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Issue #2657 :: Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Maynard named Cal starting QB
In recent years, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has kept the public waiting to find out who will be starting under center.

Reform caucus sweeps executive positions in election
A little more than five months after a contentious contract ratification vote left some calling for change in a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC, a reform caucus swept all executive board positions and about half the seats on a leadership council, concluding the most contested election and vote count in the union's history.

UC Santa Barbara set to begin managing EAP Podcast
After two decades under the administration of the UC Office of the President, it was announced last Thursday that the systemwide UC Education Abroad Program will again be administered by UC Santa Barbara - which managed the program 50 years ago - beginning July 1, as an effort to make the program more efficient and reduce operating costs.

Company helps students share virtually
With thousands of UC Berkeley students vacating the campus this week as another semester draws to a close, a national virtual sharing group implemented on campus last August is hoping to ease the stress of giving away that mini fridge or getting rid of unneeded textbooks.

News

Tan Hall chemical accident leaves one student injured
A small chemical overpressure in Tan Hall Monday morning resulted in one student sustaining moderate injuries.

Reform caucus sweeps executive positions in election
A little more than five months after a contentious contract ratification vote left some calling for change in a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC, a reform caucus swept all executive board positions and about half the seats on a leadership council, concluding the most contested election and vote count in the union's history.

UC Santa Barbara set to begin managing EAP Podcast
After two decades under the administration of the UC Office of the President, it was announced last Thursday that the systemwide UC Education Abroad Program will again be administered by UC Santa Barbara - which managed the program 50 years ago - beginning July 1, as an effort to make the program more efficient and reduce operating costs.

Company helps students share virtually
With thousands of UC Berkeley students vacating the campus this week as another semester draws to a close, a national virtual sharing group implemented on campus last August is hoping to ease the stress of giving away that mini fridge or getting rid of unneeded textbooks.

Academic Council voices concerns over online education pilot
As new specifics about the University of California's controversial push into online education continue to emerge, the chair of the Academic Senate sent a letter to UC President Mark Yudof last Friday detailing numerous faculty concerns about the directions of the online effort and advising that no new courses be developed until its concerns are addressed.


Sports

Cal dominates Tritons in NCAA opener
In its NCAA tournament debut last season, the Cal women's water polo team endured a battle against Michigan before prevailing, 12-8, in a 4-5 match-up.

Maynard named Cal starting QB
In recent years, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has kept the public waiting to find out who will be starting under center.

Bears to face Card for NCAA title
The Big Splash doesn't get much bigger than this, does it?


Arts & Entertainment

CD Review: The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain Podcast
"WE'RE BACK!" the Lonely Island literally announce in their new album, Turtleneck and Chain, their return to the satire-music scene. In the midst of today's rampant rap-comedy and parody pandemonium, you would hope that the trio's sophomore album would shine like a beacon of hilarity through the haze of imitation. But alas, it doesn't.

After outstanding year, Stone Foxes look to Outside Lands
One of the best parts of attending San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is discovering up-and-coming bands. This summer, the Stone Foxes will exchange confined clubs for the open fields of the festival, as they entice crowds with twangy riffs and '60s and '70s crunch. The promising Bay Area locals have been crushing the club scene lately with their edgy, syncopated blues and will be playing other festivals this summer, ending with their Golden Gate Park debut. During an interview in their compact rehearsal room, bandmates Shannon Koehler, Spence Koehler and Arron Mort shared their thoughts on their band, songwriting, pickup lines and the future.

Doctor Strange
Oddball Film+Video, the largest film archive in Northern California, is tucked away in a warehouse in the Mission District. Venture down a dark street lined with auto repair shops, and you'll come across an open door leading to a staircase that is lit only by a bare light bulb. At the top is a black felt door with a framed sculpture of Ganesha, Destroyer of Obstacles, keeping watch overhead. Ring the buzzer. Click. Enter. Inside this cinematic speakeasy you'll find Stephen Parr, the founder and director of the archive and its screening component, Oddball Films.

SFIFF: Continued Coverage
"The Children of the Princess of Cleves" beautifully focuses on a high school class in Marseille, France studying a classical French novel. Using the novel's themes of social politics, Regis Sauder's documentary provides touching insight into each student's struggle and search for identity.While in the throes of growing up and studying for their university entrances exams, the students reveal how they relate to one of the earliest, modern psychological novels, "La Princess de Cleves." They find comfort in the 17th century tale and its themes of love and betrayal in a royal court based on that of Louis XIV.

Fleet Foxes bring a flawless intimacy to the Fox Theater Gallery
Nature has never sounded so exciting as when Fleet Foxes delighted fans at the Fox Theater with their elegant, aural depictions of blue-ridged mountains and nostalgic rivers. Frenzied but at-ease, the Seattle-based sextet was the perfect picture of harmonious dichotomy, filling the air with a complex arrangement of instruments while striking an emphatic chord through universal themes.

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