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Issue #2515 :: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Contentious DNA Project Continues Podcast
Despite months of controversy involving state legislators and critics nationwide, UC Berkeley officials kicked off this year's On the Same Page Program Monday evening with a lecture from campus genetics and developmental biology professor Jasper Rine that discussed the implications of genetic testing and the program's development.

Regents Put Off Decisions Due to State Budget Doubt
SAN FRANCISCO - As California entered its 77th day without a budget Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents met at the UC San Francisco campus, voicing concern about an uncertain budget that could at best leave the university with a $237.1 million shortfall this fiscal year and at worst create a $1.2 billion deficit over the next two years.

Greener Pastures
New Possibilities: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema." The title of British director Peter Greenaway's lecture this past Monday at Zellerbach Playhouse, the first of two Avenali lectures sponsored by the Townsend Center, is an ambitious one. It suggests that cinema, as it reaches its apogee with nowhere else to go, has a regenerative capacity, an untapped gene previously pronounced vestigial. Like any carbon-based life, film has to die first before it can be reborn a new species.

Women's Soccer Pac-10 Predictions
1. Stanford - The No. 2 Cardinal have had a somewhat predictable start to their 2010 season. Stanford has yet to lose a match or move up or down in the rankings. Considering the majority of their opponents have been at least comparable to, if not more difficult than the competition they will face in the Pac-10, the Cardinal's early season stats give some indication of the season to follow.

News

Contentious DNA Project Continues Podcast
Despite months of controversy involving state legislators and critics nationwide, UC Berkeley officials kicked off this year's On the Same Page Program Monday evening with a lecture from campus genetics and developmental biology professor Jasper Rine that discussed the implications of genetic testing and the program's development.

Regents Put Off Decisions Due to State Budget Doubt
SAN FRANCISCO - As California entered its 77th day without a budget Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents met at the UC San Francisco campus, voicing concern about an uncertain budget that could at best leave the university with a $237.1 million shortfall this fiscal year and at worst create a $1.2 billion deficit over the next two years.

Bill Allows Stadium Retrofit to Proceed
A new California state bill solely exempts UC Berkeley's retrofitting and renovation of California Memorial Stadium from a current state earthquake zoning law, despite ongoing opposition from various environmental groups.

Unresolved Hate Crime, Vandalism Target Tenant of Student Housing
Two floors of UC Berkeley campus housing were vandalized early Saturday morning in what has been identified as a hate crime, resulting in the possible targeting of a Sikh student who lives in the building.

Lawrence Berkeley Lab to Alter Staff Security
The UC Board of Regents voted Wednesday to modify Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's security procedures for increased access to classified information under the lab's contract with the federal Department of Energy, in order to comply with changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation System.

Homicide Prompts Need for Preventative Action
In the aftermath of Berkeley's fourth homicide of the year, officials and community members are searching for methods to improve safety and reduce crime throughout the city, though preventative actions are limited for indiscriminate crimes such as Sunday morning's shooting.


Sports

Women's Soccer Pac-10 Predictions
1. Stanford - The No. 2 Cardinal have had a somewhat predictable start to their 2010 season. Stanford has yet to lose a match or move up or down in the rankings. Considering the majority of their opponents have been at least comparable to, if not more difficult than the competition they will face in the Pac-10, the Cardinal's early season stats give some indication of the season to follow.

Friday Night Game Alters Bears' Practice Routine
Friday's match-up in Reno has thrown a small wrench into Cal's practice schedule this week.

Former Bear RBs Continue To Scamper Through NFL
USC is the school known as Tailback U, but the same could apply to Cal.

Bears Go South to Try and Slow Broncos in Bay Area Classic
Those Northern California games, they can always be tough.

Winless Roadrunners Can't Escape Merciless Beating by Bears
What happens when an 0-11 team challenges an undefeated, top-10 team on its home court? Exactly the thrashing witnessed on Tuesday evening at Haas Pavilion, as the No. 10 Cal volleyball team crushed Cal State Bakersfield in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-14).


Arts & Entertainment

Greener Pastures
New Possibilities: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema." The title of British director Peter Greenaway's lecture this past Monday at Zellerbach Playhouse, the first of two Avenali lectures sponsored by the Townsend Center, is an ambitious one. It suggests that cinema, as it reaches its apogee with nowhere else to go, has a regenerative capacity, an untapped gene previously pronounced vestigial. Like any carbon-based life, film has to die first before it can be reborn a new species.

'Other Other' Unpacks Concepts of Otherness
Colonialism ends - check! Social tolerance dominates discourse in the media - check! The public celebrates people of all ethnicities - check! Well, that was easy enough. But despite most people's outwardly egalitarian attitudes, an uncomfortable wariness still pervades the utopian sweetness of life in a multicultural society. As we shuffle through crowds, we collect passing impressions of faces and clothing, picking out individual strands of identity from the dense tangles of strangers we encounter daily.

Guide to Selling Out
When it comes to size, advertisements come in a few distinct varieties. There is the large billboard with shapely bottoms enveloped in Levi's jeans; there is the middle-sized "improve your LSAT score" bus stop ad with its inevitable smattering of swastika etchings; there is the small black-and-white newspaper ad for something unmemorable; there is the tiny Facebook ad for cheap plastic surgery which causes one to worry about the accuracy of targeted online advertising, especially on a site with so many photos of one's face.

'Radical Light' Showcases a Variety of Local Alternative Film
In the state that is home to Hollywood, with its rich history as the international capital of movie-making, it would be easy to overlook the filmmaking contributions of Los Angeles' foggy neighbor to the north. Editors Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid hope to overturn that fact with their upcoming book, "Radical Light: Alternative Film & Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000," out October 15, which chronicles the history of local experimental cinema and avant-garde filmmakers.

The Walkmen - Lisbon
Having seen The Walkmen play recently on Governors Island in New York City, I have a fitting sense of synesthesia listening to their new album, Lisbon. It's the feeling of pouring rain on my back accompanied by the mournful image and sound of lead singer Hamilton Leithauser giving his iconic wail into the microphone, the one where you can actually see the strain in his bulging veins. But whether or not one has a personal experience with the band, the songs and lyrics on this album have such a weathered and familiar quality that it's not difficult to let your mind wander and bind your own memories to the ones explored here. These are ideas of collective experience - shared guilt, loneliness, and nostalgia - perhaps best seen on "Angela Surf City" where "Mine is yours, yours is yours / Life goes on, life goes on all around you."

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
It is difficult to ignore the fact that Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the alt-rock band The Killers, hails from Las Vegas. If the flamboyance of his outfits or the electronic embellishment aren't clear enough, the title of Flowers' solo release, Flamingo, will surely solidify the point. Of course, as the hotbed of vice, sin and the world's largest gift shop, Las Vegas represents the very height of expedient emotion and the lowest depths of human depravity. The "cocaine and lady luck," the "neon-encrusted temple," are all at Flowers' lyrical disposal to evoke a city of immense personal significance.

Of Montreal - False Priest
Normal is hardly the word you'd use to describe of Montreal. Their infamous experimentation with the pop genre spans over a decade and borders on schizophrenic, twisting and pulling melodies to form a psychedelic whirlwind of sounds. Yet there is beauty found in the chaotic cacophony. Led by founder and vocalist Kevin Barnes, the group reached their peak with 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, whose ADD riffs and glittering hooks delighted old fans and newcomers alike; but 2008's Skeletal Lamping was just plain weird, filled with cringe-worthy sexual escapades. The good news is that their tenth release, False Priest, offers theatricality and addictiveness with a new R&B twist, though it still has its eyebrow-raising moments.

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