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Issue #316 :: Friday, March 23, 2001

Top Headlines

Student Action Accused of Campaign Violations
A major ASUC political party is under fire for numerous allegations of campaign violations, ASUC officials said yesterday.

Boys vs. Bras, What's the Difference?
Dating is a lot like underwear shopping. I hate "dating." I also hate shopping for underwear. Both tasks require patience, anxiety and a whole lot of luck.

Road to Title Runs Through Haas
The Cal men's and women's gymnastics teams head into this weekend's conference championships with their sights set on knocking off the best in the nation.

Stomach This
Sometimes art is beautiful. Sometimes art is ugly. And sometimes art is just downright unpleasant. The latter could very well describe The Jonah Project, the current exhibit in Kroeber's Worth Ryder Gallery.

News

Student Action Accused of Campaign Violations
A major ASUC political party is under fire for numerous allegations of campaign violations, ASUC officials said yesterday.

Students Camp Out at Home of UC President
In another protest over UC Berkeley's ongoing student housing crisis, eight students slept in front of the locked gates of UC President Richard Atkinson's Kensington home Wednesday night.

Shortages Bring Rolling Blackouts to Berkeley
City energy officials initiated rolling blackouts in Berkeley this week because of a shortage of power that is expected to persist indefinitely.

Girls Race for Friend
A "Berkeley breeze" will sweep through Rome this weekend, when six Berkeley High School seniors run a marathon in the Eternal City.

Questions of Team Legitimacy Detract from ASUC's Quiz Bowl
While intended to be a fun and educational academic activity on campus, the ASUC-sponsored Quiz Bowl was surrounded by controversy over the placement of a "professional" student on one of the teams that made it to the finals.

Beyond Berkeley: Operating Under a Common Bond
Editor's note: A weekly series highlighting Berkeley residents working on national and international causes.

School Board Program to Aid Minorities
Out of rising frustration that Berkeley High School is overlooking minority students, the school board took action Wednesday night to aggressively recruit them into academic classes.

Services Grow as Poverty Abounds
On a Wednesday morning, Robert Blunt is busy unloading crates of food and utensils from a van parked in front of University Lutheran Center in Berkeley. For the past four years, he has helped serve breakfast to the needy at the church.

News in Brief: Awards and Cupcakes Among Festivities Planned for UC Berkeley's Charter Day
With cupcakes, music, and a speech by Nobel Prize-winner Daniel McFadden, UC Berkeley will celebrate this year's Charter Day as the university turns 133 today.

Page 2 Interview -- James Kim, Playing Frisbee on Memorial Glade
What are you doing while you're here?


Sports

Road to Title Runs Through Haas
The Cal men's and women's gymnastics teams head into this weekend's conference championships with their sights set on knocking off the best in the nation.

Braun Draws UW's Eye
One week ago things couldn't have looked better. The Cal men's basketball team was in the NCAA Tournament. The players, it seemed, were happy, and no matter what the result was against Fresno State, the future looked bright.

Bears Look Past Stanford Forfeit To Canadian Grudge Match
Who ever thought that the Cal rugby team's most-talked about game would be one they aren't even playing?

Defense Deeper Than Ever Entering Spring Ball
While the Cal football team's offense is getting a makeover, the defense is staying very much the same.

Softball Looks for Revenge Against Iowa
This weekend the Cal softball team gets a chance to set its record straight.

Bears Enter Thick of Pac-10 Race Over Break
While most students will be relaxing on the beach for the next week, the Cal baseball team will look to improve upon its conference record with two important Pac-10 series.

Sports Briefs: Men's Swimming in Sixth Place After One Day of Competition at NCAA Championships
The No. 6 Cal men's swimming team finished the first day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at College Station, Tex., in sixth place.

Letter to Sports: The Cardinal Rule is Cowardice
I read the story about Stanford refusing to play Cal in their annual rugby face off and it made me sick ("Stanford Forfeits Cal Rugby Game," March 21). I played rugby at UC Santa Barbara from 1993-97 and would have given anything to play Cal just once.


Arts & Entertainment

Stomach This
Sometimes art is beautiful. Sometimes art is ugly. And sometimes art is just downright unpleasant. The latter could very well describe The Jonah Project, the current exhibit in Kroeber's Worth Ryder Gallery.

Say, It Isn't So Damn Bad
The factor that sets the Farrelly brothers apart from their gross-out film brethren is their willingness to apply their gross-out films to the Hollywood formula without missing a happy ending or satisfying emotion. Their films are slightly more adult than expected and slightly more sophisticated than even their critics are willing to admit. Moreover, they always manage to find comedy in otherwise serious topics, like crippling retardation (Dumb and Dumber), limb loss (Kingpin), stalking (There's Something About Mary), schizophrenia (Me, Myself, and Irene) and now, in their latest film Say It Isn't So, incest.

O Brothers, Where Art Thou?
Halfway through The Brothers, a lawyer named Brian (Bill Bellamy) complains that "man-hating" books like Waiting to Exhale give the wrong impression about relationships. But by this point in the movie, the sad thing is that at least Waiting to Exhale has something to say about relationships-albeit man-hating-while The Brothers doesn't even know what a relationship is.

An Elemental Dance of Nature
The five Chinese elements of earth, water, wood, metal and fire serve as the basis for The Nature of Nature, a dance performance presented by Facing East Dance and Music at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Oakland this weekend.

Great Scot, it's Mogwai!
The recent wave of the new Scottish invasion was in full force Monday night when Mogwai played at Bimbo's in San Francisco.

My Favarite Spring
As each season melts into the next, I try to rank spring, summer, autumn and winter, deciding which is my favorite. Four times each year, my rankings change as each one takes its place at the top of my list. Last week, as I contemplated the end of winter, I decided for sure (again) that spring is the best season. These were my reasons-fava beans and spring lamb, asparagus, daffodils and cherry blossoms, followed by cherries, hyacinths, strawberries, the return of shorts and sandals, and of course, that beautiful thing we call spring break.

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