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Issue #2554 :: Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Top Headlines

City Has Seen a Trend of Incumbent Success
Though a clear winner in the District 7 race has yet to emerge, all Berkeley City Council incumbents appear to have retained their seats, following a trend in Berkeley city politics to support incumbent candidates.

Berkeley Voters Show Commitment to Schools Through Passage of Measures H and I
Berkeley Unified School District Measures H and I passed in a landslide win on Tuesday - each with over 70 percent of the popular vote - maintaining the city of Berkeley's longstanding reputation of supporting taxpayer funded initiatives for public education.

Two Campus Studies Propose Solutions to National Health Care Problems
In light of the federal Affordable Care Act passed in March, two studies, co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers, were released last month that detail and propose solutions to the economic strain resulting from the expansion of coverage to about 35 million more people.

UC Berkeley Professor Emerita of History Dies at 65
UC Berkeley professor emerita Susanna Barrows - winner of the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the Graduate Division and author of a number of works on modern French history - died Oct. 27 after a suspected heart attack. She was 65.

News

Study of Zebrafish Improves Understanding of Connection Between Eyes and Brain
The study of an unlikely vertebrate - zebrafish - is an initial step in uncovering the mechanisms behind the transmission of messages between the eye and brain, according to a study published Oct. 28 in the journal Science.

UC Berkeley Professor Emerita of History Dies at 65
UC Berkeley professor emerita Susanna Barrows - winner of the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the Graduate Division and author of a number of works on modern French history - died Oct. 27 after a suspected heart attack. She was 65.

Berkeley Voters Show Commitment to Schools Through Passage of Measures H and I
Berkeley Unified School District Measures H and I passed in a landslide win on Tuesday - each with over 70 percent of the popular vote - maintaining the city of Berkeley's longstanding reputation of supporting taxpayer funded initiatives for public education.

Two Campus Studies Propose Solutions to National Health Care Problems
In light of the federal Affordable Care Act passed in March, two studies, co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers, were released last month that detail and propose solutions to the economic strain resulting from the expansion of coverage to about 35 million more people.

City Has Seen a Trend of Incumbent Success
Though a clear winner in the District 7 race has yet to emerge, all Berkeley City Council incumbents appear to have retained their seats, following a trend in Berkeley city politics to support incumbent candidates.

Surprisingly Firm Conduct Sanction Irks Protesters
Frustration is growing among students charged with misconduct for their involvement in last November's protests after one student received harsher sanctions Monday than those recommended at his hearing, increasing talk of a possible lawsuit against UC Berkeley.

Registration Confusion at Polls Disheartens Student Voters
When UC Berkeley sophomore Karl Soelter went to the polls Tuesday expecting to cast a ballot for the first time in his life, he was told that nobody at his address was registered to vote.

News In Brief: Trial of Protesters in Riot Begins
Opening statements and initial testimonies were heard Wednesday in the trial against two protesters involved with Feb. 26 riots south of UC Berkeley.


Sports

Bears Trek East for Tournament
Single-elimination tournaments can be fickle. In 2008, Cal easily had the best team on paper, but fell to Stanford in the NorPac tournament championship match. In 2009, the Bears entered with a drastically different team, having graduated 10 seniors, but bowed out to the Cardinal once again. Both times for the Cal field hockey team, losses to Stanford goals meant no NorPac title and no NCAA play-in berth.

Konigsfeldt and Andrews Seek to Flush Away Foes
The only fact the Cal men's tennis team knows for certain about the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships is that it sure is unpredictable.

Big Apple Will Feature Big Tests for Cal's Doubles Duo
Two weeks after winning her second doubles title of the season, Cal's Jana Juricova will look to capture her first singles championship of 2010.

Lions and Bears, Oh My: Cal Looks to Fend Off LMU at Home
`The No. 1 Cal men's water polo team (15-2, 4-0 in the MPSF) has a rare Thursday game against No. 9 Loyola Marymount tonight at 7 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.


Arts & Entertainment

Gorillaz Successfully Meshes Aural Refinement with Visual Spectacle
With live orchestral accompaniment and animated alter-egos, Gorillaz gave Oakland's Oracle Arena a sensually vivid tour of the Plastic Beach Saturday night. Only silhouettes of the musicians were cast against a pale backdrop, as an illuminated band logo and LCD screen instead illustrated their journey. The string ensemble hummed meditatively while the camera scanned the computerized island and introduced the audience to their temporary oasis, a concept developed by their most recent album. Subtle horns and a smooth bass line complemented the opening vocals of Snoop Dogg, the suave captain of our virtual ship, preparing us for a surprisingly humble night of child-like adventure.

Beyond Belief
A Cal alum and a Bay Area stand-up comedian, Zahra Noorbakhsh is debuting her one-woman show "All Atheists are Muslim" at the Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco this Sunday. The Daily Californian sat down with Zahra to talk about her new show, stand-up and Islam.

Get Your Poke On
You get it or you don't" is a lazy, but sometimes unavoidable way for fans of any form of art or entertainment to try to explain their unexplainable, intuitive appreciation. That being said, you either get Tim and Eric or you don't. If you're familiar with the duo's late-night, bizarro extravaganza "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!," you already know which side of the fence you're on. You see the humorists as brilliant, worshipable saviors of comedy, or hacks that only appeal to the most pot-addled of minds. Give it up; there's nothing you or anyone in your camp can do to convince the other team that they're delusional, and Tim and Eric know this better than anyone.

Guide to Selling Out
Sometimes you think, "I really need a pen right now," and just at that moment, you find a pen. And sometimes you think "I really need a column topic this week" and just at that moment, you realize your professor has been talking about the idea of selling out as it relates to musical artists for the past 15 minutes. And you take that pen you stole out of your classmate's pocket and you scribble furiously.

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