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Issue #2629 :: Monday, April 4, 2011

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Candidates take stage at forum
Third-party and independent candidates took center stage at The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidates Forum on Friday in the absence of a traditional rivalry between the two main student political parties, given CalSERVE's decision not to run an executive slate and Student Action's decision not to attend the forum.

Island in the Sun
Sarah Vowell and Hawaii seem about as compatible as oil and water. One, a self-described "smart-alecky New Yorker"; the other, a warm and inviting paradise. Even more unlikely is the pairing of stodgy, uppercrust New Englanders and Hawaiian natives. And yet that's the story Vowell has committed to page in her new book, "Unfamiliar Fishes," which details the resulting awkwardness and anxiety that arose when New England missionaries set foot on the islands in 1820.

Executive VP candidates comment on plans
In an unexpected turn of events, the Defend Affirmative Action Party candidate for ASUC Executive Vice President has announced that she endorses her competitor, Cooperative Movement candidate and current senator Elliot Goldstein, for office - a decision she says was inspired by Goldstein's speeches at The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidates' Forum on Friday.

Off-campus practice a mixed bag
The Cal football team is set at receiver, with standouts Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen returning. Who will be throwing to them is a different matter.

News

Dance marathon fundraises for AIDS foundation Video
UC Berkeley's annual Dance Marathon - a fundraising event for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - raised a record-breaking amount in donations for the foundation Friday night, as students teamed up and danced after weeks of fundraising before the event.

Some customers angered by SmartMeter opt-out plan
After being directed to create a SmartMeter opt-out proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission early last month, PG&E released a proposal that has angered customers who are frustrated with the high costs of disabling the meters, considering that they never gave their consent for installation.

State assembly bill aims to improve college climate for LGBT students
A California State Assembly bill aiming to improve the college campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students was passed by a state committee March 30, but some higher education officials are questioning how effective the bill would be.

Local school district may face cuts
If Gov. Jerry Brown's tax extensions are not approved, the Berkeley Unified School District could face cuts up to about $3.64 million.

Census data counts more multiracial individuals
With deep-set eyes, dark hair and the strong jaw-line and chin of a Disney cartoon prince, UC Berkeley student Austin Houlgate is difficult to place in a racial category.

Academic employee union files grievances Podcast
A UC Berkeley policy to decentralize campus employee benefits came into effect Friday, but controversy has arisen among members of a union representing academic student employees on the campus who are filing more than 60 grievances, asserting that the change violates their contract with the university.

Executive VP candidates comment on plans
In an unexpected turn of events, the Defend Affirmative Action Party candidate for ASUC Executive Vice President has announced that she endorses her competitor, Cooperative Movement candidate and current senator Elliot Goldstein, for office - a decision she says was inspired by Goldstein's speeches at The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidates' Forum on Friday.

Candidates take stage at forum
Third-party and independent candidates took center stage at The Daily Californian's ASUC Candidates Forum on Friday in the absence of a traditional rivalry between the two main student political parties, given CalSERVE's decision not to run an executive slate and Student Action's decision not to attend the forum.

Business districts look to increase commerce
As city services across the board are reduced due to budget cuts, some business areas in Berkeley have turned to business improvement districts for additional funding to maintain a desirable level of aesthetic appeal and commercial interest.

Campus site of AB 540 conference
Brenda Castillo, 16, came to the United States with her family when she was 13 years old.

Male allegedly peeped on Clark Kerr female student
An unknown male allegedly took pictures or video footage of a female student while she was showering in her Clark Kerr Campus dorm Tuesday night, the third incident of its kind in a single building since February.

Editor's Note
You might have noticed a different look to our newspaper today. This is the result of months of planning and designing by former and past Daily Californian design editors who, with input from various members of our staff, have redesigned our newspaper. We hope that the new look of the newspaper increases its aesthetic appeal and better displays all the content we have to offer.


Sports

Off-campus practice a mixed bag
The Cal football team is set at receiver, with standouts Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen returning. Who will be throwing to them is a different matter.

Krist's home run powers Bears over USC
Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, Chadd Krist knew that he needed to back up his words and to do so, he was willing to foul off every ball left at Evans Diamond until he got his pitch.

Cal holds Dragons to seven points
Going into this weekend, the Cal rugby team had outscored its opponents 245-14 in its three league matches.

Walk-off walk against ASU gives Bears first Pac-10 win
Heading into its first home game at Levine-Fricke Field against its first conference opponent, the No. 8 Cal softball team could have had three starters missing from the lineup.

Bears down Arizona visitors
When the No. 10 Cal women's tennis team was squaring off against No. 13 Arizona State on Saturday, there were occasional blasts of gunshots coming from nearby Edwards Stadium, where a high school track meet was being held.

Bears continue torrid MPSF play with victory over Rainbow Wahine
After a 7-6 road victory over No. 4 Hawaii on Saturday, the Cal women's water polo team now controls its own destiny in the rugged MPSF with two league games remaining - a level of success that the Bears' junior goalie didn't see coming this season.

Cal buckles, settles for third place at MPSFs
For all the effort the Cal men's gymnastics team puts into training and preparation each day when the judges aren't around, it just hasn't come through when it really matters.

Sluggish start dooms Bears against Card
Going into its match-up with No. 9 Stanford on Friday, the Cal lacrosse team probably felt like it was on top of the world - or at least on top of the conference.

No. 6 Bears fend off Wildcats with late rally
It was the tennis equivalent of a fourth-quarter comeback.


Arts & Entertainment

Island in the Sun
Sarah Vowell and Hawaii seem about as compatible as oil and water. One, a self-described "smart-alecky New Yorker"; the other, a warm and inviting paradise. Even more unlikely is the pairing of stodgy, uppercrust New Englanders and Hawaiian natives. And yet that's the story Vowell has committed to page in her new book, "Unfamiliar Fishes," which details the resulting awkwardness and anxiety that arose when New England missionaries set foot on the islands in 1820.

Shelley Jackson's 'Skin' makes its mark
Most art is not built to die. Climate control and painstaking restoration keep classical art forms from aging, and while paint or clay may degrade slowly, they can never die in a traditional sense because they were never alive. But when human beings are the materials of the artist's project, the piece becomes a living body, dependent on the organic vivacity of its material. "Skin," an ongoing project by artist Shelley Jackson posted in part on the Berkeley Art Museum's NetArt website, takes the concept of mortal art literally by using humans as a medium, in her attempt to "write a living story."

CD Review: DOGGUMENTARY Podcast
Anybody who thinks that Snoop has "sold out" has got it all wrong. On his first solo single he proudly declared that he had his mind on his money and his money on his mind, a nearly-official credo he's lived by ever since. Sure, a GPS navigation system and duet with Katy Perry might be as far from the streets as you can get, but that doesn't matter - he's still making bank. These days, Snoop Dogg is a celebrity first and a rapper second (or maybe third or fourth), but in any case, we can't say he didn't warn us.

CD Review: HOLY GHOST! Podcast
As part of the recent influx of new wave revival projects, the self-titled debut of Holy Ghost! induces nostalgia for '80s dance culture, even in those too young to have experienced it first-hand. The electro-pop duo applies techniques from modern electronic dance music to its synth-happy roots - the result sounding much like a remixed soundtrack to a John Hughes movie. While this album is certainly a worthwhile listen, it lacks the edge of other recent efforts, as well as Holy Ghost!'s own previous releases.

CD Review: BLOOD PRESSURES Podcast
Messy folly has never sounded so elegant, as London-based band the Kills unleash a rapid fire of battered heartbreak and dirty revenge on their latest album, Blood Pressures. Crass, coarse and complicated, dynamic duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince bring back their signature grit in their fourth release. Brimming with dissonant blues and wildly hypnotic hooks, Blood Pressures forms an instantly enjoyable display of empowerment.

CD Review: EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK Podcast
It's hard to find a rock or pop album nowadays without a synthesizer mixed in there somewhere. EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK , the second album by Scotland's Glasvegas, is no exception.

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