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Issue #2453 :: Monday, April 19, 2010

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Top Headlines

Conflicting Accounts Hinder Investigation of President-Elect Podcast
While formal charges have not been filed, ASUC Attorney General Kevin Gibson will continue investigating whether President-elect Noah Stern violated ASUC bylaws during the recent election.

Accusations Fly Between Rival Parties
Rivals CalSERVE and Student Action have accused candidates from each other's parties of violating campaign rules, but the ASUC Judicial Council decided Friday that only CalSERVE's charge will go forward.

School District Considers $210 Million Bond Measure for November Ballot
In an attempt to upgrade its aging facilities, Berkeley Unified School District is considering placing a $210 million bond to finance building renovations on the November ballot.

Prospective Students Strain to Fund Future Education
Colin Elder knows he belongs at UC Berkeley-a campus that in the past 60 years has graduated his grandfather, mother, aunts, uncles and older brother.

News

Conflicting Accounts Hinder Investigation of President-Elect Podcast
While formal charges have not been filed, ASUC Attorney General Kevin Gibson will continue investigating whether President-elect Noah Stern violated ASUC bylaws during the recent election.

Accusations Fly Between Rival Parties
Rivals CalSERVE and Student Action have accused candidates from each other's parties of violating campaign rules, but the ASUC Judicial Council decided Friday that only CalSERVE's charge will go forward.

Prospective Students Strain to Fund Future Education
Colin Elder knows he belongs at UC Berkeley-a campus that in the past 60 years has graduated his grandfather, mother, aunts, uncles and older brother.

Compromise Reached in Berkeley High Lab Debate
Marking the tentative end of a debate among the Berkeley High School community over the equity of its science labs, the Berkeley Board of Education approved recommendations Wednesday that will reduce the number of labs held outside of regular school hours.

UC Berkeley Professor to Serve as New Clean Energy Adviser
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week appointed a UC Berkeley professor to serve as a new type of adviser on clean energy issues for countries in the Western Hemisphere.

UC Berkeley Student Arrested in Protest at San Francisco State
Two protesters, including a UC Berkeley student, were pepper sprayed and arrested by police at San Francisco State University Wednesday when 19 individuals allegedly attempted to occupy the campus's Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Berkeley High School Prepares to Hire New Principal
The Berkeley Unified School District will begin considering applications Monday to fill a position with one of the rockiest histories in the district: principal of Berkeley High School.

C-SPAN's 'Civics Bus' Visits Berkeley After Middle School Students Win Video Prize
Students from Berkeley High School and Willard Middle School toured C-SPAN's mobile production studio bus Friday afternoon.

School District Considers $210 Million Bond Measure for November Ballot
In an attempt to upgrade its aging facilities, Berkeley Unified School District is considering placing a $210 million bond to finance building renovations on the November ballot.


Sports

Bears Continue to Switch Lineups With Success
The Cal men's crew team does not have just one good boat, or even two. The goal is not to place first in just a single event, but to craft the best overall team. And the way of doing that is to focus on the individual rowers.

Injuries, Interruptions Mar Cal's Outing at NCAAs
It was a rough season for the Cal men's gymnastics team. The NCAA championships were a testament to the hardships faced.

Multiple Tries Challenge Cal en Route to Semis
The Cal rugby team has had little trouble finding the end zone this season.

Card Avenge Earlier Loss, Finish With Near Sweep
Near the end of his doubles match, Cal junior Pedro Zerbini smiled. His partner, freshman Christoffer Konigsfeldt, had just returned a serve with a backhand winner along the sideline.

Final Seconds Hand Bears 26th-Straight Loss to Card
Driver Erin Scully had noted earlier in the year that not much separated the No. 3 Cal women's water polo team from the nation's top two squads, Stanford and USC.

Conference Title Slips Beyond Bears' Reach After Loss to Stanford
All hope that remained for a share of the Pac-10 title was lost on Saturday, as the Cardinal continued their dominance at home, defeating the Cal women's tennis team 5-2.

Arioto Helps Bears to Sweep of No. 6 ASU
Coming off a sweep by No. 17 Oregon that left it with just one win in the Pac-10, the Cal softball team traveled to Arizona State this past weekend badly in need of a statement.

Canha Makes Washington Pay as Cal Takes Series From Huskies
Mark Canha's reputation as one of the best clutch hitters in recent Cal baseball history is still intact, and probably strong enough now that Washington coach Lindsay Meggs will note it next time.

United They Stand: Team Effort Downs Vermont After Loss to Albany
Cal lacrosse midfielder Alyse Kennedy scored five goals in the Bears' 17-8 win against Vermont yesterday, the highest individual total all season. However, given that it was the team's highest-scoring game all season, Kennedy's standout performance was just part of a well-rounded team game.

Bears Hone Technique, Focus at Lake Natoma Invitational
The first 20 strokes of a race are powered by sheer adrenaline. The last 40 or so, by raw power and a need to end the pain of the race. It is the middle 1,000 meters that take focus and mental stamina.

Bears Tee Off at Pac-10s
In a competitive field led by Arizona State, UCLA and USC, the Cal women's golf team -- the sixth place team in the Pac-10 -- is looking to make a splash at the Pac-10 Championships.


Arts & Entertainment

New Yorke Gallery
Dread seems to permeate the air these days. Inside the Berkeley bubble, the specter of midterms, papers, pending graduation, divestment debates and general collegiate stress lurks in every conceivable corner of campus. On a larger scale, we're just starting to fully realize how screwed we are over issues like climate change, nuclear weapons and the shifting global economy. Let the collective nail biting and nose bridge pinching begin.

Beach House Creates Intimate Experience for Audience Gallery
Entering San Francisco's Bimbo's 365 Club on Wednesday night was like crashing a party of close friends. The catalyst for this intimacy of strangers was the dream pop band, Beach House, and the intense fan base they call family. In the darkly lit venue, with its sprawling dining area and scarlet decor, the Baltimore band came onstage surrounded by shimmering sculptures and gave their fans a spectacular experience.

Kitschy Cliches Fail to Eclipse Mediocre Screenplay
Sometimes it seems like Hollywood cranks out vapid romantic comedies and horror movies by the day. Not surprisingly, these two genres have become the most contaminated carriers of cinema cliches. As if there were not enough comedy-of-errors date scenes or creepy ghost children ravaging the American movie screen, Irish director Conor McPherson attempts to mimic this country's hackneyed hitmakers with the US release of his 2009 horror-romance, "The Eclipse."

Cold War Kids Chill Out on Warm Cal Day
People seemed excited for Cold War Kids, but when the band took the stage (or, rather, the steps of Doe Library) Saturday afternoon, there wasn't any deafening applause or particularly raucous cheering. Don't misunderstand-Memorial Glade was packed. More onlookers dangled their legs from surrounding ledges, while more still sat on the far benches outside the East Asian Library.

Spoon Serves Up Quintessential Rock 'n' Roll at Oakland's Fox Theater
When patrons plug their ears during an opening act, it can be worrisome. However, with Spoon headlining the show Tuesday night at the Fox in Oakland, there were no doubts that the concert would be worth every haphazard chord of the openers, Micachu and the Shapes. The all-ages, packed house rocked out from start to finish without losing steam. The well-rounded show revitalized the dedication of longtime fans and surely created a few new followers of the Spoon virgins.

'Girlfriend' Gives Hope for the Future State of Romantic Relationships and Love Gallery
During an early scene in "Girlfriend," Will and Mike, two gay teenagers, sit in the front seat of an invisible pickup truck, watching the non-existent drive-in movie screen that stands somewhere above the Berkeley Rep audience. Will begins to talk, rambling until trailing off. Mike, seated an arm's length away, finally responds. "Thin arms," he says, staring at the screen, "I like thin arms that make me think of spiders' arms." Silence ensues.

Hot Chip Delve into Their Extensive Catalog for Electric Show
When a bill only has two acts, it puts a lot of pressure on the headliner. Luckily for experimental, electro-pop band Hot Chip, their name alone called for an amped and eager audience. Openers the xx continued to warm up the crowd with their mellow synth sound. But Hot Chip couldn't quite reach the bar their albums have set for them. Though the show was high-energy and entertaining, the overly intricate variations of well-known tracks, occasionally lazy vocals and a short set made it simply sub-par.

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