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Issue #2606 :: Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Oscar Picks & Predictions Podcast
Original Screenplay: "The King's Speech"

Handling of Harassment Hearing Draws Complaints
About a year ago, Angelica Guevara was allegedly sexually battered by a fellow student at UC Berkeley's School of Law.

Green Playgrounds Spring Up Around Bay Area
While elementary school students usually spend recess in yards with endless asphalt and harsh metal structures, children in any schoolyard designed by Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks instead play in blooming gardens, shaded ponds and nature trails.

City Council Discusses Merits of Development Cap in West Berkeley
By approving a controversial amendment to proposed zoning ordinances in West Berkeley, the Berkeley City Council took its first step toward revamping business activity in the area at its meeting Tuesday night, though some council members voiced concern about sustaining the area's existing economic landscape.

News

Local Brings Smiles to the Community
At least that is what Berkeley resident Benjamin Smythe tells people every day - and he believes it.

Handling of Harassment Hearing Draws Complaints
About a year ago, Angelica Guevara was allegedly sexually battered by a fellow student at UC Berkeley's School of Law.

Green Playgrounds Spring Up Around Bay Area
While elementary school students usually spend recess in yards with endless asphalt and harsh metal structures, children in any schoolyard designed by Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks instead play in blooming gardens, shaded ponds and nature trails.

City Council Discusses Merits of Development Cap in West Berkeley
By approving a controversial amendment to proposed zoning ordinances in West Berkeley, the Berkeley City Council took its first step toward revamping business activity in the area at its meeting Tuesday night, though some council members voiced concern about sustaining the area's existing economic landscape.

ASUC Authorizes New Committee to Assess Hate Crime Reporting System
The ASUC Senate passed a bill Feb.16, authorizing the creation of a student committee to assess the functionality and usability of an under-utilized hate crime reporting system that had been developed by the UC Office of the President in response to incidents last spring.

Scientists From Different Fields Work Together to Research Cancer
Cancer research is normally conducted in a single field without collaboration. This approach has changed with the Bay Area Physical Sciences-Oncology center, which studies cancer across interdisciplinary fields.

Finalists Picked for Online Courses in Pilot Program
Thirty letters of intent were accepted as finalists at the end of January for the University of California Online Instruction Pilot Project to create systemwide online courses, in an effort to begin adding online courses to the UC curriculum by the fall of 2012.

Former Chemistry Chair to Become Scripps Research Institute President
After 10 years at UC Berkeley, former Chemistry Department Chair Michael Marletta will leave his position on campus this July to become the president of the Scripps Research Institute.

Professor Receives Award for Fungi Studies
Professor N. Louise Glass has a passion for fungi - especially the orange, moldy kind.

Suspect Connected With Recent Burglaries Arrested
UCPD arrested a suspect Feb. 16 in connection with a series of home burglaries at the University Village in Albany over the past five months.


Sports

Turn My Swag On Podcast
Going into the 2010 NCAAs, Cal men's swimming coach David Durden was still juggling with the relay lineups, particularly with the 200-yard medley relay. Most people figured he would choose Nathan Adrian, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, for the anchoring freestyle leg.

Dazzling Arena Doesn't Overshadow Surging Ducks
Search through any NCAA Tournament projection and one will be hard pressed to find a bracket that has more than three Pac-10 teams in the mix. Arizona and Washington are tournament "locks", UCLA is "on the bubble" and for the rest of the Pac-10, it will be either the NIT or CBI barring a conference tournament championship.

Slumping Bears Look to Duck Five-Game Losing Streak Tonight
It's been exactly three weeks since the Cal women's basketball team last won a game but one wouldn't know it by looking at the team. The team has not made any substantial changes, preferring to stick to its game plan.

Press Room Banter
Some stories are so moving that they leave you empty inside, because your own softly beating heart doesn't seem capable of feeling the same emotions as the people you've read about.


Arts & Entertainment

Reeling with Ryan Lattanzio
I have hosted three Oscar ceremonies in my living room. Well, my parents' living room, anyway. It's no Kodak Theatre, but at least I saved on the venue cost.

Remembrances
Every minute of Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour documentary "Shoah" brings us as close to the Holocaust as we ever will be. The film is a colossal achievement not just cinematically, but historically, reinventing how we narrate the Holocaust and narrate trauma, knowing that it could someday be forgotten. In giving faces to victims who were once just statistics, "Shoah," upon its initial release in 1985, rendered the unspeakable particulars of the Final Solution speak-able in the Western consciousness. It's doing that again now in 2011.

Russian Mafia, Beer Revive 'Romeo and Juliet'
Everyone knows the story: In fair Verona, two feuding families, a forbidden love, tragedy, despair, the horror, the horror, etc. But deep within the pepperoni nether-regions of La Val's Pizza, Impact Theatre is busy reminding us how much there is to laugh about in "Romeo and Juliet," in a highly creative production driven by a few spot-on performances.

Cute Fiend
Listening to Kimya Dawson is like whispering secrets while you spoon - highly personal, mildly awkward, very comfy and almost always just what you need. The raspy-voiced folk mama said it best when she described this vulnerable intimacy over a phone interview: "Hey I'm me, and I probably feel more weird than you, but I'm gonna sit here with my eyes closed and play my song."

Jhameel: THE HUMAN CONDITION Podcast
UC Berkeley alum Jhameel demonstrates refreshing versatility in his sophomore effort, The Human Condition. While previously hailed as the next Sufjan Stevens, he has found his own niche with this collage of bittersweet dream pop. As the title suggests, the album reflects on the experience of being human with what the artist calls "overwhelming love and bitter hatred." Jhameel draws on a wider range of musical influences to illustrate this broad subject matter, allowing The Human Condition to appeal to a more diverse audience.

Toro Y Moi: UNDERNEATH THE PINE Podcast
It was bound to be the ultimate bastardization. Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi, part of the inscrutable movement called Chillwave, had teamed up with Urban Outfitters to offer an exclusive first preview of his sophomore album Underneath the Pine. The recipe for artistic botchery was brewing.

Adele: 21 Podcast
It seems as if there are just two ways to attract attention in the music industry: outlandish experimentation and pure talent. Adele (aka Adele Adkins) emulates the latter, having made a name for herself with the heartfelt vocals of her debut, 19. She returns with 21, a deeply personal and unabashed album that brims with raw emotion that evokes empathy from even the hardest of hearts.

Oscar Picks & Predictions Podcast
Original Screenplay: "The King's Speech"

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