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Issue #2494 :: Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Bike Riders Begin Trek to UCLA to Support Undocumented Students Video
In the name of undocumented immigrants' educational rights, students from all over California left UC Berkeley Friday morning on a 540-mile bike ride to UCLA, paved with press conferences at various schools and cities.

Professors Criticize Meg Whitman's Economic Policy Plans
Economists across California, including seven UC Berkeley professors, penned an open letter earlier this week to Californians calling gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's economic agenda "dubious" and detrimental to the state's ongoing budgetary dilemma.

Campus DNA Testing Program Will Not Release Individual Results
UC Berkeley's controversial plan to test incoming freshman's DNA will no longer give provide individual students with their results, but will otherwise continue as planned after a decision Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health.

Fall Camp 2010: Day 8
A week of intense fall practices is enough to make anyone tired. Add in about three hour-long meetings per day, and you've got the recipe for a group of very weary football players. It should come as no surprise, then, that sitting for long periods after grueling physical workouts inevitably lulls a few to sleep.

News

Campus's DNA Testing Scrutinized at Hearing Podcast
SACRAMENTO - Some called it poorly conceived. Others noted the "benign" nature of the genes being studied. But most at Tuesday's hearing before members of the State Assembly regarding UC Berkeley's student DNA testing program agreed the campus should have thought through the program's implications more thoroughly.

New Backpack Makes 3D Maps of Buildings
A new backpack laden with cameras and laser scanners could be the newest architectural breakthrough that enables its wearer to create a 3D map of any building - even confounding mazes like Dwinelle Hall - simply by walking through it.

UCPD Sees Spike in Crime as Phish 'Phans' Come to Greek Theatre
The legions of "phans" who follow the legendary jam band Phish while it tours the country came to UC Berkeley this weekend, filling to capacity the 8,500 seats of Hearst Greek Theatre three nights in a row and leaving behind a handful of drug arrests, citations and one instance of battery against a police officer, records show.

Website Lets Students Make Bets on Grades
Beginning this month, students at UC Berkeley and 35 other college campuses willing to bet on their grades could make a profit through Ultrinsic, a website that allows students to wager money on their academic success.

Student's Site Connects Mathematicians Worldwide
Nearly a year after UC Berkeley mathematics graduate student Anton Geraschenko created a site that allows mathematicians to share information in a question-and-answer format, the site is "humming along pretty well," seeing about 240,000 visits per month and connecting people around the world in the name of math.

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Dies at 86
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist Gerson Goldhaber, an award-winning scientist with "a great nose for physics" and research contributions ranging from particle to cosmic discoveries, died in his Berkeley home of natural causes July 19 at the age of 86.

Victim of Armed Robbery Helps in Suspects' Arrest
Berkeley police arrested a carload of armed robbery suspects on Interstate 80 Tuesday night after the victim chased the four suspects into the city from his Oakland store.

Male, 21, Dies From Alcohol Poisoning in Berkeley Home
A 21-year-old male was pronounced dead at a Berkeley hospital early Saturday morning after a night of drinking at a friend's house on Southside, police said.

Campus DNA Testing Program Will Not Release Individual Results
UC Berkeley's controversial plan to test incoming freshman's DNA will no longer give provide individual students with their results, but will otherwise continue as planned after a decision Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health.

Professors Criticize Meg Whitman's Economic Policy Plans
Economists across California, including seven UC Berkeley professors, penned an open letter earlier this week to Californians calling gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's economic agenda "dubious" and detrimental to the state's ongoing budgetary dilemma.

Bike Riders Begin Trek to UCLA to Support Undocumented Students Video
In the name of undocumented immigrants' educational rights, students from all over California left UC Berkeley Friday morning on a 540-mile bike ride to UCLA, paved with press conferences at various schools and cities.


Sports

Fall Camp 2010: Day 5
When pads finally came on Wednesday for the first time in this fall, so too started what Cal football coach Jeff Tedford called "real football." Real as in full-on contact, as in no-holds-barred hits.

Fall Camp 2010: Day 6
You don't normally expect a bold statement to come out of the mouth of a freshman punter, but Cal's Jed Barnett is pretty comfortable speaking his mind.

Fall Camp 2010: Day 7
Having jogged up the stadium steps after Friday's practice, Kevin Riley may have been a bit short of breath.

Fall Camp 2010: Day 8
A week of intense fall practices is enough to make anyone tired. Add in about three hour-long meetings per day, and you've got the recipe for a group of very weary football players. It should come as no surprise, then, that sitting for long periods after grueling physical workouts inevitably lulls a few to sleep.


Arts & Entertainment

Came & Conquered
The word "trilogy" is often associated with books like "Lord of the Rings," but rarely with contemporary theater. The simple reason is that getting people to see three plays in a row presents quite a challenge. Shotgun Players has made the bold choice to present Alan Ayckbourn's three-play cycle "The Norman Conquests" on the Ashby Stage. Running in repertory, "Table Manners," "Living Together" and "Round & Round the Garden" will rotate through the theater for nine performances each.

Edgar Wright Makes a Proud 'Pilgrim' Out of Michael Cera
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" is a film with a very simple concept. It's the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy falls hard for girl, boy deals with girl's issues, boy learns that the power of self-respect might be more important than the power of love (which is news to Huey Lewis) and everyone lives happier ever after. Only there's more fighting. Much more fighting.

Thumb Wars: Outside Lands
Outside Lands is not Coachella, nor is it Lollapalooza. These music festivals tend to cater homogeneously to the taste of the 16-to-22-year-old age bracket: A plethora of electronic and rap acts along with overly indie and mainstream ends of the rock spectrum alike. There are some exceptions to the rule (Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron), but for the most part they are an adolescent audiophile's wet dream. Outside Lands has always been much more well-rounded. As both a wine and music festival, it inherently aims to also please more mature crowd. Its eclecticism may result in less bands for any one demographic to go gaga over, but those with an open mind and a true love for music can surely appreciate it.

Jorge and Friends Samba to Mixed Response
Two confused hipsters left the Seu Jorge and Almaz concert at the Regency Ballroom bewildered two nights ago: So ... Seu Jorge doesn't actually sound like David Bowie?

San Francisco's Warfield Gets Weird
Weird Al" Yankovic has been showing up in some strange places lately. Not strange in the standard sense of the word (after all, Philosophy 101 dictates that a "Weird" man in a strange place is like an average fellow in a normal location, right?), but strange like "What's this juvenile songster doing round these parts of the blogoweb?" In other words, Al's been invading hipster havens lately. He covered a Pixies song (without any food jokes!) at a Pixies concert, had a recurring role on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!," will be headlining the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, was the subject of a fake biopic starring Aaron Paul- from TV series "Breaking Bad" - and shared a Pitchfork headline with Godspeed! You Black Emperor when it was announced that the band handpicked the accordionista for their own shindig in the UK.

Found on the Fringes
Whether you're an artsy-fartsy type or simply craving the cinnamon-sprinkled kiss of a glass of horchata, crossing the bay to go the Mission District can feel like visiting a visual and gustatory holy ground. From Dave Eggers' old-timey-pirate-supply-store-cum-tutoring-center, 826 Valencia, to the vintage zine shop, Goteblud, Valencia Street offers a spectacular array of creative curios. Just a little ways east, however, Mission Street and the blocks beyond tell a much less glamorous story.

Mike Posner - 31 Minutes to Takeoff Podcast
Mike Posner has long been college rap's golden boy, even before his single "Cooler Than Me" made it to the iTunes Top 100. He's an Ivy League frat boy with the voice of an animatronic angel. When his lyrics about parties, identity loss and drug dealing girls meet samples of classic pop hits and DJ Benzi's electro beats, the world swoons. It's a flawless gimmick. At least, it was until he graduated. Now, fresh out of Duke, it seems Posner's run out of material and his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff is living proof.

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night Podcast
Every genre of music has its leading ladies.

Miyazaki's Son Fails Fantasy Source Material in 'Earthsea'
In the wake of Hayao Miyazaki's visit to Zellerbach Hall last summer, and Walt Disney Studio's release of his film "Ponyo" in the fall, public regard for the famous Japanese filmmaker has been a growing catbus of love since the release of films like "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away." Yet his stranglehold on animated perfection is currently being tested by the newest addition to the Miyazaki filmmaking team: Hayao's son, Goro Miyazaki.

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