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Issue #481 :: Friday, February 15, 2002

Top Headlines

Forney's Night One For The Roses
After the game, Ami Forney showed up at the interview podium with a dozen beautiful Valentine's Day roses courtesy of her father. During the game, it was simply Forney's play that was beautiful.

Educating the Consumer
Let's have another look at the business of higher education. Jackson Toby, professor of sociology at Rutgers, thinks that "now we all face a terrible remedial problem everywhere." For example, 46 percent of students in the California State University system fail to demonstrate high-school level proficiency in math or English and must take remediation classes. Last year, CSU dropped 7 percent (2,200) of its student body that had failed to achieve that level of proficiency after a year in college. At least CSU is making an effort to maintain a certain standard of education for its student body-many schools won't. As City University of New York's Professor Stanley Aronowitz said at the 2001 National Association of Scholars conference, "Standards are anti-consumer."

This ‘Crossroad' Needs a Stop Light
Britney Spears is not a girl, and "Crossroads" proves she's not yet an actress.

Wild-Bird Craze Pushes Many Onto Endangered Species List
The world's demand to keep exotic birds as pets threatens to drive certain species into extinction, a UC Berkeley professor's recent study shows.

News

SHIP Benefits Expanding To Include Dental Services
All UC Berkeley students who are part of the university's Student Health Insurance Plan will have the benefit of dental coverage starting next year.

New in Brief: Safer Sex Promoted On Condom Day
In an effort to promote safer sex, students celebrated National Condom Day on Sproul Plaza yesterday.

Feature Photo: Life-Sized Protection



Traveling Theater Trio Mocks Berkeley's Idiosyncrasies
Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean didn't know what to expect when she took her seat before the curtain rose at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre earlier this month.

Continuation Of Sexuality De-Cal Classes Uncertain
Writing papers about sexual fantasies. Visiting strip clubs. Watching an instructor have sex. And all the while earning units toward graduation-at UC Berkeley.

Wild-Bird Craze Pushes Many Onto Endangered Species List
The world's demand to keep exotic birds as pets threatens to drive certain species into extinction, a UC Berkeley professor's recent study shows.


Sports

Forney's Night One For The Roses
After the game, Ami Forney showed up at the interview podium with a dozen beautiful Valentine's Day roses courtesy of her father. During the game, it was simply Forney's play that was beautiful.

Bears Dispose Of Washington State
As Hall of Fame Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn would say, the Cal men's basketball team had its game against Washington State in the refrigerator pretty early in the second half.

Cal Renews Rivalry With Cardinal
One thing any Las Vegas bookie knows-when it comes to competition between traditional rivals, all bets are off.

Road Trip Provides Glimpse of Postseason
The Cal rugby team makes it clear that the purpose of the regular season is to tune up for the national championship tournament.


Arts & Entertainment

This ‘Crossroad' Needs a Stop Light
Britney Spears is not a girl, and "Crossroads" proves she's not yet an actress.

Custom-Ordered Comedy: Culture Clash Does Berkeley
It's not often you hear a show at a theater starting and ending with the bouncing beats of Tupac's "Hail Mary," or even a show with topical references to Asian car crews, Barbara Lee, and People's Park.

Rebecca Walker Erases Her Hyphens in Berkeley Talk
Black-white-Jewish-bisexual-mother-author. Give Rebecca Walker any more hyphens and she'll need an 8 1/2" x 11" calling card.

‘Beijing Bicycle' Pedals an Allegory of Urban Change
Every few months or so, the theater gods bless us with another so-called Sixth-Generation mainland Chinese film, and now it's time for Wang Xiaoshuai's terrific "Beijing Bicycle." If you've missed seminal Sixth-Generation films like Le You's mesmerizing "Suzhou River," Wang's frightening "Frozen," or Zhang Ke Jia's masterful "Platform," this is a good place to begin.

Music Reviews
DENIALS, DELUSIONS AND DECISIONS


White Space