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Issue #2651 :: Thursday, April 28, 2011

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Former Tang Center physician charged with 19 counts of sex crimes
A former UC Berkeley health center doctor was charged Wednesday by the Alameda County District Attorney with 19 counts of alleged sex crimes against former patients.

Concern over voting fraud grows in union elections
Though Thursday marks the last day that members of a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC system can vote in the union's tri-annual statewide leadership election, which many assert is the most contested in the union's history, there has been concern that policies are not in place to ensure a fair election free from vote-tampering.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2011
In the cold mountains of the Norwegian countryside you'll find trolls the size of buildings, kept at bay by high voltage power lines. But what happens when those power lines fail? Taking lessons from "Jurassic Park" and "The Blair Witch Project," Andre Ovredal's "Troll Hunter" is a highly original movie that already has a cult following. In 1999, "The Blair Witch Project" popularized the mockumentary style of filmmaking; now, "The Troll Hunter" brings it into the 21st century.

Gottlieb returns to coach Bears
Lindsay Gottlieb was 24 years old when head coach Joanne Boyle hired her as her top assistant at Richmond. Only a few years fresh off the end of her own playing career at Brown, she couldn't even rent a car for recruiting trips without a note from the athletic director.

News

Lawrence Hall of Science to open new satellite center in Vallejo
UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science plans to open a new satellite center May 5 in Vallejo in an effort to provide more science education directly to communities in Solano County.

Concern over voting fraud grows in union elections
Though Thursday marks the last day that members of a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC system can vote in the union's tri-annual statewide leadership election, which many assert is the most contested in the union's history, there has been concern that policies are not in place to ensure a fair election free from vote-tampering.

City to impose ordinance on local landlords
In an effort to keep landlords in line with state law, the Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance that would impose a penalty on property owners who do not comply with California's screening fee procedures and require them to disclose information to prospective tenants about their rights.

Local Pre-K curriculum might face restructuring
The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education planned to address Wednesday whether a 15 percent statewide reduction in funding for preschool and extended-day programs could result in a restructuring of the Pre-K program - something parents fear could affect plans to close the district's academic achievement gap.

Real estate agents skeptical about price of homes with solar panels Podcast
While a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that California homeowners who invest in photovoltaic systems will earn up to 6.4 percent in resale prices compared to those who do not, some Berkeley real estate agents remain skeptical as to whether solar panels will act as an incentive for buyers to pay higher prices when buying a house.

Hunger strikers continue protest for a second day
A group of about 12 hunger strikers with their supporters gathered for a second day outside of California Hall to protest the consolidation of three UC Berkeley social science departments.

Residents irritated by seemingly endless erection of campus stadium
The arrival of four tower cranes at UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium in early April marked an end to six months of heavy demolition at the construction site while ushering in a new phase of the stadium renovation project that promises to be relatively quieter amid persistent frustration from local residents.

Fate of local agencies remains unclear
The fate of several community agencies in the city of Berkeley remains uncertain as federal funding for community development services is to be slashed and the Berkeley City Council deliberates on the most cost-effective allocation of the remaining money.

Report links less aid to student investment return
Though UC Berkeley ranks in the top five schools in the nation for student return on college investment, accounting for student financial aid packages pushes the campus out of the top-five ranking, according to a report released by PayScale, Inc.

Fire breaks out at Haas School of Business
A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the Haas School of Business - located on the east side of UC Berkeley's campus near Memorial Stadium - leaving parts of three floors closed for cleanup and damage assessment.

Former Tang Center physician charged with 19 counts of sex crimes
A former UC Berkeley health center doctor was charged Wednesday by the Alameda County District Attorney with 19 counts of alleged sex crimes against former patients.


Sports

Gottlieb returns to coach Bears
Lindsay Gottlieb was 24 years old when head coach Joanne Boyle hired her as her top assistant at Richmond. Only a few years fresh off the end of her own playing career at Brown, she couldn't even rent a car for recruiting trips without a note from the athletic director.

For the people who made this all possible
The other day I was walking up by Memorial Stadium and I looked inside to see that its seats had been gutted. I didn't miss them - I never needed a place to sit in the Student Section anyway.

Bears blank Broncos in mercy victory
The No. 9 Cal softball team took a break from Pac-10 competition in a big way on Wednesday - pummelling Santa Clara in a 12-0 mercy rule decision.

Conference tournament in Ojai to provide tune-up for NCAAs
The main thing Catalina Visico remembers about the Pac-10 Championships had nothing to do with tennis - it was the strawberry shortcakes the junior had in the town of Ojai, Calif.

Cal talking practice at Pac-10s
As he was walking onto the courts at Hellman Tennis Complex, Cal men's tennis coach Peter Wright said aloud to himself, "Okay, we got work to do."


Arts & Entertainment

San Francisco International Film Festival 2011
In the cold mountains of the Norwegian countryside you'll find trolls the size of buildings, kept at bay by high voltage power lines. But what happens when those power lines fail? Taking lessons from "Jurassic Park" and "The Blair Witch Project," Andre Ovredal's "Troll Hunter" is a highly original movie that already has a cult following. In 1999, "The Blair Witch Project" popularized the mockumentary style of filmmaking; now, "The Troll Hunter" brings it into the 21st century.

Dance crafts solid 'Stream' and flow
Dance is a complicated medium. At once visceral and abstract, the form translates the corporal body into a metaphor for ideas and emotions. Each spring, UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies explores this complexity through a collaborative and somewhat notoriously abstract showcase of dances. "Stream," the title of this year's rendition of the Berkeley Dance Project, is meant to evoke the flow of water as well as the flow of human consciousness and its interaction with technology in the modern world.

What did we learn?
There is no way to end a column and make everybody happy, just as there is no way to end a movie and make everybody happy.

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