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Issue #756 :: Friday, August 8, 2003

Top Headlines

Gettin' Crafty
Unlike the Target aisles lined with shelves of identical mugs, jewelry and kitschy home decorations, the American Craft Council's 28th Annual Show this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco will offer original and functional hand-made art.

Student Alleges Anti-Semitism Taught in Arabic Language Class
An Arabic-language student accused a UC Berkeley graduate student instructor Wednesday of teaching anti-Semitism.

A Time to Roll
These are trying times. This occurred to me Wednesday as I found myself deciding whether I should support Gary Coleman in his California gubernatorial campaign. With the apocalypse appearing to be painfully close-at least on the state level-the necessity of bowling is all too clear.

Norah Jones Shimmers Like a Star But Remains Humble
Fans were still buying drinks or scouring for seats and the sun hadn't even set behind the Greek Theatre when the petite Norah Jones tiptoed out from behind the audio equipment to thank the very sold-out crowd and introduce her opener, Richard Julian.

News

Student Alleges Anti-Semitism Taught in Arabic Language Class
An Arabic-language student accused a UC Berkeley graduate student instructor Wednesday of teaching anti-Semitism.

Students Thrown Off Course by Dramatic Fee Hikes
Sisters Riti and Neelam Patel share more than just a last name. The UC Berkeley students share an apartment, textbooks and the same reason for taking on 20-plus-unit semesters and 35-hour work weeks to speed up their graduation dates-fee increases.

New Guidelines Designed for De-Cals
New guidelines for special studies courses, including student-run DE-Cal classes, have cropped up two years after criticism erupted about the program's oversight when allegations surfaced that participating students engaged in sexual activities.

Three Lab Workers Arrested After Discovery of Felony Convictions
Three non-U.S. citizen Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory employees were arrested over the last two weeks and are awaiting immigration hearings that could have them deported.

UC Berkeley Will Slash 200 Full-Time Jobs This Week
For the first time in nearly a decade, UC Berkeley will engage in campuswide layoffs in response to immense budget cuts, eliminating 200 full-time positions this week.

Berkeley Police Appoint First Female Captain
The Berkeley Police Department swore in its new captain, Stephanie Fleming, yesterday afternoon, inaugurating the city's first-ever woman to hold the title.

Director of Education Abroad Program Passes Away
UC Berkeley Professor Kenneth Weisinger, director of UC Berkeley's Education Abroad Program and professor emeritus of the German and Comparative Literature departments, died July 28 at his home in San Francisco. He was 60.

Vitamin Could Protect Against Secondhand Smoke
Researchers gave those exposed to extensive secondhand smoke hope against many chronic diseases associated with high levels of oxidative stress through a study released Tuesday.

Youths End up in Hospital After Eating Plant
Three high school students who munched on blossoms in People's Park in an attempt to get high ended up in a hospital Sunday, police said.

News in Brief
Breastfeeders Shoot for Repeat Performance

Feature Photo: Monkey Business




Arts & Entertainment

Gettin' Crafty
Unlike the Target aisles lined with shelves of identical mugs, jewelry and kitschy home decorations, the American Craft Council's 28th Annual Show this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco will offer original and functional hand-made art.

Norah Jones Shimmers Like a Star But Remains Humble
Fans were still buying drinks or scouring for seats and the sun hadn't even set behind the Greek Theatre when the petite Norah Jones tiptoed out from behind the audio equipment to thank the very sold-out crowd and introduce her opener, Richard Julian.

New ‘Freaky Friday' Belabors Disney's Annoying Tactics
For the last 30 years, Disney has gotten in the bad habit of tactless self-congratulation. Now that they're starting to revamp their entire output on DVD, they've proven to be fairly liberal when it comes to stamping the words "Classic Disney" atop all their discs. "Fox and the Hound" and "Three Caballeros" are a stretch, but Disney's really pushing it with "A Goofy Movie" and "Pocahontas II: A Journey to a New World."

Berkeley Opera's Melodrama is Out of Hand
The austere, lofted ceilings of the churchlike Julia Morgan Center seemed an exquisitely inappropriate space for the indulgence of devilish romps and bellows of the Berkeley Opera's production of Gounod's "Faust." Alas, if only the production itself swelled as lustily as this irony and its own sweet music.

Dave Matthews Band Revives Old Favorites in a New Light
Sometimes, same old, same old can be really freakin' wonderful. Like pizza. Thanksgiving with your family. Springtime. The Dave Matthews Band.

Music Reviews



Oh, the Humanity - Stephen Frears Has Made ‘The Most Intelligent Film All Summer'
What better metaphor for the modern nation is there than a four-star hotel-where opulent public spaces are inhabited by strangers who pass strangers traveling from work to home and back again.

Recipe: The Final Buzz
Summer is almost over and the fall semester quickly dawns upon us. At this point, scrambling to make time for having fun under the sun and prepping for finals at the same time leaves one with a very hectic and busy schedule. My solution for a balance to all this madness is caffeine-the last legal drug.


Opinion

A Time to Roll
These are trying times. This occurred to me Wednesday as I found myself deciding whether I should support Gary Coleman in his California gubernatorial campaign. With the apocalypse appearing to be painfully close-at least on the state level-the necessity of bowling is all too clear.

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