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Issue #2430 :: Monday, March 15, 2010

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Top Headlines

Ruling: UC Must Refund $38 Million in Fees Podcast
Superior Court Judge John Munter ruled March 10 that the University of California must pay about $38 million in refunds and interest to professional school students whose fees were unduly raised by the university.

Fate of Pell Grants Rests on Pending Senate Vote
Democratic lawmakers decided Thursday to bundle student aid and budget legislation, which could ultimately help pass increases to the Federal Pell Grant program despite recent fears that the program would be severely curtailed.

Recent Discovery May Lead to New Cancer Treatments
A new wave of cancer treatments may soon be in development after the recent discovery by UC Berkeley-led researchers that physical forces can neutralize cancerous clusters.

Finding Nemo Gallery
Buzzing power tools, intermittent train whistles and scratchy tunes from a dusty boom box suffuse the interior of Nemo Gould's unlikely studio. An elevated tier above the workspace houses a reservoir of categorized metal parts and myriad "found" materials that Gould will one day revivify in one of his creations, while a side room serves as a makeshift gallery. Nestled between repair shops and auto salvage yards, one would expect a to find a carpenter's workshop rather than a sculptor's atelier-but after interviewing Nemo Gould in his studio, it became evident that he is not your average artist.

News

Daily Californian Journalist Will Not Face Charges for Filming Protest
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office decided Wednesday not to file charges against Cameron Burns, a multimedia producer for The Daily Californian, who was booked March 4 for maliciously and willfully obstructing the I-980 freeway and engaging in unlawful assembly.

Researchers Apply Einstein's Theory to Galaxies
Weeks after UC Berkeley researchers confirmed Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity on the scale of atoms, physicists have now confirmed that the theory can also be applied on the galactic level.

Ruling: UC Must Refund $38 Million in Fees Podcast
Superior Court Judge John Munter ruled March 10 that the University of California must pay about $38 million in refunds and interest to professional school students whose fees were unduly raised by the university.

City Ranks First in Pedestrian-Involved Collisions Podcast
A recent report ranked Berkeley first in pedestrian-involved collisions among similar-sized California cities-illustrating an ongoing trend that community members have been working to combat for the past few years.

Fate of Pell Grants Rests on Pending Senate Vote
Democratic lawmakers decided Thursday to bundle student aid and budget legislation, which could ultimately help pass increases to the Federal Pell Grant program despite recent fears that the program would be severely curtailed.

Recent Discovery May Lead to New Cancer Treatments
A new wave of cancer treatments may soon be in development after the recent discovery by UC Berkeley-led researchers that physical forces can neutralize cancerous clusters.

SQUELCH! Party Names Slate for 2010 ASUC General Election
Looking to bring efficiency and a re-evaluation of financial investments to the ASUC, the SQUELCH! party announced their executive slate on Sunday for the 2010 general election.

Suspect Arrested in North Berkeley Bank Robbery
A man was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly robbing a North Berkeley bank.


Sports

Cal Has Date With Louisville in First Round of Big Dance
The press conference was long over and his team's fate had been sealed, but there was Jamal Boykin practicing jump shots alone in Haas Pavilion.

Bears Dealt an Unfavorable Hand
Prior to Selection Sunday, Cal coach Mike Montgomery sounded optimistic.

Gray-Lawson Injured as Cardinal Routs Bears in Pac-10 Semis
LOS ANGELES-Alexis Gray-Lawson wasn't there to see the end of Saturday's Pac-10 tournament semifinal game against top-seeded Stanford, but she could have probably anticipated the outcome: a 64-44 loss.

Cal Will Check Mail for Any Invitation
LOS ANGELES-Sitting on the winning side of a 60-50 win in Friday's quarterfinal matchup against Arizona State, Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle rattled off all the reasons why her team was still in contention for an NCAA at-large bid.

Cal Bats Away Three Wins in Return Home
Catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt had yet to manage a hit through the Cal softball team's first two wins in the California Tournament, their first home games of the season-if the drought continued, she would owe her coach a trip to Fenton's.

Morrison Takes Third, Others Disappoint at NCAA Indoors
The Cal track and field team left for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., with six athletes in tow and a keen understanding of what was at stake.

Bears Conquer Aztecs With a Strong Opening Period of Play
Heading into Saturday morning's MPSF showdown against San Diego State, Cal goaltender Stephanie Peckham talked about the kind of impression the team wanted to make.

Bears Dealing With Bullpen Issues Despite Earning Split Against No. 9 Rice
With the season about a month old, the Cal baseball team is still figuring out who it can go to in the late innings to protect a lead.

Bailes Soars Playing Flyhalf Position in Win Over Chico State
Quarterback controversies are a popular topic of discussion among Cal football fans, but they tend to get more vigorous when the quality of play deteriorates.

Juniors Serve as the Meat in Home Win Over Rice
After the No. 11 Cal men's tennis team lost, 5-2, to Texas A&M on Friday, the Bears' three junior starters held a team meeting. Jonathan Dahan, Bozhidar Katsarov and Pedro Zerbini talked about what the team needed to work on after losing three out of its last four games.

Upset Effort Falls Short as Cal Lacrosse Loses in Overtime to Fighting Irish
Cal lacrosse coach Theresa Sherry said last week that she hoped the team would be able to put together a full 60 minutes when they played No. 11 Notre Dame.


Arts & Entertainment

'Green Zone' Trips as a Thriller and a Statement
It feels like there's been a rise in the output of political thrillers at the theaters this year, and Paul Greengrass's "Green Zone" continues the trend.

Finding Nemo Gallery
Buzzing power tools, intermittent train whistles and scratchy tunes from a dusty boom box suffuse the interior of Nemo Gould's unlikely studio. An elevated tier above the workspace houses a reservoir of categorized metal parts and myriad "found" materials that Gould will one day revivify in one of his creations, while a side room serves as a makeshift gallery. Nestled between repair shops and auto salvage yards, one would expect a to find a carpenter's workshop rather than a sculptor's atelier-but after interviewing Nemo Gould in his studio, it became evident that he is not your average artist.

'Singin' in the Rain' Adds Depth to Characters
It's hard, really hard-OK, impossible-not to compare the Berkeley Playhouse production of "Singin' in the Rain" with the film version, one of Hollywood's greatest musicals. The contagious enthusiasm of the performers, the immersive feel of the theater itself (which was decked out like a 1920s movie premiere, complete with a red carpet and adoring female "fans" in flapper dresses greeting arriving attendees), and the general precision of the performance contributed to an experience that was positive and exciting. Nevertheless, it can't replace the original. Adapting a well-known work, while advantageous in some ways, provides plenty of challenges.

Wiley Exhibit Highlights the Enigmatic and Imaginative
William T. Wiley is an artist who makes his home on the borderlands. Image and text, past and present, myth and history-Wiley wedges his brush and pen into the gaps that divide these concepts and pries them open, discovering worlds within.

Dark Humor in 'Slaughter City' Emphasizes Industry Ills
Audiences gasped, cringed, cried and blushed at the Zellerbach Playhouse on Friday night. Rarely does a piece not only induce such varied emotions, but also address a broad assortment of social issues-and all through the compilation of different mediums. The result is a sensory overload, leaving one ultimately moved but also utterly confused.

White Space