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Issue #711 :: Thursday, April 17, 2003

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UCLA Takes Over as Most Competitive UC With Lowest Freshman Admissions Rate
UCLA inched past UC Berkeley with the lowest freshman admissions rate systemwide for the first time ever this year, according to freshman admissions data released yesterday.

Don't Forget, Again
Interesting fact: Anthony Hall, current home of the Graduate Assembly, was built by UC Berkeley alumnus Earl Anthony in the 1950s for the sole purpose of housing the Pelican, the humor magazine at the time. Records still exist of Anthony browbeating the UC Board of Regents into having it built his way with his money. It sits between Barrows Hall and Sather Gate, marked by a large pelican statue in front of it.

Revamped Pitching Staff Ready to Battle Trojans
USC baseball has more history to it than the long and winding life of C. Montgomery Burns.

Frozen Rós
Sigur Rós washed the immaculate art deco tiers of the Paramount Theatre in Oakland with their viscous and visceral nigh-classical rock last Tuesday. The Icelandic group specializes in slow but propulsive ten-minute songs that build and build to a hypnotizing effect.

News

UCLA Takes Over as Most Competitive UC With Lowest Freshman Admissions Rate
UCLA inched past UC Berkeley with the lowest freshman admissions rate systemwide for the first time ever this year, according to freshman admissions data released yesterday.

ASUC Voting Facilities May Violate Federal Law
The ASUC failed to provide adequate facilities for blind students to vote during the elections, possibly violating federal law.

Class Pass Program Avoids AC Transit ‘Chopping Block'
AC Transit has no plans to cut its popular Class Pass program before 2006, an agency spokesperson said yesterday.

Students March to Keep Visiting Professor
A group of students marched to Barrows Hall urging the African American studies department to reconsider the future of visiting professor Utz McKnight.

Correction
Yesterday's article "Bodies Found in Richmond May Take Weeks to ID" incorrectly identified Laci Peterson's husband as Jim Peterson. His name is actually Scott Peterson.


Sports

Revamped Pitching Staff Ready to Battle Trojans
USC baseball has more history to it than the long and winding life of C. Montgomery Burns.

Heading to SoCal, No. 3 Bears in The Midst of Pac-10 Title Hunt
Since the formation of the Pac-10 conference in 1978, three schools have taken turns holding the conference title-UCLA, USC and Stanford.

Sports in Brief: Softball Victorious in Rain-Shortened Affair
The No. 10 Cal softball team defeated Santa Clara 4-0 in yesterday's rain-shortened contest at Levine-Fricke Field to take its all-time record against the Broncos to 62-0.


Arts & Entertainment

Frozen Rós
Sigur Rós washed the immaculate art deco tiers of the Paramount Theatre in Oakland with their viscous and visceral nigh-classical rock last Tuesday. The Icelandic group specializes in slow but propulsive ten-minute songs that build and build to a hypnotizing effect.

Reflection Escapes Comic ‘Vampires'
In the Shotgun Players' new production of Harry Kondoleon's "The Vampires," a character remarks in passing that "most so-called art is total bullshit." Does this play, which premiered last weekend at La Val's Subterranean, fit this criteria?

Looking For ‘Fat'-Free Fare? Don't ‘Chow' On This!
Sometimes a movie can only be described as popcorn fare. "Bulletproof Monk" is greasy, fattening, and lethargic popcorn fare.

Springtime in the City, A Fresh Crop of Films at SFIFF
The San Francisco International Film Festival is back in town, and true to tradition, boasts new films by master directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Catherine Breillat, Oliver Stone, and Chen Kaige. The Oliver Stone film, by being the festival's first film at the PFA to sell out, is perhaps the most anticipated of the crop. It's a documentary about Fidel Castro called "Commandate" and since I haven't seen it yet, I have little to say except that I can think of no other director more perfect than Stone to portray Castro (see "JFK" if you don't know why), not to accurately depict him, but to shock, entertain, and shed interesting light on one of modern history's most mysterious figures.

Repertory Mocumentary-What's Old is New Again in "A Mighty Wind.'
There's just something seemingly programmed into the genetic structure of Christopher Guest's "mockumentaries" that makes them inherently brilliant in spite of the fact that they're all basically the exact same friggin' movie.

It Was a Dark and Stormy L.A. Night... or ‘The Bulletproof Monket'
It's hard not to look at life as a series of missed opportunities.

Music Review
Ride Paranoia is not the best record of 2003 (although if this year is as absurdly unfruitful as the last, it just might end up being). It is however, a damn good record. Far from the mopey pretentiousness that has come to characterize a lot of underground bands these days, JR Ewing comes as a breath of fresh air. Featuring delightful Norwegian accents, it is direct, heavy, and intelligent angular music that has its moods of softness among the calculated noise and discord.

White Space