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Issue #2369 :: Monday, November 9, 2009

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Top Headlines

Detained UC Berkeley Alumni Charged With Espionage
Three UC Berkeley graduates arrested by Iranian officials on a hiking trip July 31 were charged with espionage Monday, according to Iranian news reports.

ASUC Senate Awaits Reserve Fund Balance
ASUC Senate funding allocations have come to a standstill as senators wait to learn the balance of the ASUC's reserve fund.

Judge Heard Tree-Sit Case, Left Legacy in Family Law
Barbara Miller, the Alameda County Superior Court judge who presided over the controversial decision last year to build an athletic training center near Memorial Stadium, was found dead in her Oakland home Friday. She was 58.

Judge in Tree-Sit Case Died of Natural Causes, According to Autopsy
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller, who was found dead in her Oakland home on Friday, died of natural causes, according to Oakland police.

News

ASUC Senate Awaits Reserve Fund Balance
ASUC Senate funding allocations have come to a standstill as senators wait to learn the balance of the ASUC's reserve fund.

Judge Heard Tree-Sit Case, Left Legacy in Family Law
Barbara Miller, the Alameda County Superior Court judge who presided over the controversial decision last year to build an athletic training center near Memorial Stadium, was found dead in her Oakland home Friday. She was 58.

That's How California Rolls Video
About 500 UC Berkeley students, faculty and community members gathered on Sproul Plaza Sunday to construct and eat the world's longest California Roll.

Musician Terry Riley Returns to Berkeley
Musician Terry Riley, a UC Berkeley alumnus, returned to the Berkeley Art Museum for a performance on Friday night as part of the museum's "[email protected]: Friday Nights" program.

Recent Alumni Start Pho Delivery Service Video
UC Berkeley graduates armed with pho noodles and optimism are betting that they can conquer the late night delivery food market among students.

UC Berkeley Scientists Find New Class of Supernovae
Stellar astronomy research published by a UC Berkeley-led team Nov. 5 described what scientists believe is a never-before-seen type of supernova.

Paper Shops Stay Open Despite Competition
Berkeley's Fourth Street shopping district is known for its quaint charm and is home to shops that make it unique, including four stores dedicated to selling paper.

Detained UC Berkeley Alumni Charged With Espionage
Three UC Berkeley graduates arrested by Iranian officials on a hiking trip July 31 were charged with espionage Monday, according to Iranian news reports.

Judge in Tree-Sit Case Died of Natural Causes, According to Autopsy
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller, who was found dead in her Oakland home on Friday, died of natural causes, according to Oakland police.


Sports

Bears Breeze Through Weekend in Southern California
This past weekend, the Cal men's water polo took a long bus ride south for a pair of conference games against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 Long Beach State.

Konigsfeldt Takes Singles Draw at St. Mary's Invite
Cal men's tennis coach Peter Wright said he was looking for freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt to have a strong performance at the St. Mary's Invitational. Winning the singles draw and reaching the doubles final -- which was canceled due to rain -- probably should count as a strong performance.

Juricova Claims Singles Title at National Indoors
Sophomore standout Jana Juricova continues to build on her already impressive resume at Cal, as she took home the singles championship at the ITA National Indoor Championships over the weekend at Yale.

Cal and Best Go Down in Home Loss to Beavers Podcast Gallery
A silence encompassed Memorial Stadium during the second quarter on Saturday when Jahvid Best's leap towards the end zone ended in a hard fall for the tailback of the Cal football team.

Bears Show True Character In Defeat
Even the most optimistic of Cal fans knows it's out of reach now.

Cal Program Relieved by End of Best's Hospital Stay
Jahvid Best, who suffered a serious concussion in the second quarter of the Cal football team's loss to Oregon State on Saturday night, was released from Highland General Hospital on Sunday after CT scans and X-rays came back normal.

Record Night for Cutura in Upset Victory
By pushing the No. 4 Washington volleyball team to five sets on Saturday night, Cal coach Rich Feller said that his team had already achieved a moral victory.

Second Half Not Enough to Save Cal's Season
STANFORD -- Even Stanford's tournament MVP admitted that the Cal field hockey team controlled the second half of Saturday's NorPac championship match.

O'Hara Caps Off Perfect Season With Hat Trick
STANFORD-The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team made it a perfect 20-0 at Sunday's Bay Area Derby on Kelley O'Hara's head and foot.

Bears' Season Tips Off Against Murray State With High Expectations
When the Cal men's basketball team takes the court at Haas Pavilion tonight at 8 p.m., for its season opener against Murray State, its starting lineup will look almost exactly like the one it fielded last season.


Arts & Entertainment

Music City Miracle Gallery
An imposing skyscraper looms front and center on the cover of Oakland band Man/Miracle's debut album, The Shape of Things. "It's a hotel in North Korea, the Ryugyong Hotel," says the group's frontman Dylan Travis while gazing at a xeroxed concert flyer featuring the image. "The government started building it in 1987 and they wanted to make it the tallest hotel in the world, but they just couldn't finish it. So it's been sitting there derelict for like 20 years. I guess they're turning it into a cell phone tower now." Pondering the underlying reasoning behind the cover art, he says, "It's weird, imposing, and has a lot to do with urban decay, but it's also full of so much life and creation, like something is growing."

'Fat Pig' Takes the Prize at Aurora Theatre Gallery
Playwright Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley is an alternately rude and heartwarming play laced with sweet moments, insults and profanity. It is an all-out assault at the image-obsessed, morally craven culture that the current generation constantly is bombarded with and often embraces. And it is so good it is almost painful to watch. It is, in short, the type of theater we need to be seeing.

Student Theater Company BareStage Creates a Provocative, Moving 'Othello' Gallery
Out of every Shakespearean tragedy, "Othello, The Moor of Venice" is probably the toughest one to stage successfully. There's a drastic shift in tone midway through the play that can be hard for modern audiences to swallow, and the characters' motives are maddeningly opaque. Director Patrick Stelmach and the people at BareStage Productions seem to have recognized this. Their modern-dress "Othello," which opened this Friday, tries to elucidate some of the play's murkier elements. Happily, it succeeds. Most of the time.

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