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Issue #716 :: Thursday, April 24, 2003

Top Headlines

Summer Session Fees Likely to Rise Within the Next Month
Students may not have to wait until fall to feel the burden of a proposed $795 per year increase in undergraduate fees.

Nobody's Fault
Berkeley and the rest of the UC campuses have an unusual yet mostly unquestioned relationship with the rest of California's massive system of community colleges. Not only is it possible to transfer after two years at Las Positas Community College into a UC, but it's encouraged and promoted by the educational authorities. There was a time when some state officials thought UC would evolve into transfer-student majorities, focusing on upper-division classes and graduate programs. Even today junior transfers have priority during admissions and have a higher acceptance rate (29 percent) than high school admits (24 percent). Many of the classes they take at community college transfer to UC Berkeley with no loss in units, applicable to major requirements.

High & Low
It's only been eight days and 112 screenings into this year's San Francisco International Film Festival and I'm out of breath. Okay, so I've only seen nine of the 202 films so far, hopping between Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive and the AMC Kabuki Theater in J-town. My lower-tier press pass (we college reporters get no respect) keeps me from mingling with perennial festival-goers like Sharon Stone and other Bay Area superstars, or kickin' it with honorees Robert Altman and Dustin Hoffman in a Ritz Carlton ballroom sitting at a $10,000 table for ten.

The Ojai Offers Break for Cal's Best
Both Cal tennis teams know even though the race for the conference title has been lost, the Pac-10s aren't over just yet.

News

Summer Session Fees Likely to Rise Within the Next Month
Students may not have to wait until fall to feel the burden of a proposed $795 per year increase in undergraduate fees.

Bates Spends a Night in a Berkeley Park
Hours before sunrise yesterday, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates was shaken awake. He eyed the face of a Berkeley police officer.

Woman Fights off Late-Night Rape Attempt on Campus
A female UC Berkeley student sent her attacker fleeing after he tried to rape her on campus late Tuesday, police said.

Presidential Hopeful Assails Bush's Policies at Teach-In
Kicking off a daylong teach-in at UC Berkeley yesterday about the war in Iraq and its aftermath, a Democratic presidential hopeful attacked the Bush administration's "politics of decay and disintegration."

Earthquake Likelihood Drops but Bay Area is Still in Danger
The Bay Area's danger of being hit with a significant earthquake in the next 30 years is lower than previously expected, according to a federal study released Tuesday.


Sports

The Ojai Offers Break for Cal's Best
Both Cal tennis teams know even though the race for the conference title has been lost, the Pac-10s aren't over just yet.

Dodd Looks to Make a Name for Herself at NCAAs
If a Cal gymnastics highlight ever made it on Sportscenter, you might hear the anchor give a smartass lead-in saying, "She's not Our-Lan, she's not Your-Lan, she is My-Lan Dodd."

Penn Relays Attract Large Crowds
Attendance is expected to exceed 45,000 people this Saturday in Philadelphia, but it won't be for the Phillies, Flyers or Sixers.

Sports in Brief: Cal Heads to Oregon To Begin Postseason
No team in the nation has won more tournaments this year than the No. 8 Cal women's golf team.


Arts & Entertainment

High & Low
It's only been eight days and 112 screenings into this year's San Francisco International Film Festival and I'm out of breath. Okay, so I've only seen nine of the 202 films so far, hopping between Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive and the AMC Kabuki Theater in J-town. My lower-tier press pass (we college reporters get no respect) keeps me from mingling with perennial festival-goers like Sharon Stone and other Bay Area superstars, or kickin' it with honorees Robert Altman and Dustin Hoffman in a Ritz Carlton ballroom sitting at a $10,000 table for ten.

The Power of Pleasure-Art, Instinct
For your pleasure-since when does the Berkeley Art Museum offer exhibits on pornography? It may not be "Debbie Does Dallas," but the sensually-engaging art of BAM's MacroMatrix "For your pleasure" finds more subtle ways of piquing one's dopamine.

Cold Clichés Consume Clever Conspiracy


Theorems Come To Nefarious Life In an Indian's ‘Beautiful Mind'
Aurora Theatre may tucked away in an unassuming 150-person venue at 2081 Addison St., but it boasts the "ultimate intimate theatre experience."

Nipples Abound! The Faint Perform at Fillmore.
Very few bands catering to the cross-genre indie/punk/80's glam crowds can please all in one sitting. Fortunately for neo-wave electroclashers, The Faint, this is most definitely not the case, as the native Nebraskans played to a maxed-out Fillmore crowd on Apr. 19 in San Francisco.

"Spam, Eggs, Ramen, and Spam"
For the last year I've had a cache of instant ramen stored at the back of my cupboard, hidden behind the spices away from the prying eyes of nosy guests. For me, and I believe I am joined in this by most college students, instant ramen was something I left behind when I got a full kitchen, and I find myself drawing upon my store grudgingly only when I have exhausted all other forms of caloric intake in my apartment.

Music Reviews
A gramophone spins a grainy rendition of some old-school swing and just when I start getting into it... rrrrrip... the needle runs across the grooves and the voice of bass-master Christian McBride booms: "No no no no, put that other record on." Then smack goes the snare and I find myself listening to the future of fusion. This fifteen second intro summarizes the album perfectly... this is a departure from the past of jazz.

White Space