cal men's tennis team juniors Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini had never played a competitive doubles match together before the qualifying round of the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championship on Tuesday. Just don't tell the other teams that.

Anderson Doubles Up After Ousting From Singles Play
Losing in the second round of singles consolation matches probably wasn't the way Cal women's tennis player Mari Andersson wanted to start the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. Luckily for her, the best is likely still to come.

Bears Look Relaxed as National Title Defense Begins
Sizing up the competition for the first home meet against Pacific looks different through the eyes of the Cal women's swimming team.


Arts & Entertainment

Why So Serious, Man?
In the Coen brothers' latest film, "A Serious Man," physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) asks a rabbi for advice about his life, which is in freefall. The rabbi responds with a lengthy tale about a dentist who finds Hebrew etched on the backside of a patient's teeth. And then the rabbi abruptly ends his story, allowing it to linger awkwardly like a toothache. The tale is a hoax, a pointless monologue, and an increasingly exasperated Larry screams that he just wants answers. The Coens have always gone out of their way to baffle their audiences, but the episode is a perfect illustration of the sheer pointlessness of their latest black comedy.

The Backstreet Boys Take a Wrong Turn on Their Newest Album 'This Is Us'
In times of substantial environmental change, we are only rewarded three options: move, adapt or die. As one of the more curious of musical species, the boy band, faces extinction, we have seen the few that remain choose among these less-than-favorable choices.

Painting With Thought
On the second or third day of Computer Science 61A this semester, our professor, Brian Harvey, made a rather poignant observation: "CS, as a field, is really misnamed. It's not really about computers. That's electrical engineering. Nor is it really a science, because we aren't actually discovering things that already exist. We're really information engineers. We're creating things that didn't exist before us, using only our ability to think." At least that's what I heard in my heart.

Thumb Wars: Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC
To this day, I pride myself on something I did when I was but a wee lass with nothing but the millenial Top 40 and Nickelodeon to entertain me: I traded my sister my copy of the Backstreet Boys' Black & Blue for her copy of *NSYNC's No Strings Attached.

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