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Issue #2659 :: Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Cal wins 26th national title over BYU
The Cal rugby team outlasted BYU to claim its 26th national championship on Saturday with a 21-14 victory.

UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds Podcast
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget on Monday and with the threat of a possible $1 billion cut to the UC looming overhead, the UC Board of Regents' meeting Wednesday was focused on long-term solutions to create stability to counter the state's unreliable and decreasing funding.

UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions Monday morning in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised state budget, should spending cuts and tax extensions the new proposal relies upon fail to be carried out, additional cuts to the UC and CSU are likely, doubling a $500 million dollar cut to $1 billion for each university system.

School district may see smaller cuts
For the upcoming school year, the Berkeley Unified School District may be looking at its smallest budget cut in years, since Gov. Jerry Brown's May revision of the state budget released Monday provides more money for K-12 education than local districts had earlier anticipated.

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UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions Monday morning in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised state budget, should spending cuts and tax extensions the new proposal relies upon fail to be carried out, additional cuts to the UC and CSU are likely, doubling a $500 million dollar cut to $1 billion for each university system.

Regents rescind part of approval
The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for the renovation and retrofit of California Memorial Stadium continued at the May UC Board of Regents meeting this week, with a board committee and the board itself unanimously voting to partially rescind their previously accepted stadium project approval.

UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds Podcast
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget on Monday and with the threat of a possible $1 billion cut to the UC looming overhead, the UC Board of Regents' meeting Wednesday was focused on long-term solutions to create stability to counter the state's unreliable and decreasing funding.

Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his position as the UC Student Regent on Monday, ending his term that had been marred by controversy.

Campus graduate takes new first steps
UC Berkeley's graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whitney because he was able to experience it in an ordinary way.

Group within union formally protests election Podcast
Just a week after a reform caucus swept the majority of leadership positions in a union representing UC academic student employees, a group of union members have challenged the integrity of the election, calling for an invalidation of the results and another election run by a neutral third party.

Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the business community over the opening of a Goodwill store on Solano Avenue, plans are in the works to instead bring a Pet Food Express in its place.

School district may see smaller cuts
For the upcoming school year, the Berkeley Unified School District may be looking at its smallest budget cut in years, since Gov. Jerry Brown's May revision of the state budget released Monday provides more money for K-12 education than local districts had earlier anticipated.

Man arrested after allegedly breaking into Southside home
A man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a Southside home and barricading himself in another.

City Council votes to increase fees for marina boat dwellers
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an increase in fees for boat dwellers in the Berkeley Marina.

Berkeley man died from heart attack, not fall
James Dunbar, a Berkeley resident who died on a trail below the Yosemite Falls last week in Yosemite National Park, died due to a heart attack and not from accidentally slipping and falling as initial reports suggested, park officials announced Wednesday.

Small chemical spill in Latimer Hall leaves no one injured
A small chemical spill occurred in Latimer Hall on Wednesday night, though no one sustained any injuries.


Sports

Cal, BYU to square off once again for national crown
The Cal rugby team has entered every contest this season as the heavy-handed favorite - until this weekend.

Bears capture NCAA Regional opener over Gamecocks
Six errors proved to be to be costly mistakes in Jacksonville State's contest against the No. 7-seeded Cal softball team.

Bears shut out Bruins in 4-0 road win
After four straight losses in late April, Cal baseball coach David Esquer started tinkering with his lineup. Change for change's sake, he said then, desperate to shake things up after the team's putrid offensive stretch.

'Dawgs pounce early, bounce Cal in the round of 16
After months of preparation for the NCAA tournament, Cal women's tennis team's hopes of lifting its first NCAA title fizzled away on Friday, as the Bears were edged out by Georgia, 4-3, at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

Henderson blanks Cardinals, leads Bears to second win at Louisville Regional
The Cal softball team's postseason opener against Jacksonville State on Friday could have been another shutout for Bears' ace Jolene Henderson.

Cal wins 26th national title over BYU
The Cal rugby team outlasted BYU to claim its 26th national championship on Saturday with a 21-14 victory.

Vols end Cal's NCAA run in round of 16
For the No. 15 Cal men's tennis team, the dual season was filled with highs and lows.

No rest for Bauer in 2-1 win over Cal
The dugouts at Jackie Robinson Stadium emptied after 8 1/2 innings, the frustrations of a tightly fought 2-1 decision - a home win for UCLA - boiling over Saturday afternoon.


Arts & Entertainment

BAM exhibit creates visual wonder from unlikely sources
"Fear is like this: Someone like a woman that you grab ahold of her hand and going down the escalator when of a sudden you happens to be holding a stranger hand not realizing that she isn't your mother is scary."

Women on the verge
Chick flick and dick flick have spawned an unlikely progeny: With Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," the trappings of the typical female-geared genre (you know, weddings and women) and dude-oriented entertainment (bodily fluids) merge to produce a movie that, in its execution, is much more than the sum of its parts.

'As You Like It' reinvents the classic
The title of Shakespeare's popular comedy "As You Like It," practically begs you to well, like it. And it's hard not to appreciate a play that's as frivolous and fun as Shakespeare's manic masterpiece. There's cross-dressing, whimsical songs, puns, poetry and wrestling. It has everything a theater-goer could love, plus there's mention of deer-meat. The American Conservatory Theater's latest production manages to exude all of the exuberance that made this play a classic while maintaining a fresh and playful perspective.

CD Review: DISC-OVERY Podcast
British rapper Tinie Tempah (real name: Patrick Okogwu) definitely looks the part of a hip-hop superstar. He rocks the dark-shade swagger of a Jay-Z, has the innovative lyrical flow of a Kanye West, but also exudes the nerd chic of a Lupe Fiasco. He's all these things rolled into one and in his newest album, Disc-Overy (released in the U.S. for the first time), there seems a style for everyone's taste.

CD Review: GIVE TILL IT'S GONE Podcast
As the open-ended summer adventures begin - the kind involving late-night road-trips and crackling campfires Ben Harper's Give Till It's Gone provides a crisp soundtrack for those sunset shenanigans. His first solo album in five years, Give Till It's Gone continues Harper's harmonious blend of funk lines, flowing jam-rock and soulful ballads with a fresh splash of overdrive thrown in that makes each track go down smoothly.

"Hesher" brings heavy metal to the indie film scene
He is Hesher. He is tattooed, with hair down to his elbows and a dirty grin. He likes to fuck people's shit up - and not just their stuff.

San Francisco's Audium blends sound and space
Beginning in the 1960s, a singular institution in sound art composition and performance known as Audium has quietly made its home in San Francisco. offering patrons a uniquely immersive and affecting art space. Created by composer Stan Shaff in 1960, Audium is an exhibition space for Shaff's sound sculptures, offering patrons a uniquely immersive and affect art space that integrate architectural and audial forms.

White Space