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Issue #2351 :: Thursday, October 15, 2009

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ASUC Senate Confirms Finance Officer Nominee, Resumes Official Business
The ASUC Senate confirmed a finance officer at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and began considering official business again at its eighth regular meeting of the semester.

Berkeley Free Clinic Hopes to Overcome Major Cuts Video
The future of the storied Berkeley Free Clinic has been cast in doubt after the clinic lost almost one-third of its total funding-including all funds for HIV preventive care-to state budget cuts.

UC Berkeley Libraries to Reopen on Saturdays Video
With donations from parents of UC Berkeley students, campus administrators decided earlier this week to restore Saturday hours for all campus libraries to their spring 2009 schedule.

Gold Standard Video
Every time the Cal linebacker steps foot on the field, that is the only thought running through his mind.

News

ASUC Senate Confirms Finance Officer Nominee, Resumes Official Business
The ASUC Senate confirmed a finance officer at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and began considering official business again at its eighth regular meeting of the semester.

Berkeley Free Clinic Hopes to Overcome Major Cuts Video
The future of the storied Berkeley Free Clinic has been cast in doubt after the clinic lost almost one-third of its total funding-including all funds for HIV preventive care-to state budget cuts.

UC Berkeley Libraries to Reopen on Saturdays Video
With donations from parents of UC Berkeley students, campus administrators decided earlier this week to restore Saturday hours for all campus libraries to their spring 2009 schedule.

Friends of BART Shooting Victim File Civil Rights Lawsuit
Friends of Oscar Grant III have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in response to their detainment at a BART Police Headquarters, claiming that they were falsely arrested, wrongfully searched and suffered emotional distress.

Bear's Lair Food Court Vendors Review Final Lease Agreements Podcast
Following months of dialogue between ASUC Auxiliary officials and the Bear's Lair Food Court vendors, officials presented final lease agreements on Monday for the vendors to review.

City Council Discusses Wireless Telecommunications Plan, Approves City Attorney
In its shortest meeting of the quarter so far, the Berkeley City Council discussed the development of a wireless telecommunications master plan Tuesday night.

Egyptian Ambassador Speaks to UC Berkeley Students
At an event Wednesday sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Egyptian Ambassador Hossam Zaki said that the Obama administration must become more directly involved in the peace talks Egypt is brokering between Palestinian nationalist factions in order to further efforts for an eventual end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Sports

Gold Standard Video
Every time the Cal linebacker steps foot on the field, that is the only thought running through his mind.

Tipoti Seeing Playing Time After a Year on Scout Team
Growing up in Hawaii, Aaron Tipoti never spent more than about an hour in a car at any one time. So it's understandable that he is not looking forward to the Cal football team's bus ride down to Los Angeles this weekend.

Musings of a Moose Podcast
You ever see the classic Nike commercial with Tiger Woods bouncing a golf ball on his club?

Tough Competition Awaits Cal at Pre-NCAA Invite in Indiana
After intense workouts following the Stanford Invitational, sophomore Keena Kohl expected this week of practice to be lighter for the Cal cross country team as it prepared for its first competition in three weeks.


Arts & Entertainment

Call of the Wild
A decade in the making, Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" has finally arrived. For those holding their breaths in anticipation, the film does not replicate the minimalist brilliance of Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's classic; what it does accomplish, though, is successfully expand on the book's feverishly imaginative vision, fleshing out its characters and touching on the sensitive chords of childhood angst. In doing so, Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers have translated 338 words and a wealth of iconic images into a 94-minute cinematic carousel that may end up as one of the year's most emotionally affecting motion pictures.

Ragged Wing Goes Greek in New Production
To be Greek is to be in style these days, or so it seems. On the heels of Impact Theatre's punked-out version of "Antigone," East Bay group Ragged Wing Ensemble brings to the stage "So Many Ways to Kill a Man," an adaptation of Aeschylus' "Oresteia"-the bloody and vengeful tripartite dramatization of Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War, his wife Clytemnestra's rage and the ensuing curse on his descendants. But then again, the Greeks never go out of style. The gods demand it.

Painting With Thought
There is a very, very good chance that this column will keep me from getting laid for a long, long time. I hope you all understand the immense personal sacrifice I'm making to tell you the things I'm about to tell you.

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