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Issue #781 :: Thursday, September 18, 2003

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Cal Meets UCSD Before SoCal Event
Everybody is a predator in the water polo world, and most of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams are capable of consuming one another.

This ‘Lions' Tail Should Be the Mane Attraction
I expected "Secondhand Lions" to be a cheesy coming-of-age comedy that I would, doubtless, still enjoy. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a poignant, beautifully written film that deserves all the possible accolades a critic can give. In a time when most movies being released (that is, the ones that don't star Johnny Depp) are major disappointments, if not major embarrassments, to the film industry, "Secondhand Lions" should warrant a sigh of relief, as now I think there is some worthy competition for next year's Oscars.

Regents Back Creation of East Asian Center on Campus
The UC Board of Regents handed UC Berkeley the final financial backing to break ground on the Chang-Lin Tien Center, paving the way to make the campus one of the world's leading centers for East Asian studies.

Terror in Teal
Distrustful of the sun shining outside my window, each day I open the morning paper to check the weather forecast in this unpredictable coastal town. Each time I'm disappointed to see that next to the five-day forecast, all the major papers had omitted a corresponding forecast for the color of that day's terror alert.

News

Regents Back Creation of East Asian Center on Campus
The UC Board of Regents handed UC Berkeley the final financial backing to break ground on the Chang-Lin Tien Center, paving the way to make the campus one of the world's leading centers for East Asian studies.

UC Regents Weigh Options for Next Round of Budget Cuts
SAN FRANCISCO-UC Regents met yesterday to discuss preliminary strategies to stave off damage to both quality and access from the next round of state budget cuts.

Delayed Recall Could Cost County $1 Million
After stocking up on sample ballots, absentee ballots and voter cards in preparation for an Oct. 7 recall election, Alameda County stands to lose almost $1 million following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that could postpone the election.

Raunchy Play Explores Latina Lesbianism
Tonight, queer Chicana playwright Adelina Anthony will stand on stage and teach you how to master sex and tortillas-and she's not talking about the edible flour ones.

City Council Grapples With $1.4 Million Cut to General Fund
The final chapter in the 2004 city budget crisis came to a quiet end Tuesday night, when the City Council voted on how to trim another $1.4 million from its general fund. However, a larger budget crisis still remains, and city officials are already beginning to plan for next year.

Online Service Helps Connect Friends
Romance was just two friends away from UC Berkeley senior John Vavricka. Upset after a bad date, Vavricka turned to a friend's friend, and then-found a boyfriend.

Professor Cites Medical Reasons For Abrupt Leave of Absence
Well-known UC Berkeley Asian-American studies professor Ronald Takaki announced last week he will take a leave of absence this semester for medical reasons.

State Bill Floats Money to Bring SF Ferry Service to Berkeley Shore
Berkeley commuters who are tired of BART could be crossing the bay in ferries by 2010, if Gov. Gray Davis approves a bill next month to raise money for Bay Area transportation projects.


Sports

Cal Meets UCSD Before SoCal Event
Everybody is a predator in the water polo world, and most of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams are capable of consuming one another.

Women's Rugby Inspires Toughness
Not when you are lying on your stomach, getting trampled by teammates. Not when you are headed into a scrum with no helmet or padding. And not when your coach orders you to "mount up" by jumping on the nearest player's back and tackling her down.

Bears Look to Prolong Hot Streak in Beaver State
The No. 12 Cal women's volleyball team enters Pac-10 competition looking to extend its 8-0 streak today, and things are looking good.


Arts & Entertainment

Not Your Momma's Film Fest
Indie filmmakers haven't said their final farewells to scissors and celluloid just yet, but it's never been easier to leave the 16mm at the rental shop and settle for a digital camcorder instead. In this gigabytin' age, you can snag a pro-quality Handycam on eBay for less than a grand, shoot a feature film in a week, then ask your twelve-year-old sister to edit the thing for you on her G4. Burning a copy of your movie on a CD will cost about a quarter-and I hear SUPERB is still taking submissions for their student film festival.

This ‘Lions' Tail Should Be the Mane Attraction
I expected "Secondhand Lions" to be a cheesy coming-of-age comedy that I would, doubtless, still enjoy. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a poignant, beautifully written film that deserves all the possible accolades a critic can give. In a time when most movies being released (that is, the ones that don't star Johnny Depp) are major disappointments, if not major embarrassments, to the film industry, "Secondhand Lions" should warrant a sigh of relief, as now I think there is some worthy competition for next year's Oscars.

Vampire Flick Both Bites and Sucks
Oh, I hear your cries of dissent, you "Nosferatu" fans, you "Dracula" fans, you "Interview with the Vampire" fans. Hear this: "Nosferatu" was innovative as a silent film, not as a vampire story; "Dracula" is responsible for over 70 years of bad Bela Lugosi impersonations; and Anne Rice can bite me.

‘Cold Creek Manor' a Cold Fish
Cold Creek Manor" is the first movie to ever inspire me to take notes. This is, of course, difficult in a dark room, but the movie inspired so many ideas and thoughts that I couldn't help but make an attempt to somehow capture them in words. So when I walked out of the theater I had the benefit of being able to flip through the notebook to find, scrawled in bright red ink, "stupidity run amok."

‘demonlover' Gives a Good Mind-Screw
Watching Olivier Assayas' "demonlover" is like watching somebody else surf the web: images are linked to other images in a loose, almost random sequence known only to the person wielding the mouse. However, what could potentially amount to a frustrating, incoherent mess instead becomes a perceptive portrait of the contours that shape our image-saturated technological landscape.

Tough Truths To Be Found ‘In This World'
Have you ever seen "The Real World"? You know, the show on MTV where the cameras are constantly rolling and then the countless hours of footage are censored and cut to create some fantastic image of what life really is.

Berkeley Rep Play Extremely 'Note'-Worthy
Like the best of professors, "The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater presents its sometimes mind-bendingly academic material with earthy good humor and a fresh, childlike sense of wonder. Instead of just one professor leaping from chair to chair to demonstrate electron movement or offering an impromptu impression of dinner party snobs, however, "The Notebooks" is made up of the simultaneous performances of seven actors, all billed as Leonardo. These actors make the stage a human clockwork, a lively, syncopated, bewildering feast for the eyes and ears that radiates with the calm energy of playwright Mary Zimmerman's vision and the spectre of Da Vinci's personality that comes through it.

Overdone Spaghetti Best Describes Upcoming Indie Film
Angelo Barberini (Luke Kirby) perceives his life as nothing short of a continuously escalating disaster. The butt of jokes as a child, at 27 this poor outcast still lives at home with his meddlesome parents who never evolved from the Italian Old World mentality that they brought with them to Montreal's Little Italy over thirty years ago.

Music Reviews
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Video Games Need a Revoke-Control Button
I can't say I'm a big John Madden video game fan. I rather prefer the old school Techno Bowl for Nintendo where Bo Jackson is completely unstoppable.

White Space