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Issue #2597 :: Monday, February 14, 2011

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Top Headlines

Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics Video
David Esquer has his realtor on speed dial. The Cal baseball coach was half-joking, trying to lighten up the gravest news the program has ever faced, but it's clear he'll have to start looking elsewhere.

Three Campus Varsity Teams Reinstated, Two Remain Cut
Three of the five athletic teams that had been slated to be cut will be preserved, UC Berkeley officials announced Friday, despite efforts to raise enough money to save all five teams.

Short Cuts
Tanel Toom's "The Confession" centers on the Catholic upbringing of two nine-year-old boys as they nervously prepare for their first formal penance. Sam acts as the moral compass of the friendship, whereas Jacob represents the immoral and dangerous behavior that can become habitual at such an early age. Unfortunately for naive Sam, this resolute virtue means that he'll have nothing to confess, and cannot be considered a practicing Catholic. Thus, in order to earn some sins, the two boys devise a seemingly innocent prank that leads to the death of three innocent people.

Limited Depth Hands Cal Another Loss
The Cal men's basketball team is tough, scrappy and relentless. Those qualities have kept the Bears in games against tough opponents and drawn praise from other coaches, but hustle and heart do not always produce victories.

News

A Jazzy Ending
A crowd of around 20 people gathered in front of Blake's on Telegraph Saturday afternoon at a "wake," mourning what many described as the end of an era.

Efforts to Establish New Goodwill Location Sparks Local Controversy
Amid contention from local business owners, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay is looking to establish a new location on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, though a definitive plan to open may rest on the non-profit's ability to navigate the city's permit process.

Study Finds Sites That Control Fear and Anxiety in Human Brain Podcast
A recent study by UC Berkeley researchers in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge reveals specific sites in the brain that control how humans develop, and subsequently overcome, fear and anxiety.

Three Campus Varsity Teams Reinstated, Two Remain Cut
Three of the five athletic teams that had been slated to be cut will be preserved, UC Berkeley officials announced Friday, despite efforts to raise enough money to save all five teams.

Graduate Students Aim to Create Running Water Notification System for Indian City
In Hubli, India, an urban city with an estimated population of over a million people, residents are forced to play a guessing game when turning on the tap. There is little clue to knowing when the water will be flowing that day, and Hubli citizens must try faucets throughout the day to catch it during the four-hour period of flow.


Sports

Searching for Answers
Tony Renda answers questions from reporters on Friday after the announcement that baseball would not be continued in the 2011-2012 season. Rugby, lacrosse and women's gymnastics were reinstated while baseball and men's gymnastics were not.

Cougars Pounce on Bears in Second Half
It wasn't pretty but it was definitely in pink.

Ruggers Wear Out Competition With Three Routs in Las Vegas
Coach Jack Clark announced in a team meeting on Friday morning that the Cal rugby team had been spared from losing its varsity standing after this season. While the team was assuredly pleased by the news, its focus this past weekend was not on the goings-on in Berkeley, but what the Bears could control on the pitch in Las Vegas.

Arioto's Absence Alters Arizona Tourney 's
All-American pitcher and first baseman Valerie Arioto was not on the field fielding balls and hitting home runs for the Cal softball team this weekend. Instead, she was taking stats on the sideline due to a leg injury.

Limited Depth Hands Cal Another Loss
The Cal men's basketball team is tough, scrappy and relentless. Those qualities have kept the Bears in games against tough opponents and drawn praise from other coaches, but hustle and heart do not always produce victories.

Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics Video
David Esquer has his realtor on speed dial. The Cal baseball coach was half-joking, trying to lighten up the gravest news the program has ever faced, but it's clear he'll have to start looking elsewhere.

Cal Continues Building Experience with First Road Trip
For the No. 5 Cal women's tennis team, this weekend's matches against Pepperdine and San Diego State could not have been more perfect, as it steamrolled past both schools on their home turfs.

Bears Hold Off Aggies to Open MPSF Play
The Cal lacrosse team started conference play Sunday with a 15-11 victory over visiting rival UC Davis at Witter Field.

Cal Drops First Big Slam 5-2 at Hellman
Bradley Klahn's Stanford cap had faded several shades lighter than the typical Cardinal red due to hours of sun and sweat. The hat, just like the player who donned it, had endured countless top-court matches - over 80 percent of which had resulted in wins for the No. 15 player in the country.

Stewart Breaks Cal Record at Husky Indoor
Cal's Ray Stewart made his first track meet as a Bear a memorable one.

Bears Strike Gold in Upsetting No. 1 Stanford
In only a span of a few days, the Cal men's gymnastic team has had to encounter trying circumstances, conquer its fears and deal with hardship head-on.

Bears Score Fifth-Ever Victory Over Stanford in Big Meet Upset
This past Saturday the No. 4 Cal women's swimming and diving team had a near perfect Big Meet.


Arts & Entertainment

Love Lockdown
Theatre Rhinoceros' production of Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little" has a lesson in it for the "loose" men and women of the world. The players and womanizers and harlots; the libertine men and scarlet women. The sluts.

Man in the Mirror
For his Fall 2009 Collection, Alexander McQueen's models circled an industrial trash heap on a catwalk of shattered glass, their lips absurdly swollen and stained a ghastly crimson. McQueen's shows and pieces always had a flair of spectacle, yet they were never orchestrated at the cost of thoughtfulness or simply for the sake of being provocative. His body of work challenged conventions of the human form and of beauty. Yet it seemed that his pieces sometimes stood dormant, hanging on rail-thin models who staggered in torturous heels that were structurally striking but so difficult to walk in that he was routinely accused of misogyny.

Bright Eyes: THE PEOPLE'S KEY Podcast
Scoff all you want, but the Bright Eyes album Fevers and Mirrors stole my heart at 13 in a way that no other album ever will. I basically built a shrine to it, only to grow up and watch Conor Oberst make mediocre country music. Alas, like a heartbroken schoolgirl attempting to reignite an old flame, I approached the final Bright Eyes album with caution. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to discover a matured return to their melancholy roots. The People's Key meshes the best qualities of each of Oberst's past projects into something that fans and foes alike can appreciate.

PJ Harvey: LET ENGLAND SHAKE Podcast
PJ Harvey's eighth studio album Let England Shake is certainly the singer/songwriter's most politically minded to date, yet such an exclamation does not take away from its accessibility. Still, she doesn't let up on the poetry of war and violence.

Short Cuts
Tanel Toom's "The Confession" centers on the Catholic upbringing of two nine-year-old boys as they nervously prepare for their first formal penance. Sam acts as the moral compass of the friendship, whereas Jacob represents the immoral and dangerous behavior that can become habitual at such an early age. Unfortunately for naive Sam, this resolute virtue means that he'll have nothing to confess, and cannot be considered a practicing Catholic. Thus, in order to earn some sins, the two boys devise a seemingly innocent prank that leads to the death of three innocent people.

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